The whale oil of our generation
Verkhoyansk, a small town in the Arctic Circle reported a temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit on June 20, 2020, setting an all-time record. Indeed, the last 5 years have been the hottest in recorded history. We are also seeing, in the wake of COVID-19, that the consequences of profligate production and consumption of fossil fuels are causing more trouble than just rising temperatures and massive climate disruption.The New York Times reported on June 18 that, “Pregnant women exposed to high temperatures or air pollution are more likely to have children who are premature, underweight or stillborn, » Continue Reading.
Wild Center launches kids nature program
Join The Wild Center educators this summer as they dive in to explore nature around us. No matter where you call home, you are invited to complete a Jr. Naturalist Book and become an official Wild Center Jr. Naturalist! Going on a journey through the natural world, covering topics from insects and pollinators, to erosion and weather, to amazing apex predators. Check out The Wild Center’s social media pages and website each Monday for the release of new Jr. Naturalist Pages and challenges. Each page will be filled with activities for you to develop your skills as » Continue Reading.
Learn About our State Reptile, the Snapping Turtle
This time of year many people are seeing snapping turtles digging in their yards or swimming in home ponds. Snapping turtles and other turtles make their nests in easily dug soil, so they may lay their eggs in backyards and gardens. If the nest can be allowed to remain, hatchlings will emerge in August or September but sometimes overwintering until spring. If the area where the nest has been laid must be disturbed, contact your regional wildlife office for guidance.Snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) are often described as aggressive, but a better term is defensive. » Continue Reading.
Latest news headlines
Report: School closures led to inequitable online learningWarren County takes steps to educate visitors about quarantineWashington, Warren counties see new CV casesSUNY Adirondack will mix online and in-person teaching this fallCanada extends COVID-19 border closures20 additional sex abuse lawsuits filed against Catholic dioceseNY adds 8 more states to quarantine listAdirondack prison swings from juniors to seniorsNew York water parks stay dry » Continue Reading.
Outdoor Conditions (7/2): Increased bear activity
This bulletin provides only the most recent notices. Check the Adirondack Backcountry Information webpages for more detailed information on access, outdoor recreation infrastructure, and conditions.Emergency Situations: If you get lost or injured; keep calm and stay put. If you have cell service, call 911 or the DEC Forest Ranger Emergency Dispatch, 518-891-0235.DEC Campgrounds Updated: All DEC Campgrounds and Day Use Areas in the Adirondacks are open except for the Hinkley Reservoir Day Use Area. All Campgrounds and Day Use Areas have restrictions and rules to protect visitors and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.To maintain social distancing and » Continue Reading.
Cathead Mountain Amendment Would be Complicated and Difficult
This is the fourth article in a series that looks at three possible NYS constitutional amendments to Article 14, Section 1 (the “Forever Wild” clause) that are being debated in 2020. This article looks at the issue of utilizing Forest Preserve lands around Cathead Mountain, in the south edge of the Silver Lake Wilderness area, to locate a new emergency communications tower, similar to such towers on Blue Mountain and East Mountain.The legislative calendar makes action on a proposed amendment to the State Constitution advantageous in 2020. Two separately elected Legislatures must act on any proposal before » Continue Reading.
Tupper Lake announces paddling challenge
The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has launched a Tupper Lake Triad paddling challenge.While hiking challenges have continuously grown in popularity throughout the Adirondacks, so has the Triad in Tupper Lake. Since 2014, more than 5,000 people have completed the Tupper Lake Triad hiking challenge. To build off of the success of the hiking challenge, a committee including ROOST, community leaders, and business owners have worked to establish the Tupper Lake Paddling Triad.Paddlers are invited to complete what is believed to be the first water-based challenge within the Adirondack Blue Line. By completing » Continue Reading.
OSI protects 9,300 acres in Clinton, Saratoga counties
The Open Space Institute (OSI) is celebrating the permanent protection of nearly 9,300 acres of forested land in the Adirondacks. The project, achieved in partnership with private landowners, will support sustainable timber practices in the region and expand recreational opportunitiesUnder the terms of the “Boeselager Working Forest” agreement, OSI secured conservation and recreation easements on two properties owned by the Ketteler-Boeselager family, which has a long-standing commitment to conservation in the Adirondacks, and their native Germany.The two newly eased properties in the Clinton County towns of Black Brook, Dannemora, and Saranac total 4,970 acres and will be managed » Continue Reading.
In the Company of Graduates
This June, the graduates of the class of 2020 have walked through Saranac Lake High School one at a time, to receive their diplomas with no other classmates beside them. It might be comforting to know that this is not Saranac Lake’s first lonely graduation ceremony. At the high school’s first graduation in 1896, there was only one graduate, Francis H. Slater.Mr. Slater went on to work as a lawyer, and he kept a fond place in his heart for his humble academic roots. Later in life, he wrote a letter to the alumni association, saying, “I can » Continue Reading.
DEC joins invasive species awareness campaign
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in cooperation with seven Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces, have teamed up on the second annual Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Landing Blitz, a regional campaign to inform boaters and others about the risks of introducing and spreading these invasive pests.During this coordinated outreach effort, partners throughout the Great Lakes region are educating the public at hundreds of water access sites through July 5.AIS are non-native aquatic plants and animals that can cause environmental and economic harm and harm to human health. » Continue Reading.