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“Navigable waters” is an awkward mouthful. Not a very sexy topic to the average layperson. But for some landowners and paddlers, them’s fighting words. Why? Because if a waterway is considered navigable, that comes with...
This summer, Paul Smith’s College and the East Shore Schroon Lake Association are working on a program aiming to control the spread of aquatic invasive species. Researchers are trying to see how effective it is to flush a boat’s...
Every so often some new sinkhole makes the news. This week the local hole worth knowing about opened up in West Quebec and closed Highway 148 between Luskville and Quyon. That got me poking around the Internet on the subject of sinkholes in...
Several converging experiences over the last week got me to thinking about the role predators play in the food chain and even, it turns out, on the shape of our landscape. It began with my hen house, led to the ridge at the top of my hay field, and...
This is the time of year when all manner of critters are out and about with their offspring. And most of us just go “Aww!” when the oh-so-cute babies go by. But it bears remembering that parents can be very protective. Wild or...

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Jul 28, 2014 — An extremely rare, albino hermaphroditic redwood tree was in danger of being sent to the chipper because it was growing too close to the path of a new railroad line in Cotati, Calif. But thanks to local outcry from arborists and the community, the tree is getting a second chance at life.
Jul 28, 2014 — Birds are everywhere, but the greatest concentration of different birds — the "bird mecca" of America — is not in our great parks, not in our forests, not where you'd suppose. Not at all.
Jul 28, 2014 — Food in supermarkets is increasingly connected to child labor and trafficking. Many laws aimed at ending these abuses overlook a key source of the problem: the rapid decline of fish and fauna.


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<em>Popillia japonica</em>, commonly known as the Japanese beetle. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_beetle#mediaviewer/File:Popillia_japonica.jpg">Bruce Marlin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Popillia japonica, commonly known as the Japanese beetle. Photo: Bruce Marlin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Japanese beetles!!? What to do!?

Japanese beetles own a particular place in the gardener's journal. They are destructive. They come en masse. They are very hard to get rid of. So they are in that group of insect pests that is at the top of the dreaded-scourges list.

And this year, they are in Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy's garden: her willows, her marigolds, her corn. Everywhere. So she shares her advice on what to do about them with particular feeling.  Go to full article
Tanker flies over East Diamond Lake Highway in south central Oregon with fire retardant in July, 2013. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregondot/9317417644/">Oregon Department of Transportation</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY fire crew battles western wildfires

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Firefighting crews from New York and four New England states are in Oregon battling numerous wildfires that have charred more than 600,000 acres.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo dispatched a 20-person firefighting crew on Friday. The team is comprised of specially-trained Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, employees and volunteers, who will be assigned to wildfires for 14 days.  Go to full article
Different visions of the future competing outside the Schulyer County courthouse. Photo: David Chanatry

Protesters rally against plans for gas storage under Seneca Lake

The debate over proposals to store natural gas, propane and butane in salt caverns under Seneca Lake has become increasingly vocal, especially after a federal agency approved part of the project last May.

Last week opponents organized the biggest rally yet in the Finger Lakes village of Watkins Glen.  Go to full article
Black bear in the Adirondacks. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/thewildcenter/6266737728/">The Wild Center</a>, Creative Commons some rights reserved

NY officials give tips to keep away nuisance bears

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state environmental officials are offering some tips to keep away nuisance bears during camping season.

Black bears generally avoid...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/amjs_photos/1267670128/">Axizor</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Moose spotted wandering in Lake George area

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) State wildlife experts say a young moose that has been wandering through populated areas in northeastern New York is likely looking for his own place...  Go to full article
Asha Patel, an immunology researcher, uses a Burkard Spore Trap to collect pollen on the roof of Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Photo: Julie Grant

Climate change adds sneezes for allergy sufferers

If even hearing the word "ragweed" makes your eyes water, you might be one of the nearly 45 million Americans with seasonal allergies. Or you might be, next year.
...  Go to full article
Spiny water fleas. Photo: National Park Service

Gunky, icky spiny water flea spreads in Adirondacks

Scientists and activists studying invasive species say the spiny water flea is spreading to more lakes in the Adirondack Park.

The organism had already been...  Go to full article
Freshwater drum. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/noaa_glerl/4045950503/">NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Fisherman reels in record drum on Lake Ontario

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A fisherman from western New York has been credited with catching a record-breaking freshwater drum in Lake Ontario.

The state Department of...  Go to full article
The poposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline runs from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Opponents petition regulators against pipeline

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) About 40 protesters have converged on the building that houses the Vermont Public Service Board to demand a halt to the natural gas pipeline expansion...  Go to full article
Is there a pond out there calling you to cool off? Brian Mann in Bone Pond. Photo: Brian Mann

Adirondack Summer 101: Pond swimming!

One of our Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann's assignments is to bring details of his beat to the larger regional audience. So we can forgive him when he turns a long lunch...  Go to full article

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