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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Annual Adirondack Loon Census Volunteers Needed


The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Adirondack Program has announced a call for volunteers to survey loons on Adirondack lakes as part of the 18th Annual Adirondack Loon Census. The event will take place on Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 8 to 9 am. Participants can choose from a list of available lakes and ponds in the Adirondack region to sign up for and survey. With the help of local Adirondack residents and visitor volunteers, the census enables WCS to collect important data on the status of the breeding loon population in and around the Adirondack Park and across New York >>More


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

John Casilear’s Love Affair with Lake George (Conclusion)


After a stellar 30-year career as a professional engraver of bank notes, artwork, and other items, John Casilear had left the industry to become a fulltime painter, and a very good one — a creator of lovely, detailed landscapes epitomized by artists of the Hudson River School. Even as the popularity of that genre faded and the American art world followed new paths, he was still the frequent recipient of praise and admiration. General assessments of his artistic capabilities were positive, and even glowing. “There are very few artists belonging to the American school of landscape painters who have achieved >>More


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

PROTECT to Honor The Nature Conservancy Saturday


Protect the Adirondacks is set to hold its annual membership meeting at The Grange in Whallonsburg on Saturday July 21st. The annual meeting includes the Conservation and Advocacy report, financial report, membership report, and election to the Board of Directors. Protect the Adirondacks will also present the Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award to The Nature Conservancy’s Heart of the Adirondacks Team who worked for 10 years to protect 161,000 acres of the former Finch, Pruyn & Co. lands. More than 95,000 acres were protected by conservation easement and 65,000 acres were protected in the Forest Preserve, including Boreas Ponds, Essex Chain >>More


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Wildlands Rescues


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry. What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. Essex County Town of Schroon Wildland Rescue: At 5:27 pm on July 9, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call transferred from Essex County 911 regarding a 66-year-old male hiker from Cohoes who injured >>More


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Gibson: Limited Entry Systems For High Peaks Wilderness


Given ongoing evidence of recreational crowding, overuse and resource damage of the eastern High Peaks Wilderness, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has called on our DEC to institute permit systems, sometimes called Limited Entry systems, to assure and restore Wilderness preservation, character and opportunity in the most heavily used portions of the High Peaks. Such systems are widely used around the country. The internal debate at DEC over whether to institute permit systems for the High Peaks has gone on for more than 40 years. Meanwhile, the U.S. Forest Service is considering the expansion of such a system within 500,000 >>More


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hadley-Luzerne Fire Tower Hike, History Tour July 19


Two guided hikes in the towns of Hadley and Lake Luzerne have been set for Thursday, July 19th, 2018. Guide Sue Howard, member of the Friends of the Hadley Mountain Fire Tower Committee will lead this Take-A-Hike Thursday on an afternoon adventure exploring nature and hiking. Two hikes are available: one to Bear Slides in Lake Luzerne, or for a more strenuous hike there’s Hadley Mountain to the restored Fire Tower (2,653 ft elevation to the summit). Hikers will need a water bottle, bug spray, and a backpack, and to wear appropriate footwear. Sue Wilder, will lead hikes through some >>More


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Wakely Mountain Fire, Adk’s Tallest, Reopens to Public


The 70-foot tall Wakely Mountain Fire Tower, the tallest fire tower in the Adirondacks, has reopened to the public.  A storm brought the tower to near collapse in December 2017, and the area had been closed to visitors over safety concerns. The public can once again hike to the summit of the mountain, climb the fire tower, and enjoy the 360° panoramic views of the central Adirondacks from the cab of the tower. The tower is located in the Wakely Mountain Primitive Area in Hamilton County. A New York State Department of Environmental Conservation crew and the project’s contractor – >>More


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Adirondacks National Watercolors Exhibition at VIEW


View, a multi-media arts center located in Old Forge, has announced the opening reception for the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors on Friday August 3rd, 2018, from 5 to 7 pm. A free public reception will feature hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and the opportunity to meet with several of the exhibiting artists. Each year, View holds the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, which is open to all artists working in water-based media. This includes transparent and opaque watercolors, acrylics, casein, egg tempera, gouache and ink. Recognized across the United States and Canada, this year’s exhibition features 90 artworks >>More


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lake Champlain Bridge Guided Walk July 22


A guided walk focusing on the history of the area around the Lake Champlain Bridge has been set for Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 1 pm. This event is the first of two “Points of Interest” guided bridge walks offered this year by the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, and Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, New York. Site administrator Elsa Gilbertson (VT) and Thomas Hughes (NY), historian and president of the Crown Point State Historic Site friends group, lead the tour. Attendees will meet at the Crown Point State Historic Site museum on the >>More


Monday, July 16, 2018

Eastern Musk Turtle: A Stinkpot’s Aposematic Stink Screen


I have always admired turtles and their armored ways; how they bask in the sun and retreat when the world is too much. Last summer, through the perseverance of a nine-year-old boy, I found myself holding a small, golf-ball-sized turtle. It had a pointed snout that had two white lines stretching above and below its eye and an olive-brown carapace with a garden of algae growing on it. Evan had captured this treasure from a local pond. We were using dip nets and strainers and our trays were already filled with dragonfly nymphs, aquatic snails, log cabin caddisfly larvae, and >>More


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