By TOM WOODMAN Consider the cairn. A pile of rocks. For the hiker, these are usually pretty simple constructs: Stones placed at intervals to show the best route across open terrain. They are balanced and arranged just enough to make clear they are manmade guideposts, not accidental heaps. Many summits boast slightly grander stacks celebrating our arrival at the top. But even these in most cases are architecturally modest cones or columns. Humble indeed are these piles of rocks, wouldn’t you think? Utilitarian and ad hoc. But cairns have unseen depths.
Palm warbler. Photo by Jeff Nadler Climate change, other threats put boreal species at risk By PHIL BROWN A few years back, Brian McAllister received a phone call from a man who wanted to see a boreal chickadee. That’s not so unusual, except he was calling from California. “He flew into Montreal and then Saranac Lake,” recalls McAllister, who was then a birding guide. “I met him at his buddy’s house near Paul Smiths, and we went out to Bloomingdale Bog. Lo and behold, there was a boreal chickadee, and he was all excited. Afterward I took him to his >>More
Members say state’s acquisition of hunting grounds would ruin a traditional way of life By George Earl Rifle in hand, clad in heavy wool plaid, and fueled by an early breakfast, I hoofed it up a steep ridge and came to an impressive vista of forested mountaintops and wild ponds. This was a rare glimpse of a piece of the Adirondacks that has been in private hands since the Civil War. Someday soon, though, it is expected to be added to the public Forest Preserve—that is, unless the Gooley Club has its way. The Adirondack Nature Conservancy acquired the tract >>More