All around us, the landscape is waking up. Migrating birds have returned, buds are breaking, and the first flowers are blooming on the forest floor. Help us document the arrival of spring by posting your observations as Encounters! Photo: Painted Trillium

Black bear photographed in Colton, NY Just Our Nature

What comes to mind when you think of a large predator? Maybe a powerful lion? Or a burly bear? Did you know that the Adirondacks and all of New York State were once home to a variety of top predators, including cougars, wolves, wolverines, lynx and black bears? Out of these five species, only one is still present here today… maybe you’ve seen it.

Fairy house at the Nicandri Nature Center Ask a Fairy

Come visit our fairy homes! Each spring we migrate through the North Country on our way home for the summer. We live in the woods, where we spend our days bonding with birds, talking with trees, buzzing with bugs, and getting friendly with fungi. As you might guess, we've become expert naturalists. At any time between now and May 13th, find our homes using the clues below and leave notes with your nature questions inside.

One of the best parts of spring is seeing the first shoots of green poking out of the ground, replacing the gray and brown of winter with bursts of color. The first plants to sprout not only lift our spirits and remind us of the summer warmth and color soon to come, but can add flavor and nutrients to spring meals.

red bell pepper over black background Just Our Nature

April 1, 2019 marks the 90th anniversary of the development of the modern sweet pepper, also known as the bell pepper. Native to Central America, as well as to Mexico and northern South America, there is evidence that numerous types of peppers (Capsicum annuum) have been cultivated by native peoples for at least 6,500 years.

Photo: Christopher Lenney, Watertown Times North Country Voices

Mark Berninghausen owns Squeak Creek Apiaries in Brasher Falls, where he raises bees for their pollination services and produces honey. We had the opportunity to talk to him about bee keeping in the North Country.

 

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Events Up North

June 01, 2019

Join North Country Orienteering on Saturday, June 1, at Pleasant Lake State Forest and three adjoining private properties near Gouverneur, New York, in St.