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Monday, September 16, 2019

Invasive Species Conference Set For Saratoga

The North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) is set to host the 2019 Annual Invasive Species Conference together with Cornell University’s New York Invasive Species Research Institute (NYISRI), from Monday, September 30th through Thursday, October 3rd, at the Saratoga Hilton, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.   This year’s invasive species conference will highlight initiatives that connect science to action across geographic, political and public-private boundaries. Presentations, workshops, tours and special symposia will bridge the geographic divide across the continent, connecting terrestrial and aquatic invasive species management, research, policy, outreach initiatives and opportunities across North America. The four-day conference features renowned >>More


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Pitcher Plants Turn Food Chain Upside Down

As a kid, I was fascinated and terrified by the idea of carnivorous plants. Growing up in suburban New Jersey, my only exposure to this particular subset of the plant kingdom was the ravenous, larger-than-life Venus fly trap in Little Shop of Horrors. If I stumbled upon a carnivorous plant in real life, I wondered, would it have teeth? If I ventured too close, would it grab on to my finger and never let go? Imagine my disappointment when, years later, I found out that carnivorous plants only eat insects and small invertebrates. The first time I saw one of >>More


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Trout Stream Management Meetings Planned

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is developing a new plan for inland trout stream management based on updated scientific information and public meetings held across the state in 2017. Prior to completing the draft plan, DEC fisheries managers would like to meet with trout stream anglers to explain the proposed approach, answer questions, and solicit feedback. Ten additional public meetings around the state are scheduled between Oct. 1 and Nov. 12 to facilitate these discussions. The schedule of dates and locations can be found online on DEC’s website. The meetings will feature » Continue Reading. View >>More


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Warren Co Master Gardener Training to Start

The Warren County Master Gardener Training Program has announced they are now accepting applications for 2020 training. The program is open to anyone who has an interest in expanding their gardening experience and knowledge. The Master Gardener Training Program provides attendees the opportunity to learn how to improve their gardens and landscapes by sharing information with fellow-Master Gardeners during the training, and following the training, by participating in community-based horticultural programs, educational projects and helping people in the community with their gardening questions. The program includes information provided by the many scientists, educators, and garden experts associated » Continue Reading. >>More


Sunday, September 8, 2019

A Good Year For Monarch Butterflies

If you’ve noticed a lot of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) lately, you’re not alone. From my own observations and from what people have been telling me, this summer appears to have been a very successful one for them; at least in this part of the northeast. Monarchs have four life stages; egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa, and adult (butterfly). The caterpillars feed only on milkweed leaves and seed pods. And, for this reason, adult Monarch females lay their eggs only on milkweed. In fact, the search for milkweed is the sole reason for monarch migration; perhaps the most » Continue Reading. >>More


Saturday, September 7, 2019

Wet, Wild, and Wonderful Bogs and Fens

“Squish, squash.” I was walking gingerly on a soft, spongy carpet of sphagnum moss in a northern Vermont bog. Magenta blossoms decorated the sheep laurel shrubs that lined the edge of the open wetland – beyond them the pointed spires of balsam fir and black spruce reached towards the sky. Ahead of me, the white tufts at the ends of cotton grass waved in the breeze. I took another step. There was a sucking sound, and a cold, wet feeling as my right foot suddenly sank a couple of feet into the bog. It was challenging to get it out >>More


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Near-Term Threats To Forest Health

If you’re tired of hearing about new invasive forest pests, I’m right there with you. Seems they arrive at an ever-increasing pace, and the harm potential ratchets up with each newcomer. At this rate maybe we’ll get a wood-boring beetle whose larvae explode, which would put things in perspective. As distasteful as it is to peer at the cast of ugly new characters, it’s better to know what we’re up against. Novel pests put everyone on a steep learning curve. For the species below, key questions remain unanswered, and some of what we “know” will undoubtedly be proven wrong. Still, >>More


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Water Pennies Have A Unique Approach to Survival

Imagine for a moment that you travel on all fours like other self-respecting quadrupeds. Extend your imagination yet a little more, and with it your body, so that a large dome-shaped shell-like structure extends out to cover you in all directions. From above, a predator would see only a disk with a snug fit to the ground on all sides. Now shrink dramatically and move into the nearest fast-flowing stream: you are well on your way to becoming a water penny beetle larva. If you consider the characteristics just described as distinctly non-beetle like, you are not alone. The same >>More


Monday, September 2, 2019

10th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival

The 2019 Great Adirondack Moose Festival in Indian Lake, is set for the weekend of September 28 and 29, 2019. Visitors to the Indian Lake region for the Moose Festival can expect programs, games, contests, exhibitions, guided tours, shopping – all in the theme of the moose. The Great Adirondack Moose Festival (GAMF) is designed to offer visitors of all ages a purely Adirondack experience as a two-day destination event. This year’s GAMF will feature Adirondack style and moose themed activities such as our very popular moose calling contest; guided wilderness hikes; Moose River Plains self-guided driving wilderness tour; fly >>More


Friday, August 30, 2019

Cover Crops Workshop Planned For Queensbury

This summer the Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District installed a demonstration market farm plot at SUNY Adirondack to promote soil conservation practices in the Lake Champlain Watershed. The District was awarded funding through the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s Small Education and Outreach Grant to create the demonstration plot and to host a series of workshops on market farms and soil health. In conjunction with the series, the District is hosting a workshop on cover crops with SUNY Adirondack and the Champlain Watershed Improvement Coalition of New York. The workshop will focus on cover crop practices for increased soil >>More