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Get Outside!

By Jenna Levandowski on February 17, 2017
Stumbling upon a group of grown-ups in the midst of a snowball fight is a seldom sight to see. As we get older, we so easily fall into this concept of “adulthood” where all of a sudden engaging in play is no longer commonplace. There is this idea that you can only play like a kid if in fact you are a child or are in the presence of one. Earlier this year I was able to visit the Little River…
Kids at Little River Community School playing in the snow
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Water Wellness

By Paul J. Hetzler on February 7, 2017
If you don’t plan to send your water to college, why bother having it tested? Academic testing is in fact akin to water testing in the sense that they both can involve many diverse “subjects,” and that a passing grade in one department does not apply to other domains. Everyone knows that taking an algebra exam won’t determine your grade in anthropology, history or theatre class. But it isn’t as…
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2017 Nature Up North Calendars

By Jacob Malcomb on November 16, 2016
We are pleased to announce that 2017 Nature Up North calendars are on sale. Our calendars feature some of our favorite photos that local folks have shared as Encounters on natureupnorth.org in the past year. They also feature Nature Notes highlighting interesting wildlife behavior to look out for each month.  They make a great holiday gift! Proceeds from our calendar sales benefit Nature Up North…
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Star Photography

By nick zachara on November 6, 2016
For the past year I’ve been experimenting with night sky photography.  I'm originally from suburban New Jersey, which is incredibly unfavorable for star photography -- you can hardly see the stars due to light pollution. But the clarity and perfection of the night sky around Canton, and near my family's camp in North Creek, inspired me to try capturing it on camera. In October 2015, at our house…
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Don't Get Ticked This Fall

By Paul J. Hetzler on October 26, 2016
Even though I was born and raised in New York State, I never cease to be awestruck by the beauty of our changing seasons, and cannot imagine living in a place where the years pass with scant visible change in the environment. Yet there is one season I cannot abide, and it has arrived with a vengeance: hunting season. Mind you, I have no problem with safety-trained folks traipsing through the…
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Ask a Fairy Part 2: Fairy Food, Autumn Leaves, and Migration

By Thimble & Blossom on October 25, 2016
Our fairy friends Thimble Hickory and Blossom Dewdrop are back to answer the rest of your questions about North Country nature and the lives of fairies. While they're settled into the warmth of the tropics for winter, they're already excited to return to Canton, NY next fall!  Click here to read Thimble and Blossom's responses in Part 1.    Why do tree leaves change color? (Lucy, age 5) Hi Lucy,…
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Ask a Fairy Part 1: Introducing Blossom and Thimble

By Thimble & Blossom on October 17, 2016
Each year a group of migrating group of woodland fairies passes through Canton on its way south for the winter. Woodland fairies know all the North Country plants and animals, and this year they invited us to visit their houses and ask questions about North Country nature. If you were walking along the Kip Trail, exploring Heritage Park, or running through the Remington Recreation Trail last…
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North Country Voices: Joel Howie

By Amanda Brooks on October 17, 2016
Joel Howie is the owner of Canton Apples, a U-Pick apple orchard located on the corner of Barnes Road and County Road 25. He is originally from Rochester, NY, but moved to Canton in 2002 with his wife, Becky. Joel loves working outside all day long alongside his workers and friends and family who come to help out, and it shows in the quality of his product and the atmosphere on the orchard from…
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Winter Is Coming: A Tale of Three North Country Species

By Lizz Muller on October 3, 2016
Come fall, we all start to prepare for winter in our own ways. We unearth the sweaters that have been accumulating dust since spring, and pull out our wool hats and mittens.  Some of us chop wood and stack it next to the door, or restock the storm candles in the drawer by the stove. We can food, stocking pantry shelves with jars of red tomatoe sauce, purple sauerkraut, green dilly beans. There is…
A loon takes off on Lake Ozonia. Loons require large bodies of open water to take flight.  Photo: Joseph Woody
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The Great Blackbird Migration

By Paul J. Hetzler on September 13, 2016
Migrating birds of all stripes—and wing patches, tail bands, and other markings—are impressive. My hat is off (figuratively only, of course) to all the songbirds, raptors, and waterfowl that fly from their Northern breeding grounds to warmer climes, in some cases thousands of miles, without benefit of Google Maps or a travel agent. Hummingbirds weighing about the same as a handful of paper clips…
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