The 27th Annual Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest is set for this weekend, Sept. 22-23.
Oktoberfest is a way to celebrate the beginning of the autumn season and the winter season ahead with tall mugs of beer and festival fun for the entire family. Events will run Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. » Continue Reading.
NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery has announced “Back to the Future,” an exhibit by Heidi Gutersloh and David Woodward. The opening reception has been set for Friday, October 5, from 5 to 7 pm at 11 Woodruff Street, Saranac Lake.
The reception is free and open to the public, light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display through October 29th. » Continue Reading.
September is the peak of autumn bird migration, and billions of birds are winging their way south in dramatic pulses. A new study published in the journal Science reports that scientists can now reliably predict these waves of bird migration up to seven days in advance. The study details the underlying methods that power migration forecasts, which can be used as a bird conservation tool.
In this study, the researchers quantified 23 years of spring bird migration across the United States using 143 weather radars, highly sensitive sensors that scientists can use to monitor bird movements. They filtered out precipitation and trained a machine learning model to associate atmospheric conditions with levels of bird migration countrywide. Eighty percent of variation in bird migration intensity was explained by the model. To view a radar loop depicting bird migration during spring 2018, click here. » Continue Reading.
Cornell Cooperative Extension have announced a Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation Workshop has been set for Saturday, September 29, from 10 am to 1 pm, at Paul Smith’s College VIC; 8023 State Route 30; Paul Smiths.
The workshop is designed to introduce gardeners, market growers, and woodland owners who would like to grow low-maintenance shiitake mushrooms as a home hobby or small fresh-market business venture to the principles and techniques used for successfully inoculating and cultivating delicious, healthy shiitake mushrooms on logs in outdoor environments. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack History Museum has announced their annual Historian’s Day event has been set for Friday, October 12th, from 10 am to 2 pm. This years theme is “Researching Diversity in the Adirondacks” and will feature three guest presenters. » Continue Reading.
Many nightshades are safe and delicious, and go well in sandwiches and sauces. A few are deadly, dished up mainly by criminals, but most occupy a gray area between these two extremes. Worldwide, there are around 2,700 shades of nightshade, a family known to Latin geeks as Solanaceae. The family comprises tasty crops like tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, and tomatillos. It is also composed in part by jimsonweed and other shady characters which have wrought mayhem and death, both accidental and intentional, throughout history.
Nightshades are present on every continent except Antarctica, though Australia and South America have the greatest diversity, and overall numbers, of species. Tobacco is one of the most economically important nightshades, while other family members, for example petunias and Chinese lanterns, spice up our yards. The majority of nightshades are wild species, some of which have been used as sources of medicine for millennia. » 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 duo Alex Smith & Dan Berggren are set to perform Adirondack folk and roots music on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 pm at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.
Veteran folksinger Dan Berggren and emerging singer-songwriter Alex Smith’s similarities outnumber their 40-year age gap: both were raised in small Adirondack towns, studied at St. Lawrence University, keep a keen ear out for local stories, and write songs that reach far beyond the Blue Line. » Continue Reading.
A front-runner for 1930s “it seemed like a good idea at the time” award was 40-year-old Harry Baxter of Syracuse. In early September, he and his wife, Louisa, and one of their sons were camping at Black Lake in western St. Lawrence County. Thirty-six hours later he was in desperate straits, clinging to a small, rocky island and life itself.
Harry’s troubles resulted from a series of questionable choices. The first was fishing from a small boat in conditions that Baxter himself later described as heavy seas. The second was going alone, perhaps not the best idea, and the third was where he chose to fish — after all, alone and in stormy waters, where else to set up but near the center of the lake, which spans more than two miles at its widest point.
Because the water was quite rough, he anchored both ends of the boat, enabling him to stay in one spot to fish. While it seemed like a good idea at the time, it also prevented the boat from moving with the water, thus making capsizing much more likely from wave action and water splashing into the boat. » Continue Reading.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the State is prohibiting parking on the shoulders of both lanes of State Route 73 near the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead starting Friday, Sept. 21. According to an announcement by DEC: “The parking prohibition supports DEC’s multi-year, comprehensive effort to promote sustainable tourism and address public safety in the Adirondacks.”
Parking will be prohibited on the shoulder of the northbound lane from the entrance to the Roaring Brook Trailhead Parking area north to the bridge over Putnam Brook. Parking will be prohibited on the shoulder of the southbound lane between the guiderails south of Putnam Brook Bridge. » Continue Reading.
Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance has announced their third annual LGBTQ Pride Event has been set for Saturday September 29th from noon to 4 pm, beginning at Trinity Park in Plattsburgh.
This family friendly event for all ages is intended to bring members of the LGBTQI+ community, family members and allies from the regional Adirondack North Country area as well as people from across New York State and Vermont, together to stand side by side to promote love, acceptance, respect and unity. » Continue Reading.
The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is set to host its second Amy’s Adventure Race for the Lake (Amy’s Race) at Amy’s Park in North Bolton on Saturday, September 29. The race course, which is 4.5 miles/7.2 kilometers in length, is entirely off-road, and goes over brooks, up hills and through the scenic marshes of the 500-acre preserve.
All ages are welcome to compete, and friends and family are encouraged to attend to cheer on the competitors. Registrations for the race can be made online for $25 per person or the morning of the race for $30 (registration opens at 7 am). » Continue Reading.
The northern watersnake, Nerodia sipedon, has a lot going against it in the eyes of most people. I’ve watched this medium- to large-sized snake clear a crowded lakeside beach in a matter of moments.
As the local naturalist in my small town, I’ve become this snake’s self-appointed public defender. I’ve stopped children chasing it with large sticks, parents with rocks ready to throw, and once, a policeman who came ready to shoot.
Fort Ticonderoga’s Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival has been set for October 6, 2018.
Visitors can discover the historical importance of horses and other working animals during demonstrations, meet friendly farm animals, stroll through a farmers market featuring local food, beverages and crafts, participate in family activities including a six-acre corn maze, and purchase harvest vegetables and plants from the historic King’s Garden. » Continue Reading.
As the hiker capers through
an unpainted gallery of birch
logs, the crackling of chipmunks
on sticks carries no weight.
Captured by the sculpted breath
of a grey-lyre like wind-his love
of the trail corresponds to inter
rupted questions: the cadence
of candy apple brown pine cones,
and the moon hiding its migration
within the amber colored glass of
monarch eyes. Yes, the hiker walks
towards unborn steps, since before
his seed heart began pumping in
the silent chamber of the placenta.
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