Posts Tagged ‘black flies’

Monday, July 8, 2024

1959 Canoe Trip: Old Forge to Blue Mountain Lake

Map, Old Forge to Blue Mountain Lake

Barbara and I were married in early June, 1958. For our first anniversary, we decided to take a canoe trip from Old Forge to Blue Mountain Lake. Even though I had spent six summers in the Adirondacks, I had never been there in May or June – black fly season.
Using telephone and mail, we reserved a canoe at a boat livery in Old Forge. We first drove to Blue Mountain Lake where we asked at the gas station at the intersection of NY routes 28 and 28N if we could leave our car in their parking lot for a few days. They were fine with that.

We then began hitchhiking back to Old Forge. It was a dreary day without many people around. A couple passed and indicated with their hands that they would like to pick us up, but their car was full. After a while, a man stopped and offered us a ride. As we headed south, we asked him if he knew the weather forecast. He turned on his radio but couldn’t get any reception. He pulled to the side of the road and asked me if I would put his antenna up. As I got out of the car, Barbara came piling out saying she would help me. She was sure he was planning on driving away with her in the car. I said I didn’t need any help.

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Saturday, June 1, 2024

Pondering ADK power issues, correlation between high-tension lines and cancer

new Loon Platform on the water

Another intense storm is predicted for tomorrow, May 27, with thunderstorms, high winds, hail…and who knows what else. The mid-west has been hammered for the last week as these storms rolled across the country, one after the other. Tornadoes have hit several towns and villages in their path with some loss of life, and many homes and businesses destroyed. To look at the pictures of the damage, it is amazing that more people hadn’t been killed.

We had some pretty high winds a couple times and with the trees all leafed out, they blow over much more than in the wintertime when they are bare of leaves. On the other hand, the evergreens take it in the shorts in all seasons. I’ve seen where lots of them have been blown down during the winter and now the cleanup has begun. I’ve been meaning to mention that if you have a row of evergreens in your yard and one dies, it should be removed so that whatever killed it doesn’t spread to the others. If left in place, it may spread to the whole row of trees as I have seen happen many times.

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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Fifty-one bird species banded at Crown Point, including two juvenile Red Crossbills

Girl releases banded bird

I spent the week at the Crown Point Banding Station where we had enough rain on a couple of days that we had to close the nets. One night a thunderstorm rolled through that put me to sleep, but it knocked down some birds that we caught the next morning. Most of the other days it was haphazard. A total of 114 birds were seen or heard in the trees and sky around the site, but many never got into our mist nets. We had a total of 51 different species banded.

We caught a juvenile Red Crossbill; a new bird for the site. There was a small flock of ten or twelve flying around the site, feeding on the big white pinecone crop. We caught a second juvenile the next day. This bird was never on our site list as they would normally be gone north by this time. When they are around and there is a good cone crop, they will nest and have young during the winter months, as do White-Winged Crossbills and Pine Siskins.

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Saturday, May 4, 2024

Placing loon platforms & reminiscing about nabbing a tom turkey in ’92

Man with turkey

I saw my first blackfly in the air while working in the View Art Center gardens in Old Forge last week. It was only one, but I’m sure there are more to come. They were down by the pond when I fed the trout last night. We had three mornings in the twenties this week which put a skim of ice on the bird bath, but didn’t harm the growing flowers, so far that I can see. Many more wildflowers put out blooms as the sun came out on a couple of those days.

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Friday, April 26, 2024

Discussion time: Black fly treatment?

black fly larvae

We recently ran a story about how the warmer weather has prompted Adirondack communities to deploy Bti pesticide against black flies earlier than in past years.

While we’ve written about Bti before, this article seemed to spark some debate about the practice: Why we do it? How does it work? And the big one: Is it neccessary?

Some of the comments online focus on concerns about the bigger impact on the food chain/ecosystem. As Steve Hall wrote a few years ago in this Almanack essay, what happens when all the bugs are gone?

Where do you stand on the issue? Let us know in the comments section below!

Pictured above: Black fly larvae found near waters in Colton. Photo provided by Andrea Malik