The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded in January that the eastern cougar is extinct and so removed it from the federal list of endangered species. The odd thing, though, is that the eastern cougar may never have existed.
Many species in the Adirondacks are in trouble. Here’s a complete list.
A scientist at the Center for Biodiversity blasted as “absolutely political” a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to keep the Bicknell’s thrush off the federal list of endangered species. The Bicknell’s is a rare songbird that breeds in spruce-fir habitat at high elevations in the Adirondacks, New England, and southeastern Canada. The Center for Biodiversity petitioned F&WS in 2010 to designate the thrush as endangered or threatened. In a decision Wednesday, the federal agency rejected that request. It likewise rejected endangered or threatened status for twenty-four other species. Mollie Matteson, a senior scientist at the center, called >>More
The Bicknell’s thrush, which breeds in the Adirondacks and northern New England, is at risk from climate change, acid rain, mercury, and habitat destruction, but it is not on the federal list of endangered species. The Center for Biological Diversity is trying to change that. In 2010, the nonprofit organization filed a scientific petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to persuade the agency to designate the bird as endangered or threatened. The Bicknell’s thrush breeds only in high-elevation spruce-fir forests in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and southeastern Canada. Because of its limited range, scientists have long >>More
It seems that photos of moose are becoming more common with the return of these magnificent creatures to the Adirondacks. Last week, Jeff Nadler, a professional photographer, sent us a shot of a young moose he took near Great Sacandaga Lake in the southern Adirondacks. Today I’m sharing a photo of another young moose taken by a trail camera near Otter Lake in the southwestern Adirondacks. Joshua Bader set up two trail cameras just a few weeks ago on his property at a “pinch point” between a pond and a big marsh. Evidently, it’s a busy pathway for wildlife, as >>More
The historian Philip Terrie has written a book on Adirondack mammals, but he has never seen a moose in the Adirondacks. He is not alone. Although as many as a thousand moose (no one knows for sure) live in the Adirondack Park, you have to be lucky to see one. Jeff Nadler, a nature photographer from outside Saratoga Springs, is one of the lucky ones. He took the above photo last weekend in the town of Edinburg near Great Sacandaga Lake. He and his wife were driving on Fox Hill Road. “As we stopped and parked, the moose actually started >>More
Rock-climbing guide Will Roth was rappelling down a cliff near Chapel Pond with two clients this week when they saw a bear below—climbing toward them. The climbers yelled and clapped their hands, but the bear kept coming, its claws scratching the rock like fingernails on chalkboard. When the bear got within fifteen feet, Roth tossed a small rock and struck its shoulder. The bear seemed unfazed but nevertheless wandered away. “It walked off the side of the slab into the trees and then reappeared. It was standing at the top of the slab, staring back down at us,” Roth said. >>More
This winter, I visited the St. Regis Fire Tower in Paul Smiths with Doug Fitzgerald, who is co-chair of Friends of St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower. The highlight of the trip – which included skiing and snowshoeing – was being on the frosty summit, where the trees and fire tower were covered in a layer of snow and ice. It was extremely scenic and photogenic. This type of experience is one of the main reasons I live in the Adirondacks. I love to get outside, explore, and experience the natural world firsthand. Often, I try to capture the moments with >>More