Each year, TAUNY works with naturalist and North Country Heritage Award recipient Jane Desotelle to offer hand made balsam wreaths for the holidays. This annual fundraiser for TAUNY highlights the regional traditional artists who make their living from the gardens and woods around thier Adirondack homes.
All wreaths are made to order with balsam fir and natural decorations. The wreaths are long-lasting and can usually remain on display until Spring. » Continue Reading.
This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is issued each Thursday afternoon and can be heard at North Country Public Radio on Friday mornings.
Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 6:48 am; sunset at 4:31 pm, providing 9 hours and 41 minutes of sunlight. The Moon will rise at 3:44 pm Saturday and set at 5:16 am Sunday; it will be Waxing Gibbous, 95% illuminated. There will be a Full Mon on Monday at 8:52 am.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has urged outdoor adventurers to suspend exploration of cave and mine sites that may serve as homes for bat hibernations.
Human disturbances are harmful to the State’s bat population since the arrival of the disease known as white-nose syndrome, which has killed more than 90 percent of bats at most hibernation sites in New York. » Continue Reading.
Applications for the January 2017 Master Gardener Training Program are now being accepted at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Warren County.
After enrolling in the course, participants are given a binder of information that supplements weekly presentations by Cornell University faculty, Cooperative Extension staff, and local experts on a wide range of garden topics.
The topics include basic botany; entomology; soil health; home lawn care; vegetable, fruit and flower gardening; composting; organic gardening, and other practical and interesting subject matter. » Continue Reading.
An anonymous gift in memory of Bob Foley has created an endowment for the Tannery Pond Center, the nonprofit organization that manages the operations and programming for the town-owned facility known as the Tannery Pond Community Center.
Donna Welch, president of Tannery Pond Center’s Board of Directors, announced that the nonprofit organization received an anonymous memorial gift of $25,000, which will be used to establish an endowed fund at Adirondack Foundation. Foley passed away last year. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook, on Wednesday, November 9th beginning at 1 pm and Thursday, November 10th, 2016 beginning at 9:15 am.
Among the issues expected to be discussed are: the LS Marina on Lower Saranac Lake; telecommunication towers in the Town of Putnam; a Biomass District Heating system for the Ray Brook State Office Complex; the Champlain Islands Complex Proposed Final Unit Management Plan; amendments to the Town of Lake George’s APA approved local land use program; and more.
To watch the meeting online, click here and click Webcasting from the Contents List. Meeting materials are available for download from the Agency’s website. What follows is the meeting agenda, as provided by the APA: » Continue Reading.
On Saturday, November 12th from 10 am to 4 pm, Fort Ticonderoga reenactors will portray the British soldiers, loyalists, refugee families, and native allies at Ticonderoga in November 1777 who were cut off from the rest of the British line following the surrender of British forces at Saratoga.
Programs and demonstrations highlight the weapons, tactics, and trades of the British garrison in the late fall of 1777. Tours will explore the decision to evacuate the soldiers back to Canada and the choice to destroy Ticonderoga in their wake to leave nothing useful for Continental forces. » Continue Reading.
New 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.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that it will develop a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for 5,850 acres of public lands in the Fulton County State Forests, just outside the Adirondack Park.
The Fulton County State Forests include the state forests of Lassellsville, Peck Hill, and Rockwood. The lands are located in the towns of Ephratah, Oppenheim, and Johnstown.
A public meeting will be held at the Johnstown Town Hall (2753 NY Route-29) in Johnstown on November 15 beginning at 5:30 pm. » Continue Reading.
A large V of Canada geese flying noisily over my head – and traveling north, rather than south – got me wondering about the ins and outs of fall migration. Shouldn’t these big birds be flying to warmer climes this time of year? Why do they travel in that V-formation, anyway?
It turns out the answers aren’t simple. Canada geese (Branta canadensis) live throughout the continental United States and across their namesake country. These loud honkers are easily identified by their size – up to 20 pounds, with a wingspan up to five feet – and their characteristic white chinstrap markings across black heads and necks. » Continue Reading.
Historic Saranac Lake (HSL) will hold its 36th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7 pm at the Saranac Laboratory Museum. The meeting will feature a presentation by filmmaker Jim Griebsch of a newly updated version of “Hotel Hope: the Story of Will Rogers Hospital.”
The evening will also feature the unveiling of an artifact donated to HSL by the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. The meeting is open to members of Historic Saranac Lake and those who are interested in becoming members. Light refreshments will be served.
Historic Saranac Lake contracted with Jim Griebsch to produce the historical film in 2015. Special historian for Will Rogers Memorial Hospital Leslie Hoffman provided research assistance. Caroline Welsh, Director Emerita of the Adirondack Museum, and Art and Museum Consultant, assisted with research and writing. Originally planned to be a short film of under fifteen minutes, the project grew to feature original film footage and contemporary interviews with former patients and employees of the hospital. In 2016, the film was updated with additional footage. » Continue Reading.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that oak wilt, a tree fungus that causes disease in oak trees, has been detected in Canandaigua, Ontario County.
This is the third location in New York State where oak wilt has been confirmed and the second location discovered in 2016. The disease was confirmed in Islip earlier this year and had previously been found in Glenville in 2008 and 2013. » Continue Reading.
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