Sunday, October 27, 2019

Update on DEC’s Spruce Grouse Recovery Efforts

researcher capturing a spruce grouse by Angelena Ross DEC Wildlife Staff is involved in a spruce grouse translocation project to help boost numbers of the state-endangered spruce grouse and to improve genetic diversity of the remaining population in New York.

To meet the goal of maintaining their population in NY over the next 100 years, wildlife staff believe they will need to release 250 adult individuals from outside populations into NY over the next five years and manage habitat at several sites. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 27, 2019

Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Parkway Free Days

Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Parkway in Lake GeorgeProspect Mountain Veterans Memorial Parkway will be open for free on the first two weekends in November and on Veterans Day, November 11th.

Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Parkway climbs 5.5-miles from the entry gate to a parking lot just below the summit. There are three separate overlooks along the parkway — the Narrows, Lake George, and Eagle’s Eye — from which to enjoy the scenery of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake George. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 27, 2019

Wild Center Awarded Grant For Climate Change Education Space

wild center logoThe Wild Center has been awarded a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to create an exhibition space that helps re-frame how science museums present and interpret climate change.

Set to open June 2021, the exhibit titled Solutions: Voices from the Frontlines of Climate Change is expected to present practical, regionally-relevant climate solutions that illustrate the opportunity of climate resilience to The Wild Center’s 100,000+ yearly visitors. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Winners of ‘WomenHuntFishNY’ Fishing Photo Contest

Brianna Cook provided by DECNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the winners of the angling segment of the WomenHuntFishNY photo contest, held this summer. After sifting through almost 4,000 photo entries, DEC staff chose 14 winners and runners-up. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Poetry: Night Songs

Night Songs

I waken, alert,
To the songs of the dark night,
Hunkering shadow-shaped coyotes,
Mimicking, throwing plaintive howls,
Against the stark, crying vibrato
Of sleek, red-eyed jurassic loons,
They worship in tandem,
Pledging love to the spectral moon,
A timeless nocturnal duet.
Tall conifers and sleeping mountains harken,
Sheltering those calls, echoing, echoing,
Magnified across still, silver water,
Lonely sounds, proud, primitive, wild,
Undaunted,
Triumphant melodic affirmations of survival,
Of life bravely continued,
“We..are..still.. here…”, they sing,
“After all!”

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Friday, October 25, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, October 25, 2019

NCCC to host Domestic Violence Survivor Night

NCCC logoNorth Country Community College is set to host a Domestic Violence Awareness and Survivor Night on Monday, October 28th, from 6 to 8 pm, at its Malone Campus.

The goal of the event is to help break the silence surrounding domestic violence. Attendees are encouraged to share stories of surviving domestic violence, volunteer to read a survivor’s story or simply show support by being present for others to share their story. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 25, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, October 24, 2019

New Invasive Intercepted at Lake Champlain Boat Launch

Hydrilla verticillataIn early September, The Lake Champlain Basin Program’s boat launch steward Matthew Gorton was conducting routine boat inspections at the South Hero John Guilmette. There to help prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species, Gorton noticed an unusual looking plant hanging off a trailer backing into the Lake.

While Lake Champlain is host to 51 known nonnative and invasive aquatic species, Hydrilla verticillata has not yet been found there. The watercraft carrying the plant was last in the Connecticut River, a system in which the highly invasive plant hydrilla is well established. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Oct 24)

atlas 10-24This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and updated on Friday.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adklmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Plan ahead and prepare. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water and lights, and a map. When on the trail, stay together, monitor the time, and be prepared to turn back. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, a map and compass, and the knowledge to use them. Inform someone of your itinerary and before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

October 24th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Paul Smith’s College Awarded $100k for Esports

Stewart's Shops/Dake Family awards Paul Smith's College $100,000 for esports lab

Paul Smith’s College has accepted a $100,000 gift to fund the creation of an on-campus training and competition space for Esports, featuring “state-of-the-art gaming equipment and spectator seating.”

The gift comes from Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family and the facility will be named “The Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family Esports Lab.”  It’s expected to serve as home field for the college’s esports club, which quickly brought on 70 members since its formation this spring. On-campus tournaments are expected to be hosted in the space. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Warren County Historical Society Open House Nov 7th

Warren County Historical SocietyThe Warren County Historical Society is set to hold its annual Open House on Saturday, November 9th from 11 am to 2 pm at its headquarters and museum on 50 Gurney Lane, in Queensbury, NY.

The Society’s new permanent exhibition, “Warren County 360: Celebrating Place and People,” will be featured, along with a display of Warren County postmarks and post office history, as well as a “Hands-On-History” station. The Book and Gift Shop will be open for shopping, and refreshments will be provided. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Twitchell Lake History: ‘A Melancholy Occurrence’

Pencil Sketch of Guide Amos Spafford on Winter Photo of Twitchell Lake“Melancholy Occurrence” was a fairly common expression for a tragic event in the middle of the 19th century.  A search of historic newspapers revealed the phrase was used some 250 times from 1820 to 1870.  Several of these were murder cases, such as the son of the Spanish Consul being stabbed through the heart with a cane sword by an angry neighbor. But most were unexpected events such as a fatal strike by lightening, a young fire victim, or a drowning.

One occurred at Twitchell Lake. In a December 3, 1856 article titled “Melancholy Occurrence,” The Lewis County Banner reported that Briggs Wightman stepped onto ice while hunting, crashed through, and drowned. Adirondack Guide named Amos Spafford (1824-1897) came out on the north shore of Twitchell Lake and observed a hat and a gun lying next to a large hole in the ice. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Artists Sought for Wintry Mix Art of Ice and Snow Exhibit

Solstice by Diane E LeifheitView, the Center for Arts and Culture in Old Forge, is seeking artists to submit work that celebrates beautiful and magical winters in the Adirondacks for View’s upcoming Wintry Mix: Art of Ice and Snow exhibition.

This year’s Juror is pastel artist Diane E. Leifheit. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally, and she is a member of the Adirondack Pastel Society, Saranac Lake ArtWorks, and The Strand Art Center Cooperative Gallery. Her work can be viewed on her website. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Lost, Injured Adirondack Hikers Spur Rescues

forest ranger logoNew 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.