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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
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... one...you 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
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
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

Heard Up North: What's it sound like to catch and band a chickadee?

Every May for the last 38 years, licensed bird banders have set out nets at the Crown Point Historic Site to document the spring migration. The project has recorded and banded almost 14,000 birds of 97 species since 1976.

Retired New York State Forest Ranger Gary Lee has helped for most of those years. He also spends much of his time banding birds at his home in Inlet. A dozen bird feeders are scattered around the yard. Lee stretches what looks like a fine meshy volleyball net to snag the birds.

David Sommerstein stop by to experience bird banding up close and sent this Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Adirondack storyteller Mitch Lee.  Photo: Mitch Lee
Adirondack storyteller Mitch Lee. Photo: Mitch Lee

National Storytelling Day: "The White Feather" by Mitch Lee

Today is the first day of spring. It's also World Storytelling Day -- a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, celebrated every year on the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere, the first day of autumn in the southern. Everyone has a story to tell, and there are lots of storytellers in our region.

For over 25 years, Mitch Lee has been telling tales about life in the mountains and the big woods. He was born and raised in the west-central Adirondacks. When he isn't busy spinning tales at schools, libraries and community groups, Lee runs the Parks Department in Inlet, NY where he helps promote local tourism. He also writes the weekly column, Growing up Adirondack, for The Weekly Adirondack newspaper. Todd Moe spoke with Mitch Lee about his love of telling tales and asked him to share a favorite local story called, The White Feather.  Go to full article
One Square Mile of Hope. Photo: Nancie Battaglia, copyright 2011
One Square Mile of Hope. Photo: Nancie Battaglia, copyright 2011

Inlet regains world's largest raft title in cancer fundraiser event

A small Adirondack community has reclaimed its world record for the largest raft of canoes, kayaks and guideboats.

Last September, Inlet's "One Square Mile of Hope" committee organized the flotilla on Fourth Lake as part of an event to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

Adele Burnett, Tourism Director for the Town of Inlet, helped organize the event. She says her group recently received official notification from Guiness World Records that they are back in the record book.  Go to full article
1,104 canoes and kayaks on Fourth Lake near Inlet in 2008.
1,104 canoes and kayaks on Fourth Lake near Inlet in 2008.

Fighting cancer and a bit of fun in Inlet

Canoeists and kayakers will make some waves toward a cure for breast cancer in Inlet on Saturday, September 24th. Hundreds of canoes and kayaks will converge in a large flotilla on Fourth Lake as part of the "One Square Mile of Hope" event.

In 2008, more than $50,000 was raised for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, and 1,104 paddlers set a world record for the most canoes/kayaks within a square mile on a body of water at the same time.

Organizers are going for the title again this month because Pittsburgh won the title last year and has challenged Inlet to a world title "float-off". Todd Moe talks with organizer Connie Perry, of "Frisky Otter Tours" in Inlet, who says the event is open to everyone. For more information: 315-357-5501  Go to full article
Authorities say Young, age 44, liked to hike in the Adirondacks (Photo distributed by State Police)
Authorities say Young, age 44, liked to hike in the Adirondacks (Photo distributed by State Police)

Missing woman's body found near Inlet

Forest rangers in the Adirondacks have found the body of a Central New York woman who went missing last Friday. 44-year-old Kerry Young was found near the town of Inlet yesterday, following a two-day search that involved helicopters and more than fifty people. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Postcard from a pond hockey tourny

From the local pond to the NHL's annual Winter Classic, playing ice sports outdoors is enjoying a comeback. We visit last weekend's 3rd Annual Adirondack Ice Bowl pond hockey tournament in Inlet. Gino Geruntino from the New York Reporting Project at Utica College has this story.  Go to full article
They're trying to create wilderness on the cheap.

APA creates vast new wilderness, along with snowmobile and bike trails

State officials are close to approving a new management plan for the Moose River Plains region of the Adirondack Park.

The compromise deal would create more than 12 thousand acres of new wilderness in Hamilton County. It would also establish new trail corridors for snowmobiles and mountain bikes.

As Brian Mann reports, the plan has been more than a decade in the making.  Go to full article

The search for new writing talent

New writers who want to break into the book publishing world are invited to the 2010 Adirondack Writing Summit at the Woods Inn in Inlet, August 15th-26th. It's a program designed to help aspiring writers and those who want to boost their career to new levels. It'll include daily coaching classes, one-on-one sessions with editors and publishers and interviews with bestselling authors. Todd Moe spoke with David Hazard, the summit's coordinator, who says the program is being held in the Adirondacks because it's one of the most inspiring wilderness areas in the country.  Go to full article

Capturing 1,100 canoes/kayaks in one photo

On September 13, more than a thousand paddlers came together near the Adirondack town of Inlet to support breast-cancer survivors and raise money for more research of the disease. All those paddlers created what could be the world's largest flotilla of canoes and kayaks. Jerry Waskiewicz took a picture of them. It's today's photo of the day on our web site. It looks like an island made of thousands of slivers of color, which is pretty much what it is. It's an amazing photo and Jonathan Brown asked Waskiewicz how he got it.  Go to full article

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