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With sympathy for the majority of folks who are seriously tired of winter, it has been a fabulous season for skiing. I’m strictly cross country so I can’t speak to downhill conditions. But I imagine those have been good...
Well, today we’re all hunkering down for yet another winter storm. But take heart, spring is around the corner. That’s why the National Capital Commission (NCC) closed the Rideau Canal yesterday, ending the 44th Skateway season And what...
Bias alert: I like winter. Maybe that’s because I’m not from these parts and haven’t had time to get sick of it yet. But I love the beauty, the way it changes all the time, all the winter sports, cosy sitting beside a crackling...
Public radio: it’s your go-to source for important, hard-hitting topics so often ignored by main-stream media. Such as the annual Christmas Bird Count, a popular event in environmental circles in the U.S. and Canada, as shown by this map of...
It’s been an eventful winter, weather-wise, so far. This time around the Ottawa region is not getting the big snowstorm that’s pummeling the U.S. northeast. But we’ve got the same cold temperatures. (It’s a frigid -27 C, or...

Special Reports

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Fishing on the St. Lawrence
Walleye and northern pike season opened the first Saturday in May. David Sommerstein spent a morning with two veteran guides.
Audio Slideshow
90 Miles by Canoe… in a Single Day
The 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic takes paddlers from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Race organizer Brian McDonnell paddled the entire course in a single day—a journey he describes as the "90-mile cannonball."
Photo/Audio Essay
A Trek up Mt. Adams
A land deal will add thousands of acres to the state forest preserve, but it will almost certainly mean the removal of an antique fire tower that sits on Mt. Adams, near the town of Newcomb. Brian Mann made the climb.
Photo Audio Essay
Children's Camps in the Adirondacks
The Adirondack Museum opens today for the summer season. A major new exhibition looks at the history of the region's summer camps.
Photo/Audio Essay
Inside Dark Island's Castle
On the St. Lawrence River near Chippewa Bay, a representative for the buyers of Dark Island and its historic castle gave David Sommerstein a peek of what visitors could see as early as next summer.
Audio Slideshow
A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
In the US Senate debate over the country's energy plan, New York's senators oppose plans to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Brian Mann spent a month in the Alaskan wilderness to research this half-hour documentary report.
Photo Audio Essay
A Hike Up the Red Sandstone Trail
David Sommerstein hikes a new trail under construction along the Raquette River near Potsdam.
Photo Audio Essay
Winter Camping in the Adirondack High Peaks
The Adirondacks' High Peaks can be a hard place to find peace and quiet during the busy summer months. Many people choose the winter to get their fix for solitude among New York's tallest mountains. Winter camping offers unique pleasures and sometimes, unexpected perils. Brian Mann and David Sommerstein got plenty of both on a late winter expedition to Lake Colden and Algonquin Peak.
Photo Audio Essay
Snow Art in St. Regis Falls
A team from Dickinson Center won the 2002 New York State Snow Sculpting Competition in St. Regis Falls yesterday. Jody Tosti, an NCPR Team sculptor, spoke with some of her rivals.
Photo Audio Essay
Rock Climbing in the Adirondacks
People climb looking for adventure and amazing views—and a deeper connection to the mountains. Brian Mann climbed Hurricane Crag during the peak of this year's leaf season.
Audio Slideshow
Ellen in Canyonland
NCPR Station Manager Ellen says there's nothing like fear to get her attention as she reports on what she did on her summer vacation.
Photo Audio Essay
Lake Champlain Maritime History, pt. 1
Wreck diving off Burlington with Brian Mann.
Photo Audio Essay
37th Annual Clayton Antique Boat Show
Thousands of people visited Clayton for the 37th annual Antique Boat show and auctiona chance to view St. Lawrence skiffs, launches and runabouts.
Photo Audio Essay
Discovering Adirondack Old Growth Forest
The Adirondacks are home to some of the East's largest Old Growth Forests. Martha Foley talks with a naturalist who spent part of this summer finding the towering trees.
A housing unit at Camp Gabriels. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
A housing unit at Camp Gabriels. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Camp Gabriels prison buyer hopes to open summer camp this year

A plan is in the works to turn Camp Gabriels, a former medium-security prison in the Adirondack town of Brighton, into a private group camp and retreat center.

The former prison in Franklin County has been closed since 2009. The state put the property up for auction in October; Adam Fine of New York City is in process of buying it. He reportedly wants to get it up and running as a summer camp this year.  Go to full article
Gary Lee records hundreds of banded birds in his log every year. He recently re-caught a chickadee he had banded in 2009. Photo: David Sommerstein

Listen: How do you catch and band a chickadee?

The cold doesn't stop a good share of birds from thriving in the North Country, and it's a good time for birders to get to know their local birds... can see them without all those leaves in the way. And two...they probably get to know you, too, through your bird feeders.

Retired New York State Forest Ranger Gary Lee is one of northern New York's expert birders, and he takes it a step further. He spends much of his winters banding birds - chickadees, in particular - at his home in Inlet. A dozen bird feeders are scattered around the yard of his home in Inlet, NY.

Lee stretches what looks like a fine-meshed volleyball net to snag the birds. David Sommerstein stopped by to see bird banding up close and sent this Heard Up North, which first aired in May 2013.  Go to full article
Erin Hamlin celebrates with her brother, mother, and father in the Remsen high school gym Thursday night. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Olympian Erin Hamlin comes home to a town shining like bronze

America's first athlete to win a medal in singles luge was treated to a homecoming fit for a hero last night. Erin Hamlin's thrilling runs on the luge track in Sochi earned her the bronze.

After interviews, celebrity appearances, and photo shoots in New York City this week, Hamlin touched down at the Syracuse airport. A police escort and fire trucks guided her past miles of cheering crowds to the tiny town of Remsen in the foothills of the southern Adirondacks.  Go to full article

This Weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks each weekend.

The return of cold weather after last...  Go to full article
Olympian Erin Hamlin (left) and Duncan Kennedy of the United States Luge Association work with Professor Doug Bohl, grad student Brian Heckendorf, and Professor Brian Helenbrook on sizing a sled so that they can model it electronically, and then manufacture it.  Photo: Clarkson University

Clarkson engineers designing a faster luge sled

The Sochi winter Olympics have wrapped up, but Clarkson University researchers are already working on the 2018 Winter Games: Mechanical engineering professor Doug Bohl uses...  Go to full article
Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid won silver in Super-G in Sochi. He will be among the local Olympians honored by the parades. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

Saranac Lake and Lake Placid planning Olympic parades

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) Parades are being planned for the Adirondack Mountain villages of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake to honor local Olympic athletes after they return...  Go to full article

This Weekend in the Adirondacks

Each Friday, John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for the coming weekend.

It's been a great week...  Go to full article
Skiing at Killington. Photo: <a href="">Robert Laurente</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lost skiers found near Killington resort

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Two New Jersey skiers are safe after they got lost when skiing out-of-bounds at Vermont's Killington ski resort.

State Police say Jack Cole...  Go to full article
From Andy's attic: the hockey puck he found at an Olympic matchup at the Lake Placid games in 1980.  Photo: Andy Flynn

Listen: Lake Placid, 1980, Andy's mom, a hockey puck

Our "Adirondack Attic" series continues as Andy Flynn searches his own attic for a memento from the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, and talks with his mom about their...  Go to full article
Peter Frenette is airborne under the Sochi slogan as he competes in the Sochi Olympic Ski Jump Team competition. Photo: &copy; Nancie Battaglia

A rough Olympics for Saranac Lake ski jumper Peter Frenette

The US ski jumping team failed to advance last night in Sochi. It was the final event of these Olympics for Saranac Lake jumper Peter Frenette, who said he was frustrated by...  Go to full article

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