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There is no lack of access to cameras these days. Many of the electronic devices we carry on our person, including smart phones and tablets, have some sort of camera built into them. If you’re a hobbyist like myself, you may find it hard to rationalize spending the money on equipment that you may never use. For the longest time, I felt limited by the equipment I had until I took a step back and discovered what I could do with a little more...

Lyme disease is on the rise in the North Country: everyone seems to know someone (or maybe you are someone) who has suffered from it. How do we explain the uptick in Lyme disease cases? This is the first in a four-part series in which we’ll explore what we know – and don’t know – about how our environment, and our behavior, influence Lyme disease risk. In Part One we’ll discuss the vector for the disease: the blacklegged tick.

Technology has been around for ages and it's certainly not going away anytime soon! Pursuing the many possibilities new technology offers is an excellent way to extend our engagement with the environment and provides us with the resources to learn more about our world than ever before.

On June 4th 2015, roughly 70 students from Colton-Pierrepont, Huevelton and Trinity schools came out to spend a day immersing themselves in the natural environment at Indian Creek Nature Center's Conservation Field Day. Each year, 5th and 6th graders from across St. Lawrence County have the opporunity to get the hands-on experience in a variety of field science activities.

The new pest is Amynthas agrestis, a super-size (eight-inch long) earthworm known as the Asian jumping worm, Alabama (or Georgia) jumper, snake worm or crazy worm. It’s sold as bait, and unfortunately is also hawked as a substitute for the harmless red wiggler used in worm compost bins. Its name comes from the fact that it moves rapidly on top of the soil, resembling a snake more than a worm. Lively and strong, it can flip out of your hand....

Garlic mustard possesses a variety of characteristics that make it a particularly pernicious, and successful, invasive species. As it becomes more prevalent around the North Country, learn more about how to identify, control, and eat this unwelcome forest plant.

The majority of our day would be dedicated towards building a quinzhee, or shelter made by hollowing out a pile of settled snow, that will be able to fit ten full grown adults. We pack a couple tarps into our packs, strap on our snowshoes, then grab the shovels and make our way into Glenmeal State Forest.

It’s easy to assume in winter that the snow and sub-zero temperatures keep the animals at bay, and that branches free of leaves have nothing to offer the observer. But as we discovered this week, there actually is a whole lot going on despite the freeze. Already, buds have appeared on the trees, tiny dry seeds of the spring’s leafy green canopy. These are unique for every tree; for example, an American Beech has long, yellowish-tan buds with...

Warm gear, check. Snowshoes, check. Lunches, check. Field journals, check. We have all the necessary gear we need to brave the cold for several hours in the woods before making our way back to home base, but what about the animals that thrive in the cold all winter? As college students we take for granted our ability to walk to the dining hall for food to sustain our energy and brain power. So how do the predators and prey of the woods...

This winter Nature Up North is featuring a Winter Ecology Series, in which St. Lawrence University students in Dr. Karl McKnight's Winter Ecology course share their observations from a weekly field trip to Glenmeal State Forest in Pierrepont. We hope you enjoy their accounts from days spent in the woods examining the fascinating ways plants and animals endure the North Country winter.

Nature Up North is a community-based organization that is mobilizing to get northern New Yorkers outdoors and experiencing nature. This website is a place for you to share your experiences in the natural world through keen observation, artistic inspiration and scientific data collection. As Nature Up North continues to grow this will also be a space where you can access a variety of resources to aid your exploration of the North Country and all it has to offer.
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