PAUL SMITHS - The state Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in Paul Smiths recently finalized its lineup for the 2009 Adirondack Almanac Lecture Series, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday from July 1 through Aug. 5.
Each program during this year's Adirondack Almanac Lecture Series is devoted to a separate aspect of the VIC's mission of interpreting the Adirondack Park's natural and human resources, as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. The lectures are free and open to the public.
Paul Smiths VIC Director Mike Brennan will begin the series on July 1 with a presentation titled, "People and the Park: How New Yorkers Have Shaped the Adirondacks we see Today." The program takes a historical look at how New York State has worked to preserve and protect the Adirondack Park. The program will look at exploration and settlement and then focus on the steps taken to assure the Park's place as a model for conservation in the future.
On July 8, Dr. Charles D. Canham, senior scientist with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, will present "Invasive Insects and Tree Diseases: What They Mean to Adirondack Forests." This important program is offered in conjunction with Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week and will be co-hosted by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, a long-time partner of the Paul Smiths VIC.
On July 15, award-winning Paul Smiths author Randy Lewis will give a program called, "A Walk in the Adirondack Woods." The audience will see how this author's excursions to the Paul Smiths VIC inspired her poetry and prose for "Actively Adirondack: Reflections on Mountain Life in the 21st Century," which won the Adirondack Center for Writing's Best Book Award for 2007. The cover of her book features a photo of the VIC's Heron Marsh.
On July 22, birding guide and former Paul Smiths VIC naturalist Brian McAllister will present "Birding Triumphs and Tragedies." The audience will see what it takes to be the Adirondack Park's foremost authority on birding, from a birder who is in the field with binoculars most of the year. McAllister was the founding organizer of the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration, held the first weekend of June every year at the Paul Smiths VIC.
On July 29, Paul Smiths VIC naturalist Lydia Wright will give a program titled, "The Miracle of Monarch Migration." Celebrate the 17th season of the Native Species Butterfly House at the Paul Smiths VIC with this information talk on monarch butterfly migration.
On Aug. 5, Paul Smiths VIC environmental educator Milt Adams will give a presentation called "Home Sweet Home: Interpreting Wildlife Habitat in the Adirondacks." Visitors will see how VIC staffers use the Center's 2,885 acres to interpret the wildlife habitat of the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park.