State wildlife staff completed their annual winter aerial surveys for the animal in January.
The Snake and the Salamander is a wonderfully illustrated book about reptiles and amphibians, by a veteran New York Department of Environmental Conservation herpetologist.
A Morrisonville man is due in court later this month after he admitted to killing four bears over a bait pile, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The bears included a sow and her two cubs.
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.
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.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation killed a black bear at a Saranac Lake Islands Campground in the northern Adirondacks last week.
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.
Black bears are continuing to raid campsites for food on Lower and Middle Saranac lakes, a trend that started in July and has picked up in August.
Last year, 41 people tested positive for Lyme Disease in Franklin County, while Essex County had 121 cases, and Clinton had 55 cases, according to DOH. By comparison, Hamilton County only had one case.
Campers are being asked to stay away from the Slant Rock lean-to area this weekend due to bear activity in that area.