Outdoors

A long-eared owl was one of the more rare birds identified in this year’s Christmas bird count. This was only the second time in the count’s history that the long-eared owl was seen or heard.
(Photo provided by Larry Master, www.masterimages.org)

Christmas count finds a few surprises

SARANAC LAKE — The annual Christmas bird count saw fewer birds than normal this year, but several species were spotted in record numbers. Larry Master, a Keene resident and longtime organizer of the event, sent out preliminary results of the count, which took place mainly on Sunday, ...

This marten was a regular visitor to Joe Hackett’s hunting camp this season. Although it was very cautious visitor, it was sure to be around whenever there was a scrap of food left over.				        (Photo — Joe Hackett)

Hunting camp provides more than just an escape

The annual big game season was again hampered by warm weather and the lack of a consistent snow cover this year. It is a situation that has become a steady trend in recent years. Another hunting season has passed with less than a full week of snow cover for tracking. The long held, technique ...

ACR still needs to file for permits

TUPPER LAKE — Developer Tom Lawson told the local planning board last week that the Adirondack Club and Resort was close to securing necessary permits from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. However, both agencies said they had not yet ...

High Peaks Information Center
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

High Peaks Info Center to stay closed longer than planned

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Mountain Club’s (ADK’s) High Peaks Information Center will remain closed longer than originally planned. The club now says the center will be closed for construction until early February. The HPIC closed in mid-October for renovations, and construction ...

Vermont to start multi-year moose study

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is starting a multi-year study to monitor moose. Starting this month, researchers will start placing radio collars on up to 60 wild moose to follow their movements and determine their causes of mortality. The study will ...

DEC offers tips on viewing wildlife without disturbing them

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to avoid disturbing animals while viewing or photographing them. The DEC said in a press release that photographers have been intentionally disturbing ground-dwelling owls in Washington County in order to observe and ...

ECO Shea Mathis posses with an illegally killed buck and four illegally killed buck antlers.
(Photo provided — DEC)

ECOs nab illegal hunters and help perform an ice rescue

Environmental conservation officers, who conduct law enforcement for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, recently nabbed some illegal hunters near Watertown and helped rescue a fisherman who fell through the ice in St. Lawrence County. These are reports the ...

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Snow coming, but less than in New England

Tri-Lakes drivers may need to be careful on the roads today and Friday. Snowfall isn’t expected to be as heavy here as in New England, but still, the National Weather Service in Burlington, Vermont, has issued a winter weather advisory for New York’s Essex, Franklin and St. ...

NCREDC supports Boreas Ponds classification

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council has written a letter in support of alternative one classification for the Boreas Ponds. The council supports the classification, as a mix of Wild forest and Wilderness lands, to provide four-season recreational and economic diversity ...

Cars are parked on both sides of state Route 73, near the Cascade Mountain trailhead, on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend in September after the nearby parking areas filled up
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Is it time to charge a fee to use the High Peaks?

Trailhead parking areas packed with cars. Throngs of hikers streaming into the woods. Big crowds atop rocky mountain summits. That was the scene on weekends this past summer and fall in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, an 800,000-acre expanse that’s home to four dozen ...

Mount Marcy, as seen from Mount Colden during a separate trip in February 2014.
(Photo provided by Justin A. Levine)

A cold trip to the top of the state

It was one of those bitter January mornings, where the snow creaks under foot and the car sounds like it’s in pain when the key is turned. A couple years ago, I drove to Lake Placid and met my friend Mark who had come up for the weekend to climb some High Peaks, and our other friend Nik. ...

Ice picks, like the one pictured, are essential safety tools for traveling on ice.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Know your ice and travel with caution

The fresh snow squeaked under foot as I walked briskly toward the trailhead. In the nearby forest, trees popped, moaned and groaned as the frozen tree sap expanded, condensed and buckled under multiple layers of tree bark. In the near distance, I could hear similar groans and cracks ...

Tracy Ormsbee
(Photo provided)

Explorer magazine hires Times Union editor as new publisher

SARANAC LAKE — Tracy Ormsbee, a senior editor at the Albany Times Union newspaper, has been named publisher of the Adirondack Explorer magazine, effective March 1, 2017. The Explorer announced Thursday that Ormsbee will succeed Publisher Thomas Woodman, who announced earlier this year ...

Nina Schoch, left, holds the rescued loon shortly after it was taken out of the water on Follensby Clear Pond Wednesday morning.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Loon rescued on Follensby Clear Pond

Researchers and rescuers were busy Wednesday morning capturing a stranded loon that had become iced in on Follensby Clear Pond near Upper Saranac Lake. There have been a lot of loon rescues this year, including five in one week last January and numerous fishing-line-related rescues ...

Tracy Ormsbee
(Photo provided)

Adirondack Explorer hires Times Union editor as new publisher

SARANAC LAKE — Tracy Ormsbee, a senior editor at the Albany Times Union newspaper, has been named publisher of the Adirondack Explorer magazine, effective March 1, 2017. The Explorer announced Thursday that Ormsbee will succeed Publisher Thomas Woodman, who announced earlier this ...

A loon rescued by the Biodiversity Research Institute’s Adirondack Loon program and volunteers will be released on Lake Champlain so it can grow its flight feathers before migrating south.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

As loons come back, more need rescue

Researchers and rescuers were busy Wednesday morning capturing a stranded loon that had become iced in on Follensby Clear Pond near Upper Saranac Lake. There have been a lot of loon rescues this year, including five in one week last January and numerous fishing-line-related rescues ...

DEC workers took down the “Red Barn” at the intersection of state Routes 73 and 9N Tuesday due to public safety concerns.
(Photo from DEC  Facebook page)

Iconic ‘Red Barn’ taken down

KEENE — A North Country icon is no more, after the state Department of Environmental Conservation on Tuesday took down the famous “Red Barn” at the intersection of state Routes 73 and 9N. The barn was a landmark and favorite spot for photographers and sight-seers, but ...