Saturday, July 15, 2023

Reminder to respect, give space to wildlife & their young

Velvet Green Swallow

With the smoke from the fires in Canada being the big news, people were asking about the danger of fires here in the Adirondacks. Some forgot about all the water and where it runs when you get five to eight inches at a time. I don’t know how many floods I went through in the Moose River Area during my 33 years as a Forest Ranger there (and many times since I retired 24 years ago.) I know we lost the Governor Brook tube seven times…and still no bridge yet, they just fill in the hole.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2023

DEC: Give Trout a Break This Summer

Rock dam

You know who isn’t a huge fan of summer? Trout! Summer heat waves impose serious stress and can even cause death. Trout and salmon that are already heat-stressed may not recover after being caught and released.

You can help these fish survive the summer by following a few simple tips (PDF).

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Monday, July 10, 2023

DEC: Do Wildfires Affect Birds?

Wildfire

Recently, New York State experienced the harsh effects of raging wildfires in the Canadian Province of Ontario. For several days, air quality indexes spiked to concerning and unhealthy levels, as noticeable smoke covered most of the state in a haze. Here in New York, multiple smaller wildland fires have burned in locations across the state due to dry spring conditions. In addition to causing potential human health and safety concerns, wildfires also may affect local bird and wildlife populations.

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Saturday, July 8, 2023

Wildlife sightings out west: Bears, bison, coyotes, mountain goats, moose, deer and elk

 

Coyote

Arrived back in the Adirondacks today [Monday, July 3] after two days of being driven from West Yellowstone to Webster (and another four hours to get home from there today.) Made a stop at the Remsen bog on the way here and some of the showy lady’s slippers were still out. [I] also stopped to check on some of my Loons along the way. Some were still sitting, and others had hatched their chicks and were on the water with their young. So, if you are out and about on the water and see a family of Loons, give them some space and take pictures with a long lens.

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Thursday, July 6, 2023

Falconry, Wildlife Rehabilitator, and Leashed Tracking Dog Handler Exams Set for Aug.

Falcon

Examinations for individuals seeking a license to practice the sport of falconry, become a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator, or use leashed tracking dogs to find wounded or injured big game animals are scheduled for Friday, August 11, 2023. The registration deadline for these free online exams is August 9, 2023.

Free study guides, the link to the registration website, and directions on how to register is provided on each of the individual license webpages. An email acknowledgment of registration will be sent to applicants, and later, an additional one-time link to access the website on the day of the exam.

For questions or assistance, please email us.

 

Photo at top courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS.)


Sunday, July 2, 2023

BearWise campaign aims to help New Yorkers live responsibly with black bears

black bear

The NYS DEC recently announced that they are joining the BearWise campaign as a cooperative member state. BearWise was developed by biologists from state conservation agencies across the U.S. to ensure people, regardless of location, learn to live responsibly with bears. Using the “BearWise basics,” residents are encouraged to take simple steps at home (or when recreating outdoors) in order to avoid negative interactions with black bears.

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Saturday, July 1, 2023

Go West, Young Man: Trip to Yellowstone National Park

Moose

Here we go into Yellowstone [National] Park from the west entrance for the third time. Many adventures have occurred on [the days leading up to] our family adventures westward. I’ll fill [those] in as we traveled west in my next couple adventures. Here, we just went from Montana into Wyoming going into the park. We think we live in resort towns in the Adirondacks, but our motel (the Three Bears Inn) has more than four hundred units, which were all full.

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Saturday, June 24, 2023

June 16: Rare finds and odd happenings of past and present

Painted turtles

We got some badly-needed rain this week, mostly at night which was good for my Loon surveys. They don’t mind the rain, but I hate to get wet or wear so many clothes to keep dry [that] I get wet anyway. Some folks from Texas to Florida got much more [rain] than they needed with a foot to fifteen inches of rain in [one] day. Some got tornadoes along with these storms. One in the panhandle of Texas wiped out the town of Perryton with three people killed, one an eleven-year-old boy. Many of these storms had hail (from golf ball-size to baseball-size) as they swept across the south, leaving almost 600,000 [people] without power as winds were up to eighty miles per hour. Looking at the destruction of homes, it’s a wonder that more people weren’t killed.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

DEC Species Spotlight: Mink

 

mink

Mink (Mustela vison), perhaps one of wetland’s cutest furbearers, are primarily nocturnal carnivores that feel just at home on land as they do in water. Both their dense underfur, which is protected by oily guard hairs that make their coat waterproof, and a diet heavy in fish during winter explain why they spend time in the water.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Old Forge Library announces Summer Solstice event set for June 21 and more

The Old Forge Library has announced a roundup of events to suit a variety of ages and interests including herbal studies sessions, a summer solstice celebration, a call for art for a Local ART exhibition, a pride celebration, a writers workshop, and a meditation with trees outdoor workshop.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023

It’s National Pollinator Week: Importance of butterflies, bees, and more

Bee on a flower

National Pollinator Week is June 19-23. Pollinator Week is all about spreading awareness for the importance of butterflies, bats, birds, bees, and beetles.

Check out some of the resources below to learn more about protecting pollinators this month and year-round:
Provide a place for pollinators: Watch a video for tips on how to “Green Your Backyard” and support New York’s native pollinators at home: https://youtu.be/HAkeO_8eK4c

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Saturday, June 17, 2023

Wildflowers, renesting loons, and blackflies pushing canoes

Yellow lady's slippers.

The smoke has gone away (somewhat) with the recent rain and wind change. With 8 million acres-plus on fire, that makes lots of smoke. It was so bad when I was out on the Cedar River Flow that it hid a thunderstorm because you couldn’t see the real clouds. Suddenly there was thunder booming not far away. I made it back to the landing and just got the canoe strapped onto the truck when the skies opened up. There was hail and a big temperature change of about fifteen degrees.

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Saturday, June 17, 2023

ADK to host BioBlitz event on June 24

Cascade Welcome Center sign.

Lake Placid, NY — ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is excited to announce that it will be hosting a free BioBlitz event on June 24 at Cascade Welcome Center. Surrounded by 200 acres of forest and wetland, Cascade Welcome Center is home to a variety of ecosystems that have yet to be explored by naturalists. ADK is looking for volunteers of all ages and skill levels to help identify and document the property’s flora and fauna as a part of the event.

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Friday, June 16, 2023

Poetry: Odes to Adirondack Lupines

A line of lupines

 

Ranks of lupines
petals port-arms
ready to impale
with their vibrancy all
who pass them by on
a narrow gravel
Adirondack road.

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Thursday, June 15, 2023

DEC: Bass season opens today, June 15

Bass

The open season for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, collectively known as black bass, begins today, June 15 and extends through November 30. Not only are there plentiful waters to fish for them, but many provide outstanding opportunities to catch trophies. There’s a reason why New York draws national-level bass fishing tournaments every year.

Special fishing regulations exist for some waters, so be sure to check the current fishing regulations before heading out to fish.

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