Saturday, November 17, 2018

Flight of the Flunker Moth

winter moths In early November, I flicked on the porch light and took out the trash. In the brief time it took, a couple of late-season moths found their way to my porch light, and as I slipped through the back door, one of them joined me inside. I cupped my uninvited guest under a drinking glass and took him out for liberation; and “him” turned out to be correct.

Before the release, I couldn’t resist a closer look. It was unmistakable: a “flunker moth.” But don’t expend energy on a Google search; it will come up empty because the term is a Vermont original coined perhaps by the venerable Dr. Ross Bell or by students in his Field Zoology course which I had the privilege to take in the 1990s. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Adirondack AstroScience Center Awarded Grants

Rendering of planned AstroScience CenterThe Adirondack Sky Center (a.k.a. the Adirondack Public Observatory) has been awarded three grants to support planned AstroScience Center museum and planetarium construction and education programs.

Situated on four acres of raised land in the northerly area of Tupper Lake, the Adirondack Sky Center benefits from some of the darkest and most pristine skies east of the Mississippi River. Interest from across the northeast as well as the local community has spurred the establishment of a permanent Adirondack center for astronomy and space science, the AstroScience Center. Complementing the Wild Center natural history museum, the Adirondack Sky Center is expected to help expand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning in the region, while also strengthening the the Adirondacks as a travel destination. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Poetry: Last Virgin Pine

Last Virgin Pine
Solitary and heavy
under the unseated saddle
of an infinite sky,
Immortality is a ruthless
harvester of data: an endless
string of half breaths from the
last remaining virgin pine.
Covered in a bright burst of
December snowfall, the sun
struck diamonds smile back.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Featured Area: Wilcox Lake Wild Forest

Wilcox Lake Wild Forest trail Wilcox Lake Wild Forest is located in the southeastern area of the Adirondack Park and is made up of approximately 125,000 acres of Adirondack Forest Preserve lands in Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga and Warren counties.

The DEC managed Wild Forest unit offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking to the fire towers on Hadley Mountain and Spruce Mountain, camping on Wilcox Lake, and ice fishing on Garnet Lake. The area includes 92 miles of marked trails, four lean-tos, 63 primitive campsites, and multiple parking areas. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 16, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, November 16, 2018

21st Annual Adirondack Country Christmas Tour

Blue Mountain Lake Arts CenterThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts has announced they will be participating in the 21st Annual Country Christmas Tour, an Indian Lake/Blue Mountain Lake holiday tradition, on Friday and Saturday, November 23rd and 24th, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Various locations will showcase “Made in the Adirondacks” goods. Artisans and crafters open their homes, inviting people in to shop local and purchase their homemade crafts and products. Maps and details about the two-day event are available at participating locations, including the Arts Center and the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 16, 2018

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Happy As A Clam: Anthropomorphizing Animals

Wile E CoyoteHappiness may be elusive, but it sure has spawned a lot of aphorisms. Folk-wisdom indicates one can be happy as a pig in poop — or in mud, which makes me wonder if those two hogs are equally content, and if they had other options. It also suggests you can be pleased as a pig in a peach orchard, which would make sense unless harvest season was over. Additionally, one might feel happy as a pup with two tails, a monkey with a peanut machine, or a clam at high tide.

With such a menagerie of animal comparisons, it seems fair to ask if animals are able to feel emotions such as happiness. Most biologists caution against anthropomorphizing, a term which sounds like it could mean morphing into an animal, in which case I would agree, because who knows if you would make it back again. Actually what they are saying is that we should not ascribe human-like motives or emotions to wild or domestic animals. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Winter Conditions, Deep Snow, Ice: Current Adirondack Conditions (Nov 15)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, flashlights, space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Just before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

November 15th, 2018 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Van Hoevenberg, North Creek Nordic Facilities Opening Saturday

Mt Van HoevenbergThe Mt. Van Hoevenberg Nordic ski center, in Lake Placid, is scheduled to open for the 2018-’19 season, Saturday, November 17, weather and conditions permitting. The center’s earliest-ever planned opening comes after members of the U.S. para-Nordic ski team held their week-long training camp at the center. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Cali Brooks: Working Together For Our Community

In the town of Minerva, Suzanne Crouse and Carol Frazier help to lead the Sleeping Giants Senior Program, which supports community members who are aging in place. This program provides social and emotional connections that also help alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation. A recent grant from Adirondack Foundation – made through its Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region – is helping to offset the cost of educational field trips that would be beyond the logistical and financial means for some of the group’s members.

This story, along with countless others like it, demonstrates how community foundations are uniquely positioned to improve their regions by harnessing the power of giving to support people and communities. This week, November 12 – 18, is Community Foundation Week, and Thursday, November 15, is National Philanthropy Day – making it a good time to reflect on the ways community foundations bring people together around common values. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Transgender Day of Remembrance Nov 18th

transgender day of rememberanceAn observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held on Sunday November 18th from 1 to 2 pm, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 136 Main St, Saranac Lake.

Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually on November 20th, and is a day to memorialize those who were murdered as the result of transphobia (the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people).

TDOR, as it is often referred to, was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman to memorialize the murder of her friend Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Bauer: What Does The New State Senate Mean For The Adirondacks?

NYS CapitolOn Election Day in November 2018, voters across New York State voted for a new direction for the 63-member New York State Senate. With some races remaining close and needing to be finalized based on a count of absentee and provisional ballots, it appears that Democrats have elected 40 Senators and Republicans just 23. There is no way to overstate just what a sea change this is for New York State politics.

There is also no way to overstate the questions that this sea change raise for the Adirondack Park, which is cut up into four State Senate districts, each steadfastly represented by a Republican. These four Senators – Betty Little, Joe Griffo, Patti Ritchie and Jim Tedisco – led by Little whose 45th Senate District has the majority of the Adirondack Park, were members in excellent standing in the exclusive club of the Republican Senate Majority. With a membership of around three dozen they unrelentingly, efficiently and ruthlessly wielded power and thoroughly enjoyed their political spoils. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Snowmaking Begins at Gore, Whiteface; Opening Date Set

Snowmaking at Gore Mountain New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) managed ski resorts – Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington; Gore Mountain, North Creek; and Belleayre Mountain, Highmount –  have all begun snowmaking operations in anticipation of their season openings, Saturday, November 17th, 2018 – weather and conditions permitting. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Unprepared Hiker Rescued From Mt Marcy

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.