Thursday, July 11, 2019

Canal Schooner Celebrating Champlain Salmon

Lois McClure courtesy Lake Champlain MaritimeThe canal schooner Lois McClure, an 88′ full-scale replica based on shipwrecks of the mid-19th century discovered in Lake Champlain, takes to the water, starting this weekend.

In 2019, the Lois will celebrate the International Year of the Salmon, sharing the history, ecology, and conservation story of Atlantic salmon in the Champlain watershed. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival 2019

Once again the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is continuing their 10-year tradition of providing professional theatre throughout the Adirondack Park. This year’s three different productions: a drama, outdoor Shakespeare in the Park, and a musical.

Proof by David Auburn opens Saturday with five performances, July 13-18, around the Adirondacks. The different venues include North Creek’s Tannery Pond, Tupper Lake’s Wild Center, Inlet’s Woods Inn, Blue Mountain Lake’s Adirondack Experience, and Old Forge’s VIEW. Directed by Jordan Hornstein, the Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof delves into the nature of genius and the power of love. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Rangers Recover Body Amid Busy Holiday Weekend

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.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Native Lupine, Pollinators and the Karner Blue

lupine by adelaide tyrolLupine is one of the most spectacular flowers of early summer, painting long stretches of roadside with shades of purple and blue. Thanks to this tall, showy plant, even a stop-and-go drive to Boston’s Logan Airport has its moments of beauty (as I recently had occasion to observe). Full sun and dry, sandy soil are just right for lupine.

Although many people don’t know it, the lupine we typically see in the Northeast is “not from around here.” It’s a non-native plant that was imported to eastern gardens from parts of the western U.S. and escaped cultivation. Our native lupine is similar, but it is seen far less often and is, unfortunately, in regional decline. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Short, Productive Life of the Luna Moth

luna moth On early summer nights I sometimes see large, pale green moths with long, twisted tails fluttering near our porch light. Later, I often find them dead on the ground. These beautiful moths are luna moths, named for the Roman goddess of the moon. Each of their four wings has a transparent, moon-shaped eyespot.

The luna moth (Actias luna) is one of the largest species of moths in North America, with a wingspan of three to four inches. It inhabits deciduous forests, where its green wings blend in among the leaves. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Solomon Northup Day Being Marked in Willsboro July 20th

Solomon Northup Day has been set for Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Willsboro School, 29 School Lane, Willsboro, from 4 to 5:30 pm.

Solomon Northup was a free black man living in Saratoga Springs, New York, who was lured from home in 1841, abducted and sold into slavery in the South. After years as a slave, he was rescued and authored the book Twelve Years a Slave. The book was the basis for the Oscar-winning film, 12 Years a Slave. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Historic Saranac Lake Seeks Input on Museum Expansion

Trudeau Building ClosingHistoric Saranac Lake (HSL) is set to host a public meeting to gather input for the expansion of the history museum for the Saranac Lake Region on Wednesday, July 17, from 6 to 7:30 pm.

The public is invited to share their vision for the new expanded museum campus on the corner of Church and Main Streets in Saranac Lake. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Conservationist, Native Plant Author Speaking in Placid

Doug TallamyDoug Tallamy, noted conservationist and author of Bringing Nature Home is set to present a lecture and slide show on Monday, July 22nd from 6 to 8 pm at Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive in Lake Placid.

Tallamy’s talk “Restoring Nature’s Relationships” focuses on how growing native plants in our yards, gardens, and local green spaces provides an opportunity — and a responsibility — to play a role in sustaining biodiversity. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Appoint Tim Rowland to Adirondack Park Agency Board

APA Building in Ray Brook NYAs membership of the Adirondack Park Agency board dwindles toward zero, I would like to toss my hat into the ring for consideration.

In the words of Sam Cooke, I don’t know much biology, don’t know much about a science book, don’t know much about the French I took. But come on, all this talk about “qualifications” has gotten a bit out of hand, don’t you think? » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Oak Wilt And Invasive Species Vigilance

leaf and whole tree symptoms of oak wilt in a red oak tree It’s hard to be cheerful in a job where I am expected to keep up on each newly arrived or imminent threat from invasive insects, novel plant diseases, and worrisome trends in the environment. Although I typically deflate everyone’s happy-bubble when I give a talk, I’ve discovered we need not fret that the sky is going to fall.

The National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) is a joint effort of research institutions, government agencies and nonprofit groups; their mission is to monitor stuff which falls to Earth that is not some form of water. Since one of the NADP’s tasks is to study tiny particles of pollutants in the air, they will certainly notice if the sky starts to fall, and give us ample time to take cover. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 8, 2019

David Gibson On APA Appointments, Role of Statewide Interests

APA Building in Ray Brook NYSome local government leaders in the Adirondack Park complain that Governor Cuomo’s 2019 picks for seats on the Adirondack Park Agency remain unconfirmed by the State Senate. They feel that these individuals have been unfairly blocked by environmentalists putting pressure on State Senators.

They can be forgiven for forgetting that this is not the first time that a Democratic Governor’s choices for the Adirondack Park Agency have been rejected by a Democratic State Senate. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 8, 2019

Charges Filed in Massive Illegal Reptile Case

king cobra courtesy decNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) charged an Allegany man with multiple violations in connection with an ongoing investigation into the illegal possession and sale of wildlife, resulting in what they say is the largest seizure of illegal reptiles in New York State history.

Several of the animals seized were threatened species or species of special concern. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 8, 2019

‘Made in the Adirondacks’ Fair Returning

Made in the Adirondacks North Country FairAdirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, is set to bring artists, artisans, musicians, traditional crafters, and contemporary makers to the campus for its sixth annual Made in the Adirondacks North Country Fair on Saturday, July 20th from 10 am to 5 pm. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 8, 2019

Two New Maps of Blue Mountain Lake

Andy Coney holding Uncle Andy's Famous Waterproof Shoal MapDivers, amateur geologists, anglers and anyone with curiosity about what lies beneath the waves, will enjoy the new water depth map of Blue Mountain Lake. The printed contour map reveals dramatic underwater terrain. Sharp cliffs tumble into cavities, giant glacial erratics are scattered about, and unseen underwater ridges link some islands while deep holes separate others.

Blue Mountain Lake straddles the divide between the Saint Lawrence and Hudson watersheds and is ringed by mountains whose slopes continue below the surface. An enormous northeast to southwest glacial groove runs under West Bay and includes the lake’s deepest spot. That low point is 102.7 feet down where there is a huge erratic. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Fishhook Waterflea Infests Lake Champlain

Thousands of fishhook and spiny waterfleas encrust a fishing line in June 2019 courtesy LCBPAnglers returning from the waters of Lake Champlain at Shelburne Bay have reported large quantities of invasive fishhook waterflea fouling their gear.

Boat launch stewards with the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) noted this week that nearly all fishing boats returning to the Shelburne Bay and Converse Bay launches had downriggers infested with the tiny organisms. LCBP stewards removed, treated, and disposed of the fishhook waterfleas. The alarming news for anglers and lake ecology comes during the busy holiday period of Canada Day on July 1 and the July 4th holiday in the U.S. » Continue Reading.