Spring is an exciting time of year to be outdoors. The landscape awakens and something new is blooming, buzzing, and returning to the North Country every day. Document the arrival of spring by posting your nature observations as Encounters, like this one of Christmas fern fiddleheads from spring 2015.
North Country Grown

Bees are key pollinators for a variety of plant species that we rely on for food, medicine, livelihood, and aesthetics. Farmers, gardeners, and all nature lovers alike, should aim to foster a diversity of pollinators in their farms or gardens. Here are a few tips for making your garden a bee-haven.

Just Our Nature

As the 2016 maple sugaring comes to a close, many Northern New York maple producers are calling it a good year. But even as we celebrate a successful maple season, recent research calls into question the vitality of sugar maple trees in the North Country.

Just Our Nature

Despite a rainy Earth Day, folks from all around the North Country braved April showers to get outdoors and take photos for our first annual Encounter Earth challenge.  In total we received 33 submissions from St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Franklin, Essex, and Warren counties. Then, from Friday-Sunday, natureupnorth.org users had the chance to vote on their favorite Earth Day Encounters.  These three came out on top:

Just Our Nature

Breezy spring weather greeted the 62 runners and walkers who attended the first annual Nature Up North – St. Lawrence Land Trust Earth Day 7K on Saturday, April 23rd in Canton.  The 7 kilometer (4.4mi) course connected the Kip and Saddlemire Trails on the St. Lawrence University campus, passing through scenic forests, fields, and wetlands along the Little River.

North Country Grown

Coltsfoot flowers look like small dandelions, but there are no leaves to go with them at bloom time. We don’t know if coltsfoot cheered up European settlers when the snow melted, but we do know that they used its dried flowers to treat coughs and colds during winter’s icy grip.

Events Up North

May 7, 2016
Springtime in the forest – a time to greet new greenery and blooms.
May 14, 2016
Garlic Mustard is an invasive herb that threatens native tree and wildflower species in our local forests. Fortunately for us, we can help control its spread by…. eating it!
May 21, 2016
Meeting mid-morning, we’ll hike into the falls to participate in the Chapter’s annual clean-up activities. Bring trash bags and lunch. Call for details.