Plover population reaches record high in 2019
Piping plovers are creating nests on Atlantic Coast beaches on the heels of a successful 2019 season. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the population climbed from 1,879 pairs in 2018 to record high of 2,008 pairs breeding last summer from eastern Canada south to North Carolina. This marks a conservation milestone 35 years in the making from the cooperation of several organizations and many public beachgoers. The record high numbers are due in part to a widespread implementation of “management practices” such as installing symbolic fencing around nests, leashing dogs, posting caution signs, reducing predation, and trusting » Continue Reading.
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Calls for Nominations for the AARCH Preservation Awards
The 25th annual AARCH Preservation Awards, which recognize exemplary historic preservation work throughout the Adirondacks, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Residents of the Adirondack North Country region may submit their nominations of historic buildings in their communities that have been brought back to life. The 2020 recipients will be honored during an event held at the Grace Memorial Chapel on Sabbath Day Point near Silver Bay on Lake George. Refreshments will be served post gathering. Projects of any size are eligible, and the deadline is June 1 to send in your nominations. To find applications and additional information, go to » Continue Reading.
Before the Flood
Memorial Day weekend is shaping up as a grand, celebratory reopening across the Adirondacks and North Country. If initial trends that I’ve seen this month of steady business at local trailheads and parking areas are any indication, I expect to see the Adirondacks flooded with visitors this weekend. I expect this trend to continue throughout the summer. Will hikers stay locally in hotels, once they’re allowed to open, I don’t know, but I’ve seen people regularly at lean-tos and campsites I frequently pass by in hikes throughout Hamilton County and the central Adirondacks that are hardly ever used or are usually empty this time of year. I think that many folk see camping in Adirondacks as a safe, low-risk activity. » Continue Reading.
From the Archive: ‘Carry the Load’
Three years ago: A Memorial Day post from Diane Chase about the “Carry the Load” project: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2017/05/carry-the-load-memorial-day.html Even though events aren’t officially taking place, there are still opportunities to commemorate loved ones on your own. In the past, the Lake Placid event involved a walk 2.7-mile walk around Mirror Lake “in memory of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice,” Chase writes. From 2018: Larry Gooley provides an entertaining look at “littering season”: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2018/05/littering-season-is-upon-us-again.html Also from 2018: An article about wild leeks: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2018/05/wild-foods-take-fewer-leeks.html From 2013: Dave Gibson on Whiteface Memorial Highway: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2013/11/dave-gibson-whiteface-memorial-highway-forest-preserve.html
ADK leaders ask visitors to act responsibly, be patient
In a Facebook Live forum held recently, three Adirondack leaders asked visitors to make sure they are wearing masks and practicing social distancing this Memorial Day weekend, which is expected to be busy because of the holiday and the warm, dry weather forecasted for the region. “We have some responsibilities to our local communities and residents to make sure we keep our infection rates low, so anyone coming from outside the region, we’re really encouraging them to get back to the principles,” said ROOST CEO Jim McKenna. “Let’s go beyond social distancing as much as possible, a mask all the time whether it’s required inside or not, let’s wear » Continue Reading.
Happy World Turtle Day
May 23 is World Turtle Day American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), a nonprofit organization for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle, created World Turtle Day to celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. These gentle animals have been around for 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing due to smuggling, the exotic food industry, habitat destruction, global warming, and the pet trade. The four species of sea turtles that can be found in New York waters are either threatened or endangered. Here are a few ways you can help sea turtles: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink: these » Continue Reading.
Boat inspection program starts up this weekend
Starting this Memorial Day Weekend, Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute’s (PSC AWI) Stewardship Program will begin its work at public boat launches throughout the Adirondacks. In partnership with NYS’s Department of Environmental Conservation, boat stewards will be assisting to CLEAN. DRAIN. DRY boats in the essential work to help protect the state’s waters from aquatic invasive species like hydrilla, water chestnut, and spiny waterflea. In 2019, stewards talked with more than 250,000 water recreationists about aquatic invasive species and what can be done to prevent their spread. They also kept a lookout for » Continue Reading.
A reminder to stay socially distant when getting out on Memorial Day
The opening days of hiking season are here, and with a warm Memorial Day weekend ahead, the Adirondack Council wants to remind outdoors enthusiasts to socially distance and continue using personal protective equipment while recreating. Outdoor tourism is important for the North Country economy as well, and hikers traveling to the Adirondacks should take the time to research the local protocols and conditions beforehand. Residents and tourists alike should seek to avoid crowds and crowded locations so we can continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while still getting the exercise and fresh air we all need. “Year-round and seasonal residents of the park have done a good job of preventing the spread of COVID-19 in » Continue Reading.
Lake George region takes cautious approach to start of tourism season
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — The Lake George/Warren County region is preparing to welcome visitors this Memorial Day weekend – in a cautious, safe and respectful manner. Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kickoff of the region’s summer tourism season. Because the world has changed, this year it will be accompanied by a vastly increased emphasis on the safety and wellbeing of guests, employees and the community as the region progressively reopens under the New York Forward Reopening Plan. “Lake George is and always will be about fun, and this weekend we look forward to welcoming hikers, paddlers, bikers, boaters, and people who simply want to » Continue Reading.