Monday, November 19, 2018

Blue Ridge Wilderness Snowmobile Trail Being Planned

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced they are seeking public input regarding a proposal in an amendment to the Blue Ridge Wilderness Unit Management Plan (UMP) to develop a Community Connector Snowmobile Trail in Hamilton County.

The proposed trail extends the Seventh Lake Mountain Trail to Sargent Ponds Multiple-Use Trail and will be maintained as a Class II Community Connector Snowmobile Trail. Establishing a connecting trail between Indian Lake and Long Lake was included as community connection goal in the 2006 Snowmobile Plan for the Adirondack Park and the 2011 Moose River Plains Wild Forest Unit Management Plan. A press release from DEC said the agency is working to relocate designated snowmobile trails away from water bodies for safety reasons. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 19, 2018

Cycle Adirondacks To Hit Ti, Wilmington, Westport, Vermont

cycle adk logoCycle Adirondacks is set to feature Ticonderoga, Wilmington and Westport as overnight communities for the August 17-23, 2019 Ultimate Cycling Vacation, the fifth anniversary of the week-long road cycling tour.

Ticonderoga was featured as an overnight community during the 2016 tour, but next summer will be the first time the tour has stayed in Wilmington or Westport. Each community will host the event for two consecutive evenings beginning with Ticonderoga Aug. 17-19 and followed by Wilmington Aug. 19-21 and Westport Aug. 21-23. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 19, 2018

Warren Co Man Charged With Poaching From The Road

illegally taken doe New York State Environmental Conservation Officer Sean Dewey reported he received a call on the evening of October 31, 2018 by someone saying a subject had just shot a deer from the road in Horicon, Warren County.

ECO Dewey reported that upon his arrival at the scene, he identified the suspect after interviewing nearby homeowners. Dewey and ECO Maxwell Nicols, reported the deer was shot with a rifle from the defendant’s pickup truck using a spotlight. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Wild Turkeys Facing An Uncertain Future

wild turkey - maleThe wild turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, is one of only two domesticated birds native to North America. The Muscovy duck is the other. Five sub-species make up the entire North American population. The most abundant is the eastern wild turkey, sub-species silvestris, meaning forest, which ranges across the entire eastern half of the United States and parts of eastern Canada. They’re readily identified by their brown-tipped tail feathers, which spread into a fan when the birds are courting or alarmed and by the bold black and white bar pattern displayed on their wing feathers. This is the same turkey variety encountered by the Pilgrims. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Regional Ballet Companies Bring The Nutcracker to the Adirondacks

After you’ve turkey-trotted your way into eating that second plate of leftovers and made sure no local stores remain “in the red,” it’s time to embrace the arts with a holiday tradition, The Nutcracker.

Tchaikovsky’s ballet,  The Nutcracker, is the perfect blending of gorgeous costumes and magical sets with a timeless story and score.  This family-friendly ballet is just as much a holiday tradition as Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. After an exhausting shopping excursion, it’s time to become part of Claire’s adventure as her toy Nutcracker comes to life to defeat the evil Mouse King. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Jefferson County’s Charles Sherman: Huckleberry Charlie (Part 3)

In January 1910, Charlie’s show-biz repertoire was further expanded with “a bunch of new songs and a new spiel” that he performed three times at the City Opera House when an amateur minstrel show came to town. Although he injured his hand working at the paper mill in Great Bend, Charlie continued to rehearse his songs and a monologue about the Pine Plains area, which proved to be a hit of the show. The Watertown Daily Times said, “One of the features not on the program, but which nevertheless called out perhaps a larger share of applause than any other number, was that of Charlie Sherman, Huckleberry Charlie.” Or as the man himself told it, “I made more people laugh than any other two numbers on the program.” » Continue Reading.


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.