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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


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Paul Hetzler: Mountains of Molehills


Just as we began to doubt the existence of soil, snow began to give way in early April to reveal, well in many cases, a brown mess. As backyard glaciers recede, some homeowners may find an outbreak of mole-volcanoes in the lawn as if an army of subterranean rodents spent the winter detonating explosives. The star-nosed mole and the hairy-tail mole are the two species that live in our area, and as their soil mounds indicate, they’re active all winter. If they’ve turned your once-flat lawn into a relief map of the Badlands, don’t panic – it’s » Continue Reading. >>More


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Skill-Building Workshop for Nonprofits


Adirondack Foundation and one of its component funds, the Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region, have invited nonprofit professionals and board members to attend a one-day workshop, “Building Your Best Board,” to be held at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek on May 11, from 10 am to 3 pm. Recruiting, retaining, and engaging board members are essential to a nonprofit’s success. These volunteer leaders bring a wide range of skills and connections. Andy Robinson, who has trained and supported thousands of nonprofit staff and volunteer leaders in 47 states and across Canada, will lead the workshop >>More


Monday, April 15, 2019

Making Conservation Design The Norm, Not The Exception


My hometown of Ballston in Saratoga County is poised to make the principles and detailed process of conservation design the standard for major subdivisions. The town’s revised subdivision law comes on the heels of some disastrously bad subdivision approvals here, projects which sprawl new housing, roads and traffic all over this once wildlife-rich, rural, wet, heavily forested and formerly farmed part of town. Later this month, my town board votes on whether “any major subdivision in the Rural District and Ballston Lake Residential District shall be designed as a conservation subdivision.” If so, that would mean that the Town planning >>More


Monday, April 15, 2019

DEC Announces 2018-19 Deer Hunting Estimates


Hunters in New York killed an estimated 227,787 deer during the 2018-19 hunting seasons, approximately 12 percent more than the previous season, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced. The estimated deer take included 114,402 antlerless deer and 113,385 antlered bucks. Statewide, this represents a 20-percent increase in antlerless deer and a five-percent increase in bucks from the last season. The increase in the number of antlerless deer killed comes on the heels of a lower-than-desired antlerless harvest in 2017 and is expected to by DEC to help limit growth in areas with an overpopulation. Regionally, hunters took 28,642 >>More


Monday, April 15, 2019

Industrial Hemp Production Workshop Planned


Franklin County Cornell Cooperative Extension is set to host a workshop to explore industrial hemp production in New York State on April 25, at the Franklin County Courthouse from 1 to 4 pm. In recent years, industrial hemp production in the United States has seen renewed interest. It is now possible to test for THC levels (THC is the main intoxicating ingredient in marijuana), to ensure that only low THC level crops are being grown legally, and hemp could once again be a profitable ag commodity. This became more of a reality with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill >>More