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Adirondack Explorer

October, 2018

A look at Lake Champlain cormorants (photo gallery)

Crown Point bridge, Four Brothers Islands, and Rouses Point are a few of the places where you can find them in large numbers. The dark birds have also been showing up in interior Adirondack lakes. I noticed one myself in September on Mirror Lake. Explorer Editor Brandon Loomis noticed several cormorants on Raquette Lake during the same time period.


October, 2018

Fall foliage shots for paddlers

Former Explorer Editor Phil Brown shared some photos with us that he took last week from Newcomb and Long Lake. You can see them in the gallery above. Brown was out working on the new edition of his guidebook Adirondack Paddling, which will likely be available next year. 


October, 2018

Rebirth at Flat Rock Forest (Photo gallery and video)

Jack pines are dependent upon fires. Their cones remain closed until they are exposed to the heat of a forest fire. Walking around the forest, I noticed hundreds of small jack pine trees had already began to grow as a result of the fire. Two other plants – huckleberries and blueberries – were also sprouting up from the darkened forest floor.


October, 2018

A look at the trail to Algonquin Peak (photo gallery)

About 130 miles of trails in the High Peaks region need rerouting or maintenance, according to a preliminary assessment done by the Adirondack Council. The Council based its assessment on interviews with guides, trail crews, and other people who use the trails regularly. Above are photos from the trail to Algonquin Peak, which is highlighted in the assessment as one of the trails in need of attention. Read More Assessment finds High Peaks trails are in poor shape  


August, 2018

Monarch starting their big migration (photo gallery)

As the days are getting cooler and shorter, more and more monarch butterflies are starting their big migration to Mexico, where they will spend the winter before starting their migration northward in the spring.


August, 2018

Crews work to remove Rome Dam (photo gallery and video)

Located less than two miles upstream of Ausable Forks, the Jay town board voted in March of 2017 to remove the Rome Dam after an engineering study found that it posed a threat to residents downstream because of its potential to fail. The engineering study found that it was structurally unsound and would be especially vulnerable during a flood.


August, 2018

Rome Dam on the West Branch of the Ausable River (Photo gallery)

Photos of the Rome Dam in May 2017 on a rainy day. The dam is currently being removed because it was found to be structurally unsound in an engineering study. The removal started in August and is expected to be completed by mid-November. 


August, 2018

Logging operations on the Santa Clara Tract (photo gallery)

In early August, staff writer Mike Virtanen and I visited the Santa Clara Tract with the Molpus Woodlands Group. The visit was part of the research Mike was doing for an in-depth story about Adirondack conservation easements for the September issue of the Explorer. Below are links to those articles. 


August, 2018

Photos of DEC moose rescue near Plattsburgh

Wildlife officers successfully relocated a moose near Plattsburgh that had become trapped in an enclosed pasture with several donkeys and a barn on August 1. State Department of Environmental staffers drugged the moose to immobilize it while environmental conservation officers provided traffic control, site security, and assisted in lifting the moose from the field into a motor vehicle. The moose was then taken to a remote area of the Adirondacks and was last seen entering the woods in good health, according to the DEC.


July, 2018

Photo gallery of John Van Alstine’s sculptures (with video)

Sculptor John Van Alstine talks about the interaction of human-made and natural objects. Van Alstine is based in Wells. His work has been widely exhibited in the U.S., Europe and Asia.