Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Volunteer for NY’s first Campgrounds Day on July 8

campground day graphic

Give back to your favorite state-owned campground this summer for the inaugural Campgrounds Day! Hosted by Parks & Trails New York, State Parks, and the Department of Environmental Conservation, this event provides New Yorkers the opportunity to clean up, beautify, and enhance campgrounds across the state. Click here to find events and to register.

Campgrounds Day was created to build off the success of #ILoveMyParkDay and the #LoveOurNewYorkLands campaign, to carry the spirit of stewardship and volunteerism throughout the year. It will be the first of a handful of themed statewide stewardship days in 2023 that PTNY, DEC, and State Parks will be hosting throughout the summer and fall.


Wednesday, July 5, 2023

DEC: Annual Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz to run through July 9

DEC boat steward

On June 27, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with seven Great Lakes states, six Northeast states, and six Canadian provinces, announced the annual Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz will run from June 30 through July 9. This international campaign bolsters existing efforts to inform boaters and others about the risks of introducing and spreading aquatic invasive species (AIS). During this coordinated outreach effort, partners will boost social media AIS messaging and increase in-person AIS education at thousands of water access sites throughout the Great Lakes and Northeast region.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Scarred Cedar Logs

scarred cedar logs

Middle Saranac Lake’s Bull Rush Bay lean-to has been GOUGED! For this Zen boat discovery and photos click the link & read on: https://adirondackoutlaw.com/scarred-cedar-logs/


Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Sharing Cliffs with Peregrine Falcons

peregrine falconThe stunning cliffs of the Adirondacks are home to many things—billion-year-old rocks, a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts, and a fragile but growing population of the endangered peregrine falcon. For Adirondack rock climbers, this means sharing cliffs with the birds that build their nests high on a wall.

By 1960, the use of pesticides had reduced the breeding population of peregrines in the Adirondacks to zero. Since then, New York State has taken great efforts to provide protection for the endangered species, while they establish themselves in the Adirondacks once again.

Nesting between 20 and 200 feet above the ground and waterways below, peregrines use their keen eyesight to locate and dive on their prey. As they approach the ground, these nimble birds can reach speeds close to 200 mph, snatch their prey, and pull back up towards the sky. Peregrines have been recorded living up to 12 years, though the average life expectancy is around six. This lifespan allows the birds to return to their same nest site (known as an eyrie) year after year, making it even more important to take extra care to tread lightly in their breeding ground.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Lake Placid Sinfonietta kicks off 2023 season with a free concert

Lake placid sinfonietta

Get ready to be captivated as the Lake Placid Sinfonietta launches its highly 2023 season, “Magic in the Mountains” with the first of its’ enchanting Park Series Concerts on Thursday, July 6, at 7 PM. Brace yourself for music at its finest, with an unparalleled view of Mirror Lake while you listen.   Seating is limited, so make sure to bring your own cozy blankets or camp chairs to lounge on as you immerse yourself in the music.  These are concerts for the whole family and children of all ages are welcome to join in the musical wonderland!

This six-concert series will continue on the next five following Wednesday evenings.  Each concert will begin at 7 and last approximately one hour, leaving you with an evening full of possibilities. Many concertgoers relish the opportunity to relish a picnic during the performance, and as the final note fade away, you’ll find an array of exquisite restaurants within walking distance, awaiting your arrival.   All of these concerts are free of charge to attend, but donations are always appreciated.  A nightly raffle of goods donated by area merchants will also be held in support of the orchestra.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Mulberry picking after the rain

Remember? Yesterday it rained.
That made the purpling berries swell.
Today I pick, my skin gets stained –
magenta and violet splotches tell
that I have visited those friends
whose boughs that bear these berries bend
inviting me to stretch and eat
this sticky, drippy, bursting treat.


Monday, July 3, 2023

MAKE IT: Bella’s Frozen Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats

Bella's frozen peanut butter and banana treats

A healthier option than ice cream, these frozen peanut butter and banana dog treats are simple, use whole ingredients, and will help your furry friends to cool down during those hot summer days. Bonus – they can also double as people treats! Silicone molds make it easier to pop the treats out, but you can use any container you have on hand (I sometimes just spread the mixture in a larger container and then cut it into smaller chunks once it’s frozen). For dogs like Bella, who always are trying to sneak a little extra something, you can share these treats with them without any guilt that you are giving them something unhealthy. Bella hopes that your dogs enjoy these as much as she does!

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Monday, July 3, 2023

Summer Series: Conversations on Equity and Justice

John Brown Farm

NINE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT EQUITY AND JUSTICE

3pm Thursdays in July and August in the Memorial Field at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site, 115 John Brown Way, Lake Placid

FACILITATORS
July 6: Dr. Shenell Evans, Shawndel N. Fraser, MA
July 13: Pete Nelson
July 20: Jerilea Zempel
July 27: Mike Bishop
August 3: Kathy Bonavist, Yunga Webb
August 10: Ellen Bettmann, Dr. J.W. Wiley
August 17: Russ DeFonce
August 24: Melissa Lambert, M Ed
August 31: Jen Kretser, Dr. Martin Tyler

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Monday, July 3, 2023

Attend an Environmental Bond Act Listening Session

bond act boat launch

Overwhelmingly approved by voters last fall, the $4.2 billion Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act prioritizes investments in environmental justice, climate change mitigation, shoreline restoration, flood resilience, water quality, open space conservation, recreational resources, and green jobs. This spring and summer, the public and potential funding applicants will be able to learn more about the Bond Act at a series of educational listening sessions. Sessions have been announced across the state – use the links below to register:

Sessions will feature a presentation on the Bond Act and an opportunity for one-on-one discussion with State experts. Meetings will be open to the public.

State agencies, local governments, and partners will be able to access Environmental Bond Act funding over a multi-year process. Recognizing that vulnerable populations are disproportionately affected by negative environmental and climate change impacts, at least 35%, with a goal of 40%, of Bond Act benefits will be directed toward disadvantaged communities.

Photo: The boat launch at Moffitt Beach Campground on July 21, 2022 in Lake Pleasant. The campground received funding for this boat launch in the Clean Air/Clean Water 1996 Environmental Bond Act. Photo by Gwendolyn Craig


Monday, July 3, 2023

Morgan Duke Conservation Society receives grant to continue environmental protection efforts

Park and Trail Partnership Program grants awarded

Walden, NY – Morgan Duke Conservation Society was awarded a $5,789 matching grant from the Environmental Protection Fund’s Park and Trail Partnership Grants program to get resources for volunteers so they can continue protect the environment at the Hudson River Special Management Area in Lake George Wild Forest in Lake Luzerne New York. The grant will help provide volunteers with safety orange uniform shirts, custom made patches for the shirts that will be designed and made from local business Adirondack Patch Co, community event pop up safety signs and a custom logo EZ-up tent for the community clean up events.

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Sunday, July 2, 2023

Senior citizens gather for Poetry Contest Gala

long lake library

Senior citizens gathered at the CVW Long Lake Public Library for the Arbor Day Poetry Contest Gala on June 28.  The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District hosted the 15th annual Arbor Day Poetry Contest for senior citizens this past spring.

THE CONTEST
“The Arbor Day Poetry Contest turned fifteen this year, and record numbers of poets submitted entries from as far away as West Virginia,” said District Manager Caitlin Stewart.  “I always look forward to re-working the theme and poetic form each year to keep the contest fresh for our seniors.  It is important to me to offer something fun just for them.”

Twenty-five poets submitted lantern poem based on the theme “Hope Grows Through Trees.”  Special guest judge Kathy Stewart ranked blind copies.

“This year’s Arbor Day Poetry Contest featured a very different format,” said judge Kathy Stewart.  “The lanturne, or lantern poem is structured to resemble a Japanese lantern. While the format is rigid, the sentiments expressed by this year’s submissions were all different and truly uplifting. Spring, and a tree’s rebirth, are joyful to see. Watching the forest transform from the gray of winter to the bright green of spring seems to bring a renewal of hope, as do these amazing poems.”

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Sunday, July 2, 2023

Adirondack-area nonprofits announce comings and goings

Several Adirondack-area nonprofits, including Paul Smith’s College, Adirondack Foundation, Lake Champlain Sea Grant and the Watershed Alliance program, and Silver Bay YMCA recently welcomed new employees/board members, and announced noteworthy achievements within their establishments. Please see below for details.

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Sunday, July 2, 2023

BearWise campaign aims to help New Yorkers live responsibly with black bears

black bear

The NYS DEC recently announced that they are joining the BearWise campaign as a cooperative member state. BearWise was developed by biologists from state conservation agencies across the U.S. to ensure people, regardless of location, learn to live responsibly with bears. Using the “BearWise basics,” residents are encouraged to take simple steps at home (or when recreating outdoors) in order to avoid negative interactions with black bears.

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Sunday, July 2, 2023

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, July 1, 2023

Go West, Young Man: Trip to Yellowstone National Park

Moose

Here we go into Yellowstone [National] Park from the west entrance for the third time. Many adventures have occurred on [the days leading up to] our family adventures westward. I’ll fill [those] in as we traveled west in my next couple adventures. Here, we just went from Montana into Wyoming going into the park. We think we live in resort towns in the Adirondacks, but our motel (the Three Bears Inn) has more than four hundred units, which were all full.

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