Thursday, November 2, 2023

Lost and found on the old trail

 

The old trail was familiar. I walk it monthly. The loop meandering along the state and private land line was only two miles long. It showed some blazes on the trees left by the hunting parties and solo hunters who have hunted this section for generations. Less than a mile in, bordering state land,  I walked confidently in an October afternoon because it was a familiar route.  I wore a blaze orange vest because it was hunting season. Watching for the faded blazes on the trees was unnecessary. The past footfalls of others were easily followed. Someone had recently walked here. The beech leaves were beautiful this time of the year.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Tips for hunters, outdoor recreationists on safely sharing the woods this fall and winter

A hiking trail in the Adirondacks

On October 31, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) encouraged outdoor enthusiasts to respectfully share the woods and follow safety precautions this fall and winter. Hikers, nature photographers, leaf peepers, and mountain bikers are encouraged to follow safety measures while hunters and trappers are afield. Regular big game hunting season in the Northern Zone began Oct. 21 and closes Dec. 3. Bowhunting season for deer and bear is ongoing in the Southern Zone and ends at the beginning of the regular firearms season on Nov. 18.

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Sunday, October 29, 2023

From Rail to Trail

Adirondack Rail Trail closed for construction sign

 

From Rail to Trail

For an Adirondack Outlaw’s sneak peek at the new Adirondack Rail Trail, click the link & read on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo provided by Dick Monroe.

 


Sunday, October 29, 2023

Inlet: French Louie Fishing Derby Winners

A kid shows off a fish he caught

The annual French Louie Fishing Derby was a successful part of the 11th annual Adirondack Kids Day held on October 7, 2023. The rain did not stop 50, of the almost 200 children attending, from signing up to participate in the derby. The children, up to age 12, were given life jackets and poles before boarding party barges which took them out to the floating dock anchored on Fifth Lake. Each child spent about one hour catching and releasing over 100 fish.

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Saturday, October 28, 2023

Owls on the Move: Banding saw whet owls, other birds

Golden Crowed Kinglet.

This Covid thing really kicked me in the butt, so I slept through the weekend. I guess I didn’t miss anything other than the opening weekend of big game season. There were some wet hunters for sure, as the rain (if only a drizzle) never stopped. I did have enough energy to put back up my Saw Whet Owl nets late Sunday [October 22], but the drizzle continued after dark, so I never tried to catch any that night. The little birds were all over the ground under my feeders and a few new ones came in daily. I caught a few in the Potter traps and the only ones I’ve missed were three Pine Siskins that were around yesterday morning, October 23.

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Saturday, October 28, 2023

NFCT Completes Stewardship Projects Across Northeast

Staff and volunteers take a well-earned break after constructing new stone steps to a campsite on Lake Champlain's Valcour Island.

Staff, volunteers implement 20 projects in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) wrapped up its 2023 stewardship season earlier this fall, completing 20 projects across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

The NFCT’s stewardship crew consists of a stewardship director, field coordinator, paid interns and dozens of volunteers. Projects are carried out in collaboration with state environmental agencies, municipalities, foundations and corporate partners, as well as private landowners. The NFCT’s work is implemented along the woods and waters of the 740-mile canoe trail that begins in Old Forge, NY, and ends in Fort Kent, Maine. In recent years, the NFCT has expanded its stewardship program to include nearby waterways. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Paul Smith’s College VIC: Leave No Trace Spotlight program set for Oct. 27-29

Adirondack landscape on a sunny day

Paul Smiths, NY – All are welcome to join together this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 27 – 29 for a Leave No Trace Spotlight event focused on helping to protect Paul Smith‘s College Visitor Interpretive Center near Paul Smiths, New York. Leave No Trace’s new Spotlight program is a multi-day event to bring attention to community conservation, spread education, and to build momentum and inspire involvement for the future. Register online at this link. 

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Monday, October 23, 2023

Partnership to Keep Invasive Plants off Trails

Dix Boot brush stationKEENE, NY –Staff at the Ausable River Association (AsRA) have been building and installing hiking boot brush stations at trailheads to help keep terrestrial invasive species from spreading.

The new initiative builds upon AsRA‘s ongoing effort of preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species through placement of wader wash stations along the river during fishing season.

Invasive species are plants or animals that are non-native to an area and can cause environmental or economic harm. Introductions of invasive species can disrupt ecosystems, causing the loss of native species. Boot brush stations not only provide information about invasive species, specifically terrestrial invasive species and the threat they pose to native ecosystems, they also provide a simple way for people to help stop the spread.
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Saturday, October 21, 2023

Mitch and Jessi got married, saw whet owl net destroyed by buck

Tamarack’s at Red River

The mountainsides and lake shorelines are looking a lot grayer than they were a week ago, as most of the leaves are on the ground. The beech [trees] and what few oak [trees we have] in the area are still holding on to most of their leaves. The birds and animals have been working hard, collecting and eating the beechnuts. A few of the beech trees along my driveway have been a busy place with squirrels, chipmunks, crows, ravens and blue jays working overtime in the treetops. Many of these critters are putting these [beechnuts] in storage, [while] others are eating them on the spot. One of my owl nets is right under one of these trees. Those burrs (that hold the nuts) make a mess when they get into the nets. You must pick the burr apart to get them out of the mesh.

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Sunday, October 15, 2023

Tricks of the Trail

bobcat on a trail cam

 

Trail camera technology is not just for hunters. Folks might be surprised who they can find living right in their own back yards! For some tips & techniques on integrating trail camera technology into your personal “wilderness experience,” plus some of my own trail cam wildlife photography, click the link & read on: https://adirondackoutlaw.com/tricks-of-the-trail/.


Saturday, October 14, 2023

Can’t rain on their parade: Inlet’s Adirondack Kids Day fishing derby a success

Kids fish in the rain during Inlet's Adirondack Kids Day.

My rain gauge [read] three inches this morning (Monday, October 9) so since, Friday night [October 6] until this morning, it had rained…and I was out in it several times over the weekend. We had a few dry [Inlet’s Adirondack] Kids Day Fishing [Derbys] [in the past], but not many…so why start this weekend? It was wet (in fact – pouring rain) when we went out [on] October 7 with the first group of kids and some parents. You soon find out kids don’t care [about the rain,] they just want to catch a fish…so give them a pole and bait their hook, and they are fishing.

A few were dressed for the weather, [and] others were just getting wet…and catching fish. The fishing platform in Fifth Lake was a hot spot that morning. Fish were flopping on the deck all morning, [but] some got away. Sunfish of all sizes seemed to be the catch of the day. Some [kids also] caught fall fish, golden shiners, a small largemouth bass, and one rock bass. Most made it to the measuring board to get recorded for length. Some were fat and healthy, [and] others were short and skinny. [However,] they all counted in different age groups. Did I say it was wet? The worms were even swimming in the worm boxes before they went swimming in the water attached to a hook.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

DEC Announces Request for Information Submissions for Saranac Lake Depot, Submission Deadline Nov. 3

dec logoOn October 3, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced a call for submissions to the Saranac Lake Depot Request for Information (RFI). The RFI is an invitation to submit ideas and plans for use and public access to the historic Saranac Lake Depot building on the Adirondack Rail Trail in the village of Saranac Lake. The Depot is near the center of Saranac Lake and is located near the multi-use recreational Adirondack Rail Trail under development.

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Monday, October 9, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: Hiking with All Those Who Have Gone Before Me

An Adirondack High Peak

Our next OurStoryBridge Inc. story share is called Hiking with All Those Who Have Gone Before Me told by Bethany Garretson. It is a story of a young woman who begins hiking the 46 High Peaks and connects with not only the landscape, but some of history’s most legendary hikers. To listen to this story in its entirety, please visit the following link: https://app.memria.org/stories/public-story-view/c571df469b4343679a2e88c71c5af530/

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Sunday, October 8, 2023

Loon pics and moon shots

Loon on a lake

The sun provides illumination. The author has used it to capture these photos.

The loons often cry out under the moon. Their haunting songs travel well across the water at nighttime when the only other birds who give a hoot are owls.

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Sunday, October 8, 2023

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Volunteers Upgrade Historic Portage and Campsites

SARANAC LAKE, NY — The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) has completed critical restoration of the historic Indian Carry portage connecting Stony Creek Ponds and Upper Saranac Lake, enhancing safety for users and protecting against environmental degradation.
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