Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2019 Campground Ambassador Program Planned

DEC Campground AmbassadorThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the opening of the 2019 application period for the Campground Ambassador program as part of the state’s Adventure NY initiative to connect more New Yorkers with the outdoors.

Volunteer Campground Ambassadors support DEC campground staff in welcoming and assisting the millions of visitors that vacation in the Adirondack and Catskill parks each year. The program was introduced last year, and the first group of ambassadors were working in the field during Summer 2018. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

VIEW’s Executive Director Stepping Down

Jeff Grimshaw, Executive Director of View Arts Center in Old Forge, has announced he will step down on December 14th, 2018.

Grimshaw has led View for the past two years. Bernadette Sunderlin, Director of Operations at View, will serve as interim director while View searches for a new director. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Gray Jays: Souls of Dead Woodsmen

gray jay The sound of a gray jay (Perisoreus canadensis) evokes an image of the North Woods: dark green spruce trees, spire-like balsam fir, and bare-branched tamaracks silhouetted against a raw, slate-colored sky; the smell of woodsmoke in the air and a dusting of fresh snow on the ground. I see these birds occasionally around our cabin in northern New Hampshire and on hikes at higher elevations in the White Mountains. They’ve always had an air of mystery about them.

The bird is often heard before it’s seen. The gray jay has a number of calls, whistles, and imitations in his repertoire: many are harsh sounding, and I have witnessed gray jays mimic the scream of the blue jay. My favorite call, though, is what some ornithologists refer to as “the whisper song.” This is a soft, warbling chatter that can sound either cheerful or melancholy – depending, I suppose, on the mood of the listener. Not long after hearing the whisper song, a group of birds will suddenly appear, silently swooping and gliding from branch to branch. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Arts Center Closing for Season December 15th

Blue Mountain Lake Arts CenterThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts has announced a last day/holiday sale and celebration has been set for Saturday, December 15th, from 10 am to 4 pm. Support local artisans and the Arts Center with 10 to 50% off selected merchandise. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

‘Lost Buildings of Saranac Lake’ on Display

Model of the Berkeley Hotel by John WheelerAn exhibition of models by John Wheeler of the lost buildings of Saranac Lake was revealed on Friday, November 30th. The exhibit, titled “Remember When?” will be displayed for the holiday season in the windows of the former Sears building at 66 Main Street. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 3, 2018

Man Dies On Owl’s Head; Woman Rescued From Whiteface

DEC Forest RangerNew 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.


Monday, December 3, 2018

New Book On Adirondack Guideboats Published

adirondack guideboat bookThe life’s work of Stephen Sulavik, The Adirondack Guideboat: Its Origins, Its Builders and Their Boats (Bauhan Publishing, 2018) provides a heavily illustrated history of the iconic Adirondack guideboat.

Stephen Sulavik was a pulmonary surgeon fascinated by the guideboats. Upon his death, his book was shepherded to publication by his friend and former Chairman of the Board of the Adirondack Museum, Robert Worth. He enlisted the help of historian Edward “Ted” Comstock and guideboat builder and expert Christopher Woodward to revise and complete the project. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 3, 2018

New Champlain Maritime Museum Director Named

lake champlain maritime museum logoLake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) has announced Susan Evans McClure is to become its new Executive Director in early 2019.

McClure was previously the Director of Programs and Audience Development at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and has been Executive Director of VSA Vermont since last year. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 3, 2018

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Workshop Set For Warrensburg

Hemlock woolly adelgidNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Warren County Cornell Cooperative Extension have announced a workshop on hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) has been set for December 15, at the DEC Region 5 Office in Warrensburg.

Charlotte Malmborg, a natural resources technician with the New York State Hemlock Initiative at Cornell University (NYSHI), will provide information on the importance of hemlock trees in northeastern forests, the threat presented by HWA, and how landowners can identify and manage HWA infestations. She will also introduce New York State Hemlock Initiative’s research of biological control opportunities and describe the role of NYSHI in promoting hemlock conservation in New York State. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Paul Hetzler Ranting About Ravens

common ravens Over the past two decades, biologists have been busy studying one of our native mythological birds. At once the most widely distributed member of the crow family, and a figure revered across the globe by civilizations both ancient and modern, the common raven (Corvus corax) is anything but ordinary.

In Norse mythology, the god Odin had two ravens who flew around the world gathering information for him, and the Irish giant and culture-hero Cú Chulainn was honored by a visit from the goddess Morrígan who appeared as a raven. To the modern Haida and Tlingit peoples out West, the raven is a bird of surpassing intelligence, as well as a culture-hero who is responsible for creating humans, and causing much mischief as an inveterate trickster. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Winter Experiences at Fort Ticonderoga

Battle on Snowshoes Reenactment Fort Ticonderoga has announced a new schedule of programs during its Winter Quarters season. From now through April, visitors can attend living history events, engaging seminars, specialty programs, behind-the-scenes VIP Tours, and hands-on workshops.

Guests will have the opportunity to explore Fort Ticonderoga during what was traditionally the “Winter Quarters” season for armies of the 18th century. Groups of 15 or more are also invited to schedule a visit to have the entire site to themselves and a dedicated historic interpreter for their tour during Winter Quarters. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Adirondack Nonprofit Seminar Planned

Andy Robinson Adirondack Foundation has announced they are offering a seminar called “Money for Nonprofits: How to Raise It, How to Manage It” on Saturday, December 8, at Tupper Arts, in Tupper Lake.

This day of professional development is geared toward small nonprofits, and will be led by Andy Robinson, who has trained and supported thousands of nonprofit staff and volunteer leaders in 47 states and across Canada. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Caring For Houseplants During Adirondack Winters

Snake Plant In winter, when we spend most of our time indoors, houseplants can add beauty, color, warmth, and contrast to living spaces. Several scientific studies indicate that they improve indoor air quality, too.

Successful houseplant horticulture doesn’t have to be difficult. You need to start with plants that are healthy and free of pests. And you need to understand how indoor environments affect plant growth. Even healthy plants may not survive (and certainly won’t thrive), unless they’re given the amounts of humidity, light, water, and fertilizer that they require. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Spring Fed Brook

 

A Spring Fed Brook

Like a spring fed brook,
we all start without answering.

Held together by opposite sides.

Deeply cleft, grey-green with
lichens bent by the wind


Friday, November 30, 2018

Featured Hike: Clements Pond, Keene

clements pond trailClements Pond, part of the Wilmington Wild Forest, can be reached on a 1.5-mile lightly trafficked trail which ascends about 650 feet before dropping down to this scenic pond with nearby Clement Mountain rising 900 feet above it. The pond is stocked with brook trout and has a surface area of 2.6 acres. » Continue Reading.