Thursday, May 25, 2017

Do Mice Get Cavities? All About Mammal Teeth

When my daughter was four, she once asked, “Do mice get cavities?” We were coming back from the dentist, so teeth were on her mind and so were mice, since her pet mouse had recently escaped. Later in the day, she asked if ducks had teeth; such is the ranging nature of her intellect. Why all the toothy questions? Because our teeth are interesting. Ask a dentist. And so are the teeth of our wild neighbors. Teeth can tell a lot about a species’ line of work — particularly what they eat and how they catch their dinner. Teeth are >>More


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (May 25)

This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon. Contribute Your Knowledge: Send observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com. SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND SUN AND MOON SATURDAY: Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 5:18 am and sunset at 8:29 pm, providing 15 hours and 11 minutes of sunlight. On Saturday, the Moon will rise at 7:17 am and set at 10:32 pm. It will be Waxing Crescent, 5% illuminated. BUSY HOLIDAY WEEKENDS: This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend and last weekend was Victoria Day Weekend. Expect parking areas, popular campsites, >>More


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Moriah Challenge Offers Easy Hiking Adventure

On June 3, 2017 the Moriah Chamber of Commerce will celebrate National Trails Day by hosting hikes on four local Champlain Area Trails (CATS) trails. The hikes officially kick off at 10 am, but the public is welcome to join at any time throughout the day. The four trails are; Belfry Mountain Trail, Big Hollow/Coot Hill Trail, Cheney Mountain Trail, Crowfoot Pond Trail. There is no cost to participate and the public is welcome. The greeting tables will set up at the trail heads to welcome hikers, give information or answer questions, and to sell patches for the individual trails >>More


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wild Center’ Stephanie Ratcliffe Honored By Clarkson University

Stephanie Ratcliffe, The Wild Center’s Executive Director, has received Clarkson University’s highest community service honor, the Bertrand H. Snell Award, at a dinner hosted by Clarkson President Tony Collins and University trustees. The Bertrand H. Snell Award was created by the Clarkson board of trustees in 1981 to recognize individuals of outstanding merit and to honor Snell’s significant contributions to the University, the North Country, and the nation. Snell, the congressman who introduced the original St. Lawrence Seaway legislation in 1917, was a Clarkson trustee for 47 years. The award recognizes a new generation of leaders who share Snell’s commitment >>More


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Adirondack Experience: New $8M Exhibition, Festivals and More

On Friday, May 26, the newly renamed Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake will open for its 60th season. A new Life in the Adirondacks exhibition, an interactive Jefferson Project at Lake George exhibition, new dining options presented by Well Dressed Food, and a pumpkin festival will join the museum’s regular schedule of fairs, special events, workshops, and artisans-in-residence programs. With a grand opening set for Saturday, July 1, museum officials are calling the Life in the Adirondacks  exhibit “the most ambitious new exhibition in the museum’s history.” It occupies the former Roads and Rails building, where the >>More


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Horace Brown, Master Horseman (Part 2)

Due to his obvious talent and strong work ethic, Horace was beset with offers from many prominent owners. Before year’s end, he became the trainer and driver for Highland Stock Farm in Lee, Massachusetts, a prolific operation that raced successfully across New England. Wallace’s Monthly, a magazine that covered horse racing, freely praised the hiring in a piece reprinted from Horse and Stable magazine. “It is a fact that the trainer of a farm is secondary in importance only to its stallions and brood-mares…. Horace Brown deserves the credit of whatever renown has been brought to Hamlin Farm…. I found >>More


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Philosophers’ Camp: Beowulf And Grendel By Canoe

The Philosophers’ Camp, an annual collaboration between SUNY-ESF’s Northern Forest Institute and St. John’s College Santa Fe, reimagines the original Adirondack excursion as a weekend retreat in elegant Great Camp style at the historic Masten House, will be held September 29 to October 1, 2017. The 1858 expedition immortalized in William James Stillman’s painting provides historical grounding for this contemporary revision and an opportunity this year for conversations related to the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, John Gardner’s 1971 novel Grendel and The Old Testament book of Ruth. This program pairs lively conversation inspired by poetic and literary classics with all-level excursions >>More


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

More Latitude For Utility Company Work In Wetlands Sought

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has requested public comment on proposed general permit 2017-G1 entitled “Access to and Replacement of Utility Poles in Wetlands.” The draft general permit renews General Permit P2014G-2. The general permit would expedite APA approval for qualifying activities. The APA will accept public comments until June 23, 2017. The General Permit 2017-G1 application and APA Board Resolution and Order are available for download from the Agency’s website. The Adirondack Park Agency is proposing General Permit 2017G-1 to renew General Permit 2014-2, which authorizes regional and municipal utility companies to access and replace utility poles in wetlands and/or to >>More


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pitons Are Artifacts Of Adirondack Climbing History

  In a post on Tuesday, I noted that John Case eschewed pitons throughout his rock-climbing career. He adopted the view that pounding pitons into rock to protect against a fall was cheating. Later climbers were not so scrupulous. In fact, four pitons can be found on Case’s historic route on Chapel Pond Slab, known as Bob’s Knob Standard. Case established Bob’s Knob Standard, the first route on the slab, in 1933. The pitons were placed years later, though exactly when and by whom is unknown. Climbers generally do not use pitons anymore. Instead, they insert removable chocks and cams >>More


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend at Fort Ticonderoga

On Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29, Fort Ticonderoga will remember the service of the armed forces of the United States on the very grounds where so many American soldiers fought and sacrificed. Attendees learn about the story of the American Army in 1776, rebuilding itself and digging in at Ticonderoga to defend liberty during living history programs throughout the weekend. A full line-up of activities and programs offered throughout the weekend include daily tours in the fort, King’s Garden, and museum exhibition spaces; historic trades programs; ongoing soldiers’ life programs; weapons demonstrations; the Mount Defiance experience; and the Battlefield hiking >>More


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