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.
On Friday, September 7, the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) marked the opening of the Leeming Jelliffe Preserve in Huletts Landing with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by nearly 40 community members and supporters of the project.
The 33.3-acre upland preserve was purchased by the LGLC in April. Over the summer, LGLC staff and volunteers blazed a short, easy trail to the preserve’s viewpoint overlooking the narrows and Silver Bay on the western shore. There is currently a small road-front area for parking; a larger parking lot may be created, if needed. » Continue Reading.
The Cornell Small Farms program, part of Cornell Cooperative Extension has announced online courses aimed at supporting small farmers, as well as those interested in starting small farms.
Courses being offered this year cover a wide range of topics including business planning, Quickbooks for farmers, vegetable production, woodlot management, commercial sheep production, getting started with pastured pigs, maple syrup production, growing mushrooms, tree fruit production, and more.
Courses are suitable for everyone including those who are aspiring to farm, just beginning to farm, or even those who have been farming for years. » Continue Reading.
The Whallonsburg Grange Hall is set to host five lectures for its fall Lyceum series on the theme of “Landscapes, Real and Imagined.” The series takes place on Tuesday nights at 7:30 beginning on September 25 and running through October 23.
The series will examine different aspects of the historical and physical landscape, along with some that have been invented or interpreted. Presenters will discuss how what we “see” in the landscape is altered by our individual perspective and what we think we know about these places. Lectures will be followed by discussion from the audience. » Continue Reading.
The Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) has published a full-color map of more than 75 miles of moutain-bike trails in Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Wilmington, and Elizabethtown.
In all, the map shows trail networks in 10 locations: Mount Pisgah and Dewey Mountain in Saranac Lake; Brewster Peninsula, Henry’s Woods, and the woods near the Lake Placid Club and Craig Wood golf course in Lake Placid; the Flume and Hardy Road trails in Wilmington; and Blueberry Hill and Otis Mountain in Elizabethtown. » Continue Reading.
World-renowned stone sculptor John Van Alstine’s interpretation of nature’s interaction with the manmade world extends from his art to his home to his appreciation of the world around him.
Large-scale abstract sculptures of found stone with steel and bronze surround and occupy many of the six buildings on his nine-acre complex — the former Adirondack Lumber Company mill along the Sacandaga River. » Continue Reading.
New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced their schedule of events on the Whiteface Lake Placid fall/winter 2018-’19 calendar. Dates and schedules are subject to change.
High Peaks Cyclery of Lake Placid is sponsoring the second annual Adirondack Rock Climbing Rendezvous the weekend of September 28-30. The agenda includes climbing clinics, tours of local cliffs, slide shows, and music.
Colin Loher, a climbing guide and one of the organizers, said the goals of the three-day rendezvous are to promote safe climbing and to celebrate the region’s natural resources – “the vast constellation of cliffs, walls, and precipices that bejewel the Adirondack Park.”
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Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.
BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, extra clothing, a flashlight, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods. Just 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.
The Town of Johnsburg is connecting its history through storytelling and activities for the third year. The annual Johnsburg History Weekend blends together a grave yard tour, live music, lectures, and children’s activities to make history come alive.
Schaeffer explains how 25 years ago a group of concerned citizens saw the deterioration of the North Creek train depot. The platform and depot where Teddy Roosevelt learned about President McKinley’s death and his own presidential succession on September 14, 1901 was becoming just another forgotten piece of history. » Continue Reading.
Plug-in electric vehicle drivers, supporters, and interested local residents are invited to attend The Wild Center’s celebration of National Drive Electric Week on Saturday, September 15 from 11 am to 3 pm.
National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. » Continue Reading.
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