Friday, August 13, 2021

Outdoor Conditions: Route 73 Shuttle to start

outdoor conditions logoHiking Information

Be prepared, bring the right gear, and wear the right clothes and shoes to ensure a safe and enjoyable hike. Review Hike Smart NY’s list of 10 essentials and bring those items on every hike. Prepare for your hike by doing the following:

Pilot Route 73 Hiker Shuttle: A pilot Route 73 Hiker Shuttle system will launch on Saturday, August 21. The pilot will help provide safe, sustainable visitation along the busy Route 73 corridor and in the Adirondack High Peaks region. The free shuttle system will operate 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays through Monday, October 11. Users can park at Marcy Field and ride to the Rooster Comb, Giant Mountain/Ridge Trail, and Roaring Brook Falls trailheads. Parking is still available at the trailheads themselves. All riders will be required to wear a mask. Stewards will be stationed at all drop off and pick-up locations to assist with navigating the shuttle system and educate hikers on responsible recreation, including preparedness, hiking safety, and Leave No Trace™ principles. Pets are not permitted.

View a map of the route (PDF), the shuttle schedule (PDF), and browse a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions (PDF). » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 13, 2021

I FISH NY Guide to Freshwater Fishing Series Now Available

screen shotWhether you’re a first time angler or it’s been awhile and you could use a refresher, we’re here to help. Check out three new videos we recently posted on DEC’s YouTube channel. Adding to our debut video (Family Fishing Basics), this series provides the basic information you’ll need to get started in the sport of fishing.

Interested in more fishing content? Let us know! Email [email protected].

How to cast to a spin casting (push-button) rod
Basic Fishing Knots
Bobber & Worm Rig


Friday, August 13, 2021

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Safety in numbers: Outdoor Afro’s Adirondack outings

Outdoor AfroA couple of weekends ago, I paddled along with a group of mostly first-time Adirondack canoeists as they watched loons and enjoyed the soothing waters of Little Green Pond and Little Clear Pond — adjacent water bodies near Paul Smiths and the St. Regis Canoe Area wilderness. It was a rare occasion in this park when I stood out for the color of my skin — white. And that was by design.

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

21st Pat Stratton Bicycle Ride Registration Now Open

pat stratton 21st bicycle ride

Event, set for Saturday, August 28, raises funds for area youth programs

This year’s edition will return to the traditional format so participants can enjoy the view from a bicycle seat while peddling in support of youth programs. The 2021 version of the ride will be happening on the last Saturday in August.

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Road Trip to Adventure: Everton Falls Preserve

evertonLooking for a scenic, family-friendly Adirondack adventure by foot or canoe? Check out The Nature Conservancy’s Everton Falls Preserve that protects a 1.5-mile stretch of the East Branch of the St. Regis River.

From the parking area, there is a short trail through northern hardwood and conifer forests where you can enjoy a picnic lunch at the shoreline along the river. If you are looking to spend time padding, there is a boat access site across from the Everton Falls Preserve parking lot, which provides nine miles of flat-water paddling. For a weekend trip, book reservations at Meacham Lake Campground & Day Use Area and for other local amenities, visit the towns of Saint Regis Falls, Paul Smiths, or Saranac Lake.

Editor’s note: Read more about the recreational opportunities that can be found at the Everton Falls Preserve in this article in the Adirondack Explorer.

Photo by Tom French for Adirondack Explorer.


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Metal Heads and Canine Compasses

scooby dooAs the title of the animated American TV series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! suggests, getting lost was a frequent premise. From 1969 to 1985, the cadre of teen gumshoes spent about half their time looking for young Shaggy, who always disappeared to smoke a joint (so it was implied), and then to satisfy his raging munchies afterward. His dog Scooby-Doo of course tagged along for the food. I recall one episode where Shaggy attempts to navigate a forest by looking for moss on the north sides of trees. He should have just asked Scooby to point North.

A 2013 paper published in Frontiers in Zoology suggests that dogs line up with Earth’s North-South axis when they defecate. Researchers took two years to observe 1,893 poop events, somehow accounting for a range of weather factors, before concluding that the number one element that influenced how dogs did a Number Two was Earth’s magnetic field. Perhaps the hound-winding pre-poop turning dance most dogs perform is to calibrate their internal compass.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

I Love BBQ and Music Festival is not the same ol’, same ol’

i love bbq event

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – When the coronavirus pandemic overtook the nation last year, many events were either canceled, delayed or displaced. Lake Placid’s I Love BBQ and Music Festival was one of those. The yearly fund-raiser for the Shipman Youth Center, organized by USA Luge, was removed from its traditional location on the Olympic Speed Skating Oval to the North Elba Show Grounds on the edge of town. The date changed from July 4 to Labor Day, and instead of featuring the best barbecue fare in the East, it went with a drive-in motion picture theme to keep families safe.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

New York Sea Grant Publishes Lake Sturgeon Educational Resources

NYSG Lake Sturgeon Curriculum Cover

Recent Discoveries in Genesee River, Oneida Lake Creating New Excitement about Restoration of “Living Fossil Fish”

Buffalo, New York –  New York Sea Grant has published a suite of lake sturgeon educational resources to support student and public awareness about one of the Great Lakes’ largest and longest-living native fish.

With a grant from the Disney Conservation Fund, New York Sea Grant has discovered a Lake Sturgeon Intermediate Curriculum with activities that meet Next Generation Science and Learning Standards for grades 4-6.

Collateral materials include digital worksheets, field sampling equipment, a fish tracking tag, and the Tale of a Great White Fish book about a fish facing survival challenges similar to those threatening the lake sturgeon.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

High Tunnels can Extend the Growing Season and Enhance High-Value Crop Viability

Putting the finishing touches on a high tunnel Photo Credit: Susan Alman; University of Arkansas

High tunnels, sometimes called hoop houses, offer northern New York market growers an easy way to extend our limited growing season by two or three months. Sometimes more. Farmers can grow early and/or late crops of cool weather and salad vegetables even while there’s snow on the ground. And depending upon the weather, warm season crops, like tomatoes, can mature several weeks earlier and be harvested and sold many weeks after similar field grown crops have been killed by frost.

In addition, high tunnels offer protection from wind, driving rain, disease, insects, and deer. And more than a decade of Cornell University-conducted research has shown that the yields and quality of produce grown in high tunnels can be far superior to that of comparable field-grown crops.

This is great news for consumers too, who gain access to an ever-increasing variety and supply of top-quality, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, both earlier and later in the year.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Concert in Long Lake on Sept. 4

long lake flyer

The Long View Lodge in Long Lake is hosting its 2nd end of summer blowout, with beers, bands & BBQ on the lawn from noon – 7 pm (ish) on Saturday, Sept. 4.

  • Family-friendly all-day outdoor event. Bring blankets and low chairs. NO shade structures, please.
  • Bands: Dead Sessions 2 sets of Grateful Dead, with opening act Uncle Jimmy playing Blues, Bluegrass and Classic Rock
  • BBQ and drinks available, no outside food or drinks allowed.
  • General Admission Show, outside on the lawn, Rain or Shine!
  • Kids under 5 FREE (must be accompanied by an adult!)
  • The Town Bus will be running, plan ahead and leave your car at home!
  • Boat parking is 1st come 1st serve.

Long View Lodge, 681 Deerland Rd Long Lake, NY 12847
Tickets available online www.thelongviewlodge.com, in Person at Hoss’s Country Corner, Long View Lodge and The Park in Long Lake.

 


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

How to Report a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB)

harmful algal bloom, aka HABDEC’s harmful algal bloom (HABs) notification season has begun. HABs notifications will be updated through the fall using an online reporting and notification system dubbed NYHABS. The system includes an interactive map that shows reports of freshwater HABs, as well as a public reporting system. Instructions on how to use NYHABS are on DEC’s HABs notification page.

Know it:  If you see a HAB, please use the reporting form to submit a report to NYHABS.

Avoid it:  Because waterbodies may have HABs that have not been reported to DEC, we recommend avoiding contact with floating mats, scums and discolored water.

Report it: If you, your family, or pet have been in contact with a HAB, please rinse with clean water and report any symptoms to your local health department.

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Monday, August 9, 2021

Adirondack Watershed Institute releases 2020 stewardship report

 Boat stewards serve on the frontlines to prevent the spread of invasive species in Adirondack waterways. Photo provided by Adirondack Watershed Institute.

Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (PSC AWI) released its Annual Stewardship Program report for the 2020 boating season. The publication summarizes data on aquatic invasive species (AIS) spread prevention and highlights achievements from the previous summer field season.

The report, which can be found on adkwatershed.org/publications, states that six species of aquatic invasive species were found on boats in the Adirondacks in 2020, none of which were new to the region.

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Monday, August 9, 2021

Amazing convergence of Adirondack art, music and literature this Friday

Saranac Lake ArtWorks announces a convergence of Adirondack “arts” on Friday August 13th: Literary, Fine Art, & Music. BluSeed Studios starts the night with a book reading by Christopher Shaw at 6 pm. (https://www.bluseedstudios.org/event/153626/the-power-line-reading-by-chris-shaw). The author will read from “The Powerline” – which the Schenectady Daily Gazette website  described as “taking readers on a journey to Lake Aurora and Saranac Lake and through time, going back to the years following World War I. It weaves together fictionalized memories of longtime residents with well-known regional landmarks and highlights how much the area has changed.” The reading starts at 6 pm, the admission fee is $10/person, and there will be time for questions and answers.

In the BluSeed gallery space, “Three Perspectives” is on display. (https://www.bluseedstudios.org/collections/164032). It is a special exhibit by 3 veteran Saranac Lake area Adirondack artists: pastel painter Diane Leifheit, plein air oil painter Nancy Brossard, and oil painter Stephen Horne.

Then with just a 15 minute drive to Paul Smiths, the VIC is hosting a 7 pm concert by well known Adirondack performers. (https://pscvic.square.site/product/concert-dan-duggan-and-peggy-lynn-8-13-21-7-8pm-/589?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=false&q=false&category_id=15). It’s a little tight and you might miss part of the beginning – but well worth it. From the VIC email newsletter, “Join regional treasures, Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn, when they take the VIC stage. Come out for an evening of songs, stories and laughs”. Admission is $10/person.

This is an amazing convergence of Adirondack art, music and literature that rarely happens all on one night and for just $20 total.


Monday, August 9, 2021

Report Your Turkey Sightings This August

wild turkeysWhile you are exploring the forests and fields around your home or driving through the state’s beautiful landscapes this summer, be sure to keep an eye out for wild turkeys.

DEC uses reported observations of wild turkeys to track changes in abundance and productivity (number of poults produced per adult hen) over time and in different parts of the state. It also helps forecast hunting prospects for the coming fall season and for subsequent spring seasons. Submit your observations online. To see results from previous summer surveys, please visit DEC’s website.

Photo courtesy of G. Ellmers