Sunday, February 11, 2024

The Hyde Collection presents “Faces of Love” Candlelight Tour, Feb. 15

Ingres - Paolo and Francesca cropped, provided by Hyde websiteGlen Falls, NY – The Hyde Collection is presenting “Faces of Love” for its February Art After Hours programming in the spirit of love and artistry. This enchanting candlelight tour, taking place Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m., will showcase several carefully selected masterpieces from the Renaissance to the 20th Century, exploring the themes of love, lust, and loss. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Discussion time: Campground stays?

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To quote “The Sound of Music”: How to solve a problem like online campground reservations? As anyone who camps in DEC campgrounds knows, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to nab a great site. You have to time it just right, and hope someone else doesn’t get it first at 9 a.m. on the day nine months from when you want to go.

We’ve been following DEC’s idea to test longer stays at Rollins Pond Campground. The plan was recently put on hold. What’s your take? Should the Reserve America system get scrapped? Should campsite “no-shows” forfeit their sites?

Weigh in here!

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Weekly news round up

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Use non-toxic fishing tackle, lead poisoning leading cause of loon deaths

Paradox Pete stuffed animal in the snow

Winter held on for another week, giving snowmobilers and skiers some snow to play on…but be careful of ice conditions with all the freezing and thawing we’ve had this winter. Punxsutawney Phil and Ellie George’s Paradox Pete didn’t see their shadows, so we can look for Spring most any time. Since we’ve had six Spring Breaks so far this winter, that won’t be anything new.

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Saturday, February 10, 2024

LGLC receives $86k to manage invasive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

An infested hemlock branch showing the woolly masses of hemlock woolly adelgid, found at the LGLC’s protected Clark Hollow Bay Preserve in Putnam.
Bolton Landing, NY
– The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $86,215 to support the LGLC’s rapid response and management efforts to control the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) on its Clark Hollow Bay Preserve in the Town of Putnam. The LGLC’s Land Steward discovered an infestation of HWA at its recently acquired 60-acre Clark Hollow Bay property in the spring of 2023. This was the first time HWA had been found on LGLC protected property, and is at the northern frontier of the HWA infestation at Lake George and in the Adirondack Park. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Help count birds Feb. 16-19

northern cardinal in a tree

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a fun event for bird watchers of all ages and abilities, from beginners to experts. The annual GBBC will be held Friday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 19. Participants are needed! To help, you will need to count birds for at least 15 minutes (or longer if you wish) for one or more days of the four-day event. You can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.

Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing and how to protect them.

Need more information?

Photo at top: Northern cardinal. Photo by Frank Beres. Photo provided by the NYS DEC.

Friday, February 9, 2024

The Roosevelts of Johnsburg

The 1858 Chace map of Warren County has all three of Nicholas4 children. Catharine is living with husband J. D. Dunn; Nicholas V is N. Roosevelt north of Nobels Corners and Robert is R. G. Roosevelt to the south at the old Elm Hill estate.

Amid the obscure graves in the Johnsburg Methodist Church cemetery just south of Route 8, are four markers bearing one of the most famous last names in U.S. history. The interred – Nicholas, a second Nicholas, Robert, and Catharine – were all Roosevelts. But were these the Roosevelts, related to two American presidents? And, if they were, how did they end up in the North Country?
By tracing the lineage of these Johnsburg Roosevelts, we discover something surprising. Not only did our local branch have ties to national politics, but they also have an outsized impact on politics, real estate, and even the economy of the Adirondacks.

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Friday, February 9, 2024

Miracle Ice

Steps of Olympic Center in winter

Ice that melts ice

The new refrigeration system at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid hums away throughout the winter, cooling three indoor rinks and the massive outdoor skating oval.

Upgraded in 2021 for $11.5 million, the improved system does something visitors to the Olympic rinks may not realize: It helps keep the sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

The massive compressors generate waste heat as they chill glycol pumped underneath the rinks. That heat is then sent to pipes installed underneath some of the center’s sidewalks outside. That repurposed waste heat helps keep the facility’s walkways clear and dry.

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Friday, February 9, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (2/9): Rising temps this weekend, signs of avalanche

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.


  • Closed Snowmobile Trails: As of 2/8, snowmobile trails in certain areas of the Adirondacks have been CLOSED due to inadequate trail conditions. Visitors are advised to plan ahead and check local club, county, and state webpages and resources, including the NYSSA Snowmobile web map, for up-to-date snowmobile trail information. As always, snowmobile access is dependent on conditions and can change quickly.

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Friday, February 9, 2024

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Think Snow – Gardens and Forests Need It

Heavy snow on trees

In her poem “It Sifts from Leaden Sieves,” Emily Dickinson lauds the sublime beauty of snow – gossamer flakes that garnish a forest, wispy grains that infiltrate nooks and crannies, and wind-sculpted rings of snow around fence posts. Given that the poet lived in a time before cars and stayed in her bedroom for 20 years, she never had to shovel snow, trudge through it, or drive in it. One is less apt to admire “alabaster wool” when the plow wings a mountain of it onto the driveway you just shoveled.

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Lead Poisoning: The Leading Cause of Death in Adirondack Loons in 2023

x-ray of a loon that swallowed lead fishing tackle.

Although legislation was passed in 2004 that banned the sale of small lead fishing tackle in New York, the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation has continued to document Adirondack loons dying from lead poisoning after ingesting lead jigheads and sinkers that are still legal to use. In 2023, five out of 12 dead loons that were collected and submitted to the NYS DEC’s Wildlife Health Program for necropsy died due to lead poisoning, making it the leading cause of death in these unfortunate birds. Other causes of death included trauma, illness, and parasites.

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Saratoga Tree Nursery annual sale going on now


School Seedling Program Application Period Now Open

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery officially kicked off the annual spring seedling sale, which is now open to the public and runs until May 10. Each year, the nursery offers low-cost, New York-grown tree and shrub species for sale to encourage plantings that help conserve New York’s natural resources and foster the next generation of forests.

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Wildlife crossing bill moves

A woman in a bike helmet takes a photo of roadkill


The state Senate’s environmental conservation committee today [Feb. 5] passed a bill enacting New York’s Wildlife Crossing Act. It directs the state Department of Transportation and the New York State Thruway Authority to identify sites where wildlife crossings are needed. Federal funding may be used to build the top five projects the state agencies identify.

Check out my colleague Mike Lynch’s story about why creating different kinds of safe passages for wildlife is important at this link. 

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

When The Ghost Whispers “Dig”

This story is my salute to Black History Month. Written as historical fiction, this tale actually represents an intensive, one might even say possessed, multi-year endeavor of excavation, research, analysis and discovery.

I have long been fascinated by the fact that my land and home here in Jefferson County, on a long, low plateau nestled between Watertown and the War of 1812 stronghold at Sackets Harbor, has direct links to the home I grew up in in Saranac Lake.

Not only were both part and parcel of “Macomb’s Purchase”, but the “Military Road” that runs past my current home’s property was originally planned as a military supply route linking Sacket’s Harbor to Plattsburgh, which would have taken it directly past my boyhood home in Saranac Lake.

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