Using data on 77 North American migratory bird species from the eBird citizen-science program, scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology say that, in as little as four decades, it may be very difficult to predict how climate change will affect migratory bird populations and the ecosystems they inhabit. Their conclusions are presented in a paper published in the journal Ecography. Cornell Lab scientists generated new climate models incorporating multiple sources of data. This produced a timeline indicating when and where migratory bird populations are likely to be significantly affected by novel climates during each phase of their annual life >>More
The Adirondack Park Agency will hold its March meeting on Thursday and Friday, March 14 and 15 at its headquarters in Ray Brook. Here are some of the items on the agenda and the Adirondack Council’s reaction to them: Presentation on Delegation Authority: Overall the Council recognizes the authority of the APA Board to delegate approval authority in accordance with section 809 of the APA Act and as specified within the APA’s Rules and Regulations. To date the authority vested in the Deputy Director of Regulatory Programs has been appropriate to accommodate various items that are deemed routine, non-controversial, and >>More
Typically the Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual seedling sale has a few trees and shrubs leftover. In order to preserve these specimens the District had started a small arboretum and garden on the grounds to grow the specimens for use on one of the many erosion control projects we work on each year or they are donated for community plantings. In 2018, after staff hand tilled a 400 sq. ft. field plot and planted these homeless bare root specimens, employees came into work on the following Monday with the intent of watering the plants. Instead they found >>More
The Town of Johnsburg is set to host a Broadband Symposium on March 15th at 6:30 pm in The Tannery Pond Community Center, to review the results since February 2018 of the new NY Broadband Program for Western Warren County. The presentations will focus on customers connected, new customer connections being made, and future plans by Frontier Communications, Slic Network Solutions, and HughesNet. The Town of Johnsburg CDC and the Town of Johnsburg Economic Development Committee are sponsoring this second symposium and welcoming back the three broadband providers to discuss their accomplishments over the past year and their » Continue >>More
In his recent essay for Adirondack Explorer’s column, “It’s Debatable,” that was later re-published in the Almanack, John Droz presented more than an opinion that wind energy is a bad idea for the Adirondack Park. He also slipped in a » Continue Reading. View original post.
The Adirondack Park Agency will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook on Thursday, March 14th and Friday March 15th, 2019. Thursday’s meeting will begin at 1 pm and Friday’s session will commence at 9 am. The meeting will feature a presentation on final draft of the Hammond Pond Wild Forest Unit Management Plan and consideration of a public comment period regarding conformance of the plan to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. Also a presentation on road salt reduction initiatives around Lake George is on the agenda, and more. What follows is the agenda issued >>More
The Mountaineer in Keene Valley, is set to host the 17th Annual Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival the weekend of March 15-17, 2019. Backcountry skiing combines all of the elements of touring, climbing and downhill skiing into one winter mountaineering experience. On Friday, join representatives from Mammut North America for a night of Q&A about Mammut snow safety products and avalanche awareness from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at The Mountaineer. Mammut will raffle off a probe and shovel package. Demos and mini clinics will be held at Otis Mountain between Elizabethtown and New Russia on Saturday. Otis Mountain is a private >>More
Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute and the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District have collaborated on a study detailing long term trends of the water quality in 21 Hamilton County lakes. “The State of Hamilton County Lakes: A 25 Year Perspective 1993 – 2017” was developed to deliver a countywide assessment of the current and historical water quality status and in hopes of guiding future watershed management decisions. <img class="wp-image-149270 alignright" src="https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Piseco-Lake-by-Jamie-Parslow-540×405.png" alt="" width="251" height="188" srcset="https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Piseco-Lake-by-Jamie-Parslow-540×405.png 540w, https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Piseco-Lake-by-Jamie-Parslow-300×225.png 300w, https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Piseco-Lake-by-Jamie-Parslow-768×576.png 768w, https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Piseco-Lake-by-Jamie-Parslow-600×450.png 600w, https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Piseco-Lake-by-Jamie-Parslow-250×188.png 250w, https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Piseco-Lake-by-Jamie-Parslow.png 1017w" sizes="(max-width: 251px) 100vw, » Continue Reading. View original post.
The Champlain Valley Film Series is set to present the documentary Free Solo, with special guest renowned climber, author and Adirondack guide Don Mellor in Whallonsburg, March 16th. Mellor, author of four Adirondack rock and ice climbing guides, and other books. He has climbed El Capitan and other Yosemite walls and will answer questions after the film Free Solo, winner of Best Documentary at last month’s Academy Awards, is a look at free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to climb the face of the world’s most famous rock – 3,200 foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park – >>More
Saranac Lake based Northern Power & Light, Inc. has gained approval to operate under a new program created by New York State that allows electric customers to purchase a share of the electricity from a small renewable generator. The company operates a a 700 kW hydroelectric plant, Azure Mountain Power, in St Regis Falls. As generators under the program produce power, it creates a credit on the customer’s utility bill, similar to rooftop solar. Small renewable energy generators like NP&L then collect for the value of the credits on behalf of the generator. The total cost to the customer stays >>More