Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Race to the Bottom: Water Bears and Moss Piglets

water bear under microscopePint-size pets were practical, once upon a time. A hunter using a wolf-like dog to ferret out game would bring home less bacon than one who used a terrier for the same tracking services.

Presumably, small hunting dogs mating with dust-mops is what gave rise to Shih Tzus and other foofy mini-dogs, which sadly are no longer in high demand now that Roombas can do the same job for cheaper. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Workshop in Warrensburg

hemlock woolly adelgidThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Warren County Cornell Cooperative Extension are set to host a workshop on hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) on April 11, at the DEC Region 5 Office in Warrensburg, NY, from 5 to 8 pm.

The hemlock woolly adelgid, a tiny insect from East Asia first discovered in New York in 1985, attacks forest and ornamental hemlock trees. It feeds on young twigs, causing needles to dry out and drop prematurely and causing branch dieback. Hemlock decline and mortality typically occur within four to 10 years of infestation in the insect’s northern range. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

2019 CATS Grand Hike Route Announced

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) has announced the route for the 2019 Grand Hike on May 11 which includes revisions to last years route. For the last few years, the final stretch of the 14-mile Grand Hike from Westport to Essex included a three-mile walk along Route 22.

This year, though, the route leaves the highway for all but 500 feet and instead crosses scenic pastures and forests before connecting with Blockhouse Road into Essex. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Conservation Minute: The Backyard Conservationist

lplc conservation minuteWhether you own acres of land or have a small flower garden, you have an important role to play in creating spaces that support wildlife. As our forests become more fragmented, its critical to start looking toward our front and back yards, and even our patios, to consider managing these spaces for biodiversity. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Funds Awarded for Foreign Language Teaching

Teacher Jane Hinckley with her class as they learn vocabulary and grammar through an interactive programThe Adirondack Foreign Language Enhancement Fund (AFLEF) at Adirondack Foundation has awarded $58,445 in grants to 32 classrooms — from pre-kindergarten to high school — across the region.

The grants are helping French and Spanish teachers help their students acquire language skills and develop cultural awareness in the following schools: Ausable Valley, Beekmantown, Chateaugay, Clifton-Fine, Colton-Pierrepont, Crown Point, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Indian Lake, Johnsburg, Lake Placid, Lakeside (Essex), Little Peaks (Keene), Malone, Mayfield, Newcomb, Northeastern Clinton, Peru, Queensbury Union Free, Remsen, Saranac Lake, Schroon Lake, St. Agnes (Lake Placid), St. Regis Falls, Ticonderoga, Tupper Lake. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

John Brown Lives! Awarded Grant by Parks & Trails

john brown livesJohn Brown Lives! (JBL!) has been awarded a $31,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Fund’s (EPF) Park and Trail Partnership Program to enhance interpretation at the John Brown Farm and to develop outreach strategies that raise awareness of and support of the site.

JBL! became the official Friends Group of the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid in 2016. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 1, 2019

Cooper’s Hawk

cooper hawk Once, when I was living in a house on the edge of a forest in Western Massachusetts, an early-spring storm blew in and left about a foot of snow in its wake. Worried about the birds, many of which had just returned to their northern breeding grounds, I spent the day replenishing the feeders and scattering extra seeds on the deck and in the yard. I watched through the sliding glass doors, as dozens of songbirds flitted in and out my view. It was a mesmerizing scene.

My reverie was broken, however, when a large bird torpedoed out of the woods and snatched one of the songbirds off the ground. It flew with such speed, I barely had time to register its presence. All of the birds, however, instantly dispersed, as if vaporized. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 1, 2019

Burn Ban In Effect

fire by town 2017Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has reminded residents that with spring approaching conditions for wildfires will become heightened and residential brush burning is prohibited through May 14 across New York State.

Even though much of the state is currently blanketed in snow, warming temperatures can quickly cause wildfire conditions to arise. Many areas, including in the Southeastern and Eastern Adirondacks, already have large areas devoid of snow.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Adirondack Garden Club Goes To Washington

Meredith Hanna Representative Elise Stefanik Lyn Flyn at NAL 2019Two Garden Club of America (GCA) members, Lyn Flyn and Meredith Hanna from the Adirondack Garden Club, recently attended a conference and lobbying day with a focus on advocacy training in Washington, DC.

The first day of the conference was spent learning how to advocate by working with representatives for legislation that supports the environment. The second day they learned about the proposed bills in Congress that the GCA is advocating for and listened to scientific experts highlighting environmental threats, including the importance of those bills in protecting the environment. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Paul Hetzler: Let Them Eat Trees

Nearly all historians agree Marie Antoinette probably never coined the phrase “let them eat cake,” a saying already in popular culture before her time. The saying was ascribed to her by opponents to bolster her reputation as a callous and arrogant aristocrat. She would have seemed far more benevolent if she had said “let them eat trees.”

From remote villages to five-star urban restaurants, people around the world consume all manner of delectable dishes featuring second-hand wood. Although that is not generally how it is featured on the menu. Mushrooms such as inky cap, oyster and shiitake have a voracious appetite for wood, a substance that very few organisms eat because it is so hard to digest. Anyone who has tried to dine on lumber can attest to that. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Beyond the Peaks Student Film Fest Deadline Nears

adkaction filmfestStudents are invited to submit films before the April 10th deadline of the Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival.

This event is designed to offer a red carpet showcase of student creativity and talent. All middle school and high school-aged students in the Adirondack region are eligible to enter films and win prizes. Community members are welcome to register to attend the festival as well, free of charge.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Business Transition Workshops Announced

Center for Businesses in Transition community liaisons and other community leaders gather in the ANCA officeThe North Country Center for Businesses in Transition has announced a series of monthly workshops that hope to meet the needs of local entrepreneurs as they plan for the future.

The Center for Businesses in Transition, a collaborative partnership led by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), is invested in the retention of businesses in North Country communities. The Center’s partner organizations and community liaisons provide resources and networking opportunities for business owners looking to transition their operations to new owners or ownership models. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Adirondack Folk School Readies For Spring

Lake Luzerne’s Adirondack Folk School is making sure everyone is set for spring with a variety of craft and artisan classes. When the snow finally melts, flies, reeds, and rods are just a few of the offering to get people out of winter mode and to be summer ready. With a focus on introducing and maintaining traditional folk arts, the Adirondack Folk School provides a variety of classes that appeal to all skill levels.

The Adirondack Folk School opened in June of 2010 and has grown throughout the years. The goal of providing a location to learn and preserve traditional folk skill classes resonated with local residents as well as participants from across nation. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Be Alert For Rabid Wildlife in Eastern Essex County

DEC logoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has advised the public to be alert for wildlife exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior toward people and pets. Reports of wildlife behaving in this manner have resulted in positive rabies tests in the towns of Moriah, Crown Point, and Ticonderoga in Eastern Essex County. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Trout Season Opens Monday, April 1

brown troutMonday, April 1st, is opening day for trout fishing.  Currently, rivers and brooks in much of the Adirondacks are dangerous or difficult or impossible to access due to deep snow and ice. Rivers and brooks in the Southern Adirondacks and eastern valleys are open but there remains some patches of ice and snow along the banks, and water temperatures are extremely cold.

Water levels will rise as snow melts this weekend. There remains deep snow in the mountains, 6 to 8 feet on some summits, so expect waters to rise significantly from morning to afternoon during the warm days of spring. Monitor water levels to ensure your safety.

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