Monday, January 27, 2020

Beavers: Nature’s Architects and Engineers

Beaver in Algonquin Park by Steve HallBeavers are the great architects of American ponds and streams. The North American beaver competes with the Eurasian beaver to be the 2nd largest rodent in the world, after another semi-aquatic mammal, the South American Capybara. The average weight of a beaver in New York State is 42 lbs, though 60 pounders are not that unusual. Beavers have an average body length of 2 and ½ feet to 3 feet, and a flat swimming rudder tail of 8 to 14 inches. The tail doubles as a warning device, used to loudly slap the water when predators, dogs or people are sighted.

Beavers can stay under water for about 15 minutes, with their ears and nostrils sealed, and can live to be twenty years plus. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 27, 2020

Empire State Games’ Adirondack Torch Relay Stops

eswg logoA torch relay route from Manhattan to Lake Placid to kick off the 40th Annual Empire State Winter Games (ESWG) began Sunday and will arrive in the Adirondack region on Thursday. The 2020 Games will be held January 30-February 2.

The relay will end with the lighting of the cauldron in Lake Placid. There is another torch relay route from Western New York to Lake Placid, running simultaneously.

The following is the schedule for the torch relay on Thursday: » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 27, 2020

Winter Carnival Gift Shop and Headquarters

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Gift Shop and Headquarters opens for the season on January 31 at the ROOST office at 193 River Street.

It offers a gift shop, maps and information about the various events of the 10-day festival and serves as a central planning resource for visitors and residents. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 27, 2020

NCCC To Offer Scholarships to Military Spouses

NCCC logoSpouses of active duty service members can receive scholarships to attend North Country Community College under a special Department of Defense program.

The college received notification in December that it has been approved as a provider of the My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship, which provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance to eligible military spouses. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Adirondack Council Reviews Gov’s Budget Plans

NYS capital buildingThe Adirondack Council applauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo for proposing State Budget funding that will combat climate change, protect clean water and preserve Wilderness, build more resilient trails and make the park more welcoming place for all state residents.

On top of the newly announced $3-billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act proposal, the Governor’s plan adds another $500 million investment in clean water project funding, in addition to the $500 million previously announced for this year’s budget. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Fridays Are for Film Lovers in Lake Placid

Adirondack Film SocietyThe Adirondack Film Society (AFS) Screening Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is set to return for its sixth year with a new Friday-evenings only schedule and a lineup of four films, including two of this year’s Best-Picture Oscar nominees.

South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho’s social-class-comedy-turned-thriller Parasite will be screened on January 31st and Taika Waititi’s World War II satire, Jojo Rabbit, featuring an Academy-Award-nominated performance by Scarlett Johansson, on March 27th. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 26, 2020

ANCA Announces Local Farm Grant Recipients

Blue Pepper FarmThe Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced the recipients of its Local Farm Grant program, which was launched in October 2019 to support farmers and food producers who are strengthening the region’s agriculture and food systems.

A total sum of $103,962 in grant funds have been awarded to the following northern New York farms: Argyle Cheese Farmer in Argyle; Blue Pepper Farm in Jay; Juniper Hill Farm in Wadhams; Mace Chasm Farm in Keeseville; Milkweed Tussock Tubers in Heuvelton; North Branch Farms in Henderson; Peacock and Pony Farm in Natural Bridge; and Triple Green Jade Farm in Willsboro. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 26, 2020

DEC Announces Annual Tree and Shrub Sale

Staff from DECs Division of Lands and Forests sort bare-root seedlingsNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery has kicked off its annual spring seedling sale. Each year, this DEC nursery offers dozens of New York-grown tree and shrub species for sale to the public.

The nursery sale offers a low-cost opportunity for landowners to implement large-scale conservation plantings on their property. From homeowners hoping to create a windbreak, to those looking to cool their home with shade in the summer, the dozens of species available from the nursery offer something for every landowner’s planting goal. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, January 25, 2020

An Unusual Encounter With A Ruffed Grouse

ruffed grouse by richard gastClose encounters with wildlife have always fascinated me. But the behavior of wild animals can be, at best, difficult to understand and, at times, totally unpredictable. I once grappled with a robin who returned year after year, only to spend the entire summer flying into my office window in a seemingly endless war with its reflection.

Just last month, I was outside beside the woodpile, getting ready to bring in some firewood, when a male ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) stepped out from under a small spruce tree, fearlessly strutted right up to me, and steadfastly stood there on the ground, literally underfoot. I was actually afraid that I’d accidentally step on him. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Snowfleas: Your Chance To Name A New Species

Aquatic Springtail by Adelaide TyrolAs we leaned over a bog boardwalk, a student asked, “What’s that black stuff on the water?” I suggested gently poking it with a twig. This elicited the expected response: as though ejected from James Bond’s Aston Martin, tiny black flecks scattered, landing inches away and on my student’s hand.

Springtails, the Tiggers of the invertebrate world, are often seen bouncing out of footprints and depressions in snow; hence another moniker: “snowfleas.” Although they have six legs and hop, they’re not actually fleas. They’re not even insects. Taxonomic revisions have alternately kicked them out of and accepted them back into the insect club for decades. Springtails, who, as far as we know, don’t much care how they are classified, are now in a class of their own: Collembola. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, January 25, 2020

New Winter Carnival 2020 Button

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival 2020 Button“Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

Using the Winter Carnival’s designated theme “Myths and Legends,” Trudeau’s illustration shows “Doonesbury” character Zonker as a knight riding a winged Unicorn and gazing at a sword. Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has created the Winter Carnival button design since 1981 to benefit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Dan Berggren: Blow Adirondack Wind

adirondack winter night by john warrenBlow Adirondack Wind is a new song based on an old rhyme. About 14 years ago Dan Berggren came across a bit of doggerel about winter, a few lines with no attribution. He jotted it down in his notebook then forgot about it – until three winters ago. While reviewing his notes for songwriting ideas, Berggren decided to write a song based on this theme. It was a retelling of sorts of the old story in song he heard as a kid and often sings, The Frozen Logger, which James Stephens wrote in 1929 and The Weavers recorded in 1951. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 24, 2020

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Friday, January 24, 2020

ADKX Offering A Range Of Winter Events

View of Blue Mountain Lake From the Adirondack MuseumEach winter  Adirondack Experience (ADKX), the museum on Blue Mountain Lake, offers Cabin Fever Sundays to bring us out of our winter retreats. The Sunday Cabin Fever lectures offer a variety of topics.

For the first time, ADKX is offering a Cabin Fever FUNday just for children. The free monthly program focusing on elementary-aged children, but all ages are welcome. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 24, 2020

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