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Filmmaker Matt Heineman in his preferred form of transportation
Filmmaker Matt Heineman in his preferred form of transportation

"Rolling on the River" in a St. Lawrence Skiff

Summer in the Thousand Islands is filled with the sound of boats. The throaty rumble of a Gar Wood run-about, the roar of a cigarette boat, the throbbing diesels of a Seaway freighter. This weekend in Clayton, the 7th Annual Festival of Oar, Paddle & Sail celebrates the boats that don't make noise. People-powered boats.
But though motorized craft aren't featured at the festival, they ARE invited to drop by the museum for a "boat-in" movie, a marine version of a "drive-in". The featured film is a movie that honors the natural and cultural heritage of the St. Lawrence. David Sommerstein spent a day in a skiff with the film's director and has our story.  Go to full article
Photo by Nina Schoch

Annual Loon Census Begins Saturday Morning

This year's census of loons on lakes in and around the Adirondacks is Saturday morning. Volunteer observers are needed to record the number of adult loons, chicks, and immature loons observed in a one-hour period, from 8 to 9 in the morning. Nina Schoch, Program Coordinator of the Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program, says data from Saturday's Loon Count provides a quick glimpse of the status of the breeding loon population in the Adirondacks and the summering loon population in New York. She told Todd Moe the data will be used by the state DEC to better monitor the loon population and to implement management efforts if needed. For more information, call 518-891-8836, or email: aclp2@juno.com  Go to full article
An 8 week old bald eagle. Samples of feathers and blood are taken to check the bird's health. (Photo by Bob Kelleher)

Eagle Soaring Off Endangered Species List

The American Bald Eagle is expected to come off the endangered species list soon. Once a victim of hunting and pollution, the eagles are rebounding, but scientists say monitoring must continue, for the sake of the eagles and the sake of the environment. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Bob Kelleher reports.  Go to full article

Hunters and Anglers Disagree With Bush Policies

A group that generally considers itself to be conservative disagrees with many of the Bush administration's policies on the environment. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's...  Go to full article

To Bag or Not to Bag Grass Clippings

At one point or another, most of us have had to do yard work. If it was one of your chores as a kid, you probably developed a strong aversion to it. But as we settle into...  Go to full article

New Fish Advisories in Adirondacks

The state health department yesterday issued new fish advisories for 10 Adirondack lakes and ponds due to mercury contamination. 20 other lakes and ponds in the park already...  Go to full article
Golden Apple Snail

Natural Selections: More Invasive Species

Most invasive species result from human action, deliberate or inadvertant. The apple snail, infesting southeast Asian rice paddies, was introduced as a new protein source....  Go to full article
Dave Dempsey

Great Lakes Need Citizen Input

The Army Corps of Engineers brought its meeting to Clayton last night after pressure from community environmental groups. A recent study indicates many of the problems...  Go to full article

Critics Blast Seaway Study in Clayton

Last night in Clayton, more than 200 people had a clear message for the directors of a comprehensive study of the St. Lawrence Seaway system: don't dredge deeper and wider...  Go to full article
A-10 Warthog at low altitude

Military Flyovers: From Controversy to Collaboration

In the 1980s, low-level military flights elicited passionate reactions and often rancorous debate. It got so bad then-Governor Mario Cuomo created a joint citizen-military...  Go to full article

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