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Friday, October 11, 2013

Adirondack Events This Weekend (Oct 11)


Visit the Adirondack Almanack each Friday to find out what’s happening around the Adirondacks. Featured Adirondack Events – chosen by Adirondack Almanack contributors. Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks – for those headed into the woods or onto the waters this weekend. We’ve also gathered the best links to regional events calendars all in one place: Lake George Region Events Lake Placid Region Events This Weekend Old Forge Area Events This Weekend Saranac Lake Area Events This Weekend Tupper Lake Region Events This Weekend Subscribe! More than 10,500 people get Adirondack Almanack each day via <a » Continue Reading. The post >>More


Friday, October 11, 2013

Ed Kanze: Arachnophilia


Spiders! Some of us hate them but we have every reason to love, or at least tolerate, their presence in our lives. Spiders eat mosquitoes. They eat blackflies. They eat deer flies. They almost never bite us, partly because the great majority of them lack the inclination and the anatomy to puncture human skin. Some spiders jump, others build webs, and some run around like wolves and are called wolf spiders. At our house, we welcome all spiders. But be careful if you go to Sydney… Learn more here in this week’s edition of All Things Natural with Ed Kanze. >>More


Friday, October 11, 2013

This Week’s Top Adirondack News Stories


NY Sues EPA Over Wood Boilers Company Pushing Forest Preserve Mine 40k Join Obamacare in Week 1 North Country Children’s Clinic Closes Sail Freight Readies for NYC Trip Man Refuses Tax Eviction, Arrests Shutdown Closes Regional VA Offices More Access For Sable Highlands Judge Rules on Snowmobile Trails Plattsburgh Airport to Expand On Friday mornings Adirondack Almanack compiles for our readers the week’s top Adirondack news. » Continue Reading. The post This Week’s Top Adirondack News Stories appeared first on The Adirondack Almanack.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Surveying Adirondack Lakes for Aquatic Invaders


Over the last decade, I have monitored many lakes in Hamilton County for aquatic invasive plants.  I feel a sense of stewardship to these lakes because paddling, camping, swimming, fishing, and skiing are important aspects to my lifestyle that allow me to distress, reconnect, and stay healthy.  Invasive plant infestations can crowd out native aquatic plants that fish rely on for food and shelter; make boating and paddling unenjoyable; and be costly to manage. I survey lakes because I find it enjoyable and my efforts protect water quality. This year my co-worker Lenny and I checked Spy Lake for invaders >>More


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (Oct 10)


This weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round. Get The Weekly Outdoor Conditions Podcast Listen for the weekly Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Report Friday mornings on WNBZ (AM 920 & 1240, FM 105 & 102.1), WSLP (93.3) and the stations of North Country Public Radio. The report can also be found at Mountain Lake PBS. SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND ** indicates new or revised items. ** HOLIDAY WEEKEND: This weekend is Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend and the weather forecast is excellent. Many » Continue Reading. The post Current Conditions in the Adirondack >>More


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Local Arts: Heads or Tales? Either Way You Win…


The current exhibit at the Adirondack Artists Guild in Saranac Lake will intrigue you! As featured artist of the month, Burdette Parks, a very accomplished Adirondack photographer, has chosen to show viewers a different side of the coin. Heads and tails – I mean tales…. When you walk towards the back of the gallery space to the featured artists section, you are met with a stunning array of beautiful, distinguished faces looking back at you (and one goofy one), plus a few looking elsewhere. All square and all black and white and luscious shades of gray (probably more than 50!) >>More


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Road to Sochi Olympics Begins This Weekend in Lake Placid


USA Luge, the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, and the U.S. Nordic teams will begin to take shape when each of the federations hold their national team and U.S. national championship events beginning this weekend, Oct. 12-13, in Lake Placid. The events will help each organization select its fall 2013 World Cup team. And for many of these athletes, this will be the first step towards perhaps making the Olympic team that will compete in February’s winter games in Sochi, Russia. Sliding on the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex combined track got underway on October 1 and bobsled, >>More


Thursday, October 10, 2013

An Adirondack Recreational Web Portal In The Works


I have to confess, I love Google Maps, and not just because I’m a map guy.  Google Maps is my “go-to” when exploring unfamiliar territory. There’s a reason why Google Maps is the most popular smartphone app.  Forget browser searches—it is far more efficient to just type in what you’re looking for into Google Maps, and presto- you have a nice interactive map showing the nearest examples complete with links and (mostly) accurate directions, not only for driving, but also bicycling, public transit and even walking. However, you may have noticed that the usefulness of Google Maps declines as you >>More


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New State Lands: The Ecological Case for Wilderness


The recent acquisition by the State of New York of the former Finch-Pruyn/Nature Conservancy lands means many things to many people. While economic, social, and political implications fuel many of the broader conversations occurring over these lands, these issues tend to drown out the quieter voice of the land itself. Any visitor to the North Country knows that wild places are anything but silent, from the ever persistent hum of the mosquito, to the chittering call of the hunting kingfisher, to the push and pull of the wind through the forested hillsides. At the Adirondack Council we pay attention to >>More


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Celebrate Loons at the Paul Smith’s VIC


There is something quite mystical about hearing a loon. Whether it’s the haunting wail that echoes across lakes or the territorial male yodel, the loon’s calls can silence everyone around it as people search for the source of the sound. I was recently paddling a nearby Adirondack pond and was followed by a common loon.  It gave that shrill laughing sound called tremolo that is used to signal alarm. I can only assume that we were too close to its chicks. It seemed that no matter where we went, it didn’t want to share the waterway with us. We finally >>More




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