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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Palmer Amaranth Is Not Your Grandparents’ Pigweed


After having defeated the Aztecs with a fusion of horses, steel, smallpox, and a stunning lack of moral conscience, the Spanish conquistadors wasted no time outlawing amaranth, a grain which constituted most of the Aztec diet at the time. Known to gardeners and farmers these days as pigweed, amaranth has obviously continued to flourish in spite of that military decree. There are 70 recognized amaranth species, several of which are grown commercially from Mexico south to northern Peru. It is a very nutritious grain, high in protein, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, and selenium, and is eaten roasted or cooked in water. >>More


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Saw-whet Owl Banding at John Brown’s Farm


Dr. Nina Schoch, Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer at the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation and conservation biologist, zoologist and photographer Larry Master will be banding saw-whet owls at the John Brown Farm during October. This banding is part of Project Owlnet. Project Owlnet facilitates communication, cooperation and innovation among a rapidly growing network of hundreds of owl-migration researchers in North America and abroad. Organizers aren’t sure when this will happen. The weather needs to be just right for the birds to be migrating through the area. This generally occurs during the first couple of weeks in October on >>More


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Locator Beacon Activation Leads To Adirondack Rescue Mission


DEC Forest Rangers say a 41-year-old Albany man and a Wilmington woman, also 41, launched a rescue mission after setting off an emergency locator beacon north of Paul Smiths. DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch said they received call on Wed., Sept. 18 at 10:46 p.m., from an international rescue coordination center advising that a locator beacon had been activated. Coordinates placed the activation on the Osgood River north of Mountain Pond in the DeBar Mountain Forest.  Forest Ranger Thomas Gliddi reported that he responded and located the pair’s vehicle at 11:49 pm before proceeding into the woods. Ranger Gliddi reported the » >>More


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Skunks, Raccoons, Bats Could Be Added To Dangerous Animals List


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is planning to expand the list of animals regulated as “dangerous” in New York State. Skunks, raccoons and bats would be added to the Dangerous Animals List, joining a much expanded list of more dangerous species of reptiles and mammals.  The revised list adds all other non-endangered or threatened primates, and Canid and Felid species, except domestic dogs and cats and fennec foxes to the list of animals which cannot be kept as pets.  Comments can be submitted to DEC on the proposal through the close of business on Nov. 18, 2019. “These >>More


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Foliage and Festivals in the Lake George Area


The Lake George Area is set to host a number of festivals and events this fall. Events range from Warrensburg to Glens Falls, and include a Food Festival, the World’s Largest Garage sale, and more. Six Flags Great Escape & Hurricane Harbor’s annual Fright Fest is set for weekends from September 28 through October 27. This month long celebration of all things spooky is the perfect event for kids and adults to celebrate Halloween. The daytime at the park offers thrills and family-friendly activities that kids will love. Once the sun goes down, zombies and ghouls invade the park. The >>More


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Adirondack Wild Meeting Set, Speakers, Awards Planned


Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is set to hold its 2019 Annual Meeting of Members and Friends on Saturday, October 12 at the Keene Valley Congregational Church in Keene Valley. The meeting begins with program news, elections and announcements at 11 am. The Chair of the NYS Assembly’s Environmental Conservation Committee Steve Englebright will be the meeting’s featured speaker at 1 pm. Englebright, who represents the 4th Assembly District, is the sponsor of legislation to preserve ecological integrity, wildlife and open space in the Adirondack Park. He will direct his remarks to this legislation. The measure (Assembly Bill >>More


Monday, September 23, 2019

It’s Apple Season!


There’s little in life more pleasing than biting into a crisp, juicy, slightly sweet, slightly tart, fresh-off-the-tree apple. And what could be healthier? Apples contain vitamins A and C, antioxidants, potassium, pectin, fiber, and no cholesterol. They can be eaten fresh, baked, or stewed; turned into juice or cider; made into sauce, butter, jelly, vinegar, wine, and delightful confections when coated with candy (sugar syrup), caramel, or toffee and nuts; or cooked into pies, crisps, crumbles, cakes, doughnuts; even meat dishes. New York’s apple harvest is underway. And it’s shaping up to be a good one. Early season varieties are >>More


Monday, September 23, 2019

2019 Adirondack Forestry Roundtable Planned


The Adirondack Research Consortium has announced a Forestry Roundtable event, set for Tuesday, October 15th, from 9:30 am to 3 pm, in the Northwest Bay Conference Center, Adirondack Hall, at SUNY Adirondack, 640 Bay Road, Queensbury. The purpose of this one-day workshop is to get a better understanding of Climate Change and the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, what it means for New York’s forests and wood product manufacturers, and what would representatives of New York’s forests and wood products industries want to see in the process and outcomes. A preliminary schedule is available here. Registration is available online. For >>More


Monday, September 23, 2019

Northern Heritage Economy Grants Available


$1,000,000 in grants from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) is being made available through a new four-state program dubbed the “Northern Heritage Economy Grant Program.” The grants are offered to nonprofit organizations and municipalities undertaking locally driven historic preservation projects with strong community and economic revitalization potential. The grant is expected to be split evenly among the four states. The Northern Heritage Economy Grant Program hopes to to focus its funding on the revitalization of vacant and underused historic buildings in rural communities with the goals of stimulating economic development and tourism, building community cohesion, and creating jobs in >>More


Monday, September 23, 2019

Adirondacker Paper Makers Innovated Industry


Innovative Adirondackers are responsible for countless innovations in the paper industry, according to paper historian Dr. Stephen Cernek. Cernek is working to convert the former International Paper building in Corinth into a museum with local, regional and international support. He will be be in Luzerene to discuss Adirondack paper making pioneers and their influence on the international history of paper making. Cernek is leading the creation of a Hudson River Mill Museum, commemorating the Adirondacks role in paper making and its influence on the world. His talk, “The Paper Industry’s Celebrated History in the Adirondacks,” will take place on Thursday, >>More




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