Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Sociable Gray Squirrel

squirrels On winter mornings when I look out my window, I often see a gray squirrel clinging upside down to the post supporting my bird feeder, with his front paws in the tray, munching sunflower seeds. Sometimes, a much smaller red squirrel is perched on the opposite side of the feeder.

This brings to mind my studies of squirrels years ago and the differences between the two species. For my thesis in biology at Williams College, I conducted a field study of social behavior and organization in the eastern gray squirrel in a suburban area in Williamstown, Massachusetts. My first step was to live-trap and mark squirrels so I could identify individuals. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Adirondack Council: Upcoming APA Meeting Comments

Adirondack Council logoThe Adirondack Council has reviewed the agenda for the upcoming February 14-15 Adirondack Park Agency Board meeting. We offer the following comments and suggestions: » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

World Cup Bobsled, Skeleton Returning to Lake Placid

2 woman BobsleighThe 2018-’19 IBSF World Cup Bobsled and Skeleton season is beginning to wind down, after months of traveling Europe, the series returns to North American soil when Lake Placid, plays host to the tour’s seventh stop, Friday and Saturday, February 15-16.

More than 200 athletes from 24 nations are expected to compete on the Mt. Van Hoevenberg course. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Efforts to Reduce Adirondack Rescues, Educate Hikers

Forest Rangers lead search and rescue

An effort will be underway to promote proper planning and preparation through direct conversations with hikers at trailheads and on the trails in the High Peaks Wilderness, February 16-18, the upcoming Presidents’ Day Weekend.

The organizers hope to increase engagement between hikers and experienced backcountry users to reduce the number of search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks and help to ensure the public has an enjoyable and safe outdoor experience. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour Planned

Hors Doeuvres groupLong Lake area restaurants are preparing for the return of the Hors D’Oeuvres Tour on Friday, February 22nd, from 6 to 10 pm.

Venues for 2019 are The Adirondack Growl and Grub, Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake Diner & Owl’s Head Pub and the Long View Lodge.  The Long Lake Little Bus will provide door to door transportation.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

APA Agenda: North Hudson, Saranac Lakes Changes, More

APA Building in Ray Brook NYThe Adirondack Park Agency will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook on Thursday, February 14th and Friday February 15th, 2019. Thursday’s meeting will begin at 1 pm and Friday’s session will commence at 9 am.

The meeting will include discussion on the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area in the Town of North Hudson; a presentation on climate change in the Adirondacks; consideration of Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Unit Management Plan; and more. What follows is the agenda issued by the APA: » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Commission on the Adirondacks in the 21st Century: A Status Report

Governor Mario Cuomo greets school children at Adirondack conference, Silver Bay Conference Center, in 1994. Photo by Ken Rimany, the Association for the Protection of the AdirondacksAdirondack Almanack readers may recall that in 2018 Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget office introduced legislation which would have changed the way the state pays taxes on the public’s Forest Preserve. It was proposed to change the ad valorem system, in place since 1886, to a payment in lieu of taxes.

Local school districts and supervisors were alarmed by the negative consequences of the proposed change, as were Forest Preserve advocates. In response, legislative staff sought background information about how the Real Property Tax Law applied to the Adirondack Park, historically speaking. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Art Center’s Annual Winter Benefit March 9

winter benefit for the arts centerThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (the Arts Center) is set to host their Annual Winter Benefit for the Arts on Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 6 to 9 pm at the Long View Lodge, 681 Deerland Rd, in Long Lake. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Voting Workshop Planned For North Creek

Town of Johnsburg Library illustrationThe Town of Johnsburg Library has announced an upcoming Civil Liberties Workshop, set for Thursday, February 28 from 6 to 7 pm.

Wendy L. Johnston, Assistant Professor of Political Science at SUNY Adirondack will speak on the importance of voting, changes to New York State’s voter registration requirements, and tools citizens can use to help inform their vote. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Understanding This Winter’s Polar Vortex

A strong polar vortex configuration in November 2013I’d love to explain exactly what a polar vortex is, but I’ll spare you the details, mainly because I don’t know them.

Apparently, the definition of a polar vortex has been changed by the American Meteorological Society three times in the last 20 years — even the experts are still trying to nail down what it is. Besides freaking cold, I mean. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Call for Entries: Adirondacks National Exhibition of Watercolors

watercolor by R SnearyView, the multi-media arts center in Old Forge, is seeking artists working in all forms of watermedia for the 2019 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors.

This exhibition is considered one of the top watermedia exhibitions in the nation, drawing artists and audiences from all over. Each year, artists compete to receive over $12,000 in prizes and awards. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Health Care Scholarships For High School Seniors

hudson mohawk ahecHudson Mohawk AHEC will once again be awarding up to ten (10) scholarships of $500 each to students pursuing a healthcare related education program. The recipients from last year’s awards that continue to be enrolled in an approved healthcare related program at a local community college are eligible to apply again for an additional scholarship. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, February 9, 2019

Adirondack Moose Survey Results: 175 in 83 Groups

moose New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the completion of it’s annual aerial Adirondack moose survey, part of a collaborative study of the health of New York’s moose population.

A total of 83 groups of one or more moose were observed during the survey’s 175 sightings, with all appearing healthy. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, February 9, 2019

Poetry: Wild Rhubarb

 

Wild Rhubarb

A kiss studied
is so much more beautiful
than a kiss performed.

It gives nothing away.

When I kiss my wife,
I should remember it.
It never was meant to be
a handshake. And why do
we kiss to say goodbye?

These goodbyes lasting,
stretching, crowding the horizon.

A sound is burned but a kiss is alive.
Alive like a moose scarfing wild rhubarb.


Saturday, February 9, 2019

Lorraine Duvall: Why We Seek Wilderness

letters to a spiritual seekerIn March 1848 a colleague of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harrison Gray Otis Blake, sought out Henry David Thoreau to help him on his spiritual pilgrimage, recognizing Thoreau’s need to live a “fresh, simple life with God.”

Thoreau wanted to live his life free from the trappings of the commercial world, enabling him to enrich his inner life. He escaped to his Walden Pond to experience “nature as goodness crystalized.” » Continue Reading.