Embedawatt: Valuing What We Have
A recent opinion piece in the New York Times targeted historic preservation as an out-of-touch field that negatively impacts communities, as well as a movement that does not support building a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly planet. Alongside the responses of my historic preservation colleagues, I’d like to respectfully disagree with the Times piece, too. Of the dozens of ways that historic preservation makes communities more vibrant, humane, and sustainable, I’d like to highlight a little understood and little appreciated virtue and value of existing buildings – their embodied energy. At Adirondack Architectural Heritage we’ve invented a word for this » Continue Reading.
Warren Co Soil & Water Gets Urban Ag Grant
The Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District (Soil & Water) has announced it has been awarded an urban agriculture conservation grant through a partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to boost technical capacity nationwide. Warren County Soil & Water was one of 21 conservation districts across 13 states to receive funding. NACD and NRCS established the Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant Initiative in 2016 to help conservation districts and » Continue Reading.
DEC Announces 2019 Bear Hunting Stats
New York State bear hunters took 1,505 black bears during the 2019 hunting seasons, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is reporting. Hunters took a record 1,179 bears in the Southern Zone, while hunters in the Northern Zone took only 326 bears, the fewest since 2011. According to DEC, bear harvest in the Northern Zone tends to alternate between strong harvests during the early season if natural foods are lacking and strong harvests during the regular season if natural foods are abundant. In 2019, soft mast (cherries, berries, and apples) and hard mast (acorns and beech nuts) crops were abundant and hunters were most successful during the regular season, taking 213 bears. Only 64 bears were » Continue Reading.
Weasels in Winter
On a walk one winter afternoon, I spotted two white objects darting across a snow-covered field. White on white, they were difficult to identify at first. It was a short-tailed weasel chasing a snowshoe hare! Apart from the snowshoe hare, short- and long-tailed weasels are the only animals in the Northeast whose coats turn white in preparation for winter. The smaller short-tailed weasel, also known as an ermine, is more common than the long-tailed weasel. It lives in a variety of habitats, is an adept hunter, and has a reputation for being curious and bold. In summer, the short-tailed weasel » Continue Reading.
‘Buffer in a Bag’ Initiative Offers Free Plantings
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the statewide Trees for Tribs “Buffer in a Bag” application period is now open. The Buffer in a Bag initiative is designed to increase riparian buffers statewide by engaging landowners in small-scale plantings. Qualifying private and public landowners may apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings for planting near streams, rivers, or lakes to help stabilize banks, protect water quality, and improve wildlife habitat. To qualify, landowners must have property in New York State with at least 50 feet that borders a stream, river, or lake, and provide » Continue Reading.
Forever Snocade at Indian Lake Theater
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts has announced that Forever Snocade, a variety show all about life in the Adirondacks, has been set for Saturday, February 22nd at 7 pm. Skits are written, produced, and performed by local actors who know first-hand how to survive winter in the Adirondacks. Forever Snocade is just one of the many activities planned for Indian Lake’s winter festival, Snocade. More information regarding Indian Lake’s Snocade activities, is available online. This event will take place at the Indian Lake Theater, located at 13 West Main Street in Indian Lake. Tickets are $10 for adults and » Continue Reading.
Appreciating Winter Spiders
I have always admired nature’s mutineers: animals and plants that thwart the recognized system and do their own thing. As a child I was the sole member of my own duck-billed platypus club, endeared to this creature with the bird-like bill, beaver-style tail, and shocking ability to lay eggs. Other charming eccentrics: the tamarack, a conifer that loses its needles every winter; male seahorses that give birth to thousands of live babies; and the short-tailed shrew, a tiny mammal that uses a lizard-like venom to paralyze its prey. I met my latest renegade while cross country skiing out my back » Continue Reading.
Poetry: Deer Sleep
Deer Sleep My three-year-old son wondered where deer sleep, so I walked him there. Stepping into a realm that is not reserved for fathers and sons, we found a ritual that has nothing to do with us. That lost part of the brain where the Moon barely creeps in. Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.
Featured Spot: Ice Fishing on Chazy Lake
Chazy Lake is approximately 1,800 acres in size, runs 3.5 miles in length, and has a maximum depth of 72 feet. Chazy Lake is managed under the Chazy Highlands Wild Forest and is set in the valley between Lyon and Ellenburg Mountain providing excellent mountain views and great fishing opportunities. Ice fishing is permitted on Chazy Lake which holds lake trout and landlocked salmon. The best fishing is said to be concentrated in the center of the lake over the deepest water. Ice anglers should exercise extreme caution when traveling out on ice by ensuring » Continue Reading.
The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week
Adirondackers Guard Against Forest Pests Adk Solitude and Instagram Famous Places Our Neighbor Bernie Sanders Profiled by BBC Adirondacker Nell Painter’s Next Act Unfolds Jackrabbit Ski Trail History, Changes Ahead Cleanout: Champlain Lock Gets Winter Makeover A Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Parade Experience Wilderness Has Answers To Questions Yet Unasked Silver Bay YMCA Looks at 2020 (Interview) Fishers Have Undeserved Reputation Subscribe to the » Continue Reading.