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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Some Old Adirondack Laws Were Nothing To Sneeze At


For a long time now, my youngest son has operated a research laboratory in Singapore. Moving there from America was quite the culture shock, but he was clearly impressed with how clean everything was, a result of many laws that we in the US would consider overbearing. He remains very respectful of the culture there and wouldn’t joke about some of their laws, including one reinforced by signs in and near elevators: No Urinating in Lifts. For me, it instantly begs the question: was this common enough to merit a statute? But before we scoff at the rules in other >>More


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Flooding, High Waters: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Apr 18)


This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon. Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com. Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here. BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water, lights and a map. >>More


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Inlet Continues Adult Easter Egg Hunt Tradition


Head to Inlet on April 27th for the Adirondacks’ only adult Easter egg hunt. A traditional children’s egg hunt will also take place, but bring your own basket to hold some wonderful local prizes. Held at Inlet’s Fern Park on Loomis Road, the Inlet Youth Commission’s egg hunting tradition always coincides with the return of area school children from their two-week spring break. The children’s egg hunt starts at 1 pm and is open to all children (12 and under). All participants of the children’s egg hunt receive a goody bag and the chance to win special prizes. Fern Park >>More


Thursday, April 18, 2019

EAT ADK Adirondack Restaurant Week is May 2-9


EAT ADK Restaurant Week, a celebration of culinary exploration, has been set for the week of May 2-9. Participating restaurants, pubs and bistros will be offering multiple course menus at fixed prices. With 45 participating dining establishments, residents and visitors can look forward to sampling the best dishes at discounted prices in the Adirondack communities of Lake Placid, Long Lake, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Wilmington. Restaurants will be offering prix fixe (fixed price) menus with pricing options of $15, $20 and $30. This year’s event highlights both established restaurants as well as recently-opened businesses. EAT ADK is also full >>More


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Agriscaping: Designing an Edible Landscape


Warrensburgh Beautification is set to host its Annual Spring Membership Meeting & Presentation on Wednesday evening, May 1 at Glen Lodge Bed & Breakfast in Warrensburg. Guest speaker will be Jean Howard, a Master Gardener, beekeeper and permaculturist. Howard will discuss how to create residential landscapes using food-producing plants. The talk will focus on combining fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, vegetables, edible flowers, culinary and medicinal herbs and ornamental plants into aesthetically pleasing designs. This event is free and open to the public. Registration will begin at 5:30 pm. A pot luck dinner and business meeting will be held >>More


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Study: Some Woodpeckers Imitate a Neighbor’s Plumage


In the first global test of the idea, scientists have found evidence that some woodpeckers can evolve to look like another species of woodpecker in the same neighborhood. The researchers say that this “plumage mimicry” isn’t a fluke – it happens among pairs of distantly related woodpeckers all over the world. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, was conducted by researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, SUNY Buffalo State, the University of British Columbia, and Manchester University. Study authors combined data on feather color, DNA sequences, eBird reports, and NASA satellite measures of vegetation for all 230 >>More


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

New Exhibit on Taxidermy in the Adirondacks


Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, is set to exhibit approximately 100 pieces of extraordinary taxidermy on loan from private Adirondack collections and camps as well as mounts, photographs, and manuscript materials from its own collection, beginning May 24th. The exhibition will include taxidermy as well as advertisements, business ledgers, and period photographs of Adirondack trophy lodges, camp interiors, and taxidermists and their studios. Taxidermy and the law; hunting and fishing trophies; Adirondack style and taxidermy; natural history; beastly fables and fantasy, and taxidermy today will be among the topics covered. The exhibit will include the work of >>More


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A History of Adirondack Blackface at Whallonsburg Grange


The Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex, is set to welcome historian and author Amy Godine to the Lyceum lecture series on Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 pm. Her lecture will focus on the history of minstrel shows and blackface performances in theaters, Grange halls, churches, schools and other venues in the North Country, and the impact of this and other racist imagery. Godine’s talk, “Adirondack Blackface: A Hidden History,” will discuss the largely forgotten plays and skits presented by white actors with demeaning portrayals of African Americans that continued into the early 1960s in the region. Amy Godine is a >>More


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Man Rescued From Rooster Comb Mountain


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 Keene Rescue: On April 13 at 2:05 pm, DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a request for assistance for a 62-year-old male from Clifton Park with a lower leg injury >>More


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Top Cities Where Lights Endanger Migratory Birds


An estimated 600 million birds die from building collisions every year in the United States. Scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have published new research highlighting artificial light at night as a contributing factor. The research was published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. It combines satellite data showing light pollution levels with weather radar measuring bird migration density. Researchers ranked metropolitan areas where, due to a combination of light pollution and geography, birds are at the greatest risk of becoming attracted to and disoriented by lights and crashing into buildings. <img class="wp-image-150384 » Continue Reading. >>More