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An Introduction to Earth’s History as told by the North Country Landscape

By Maya Williams on August 3, 2017
Have you ever thought about what the earth was like millions of years ago? It’s hard to imagine the world before we were born, let alone before the human species existed. But if the history of our planet was represented by a single 24 hour day, the presence of modern humans would only be equivalent to less than 4 seconds. What do you think Earth will look like in another million years? The more…
Layers of shale and limestone at Whitaker Falls. Photo: Helen Eifert Extent of Laurentide Ice Sheet over North America. Photo: NPS Natural Resources, Creative Commons Satellite image of Lake Massawepie showing the esker deposit. Map data: Google Hiking along the slope of the esker at Lake Massawepie. Photo: Molly McMasters
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Nature Up North made me Nuts About Nature!

By Nancy LaFaver on August 2, 2017
I attended the Nature Up North Summer Workshop to find new ways to incorporate nature and to enhance my Nuts About Nature after school program. After two days of information overload and field experience, I was able to map out an entire school year of nature programs and activities!  It was wonderful to not only hear about what Nature Up North is doing but to feel like it could be integrated into…
Teachers learn to monitor water quality
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Nature Up North Teaches the Teachers!

By Susan Dodds on August 2, 2017
Let the adventure begin! Once again the NUN crew delivered on their promise to provide relevant and engaging environmental education activities to our area teachers. This year's group of teachers included some veteran's of the NUN program and a couple of newcomers. Participants were engaged throughout the two day workshop in activities such as an Encounter walk at Heritage park, MOWing the Grasse…
Visiting Heritage Park to take Encounter photos
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Nature Up North Calendar Photo Contest

By Emlyn Crocker on July 10, 2017
  **deadline extended to August 20th, 2017!**   Calling all North Country nature photographers! Got your camera at the ready? Nature Up North is once again hosting our annual calendar contest for nature photos that will be featured in our 2018 wall calendar. At Nature Up North we hope to inspire exploration and appreciation of the North Country environment. One way we do this is through the …
2017 Calendar Cover 2017 Nature Up North Calendar Back Cover
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When the Sky is On Fire

By Maya Williams on June 30, 2017
The sun sinks low on the horizon and the sky comes to life in a fiery burst of color. You grab your camera and run outside, in awe of the saturated sky above you. But your dog is thoroughly unimpressed, only interested in the possibility of playtime. It has no idea the sky is on fire. Every animal has a different perception of light and color meaning everything we see is through our own human…
Sunrise on Alger Island, Fourth Lake captured by Sherrill Barlow Sunset over the St. Lawrence River, captured by Suzan Mcdermott Many small mammals such as dogs and cats cannot perceive shades of red and green (Photo: Cara Valentine, Edits: Maya Williams)
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It's Better When It's Wetter: Four Reasons to Get Out in the Rain

By Molly McMasters on June 27, 2017
It may feel like these dreary days of rain will never end, but don’t fret! Rain brings many hidden gems out of the natural world that we usually don’t see during dryer weather. So, throw on your rain boots, grab an umbrella, and step out to explore our soggy wonderland! 1) Cast a New Light on Canoeing Typically, canoeing is perceived as a sunny day activity. But sometimes, a paddle in the rain…
Ripple in Still Water. Photo by Jay Fuhrman. An angler testing the waters. Photo: Molly McMasters. The rain brought out the slugs! Photo by Molly McMasters. A fantastic coral fungus. Photo by Jacob Malcomb.
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No Hitchhikers

By Paul J. Hetzler on June 26, 2017
These days, walking on water is not the big deal it once was. Back a long time ago, it required a miracle, but now all you need is a bad infestation of invasive aquatic plants. Anyone who has viewed a serious case of European watermilfoil, water chestnut, or hydrilla knows that a solid mat of vegetation stretching across a once-open waterway is a barrier to swimming, fishing, and boating. And…
Water Chestnut. Courtesy of Michael Figiel of Flickr Creative Commons. Flowering Hydrilla. Photo: Big Cyprus National Preserve, Flickr Creative Commons. Eurasian Milfoil. Courtesy of Ed Dunens of Flickr Creative Commons.
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Woodland Fairies Visit the North Country

By Molly McMasters on June 15, 2017
*There's still time to visit the fairies! Our Fairy Friends will now be staying in the North Country until July 7th, 2017. The fairies are coming, the fairies are coming!  Each spring a merry group of fairies migrates through the North Country on their way home for the summer. These aren't just any fairies – these fairies live in the woods, where they spend their days bonding with birds, talking…
Fairy House Fairy House Fairy House
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Ask A Fairy

By Thimble & Blossom on June 9, 2017
The wait is finally over! The fairies are so happy that you found their houses, and they said the questions you asked this year were especially thoughtful. Thimble Hickory and Blossom Dewdrop are your fairy experts on North Country nature and fairy culture again for this round of questions. They’re on their way to their northern summer nesting spot, but they already can’t wait to pass through the…
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Colton-Pierrepont Earth Week 2017

By Emlyn Crocker on June 9, 2017
It's late spring in the North Country, and the hills are alive with the sounds of birds and bees doing that important job - pollination. Last week Nature Up North joined Colton-Pierreont Central School's Earth Week Celebration, where pollination is the theme of this year's festivities. We challenged 1st-6th grade students to act out the story of pollination through a hands-on relay game, and…
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