The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and Adirondack Research, LLC are seeking public input on a series of interpretive signs that will be placed along the Central Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway — a scenic corridor that follows Route 28 through the Hudson River watershed.
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Hamilton County students got a first-hand look at controlling the spread of invasive plants, thanks to the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Leaf Munchers project. As part of the program, kids reared and released leaf-munching beetles to keep the invasive wetland plant purple loosestrife in check.
The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter has shared the following activities for joining in the online festivities on this 50th anniversary of Earth Day:
Learn About Nature: some parents are finding it stressful to take on the roles of their teachers while the schools are closed, but the NCAC has created a Nature Lab to help children and parents alike to take part in nature related activities, in turn learning the science behind nature and what we can do to preserve it. View the Nature Lab’s resources for K-12 students here.
Due to the COVID-19 quarantine, the Oswegatchie Educational Center in Croghan will be holding its 26 Annual AdironDuck Race online. The event raises funds for FFA chapters across the state, and helps fund the Oswegatchie’s summer camp.
“This event has always been a marking of spring for the community,” said Todd Lighthall, the Executive Director of the NYS FFA Foundation, in a news release. “It would be a shame to not share when we can adapt to our new circumstances.”
Via a live stream on the group’s Facebook page up to 10,000 rubber ducks will be poured into the Oswegatchie River. Those who adopted the first 12 ducks to cross the finish line will each receive a cash prize. The adopter of the duck to come in first place will win a grand prize of $2,000. If you want to compete in the race, you have until noon of the day of the race to adopt a rubber duck online. Go to www.adironduckrace.com to get a duck and visit https://www.facebook.com/Oswegatchie/at 1 p.m. April 26 to watch the race.
Adirondack Harvest has added a COVID-19 resources page to its website, to make it easier to people to support area farms and businesses and continue to source locally produced foods. The page can be found here.
Here are a few highlights:
Many regional CSA’s will begin soon. When you participate in a CSA, you will pay for a season’s worth of fresh food for a farmer, who will then coordinate pick-up or delivery to you weekly. To find a CSA near you, click here.
Farmstores are still open as well and taking care to keep their products available and safe for the public. Browse regional farmstands and farmstores. Click here to view a map of regional farmstands and farmstores.
Many events and social gatherings have been canceled or postponed, but market organizers have updated protocol in some cases to provide a safer experience. The Saranac Lake Farmers’ Park-it is still open and offering curbside pick-up. You can order ahead online here.
Pictured here: Blue Pepper Farm in Jay. Photo courtesy of Lisa Godfrey.