Posts Tagged ‘Lake Champlain’

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Children invited to unravel the mystery of ‘Champ’ the Lake Monster with art/story contest

Girl reading a book

 

Port Henry, NY — The hosts of ‘Lucy’s Champs For Champ,’ Kelly Tabor and Richard Rossi, announced that the arts and research contest related to their bestselling book and upcoming film, “Lucy & the Lake Monster,” is open for submissions from now through the end of May, 2024. The book, movie, and contest are all based on the search for “Champ” the legendary “Lake Monster” that hundreds of people have spotted in Lake Champlain. “Champ” is America’s version of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster. The contest is not only limited to Lake Champlain local children, but is open to children in every part of the world. 

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Signs of Spring

An American robin.

This week marks the first calendar-official days of spring. Some ground around the Adirondacks is covered in white while other parts are bare and evolving into the next season.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation in early March advised hikers to avoid elevations higher than 2,500 feet, an announcement made earlier than usual. The park saw the warmest winter on record, producing spring-like weather during the last weeks of the season.

But it’s still unknown how the conditions will impact the arrival of the traditional “signs of spring.”  We do know it’s been an early maple season. 

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Lake Champlain clean up

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announces the release of a new Lake Champlain watershed plan at Ausable Point Campground on Monday.

Plans for Lake Champlain

A new state plan outlines priority projects in the Lake Champlain watershed to help control phosphorus pollution into the nation’s 13th-largest lake.

After soliciting public feedback last year, the state Department of Environmental Conservation on Monday released the final version of its Lake Champlain Watershed Implementation Plan.

The plan offers the latest assessment of conditions and pollution sources on Lake Champlain and outlines projects that could help reduce phosphorus loading into the lake, a key pollutant that contributes to increasing harmful algae growth and declining water clarity. A 2002 federal pollution control plan set phosphorus targets for both New York and Vermont.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

DEC Celebrates Clean Water Investments, $1 Million for Town of Peru  

Students at the Lake Champlain Youth Water Summit learning how to study water quality. Photo by Zachary Matson

On March 18, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos joined representatives from the town of Peru and other local officials along the shores of Lake Champlain to announce the finalization of the Lake Champlain Watershed Implementation Plan. The plan creates a detailed path forward to build upon progress to reduce phosphorus that impairs Lake Champlain and contributes to harmful algal blooms (HABs). The Lake Champlain Watershed Implementation Plan will support and guide investments like the recent $1 million to the town of Peru, Clinton County, for wastewater improvements that will reduce pollutants and significantly improve water quality.

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Saturday, February 3, 2024

16,138 birds seen during 2024 Region 7 Waterfowl Count

Tufted ducks

We just had our sixth January thaw since winter began in December and the driveway is bare again. The turkeys were picking grit from it to break down the corn in their crops. There have been from nine to thirty-three [turkeys] here daily at the feeders which have been spooked by hikers or skiers on the trail out back a few times. There were twenty-three here this morning [Jan. 31] and after they went down the ski trail, they got into quite a squabble. Some of the males must have been showing dominance, and by the sounds coming from there…feathers were flying.

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Saturday, January 6, 2024

Where’s winter?

Pond hockey and skating on Holcomb Pond in the Sentinel Wilderness area of the Adirondacks, near Lake Placid.

Last winter in the Adirondacks saw relatively mild temperatures and unstable ice. By February 2023, one skater said he would have traversed 200 miles of ice by then. But conditions caused Dan Spada, a retired supervisor in the natural resources department at the state Adirondack Park Agency, to lose about a fourth of that mileage.

Lake Champlain, a favorite wild ice skating spot of Spada’s, has yet to fully freeze this winter, he said. Human-caused climate change is spiking temperatures across the globe, leading to thin ice and rainy winters in climes like the Adirondacks.

The park, along with the entire Northeast, is already feeling the effects of climate change.

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Saturday, December 16, 2023

Wouldn’t be Christmas without Karen’s fruitcakes

Short- Eared Owl

So far, the storm coming up the east coast hasn’t done much in this area other than rain. They are predicting that it is going to change to snow overnight, but who could tell with this up and down weather we have been having. Some people to the south of us in Tennessee got hammered with tornadoes just outside of Nashville with six people killed, hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed, and thousands without power. The warm weather to the east clashed with the cold air coming from the west, causing these tornadoes. It was a thin line looking on the weather map, but if you were in it, that’s where the tornadoes happened.

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Friday, December 8, 2023

ACLC Rescues Three Red-Throated Loons

2 people release a loon

Saranac Lake, NY In the late afternoon of Sunday, December 3, the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation (ACLC) received a report of a Red-Throated Loon who was found grounded at Exit 38 on I-87. It was followed almost immediately after by a report of a second Red-Throated Loon who had landed on a road in Ausable. Then a third bird was found midday on Monday on Spruce Hill in Keene, NY.

These Red-Throated loons were migrating from their breeding waters in northern Canada and western Greenland to their wintering areas along Atlantic coast in such areas as Delaware and Chesapeake Bays. However, they encountered a storm producing more than a foot of heavy wet snow over just a couple of hours in eastern Essex and Clinton counties. Sometimes in winter storms, loons, like planes, experience icing of their wings and are unable to continue flying, so they land on roads, fields, and other unexpected places. Because of their specialized anatomy, loons are rarely able to get airborne if they are grounded, as they need to run on the water to take off.

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Saturday, November 25, 2023

Grandson Nathan shares tech-savvy skills, glimpsing Beaver Brook bridge project

Sunrise on Old Forge Pond

Winter keeps trying to put a white coat on our landscape, but it melts the next day. The cloud cover made for some nice sunrise and sunset photos. The waxing moon is just a slice of itself which may be hidden in the clouds tonight [Nov. 19]. It was beautiful right out our upstairs windows last night [Nov. 18]. Don Andrews caught one of those nice sunrises over [the] Old Forge Pond one morning. My grandson, Nathan, got a super sunset over Utica the night before. That shot will probably be his screensaver for a while until a better one comes.

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Friday, November 17, 2023

Calling all grant writers

 

A small island on Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain Basin Program bolsters grant opportunities

Thanks in part to a surge of federal infrastructure funding in recent years, the Lake Champlain Basin Program is soliciting proposals for a wide range of grant opportunities.

The grants aim to support scientific research, restoration and conservation projects, education and public awareness initiatives and to bolster organizations in the sprawling Lake Champlain watershed.

A round of new grants were announced earlier this month with due dates in late-December and early-January. While application requirements differ from grant to grant, the funding opportunities are largely available to nonprofits, colleges and universities, soil and water conservation districts, and local governments.

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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Fort Ticonderoga Celebrates Fall with Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival, Sept. 30

Ticonderoga, NY– Fort Ticonderoga, surrounded by magnificent autumn backdrops of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains, will present the Annual Heritage, Harvest, & Horse Festival on Saturday, September 30, 2023.  A full day of autumn fun will be set amidst the fall flowers of King’s Garden, a heritage apple orchard, and the beautiful landscape of the mountains and Lake Champlain. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Essex Day – 2023

 

Every year, the Town of Essex on Lake Champlain, comes together on the first Saturday of August and celebrates our community with a town-wide yard sale and street party. Come join the fun and see what makes Essex special.

Browse and enjoy refreshments at local shops like The Pink Pig, The Barn Door Tavern (look for their special Essex Day Beer Garden!), The Essex Ice Cream Cafe, and The Neighborhood Nest.
We’ll also have food trucks, vendors, and live music from Too Tall String Band and Marie Marie and more!


Saturday, May 27, 2023

Final days banding birds at the Crown Point Banding Station, approx. 750 birds banded

Gordon Howard banding a bird with the watchful eyes of children

The Crown Point Banding Station closed its doors on Saturday, May 20, with a good crew taking down tents, canopies, [a] weather station, and nets in short order by 11 a.m. The rain that was predicted went around us and the strong winds also didn’t come while we were picking up. Tom Barber had the nets up (and a few birds already bagged) when I got up at 5:30 a.m. He had picked six June bugs from the nets while putting them up and I found just one in the nets I put up. As I came out of the tent he said, “The Gray Catbirds are biting this morning and that was the first bird, I picked out of the main net lane.” He said, “I got a new bird for the year, a Brown-Headed Cowbird out of the North net.”

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Saturday, May 27, 2023

ANCA Awarded $40K Lake Champlain Basin Artist-in-Residence Program Grant

Paul Smith’s College professor Dr. Curt Stager collects a core sample from Lake Champlain.

Saranac Lake, NY —  Visitors to Lake Champlain will soon be able to learn about the ecological and cultural diversity of the lake and its surrounding area through music and sound. The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has been awarded a $40,000 grant to support an interpretive music project that celebrates regional biodiversity and human diversity while engaging American and Canadian audiences in a shared artistic experience of the Champlain Basin.

The “Watershed Voices” project — a collaboration of regional partners including ANCA’s Adirondack Diversity Initiative and McClure Productions Inc. — was awarded the grant through the Lake Champlain Basin Artist-in-Residence Program and NEIWPCC, a regional commission that helps the states of the Northeast preserve and advance water quality.

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Friday, March 31, 2023

Good news for Lake Champlain’s trout

trout

News of a reduction to planned lake trout stocking levels in Lake Champlain is another positive sign of the growing strength of the lake’s wild-reproducing populations.

Fisheries managers announced plans to halve the number of lake trout stocked into the lake this fall, cutting the number to 41,000.

University of Vermont fisheries biologist Ellen Marsden and researchers in her lab in recent years have documented evidence that about 10 years ago, lake trout first introduced decades earlier finally started to spawn fish that “recruited” out of the first year of life and into the juvenile stage. Those fish have now grown into reproductive maturity and are continuing to thrive.

“This isn’t just a flash in the pan,” Marsden said.

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