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One of the monarchs released Saturday at the Paul Smiths VIC rests on a Black-eyed Susan.  Photo:  Todd Moe
One of the monarchs released Saturday at the Paul Smiths VIC rests on a Black-eyed Susan. Photo: Todd Moe

Paul Smith's VIC bids "adios" to monarchs migrating south

About 40 guests and staff gathered at the butterfly house at the Paul Smith's Visitors Interpretive Center, the VIC, in Paul Smith's N.Y., for an end-of-the-season monarch butterfly send-off on Saturday.

Native Species Butterfly House manager Sue Grimm Hanley gave a presentation on monarch migration, and then released a small group of monarchs that were raised, from caterpillar to chrysalis to adult, at the VIC.

It's hoped that most of the monarchs will complete the 2,500 mile migration to Mexico. Next spring, their offspring will begin a multi-generational return trip to the northeast. Todd Moe spoke with Hanley about monarch migration and citizen scientist aspects of butterfly conservation.  Go to full article
Last winter was hard on Route 9L along Lake George. Photo: A href="">ellentk</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Road on east shore of Lake George being repaved

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) Visitors planning some late-summer trips to Lake George should expect to find road crews on busy Route 9L.

State officials say a $1.6 million project to resurface 5.6 miles of the road is set to start this Friday and continue on weekdays through the end of the month.  Go to full article
Spiny water fleas. Photo: National Park Service

Invasive spiny water flea confirmed in Lake Champlain

Spiny water flea has officially officially arrived in Lake Champlain.

Spiny water flea is an invasive species, a small crustacean that fouls fishing lines, eats other zooplankton, and can disrupt the food web.  Go to full article
Sea lamprey larvae that washed up on shore. The longer they are, the older they are. Inset: mouth of adult lamprey, courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo: Sarah Harris

Combating sea lamprey on Lake Champlain

It's not easy to control invasive species like Eurasian watermilfoil and spiny water flea once they've established themselves in a waterbody. But scientists have learned how...  Go to full article
Raquette River Brewing in Tupper Lake. Photo: David Sommerstein

Filling kegs at Tupper Lake's new brewery

According to Paul Smith's College, there were 2,700 craft breweries nationwide last year.

Now make that at least one more. Raquette River Brewing opened last March...  Go to full article
The growth of craft breweries like the St. Lawrence Brewery in canton has led Paul Smiths College to develop a program around the industry. Photo: David Sommerstein

Paul Smith's taps into a craft beer lover's education

New York's alcoholic beverages industry is booming. According to Governor Cuomo's office, the number of businesses making beer, wine, cider, and spirits in the state has more...  Go to full article
Blue Mountain Lake. Archive Photo of the Day: Laurie Dirkx

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for the Labor Day Weekend.

With nice weather in the forecast...  Go to full article
Massive bonfires ring Great Sacandaga Lake, marking the end of summer. Photo: Brian Mann

On Great Sacandaga Lake, summer ends in a "Ring of Fire"

We all know North Country summers end in ice. Labor Day weekend gives way to an all-too-short autumn, longer nights, and then to the first snow. But on the shore of Great...  Go to full article
Gene Tunney (left) and James J. Jeffery in 1927. <a href="">Boston Public Library</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Adirondack village dedicating park to boxing champ

SPECULATOR, N.Y. (AP) A village in the Adirondacks is dedicating a new park to Gene Tunney, the Hall of Fame boxer who trained in the North Country before his two epic bouts...  Go to full article
Farmers, cooks, and food lovers will gather in Saranac Lake's Riverside Park on Saturday. Photo: Farm 2 Fork Festival

All things local at "Farm 2 Fork" Festival in Saranac Lake

It's peak harvest season in the garden and Saranac Lake is celebrating fresh food and local farm abundance with its annual "Farm 2 Fork" Festival in Riverside Park this...  Go to full article

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