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May, 2018

Adirondack Wildlife: If You Care, Leave It There


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has cautioned visitors to natural areas against interacting with newborn fawns and other young wildlife as the peak birthing season starts. Those that see a fawn or other newborn wildlife should enjoy their encounter but keep it brief, maintain some distance, and not attempt to touch the animal. This time of year, it is not unusual to see a young bird crouched in the yard or a young rabbit in the flower garden, both seemingly abandoned. Finding a deer fawn lying by itself is also common. Many people assume that young >>More


May, 2018

Wild Center’s 2018 Summer Events


The Wild Center in Tupper Lake has issued the following 2018 summer schedule of events, including scenic tours, paddling trips, documentary showings, presentations, and more: Tuesday, May 29th – Saturday, October 6th, 3 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays Behind the Scenes Tours Cost: Members $5, Non-members: adults $10, youth $7 Explore behind the curtain where practices and ideas combine to bring The Wild Center experience to life. Take a closer look at the Wild Center’s green energy system, learn how it’s life support system keeps the trout and otters happy, and visit with wild animal ambassadors behind the scenes. Members are >>More


May, 2018

Wild Foods: Take Fewer Leeks


Friends and family understand that some of my dinners can be pretty wild. For example, right now they may include mashed sunchoke or “Jerusalem artichoke” tubers that escaped the voles and mice over the winter, as well as a steaming plate of tender, sweet nettles. (When cooked, the latter lose their sting, becoming tame as kittens. Better even, because they don’t shed.) But the tastiest wild food around in very early spring is our native wild leek, Allium tricoccum, a.k.a. wild garlic, spring onion, or ramp (from “ramson,” a name for a similar European species). It » Continue Reading. View >>More


May, 2018

Wild Pollinators And Crop Viability


If you’re like me, you enjoy the beauty of colorful flowers and love eating fresh fruits and vegetables. You recognize that many of the medicines and supplements we use come from plants. And you realize that the astounding diversity of ornamental, food, and medicinal plants that we grow or forage would not exist, if not for the interdependent synergy (referred to in biology as ‘mutualism’) that exists between flowering plants and their pollinators (bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies). Pollination is an essential function of all terrestrial ecosystems. By many accounts, more than 80% of the flowering plant species found in >>More


April, 2018

Tim Rowland: Filling The Feeder Is For The Birds


Somewhere I read that up here in the Adirondacks you should not feed the birds after March 31st. I forget the exact logic. The article provided one of those explanations that, you know, sounded quasi-plausible, but might have just been something that a guy would tell his wife so he wouldn’t have to go out into the yard and top off the feeder for the 7,000th time this year. I think it had to do with birds needing to fend for themselves, and several other sundry character issues that I hadn’t thought of as applying to wildlife. I sort of >>More


April, 2018

Moles and Voles and Yards with Holes


It’s spring. Days are getting longer. The weather’s getting warmer. The sun is sitting higher in the sky. And, as I write this, the persistent snow in my yard is finally giving way to bare ground. This is the time of year when the consumer horticulture season really begins in earnest at Cooperative Extension. It often starts with questions from anxious callers about recently discovered lawn, landscape, and garden damage; often from wildlife pests. Questions about mice, squirrels, and chipmunks are frequent. But, perhaps because of their tenacious tunneling activities, the most noteworthy culprits of concern to frazzled callers are >>More


April, 2018

Make A Simple Leopold Bench


One of the most memorable occasions I have had with my children is an afternoon workshop at the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) in Newcomb. The day was spent skiing the free AIC trails, sipping hot chocolate while counting birds at the window feeder, and building a Leopold bench. The workshop was a celebration of Aldo Leopold, a man many consider a father of wildlife ecology. One of his most popular ideas, The Land Ethic, is an essay tying together our responsibility for the natural world. Extending values to go beyond respect for human life, Leopold included the earth, water, » >>More


April, 2018

Forest Pests: Velvet Longhorn Beetles


Some invasive insects appear to be trying to win us over through sly public-relations moves. Emerald ash borer (EAB), the Asian beetle killing our ash trees, arrived looking like it just came from a Mary Kay convention, all bright, glitzy and glitter-coated. And it could have been simply called the green ash borer, but instead managed to get itself branded “emerald,” something everyone likes. A new forest pest on the horizon seems to have taken a page from EAB. Trichoferus campestris, better known as the velvet longhorned beetle, has cleverly brought the cuddliness of the Velveteen Rabbit and the romantic >>More


April, 2018

Thatcher’s Remains: Lyrid Meteor Shower April 16-25


In the pre-dawn hours of April 22, the Lyrid meteor shower will peak. About 15 to 20 meteors will be visible each hour, which  is really not very many. By comparison, the Perseid meteor shower in August averages about 60 to 70 an hour, and the Geminid in December can top 120. But I’m most fascinated by the Lyrid. Here’s why: More than 2,700 years ago, someone in China looked to the heavens, observed this meteor shower, and left a written record of what they saw. And so this yearly event has been happening for millennia – it is perhaps >>More


April, 2018

Northern New York Audubon Invites Public Comment


Northern New York Audubon (NNYA) is seeking public comment and input into the organization’s future goals and activities. A non-profit organization solely focused on bird-related conservation and education, NNYA is one of 27 New York State Chapters of the National Audubon Society. NNYA serves North Country habitats and communities with birding field trips, a conservation grant program, a birding newsletter, and more. If interested, click here to complete a brief, 7-10 minute survey. This survey will be available until April 25, 2018. For more information on Northern New York Audubon, visit their website, or email nnya@nnya.org. View original post.