Sunday, April 22, 2018

Tim Rowland: Filling The Feeder Is For The Birds

bird feeder Somewhere I read that up here in the Adirondacks you should not feed the birds after March 31st. I forget the exact logic. The article provided one of those explanations that, you know, sounded quasi-plausible, but might have just been something that a guy would tell his wife so he wouldn’t have to go out into the yard and top off the feeder for the 7,000th time this year.

I think it had to do with birds needing to fend for themselves, and several other sundry character issues that I hadn’t thought of as applying to wildlife. I sort of understand, though. It’s like all our kids thinking that food comes from a supermarket instead of a farm. Maybe bird-parents sit around Starbucks saying, “Fledglings today, do you believe it? They think everything comes from a feeder. They don’t realize all the work it takes to peck it out of a seedhead.” » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Cranberry Lake Boat Launch Comments Sought

Cranberry Lake Boat LaunchThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have announced they are holding a joint public comment period to solicit comments for the Cranberry Lake Boat Launch Unit Management Plan. Public comment will be accepted until April 27, 2018.

The Cranberry Lake Boat Launch Site is located in the Town of Clifton, St. Lawrence County, NY. It is approximately 70 miles east of Watertown and 30 miles west of Tupper Lake on NYS Route 3. The boat launch is in the Hamlet of Cranberry Lake about one-quarter mile south of NYS Route 3 on Columbian Road. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 22, 2018

North Creek Farmers Market Returning

Adirondack Farm Produce - Photo by Shannon HoulihanA group of Johnsburg residents is working to bring the North Creek Farmers Market back this summer season. The market is set to be held Thursdays from 2 to 6 pm at Riverfront Park in North Creek, from June 21 through September 27, then on Columbus Day Weekend. It will be under and around the northern pavilion in Riverfront Park which is adjacent to the Depot Museum and train station. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Moles and Voles and Yards with Holes

star-nosed mole It’s spring. Days are getting longer. The weather’s getting warmer. The sun is sitting higher in the sky. And, as I write this, the persistent snow in my yard is finally giving way to bare ground.

This is the time of year when the consumer horticulture season really begins in earnest at Cooperative Extension. It often starts with questions from anxious callers about recently discovered lawn, landscape, and garden damage; often from wildlife pests. Questions about mice, squirrels, and chipmunks are frequent. But, perhaps because of their tenacious tunneling activities, the most noteworthy culprits of concern to frazzled callers are meadow voles and hairy, or more often, star-nosed moles, the 2 mole species that live in northern New York. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ed Zahniser: Language of Life and Death

Howard Zahniser Cabin Bakers Mills Johnsburg NY photo by John WarrenIn life and in death we belong to God, I tell my sons. We are having one of our obligatory parental monologues as we sit on the cabin porch. My two sons are aged sixteen and thirteen. I call these monologues ‘obligatory’ because I feel obliged to have them. What the guys want is their breakfast. Their mother is a night person who likes to sleep late on vacation. I am a morning person who likes to get up early on vacation. Night to me is like a prelude to death, a hint or foretaste, a feeling not so much of powerlessness as of do-lessness. Some nights feel better than others. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 20, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, April 20, 2018

Make A Simple Leopold Bench

One of the most memorable occasions I have had with my children is an afternoon workshop at the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) in Newcomb.

The day was spent skiing the free AIC trails, sipping hot chocolate while counting birds at the window feeder, and building a Leopold bench. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 20, 2018

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Featured Hike: Chase Lake Trails

chase lake trailsThe Chase Lake Trails are located in the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest in the Southern Adirondacks.

Chase Lake Lean-to Trail has red trail markers and extends 2.6 miles from the trailhead to a lean-to on the north shore of the lake. The trail gently ascends 45 feet over the first 0.4 mile and then gently descends 170 feet over the next 0.75 mile. The remainder of the trail is mostly flat. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Winter Lingers: Current Adirondack Conditions (Apr 19)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon.

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

Practice Leave No Trace Principles when visiting the Adirondack Park.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

State Expanding First-Time Camper Program

first time camper programThe state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) have announced that New York will again provide free First-Time Camper weekends this summer.

Families that have never camped before will have the opportunity to see if they enjoy sleeping under the stars before investing in their own gear by registering for a fully stocked campsite at select state campgrounds one weekend from July 13 through August 17. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lake George Garden Club Perennial Plant Sale Set

Annual Perennial Plant SaleThe Lake George Community Garden Club will hold their Annual Perennial Plant Sale on Saturday, May 19, from 9 am to 2 pm, at the St. James Episcopal Church, 172 Ottawa St., Lake George.

Select from a wide variety of high-quality perennial plants dug, potted, and ready to plant from Garden Club members’ zone 4 and 5 gardens. Garden club members are always available at the sales to share planting instructions and gardening tips. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Betty Pettitt Nicholas: ‘A House in the Adirondacks and an Airplane, Too!’

In June 1982, Betty Pettitt Nicholas was awarded the Nicholas Trophy by the Indianapolis Aero Club as the previous year’s “most deserving woman pilot of the year.” It was the second time she was chosen for the honor, and as happened on the first occasion back in 1952, unusual circumstances surrounded the award. The trophy given 30 years earlier was named in honor of Dee Nicholas, who had been the wife of Ted Nicholas, a pilot and TV executive. A year after winning the award, Betty Pettitt married Ted, a union that ended 15 years later, in 1968, when he died of a heart attack.

Since that time, the Dee Nicholas Trophy had been retired, and was replaced by the Ted Nicholas Trophy. Which means Betty Pettitt Nicholas won a trophy named after her husband’s first wife, and another trophy named after him. To mark the occasion, a photograph of the honoree with seven of her good friends, all previous winners, appeared in the 99s newsletter. The Seymour Daily Tribune noted that the award was given “to the most deserving licensed woman pilot for her outstanding achievement and service in the field of aviation.” No doubt she was a good fit on both occasions. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Adk Film Commission’s Filmmaker Resource Guide

Adirondack Film SocietyThe Adirondack Film Commission is seeking information from local businesses for free listings in a Filmmaker Resource Guide.

The Film Commission — which is operated by the Adirondack Film Society to promote film, TV and video production in Essex County, and to assist filmmakers and videographers once they’re here — is developing a resource guide to help filmmakers and production companies find the services they need from local businesses. Such services range widely from camera operators and sound mixers to electricians and caterers — essentially, any service or skill that might be needed before, during, or after a film, TV or video shoot, including commercials. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

5th Annual Pete Seeger Tribute in Saranac Lake May 5th

Pete on ClearwaterThe 5th Annual Pete Seeger Tribute has been set for May 5, 2018 at 7 pm at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake, 57 Church Street, Saranac Lake.

Nearly 50 years ago so Pete and his wife, Toshi, spearheaded an effort to build the Hudson river sloop Clearwater. The hope was if people had intimate knowledge of the pollution on the Hudson and could feel the wind and the water, they would be inspired to solve big problems one song at a time. » Continue Reading.


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