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Breakdown of Adirondack campgrounds
The state Department of Environmental Conservation operates public campgrounds within the Adirondack Park. Most of these campgrounds have reservable sites, but also serve customers on a first come, first served basis. Except for a few exceptions, each campground has hot showers, potable water and trash and recycling.
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How to build an emergency shelter
An unplanned night in the woods is something that many people, well, don't plan for. But if a hiker, hunter or backcountry user finds themself out in the cold, having a solid base of knowledge on finding or making a shelter can mean the difference between life and death, comfort and misery.
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Keep the peace with the right tent
"To me, it's a successful expedition if you still want to be friends with your partners at the end," Chuck Bruha laughed. And a big part of not wanting to kill each other after a few nights of camping is comfort. Comfortable people tend not to hate each other after 72 hours.
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Big Slide to Porter traverse
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Christmas count yields unusual sightings
The annual Christmas bird count put on by the Audubon Society occurred as usual this year, but even though it's been going on for decades locally, there were a few unusual birds spotted when the count took place in January.
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Following the flush of life
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Get ready to ride
With the "winter that wasn't" officially over, thoughts have shifted from skiing to biking. And just like your body, your bike will likely need a tune-up before going too hard this spring.
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How to start a fire in wet conditions
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Loon Lake mountain
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OK Slip Falls: New trail, big view
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Better to play it by the book
I am one of those people who has always made sure that I do everything legally, especially when working with raptors. My permits are dear to me. I have worked too hard to get the credentials to do anything that will jeopardize them.
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Capturing the moment
By MIKE LYNCH
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Lumberjacks in training
PAUL SMITHS — It’s a steamy late July morning in the woods at the beginning of the summer’s first serious heat wave. Flies are swarming and biting incessantly, and it’s work to even stand up.
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Misadventures in falconry
One day I received a phone call from Zack, my friend and falconry sponsor. He was very excited and told me that he was getting ready to go out and do some kite training with his new peregrine, a big female that he had named Fresca.
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To catch a snowy owl
Every winter, from November through April, Drs. Francis and Frederick Hamerstrom went to Texas to study Harris Hawks and then continued into Mexico to study osprey on the Baja Peninsula. The Hamerstroms, world renowned biologists, were my mentors when I went to graduate school in the mid-1980s.
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The eagles have landed
By Mike Lynch
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A dozen intrinsic seasonal delights
1. Drive the Whiteface Mountain toll road. Walk the long, cool tunnel on a humid day to take the elevator to the summit, and watch as the sun begins to set. It’s a lazy man’s way to climb a High Peak.
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Keep paradise in place: Help stop the spread of invasive species
You have the gear. You have the perfect weather. But do you have a hitchhiker, too? The “nature” of travel and outdoor recreation has changed. Human activities aid the spread of invasive species when plants and pests hitchhike with us to new areas.
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Summers pass fast, but memories last
Summer is the most fleeting of all Adirondack seasons. It typically arrives late and departs early, yet memories of the season can last a lifetime. Adirondack summers have staying power.
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The Park: More than just a tourist destination
What is it that makes a visit to the Adirondack Park so special?
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ADK: Fun in the outdoors
The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) offers educational programs at its three properties and at off-site locations. ADK owns two facilities in the Lake Placid area: the Heart Lake property at the Adirondak Loj (8 miles south of Lake Placid) and Johns Brook Lodge (accessible by foot only from the Garden trailhead in Keene Valley, a 3.5-mile hike). ADK’s headquarters is in Lake George.
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‘Adirondack Birding, 60 Great Places to Find Birds’
There are books on Adirondack trails and books on Adirondack bird species, but there was never a comprehensive book on places to go when birding here.
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Back to the breeding grounds
Every spring for the past 34 years, Elizabethtown resident Mike Peterson has spent most of May banding birds on the tip of Crown Point on Lake Champlain. That experience has allowed him to learn the habits of many of migratory birds better than most other people.
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Great Adirondack Birding Celebration
PAUL SMITHS — The Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smiths will become “Adirondack Birding Headquarters” for the seventh annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration on June 5-7. It will include birding field trips, trail walks, canoe trips, exhibits, lectures and the popular Teddy Roosevelt Birding Challenge.
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Rock Snot threatens New York fishing waters
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Caution: Spotted salamanders stop here
PAUL SMITHS — In Amherst, Mass., the spring migration of the spotted salamander is a celebrated event.
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On the lookout for the northern hawk owl
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