Thursday, June 22, 2023

DEC Seeks Public’s Assistance with Investigation of Injury to Herkimer County Goose

Injured Canada Goose in Old Forge.

Goose Shot with Bow and Arrow on Old Forge Pond

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public for information regarding a Canada Goose found with an arrow protruding from its back on Old Forge Pond, Herkimer County. Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) have received several reports from local residents and assessed the health of the goose, finding it capable of flight and swimming. Attempts to capture the goose for care have been unsuccessful. The investigation is ongoing. ECOs will continue to monitor the goose and attempt to capture it.

Anyone with information that could help DEC identify the individual who shot the goose should contact DEC’s 24/7 Dispatch Center 1-844-DEC-ECOS (844-332-3267) and referencing case 23-013802.

 

Photo at top: Injured Canada Goose in Old Forge. Photo courtesy of Tanya Field.


Thursday, June 22, 2023

Silver Bay YMCA announces Bluegrass in Heaven music festival set for Sept.

Bluegrass festival logo

Silver Bay, NY –  Silver Bay YMCA is excited to announce the first ever Bluegrass in Heaven (BGIH) music festival. BGIH is a bluegrass music festival that is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 17 at Silver Bay YMCA, 87 Silver Bay Rd. Silver Bay N.Y., 12874.  BGIH will bring together some of the top bluegrass artists such as 2019 Grammy Bluegrass Album of the Year winner Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and regional talent such as the Bob & Sarah Amos Band.

Event organizers said they are excited to be bringing the Bob & Sarah Amos band to the very first ‘Bluegrass in Heaven’ festival.

 

“The YMCA campus, located right on shore of beautiful Lake George in Silver Bay NY, is a perfect location and facility for a music festival. The lineup of performers is amazing, and we can’t wait to be a part of it,” said Bob and Sarah Amos, of the Bob & Sarah Amos Band.


Thursday, June 22, 2023

Rangers rescue lost Porter Mountain hikers, 4-month-old pup on McKenzie Mountain

forest ranger reportTown of Willsboro
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On June 14 at 11:50 a.m., Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance for a hiker with a possible ankle fracture near the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain. Rangers reached the 43-year-old from Chazy in under an hour. Ranger Bronson requested additional support and a UTV to transport the subject to the trailhead. The hiker brought herself to the hospital for further care and resources were clear at 1:44 p.m.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: Our 21st Century Library by William Reed

Our next OurStoryBridge Inc. story share features William Reed from Adirondack Community in the Town of Keene. William shares his story, Our 21st Century Library, which details how money was raised to upgrade the library in order to bring it into the 21st century. Listen to this story in its entirety at the following link:  https://app.memria.org/stories/public-story-view/aebc107b54b04facaecad12268e84604/

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Fort Ticonderoga presents Robert Nittolo Collection, new exhibit Success: The End of the Seven Years’ War 

Rare artifacts from the Robert Nittolo Collection on view for the first time by the public enhance Fort Ticonderoga’s newest exhibit, which is also heavily illustrated with historic maps and prints.

Ticonderoga, NY – Fort Ticonderoga opens a new exhibit for 2023, focusing on the dramatic and wide-ranging end of the global Seven Years’ War. This new exhibit Success: The End of the Seven Years’ War spans both sides of the Atlantic and is anchored by many never-before-seen artifacts.

This new exhibit features artifacts from the museum’s newly acquired Robert Nittolo Collection that complement pieces from Fort Ticonderoga’s existing collection, to visualize the final campaigns in North America, partly launched from Lake Champlain.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

DEC Species Spotlight: Mink

 

mink

Mink (Mustela vison), perhaps one of wetland’s cutest furbearers, are primarily nocturnal carnivores that feel just at home on land as they do in water. Both their dense underfur, which is protected by oily guard hairs that make their coat waterproof, and a diet heavy in fish during winter explain why they spend time in the water.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023

CREATIVE ADIRONDACKS:  Beauty is Limitless through the Eyes of Takeyce Walter

painting of kids swimming at sunset

Image at top: Sunset Swim, 6 x 6 pastel over gouache, Takeyce Walter (reference photo courtesy of Nicole McKasty-Stagg)

Coming to Paul Smith’s VIC this July 2023 are “These Waters,” the magnificent paintings of Takeyce Walter.   The exhibition opens on July 1, 2023  in the Heron Marsh Gallery from 6-7:30 PM with an opportunity to meet Takeyce.

Living in Round Lake, New York, Takeyce is a professional artist as well as a Board Member of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). She paints in oil, pastels  and gouache, working both in plein air and in her studio, using reference photographs she takes while exploring her surroundings. You can discern that Takeyce spends considerable time outdoors for her to capture the details,  colors, and lighting found in upstate New York.  She’s particularly adept with sunlight, as it shimmers off the various lakes, ponds, and rivers of the Adirondacks, and her paintings have a magical quality.

Water is integral in many of Takeyce’s paintings. Takeyce was born in the beautiful island nation of Jamaica.  But it was after she came to the United States as a teenager to her first home on Long Island, that she surprisingly had more opportunities to spend time at the beach and in the water than she had during her childhood.  Later, after she and her husband moved to Saratoga County,  the family began sightseeing further north.  Takeyce discovered Chapel Pond in Keene which sparked the connection she now feels with the Adirondacks. Takeyce shares, “What made those moments special was exploring with my family and experiencing the wonders of discovery with our young son. Seeing the beauty of the Adirondacks through his eyes was unforgettable.”

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Old Forge Library announces Summer Solstice event set for June 21 and more

The Old Forge Library has announced a roundup of events to suit a variety of ages and interests including herbal studies sessions, a summer solstice celebration, a call for art for a Local ART exhibition, a pride celebration, a writers workshop, and a meditation with trees outdoor workshop.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023

It’s National Pollinator Week: Importance of butterflies, bees, and more

Bee on a flower

National Pollinator Week is June 19-23. Pollinator Week is all about spreading awareness for the importance of butterflies, bats, birds, bees, and beetles.

Check out some of the resources below to learn more about protecting pollinators this month and year-round:
Provide a place for pollinators: Watch a video for tips on how to “Green Your Backyard” and support New York’s native pollinators at home: https://youtu.be/HAkeO_8eK4c

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023

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Monday, June 19, 2023

Debatable: Should the Northway speed limit go up?

warren county lake george bridges on the Northway

Editor’s note: This commentary is in the May/June 2023 issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine, as part of our “It’s Debatable” feature. In this regular column, we invite organizations and/or individuals to address a particular issue. Click here to subscribe to the magazine, available in both print and digital formats: www.adirondackexplorer.org/subscribe.

The question: Should I-87 go to 70 mph?

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Monday, June 19, 2023

Tupper Lake 8-Miler returns June 24

TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake 8-Miler is set for Saturday, June 24.

This annual paddling race starts at the Town of Tupper Lake Boat Launch on State Route 30. The course takes paddlers under the Route 30 bridge, up the Raquette River to the Oxbow and then back to the boat launch. The event is a New York Paddlesports Race Association points race for canoes and kayaks. Tupper Lake 8 miler

Entry fee is $30. To register in advance, visit 8miler.com. Same day registration is also accepted.

For race questions, contact Roger Gocking at rgocking@roadrunner.com or (518) 354-8377. For help with registration, email mastanton@adirondackhealth.org.

The Tupper Lake 8-Miler is part of Celebrate Paddling ADK, a month-long festival featuring paddling activities, races, events, lectures, classes and more. Celebrate Paddling is a collaboration between St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, Adirondack Lakes & Trails Outfitters, Raquette River Outfitters, Mac’s Canoe Livery, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. Additional financial support is provided by Explore Adirondack Frontier.

To learn more or see the full schedule of events, visit celebratepaddlingadk.com.


Monday, June 19, 2023

Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau launches eclipse website

solar eclipse

The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, a division of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, is proud to announce the launch of its website, adkcoasteclipse.com, dedicated to the awe-inspiring solar eclipse coming in 2024 – less than 300 days away! The launch of adkcoasteclipse.com website represents a significant milestone in positioning the North Country as a premier destination for the 2024 solar eclipse. By offering a comprehensive and engaging digital platform, we aim to attract visitors from across the globe, fostering economic growth and supporting local businesses and communities.

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Monday, June 19, 2023

USDA is Surveying for Invasive Insects in New York

spotted lanternfly

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is surveying for three invasive plant pests in New York this year: the box tree moth (Cydalima perspectalis), spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) (pictured above), and the European cherry fruit fly (Rhagoletis cerasi L.)

European Cherry Fruit Fly

European Cherry Fruit Fly

Box Tree Moth

Box Tree Moth

APHIS asks residents and business owners to help limit the spread of invasive plant pests by following local quarantines. Please also allow agricultural survey teams onto your property for survey work and to hang insect traps. The insect traps help agricultural officials track invasive insect movement and are crucial to mounting an effective response against these damaging pests. We need your help to be successful. USDA and State surveyors working in the field will have official credentials identifying them as USDA or State employees. The surveys are underway and will continue through the fall.

For more information about the box tree moth, spotted lanternfly, and European cherry fruit fly, visit the APHIS website. To receive email updates, subscribe to the Plant Protection Act 7721 topic in the APHIS Stakeholder Registry.


Sunday, June 18, 2023

Oaks Will Be Oakay

bur oak tree

If you’ve wondered what awful new malady has struck our oak trees this spring, resulting in shriveled, deformed and dead leaves, the answer is chilling. Literally; as in cold. A hard freeze on the night of May 17-18 happened at just the right – or wrong – time, catching oak foliage at a critically tender stage. Since trees can’t change their locations (to my knowledge, at least), I guess you could say that oaks were in the right place at the wrong time.

Periods of unusually warm temperatures between April 12-22, and again from May 6-13, enticed many trees to push out new growth quickly. This likely set the stage for more widespread harm than if the mid-May freeze had occurred in the midst of a slow, gradual
warming trend.

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