Welcome to Nature Up North!
Welcome to Nature Up North!
As always this time of year puts me in mind of mud puddles and rubber boots and cool rainy evenings spent lying in the grass listening to the shrill chorus of spring peepers. It’s been a long time since I’ve jumped in mud puddles and much of the time I find my inner child warring with the adult I’ve become. When did I begin to lose touch with the natural world? When was the last time you, or I, laid on the flat of our backs and listed to a spring night come alive around us?
The Nature Up North project is an effort to help North Country residents get outside and reconnect with the natural world. As a new initiative we are working to understand the everyday demands that our technologically driven society places on you: the need to stay connected, to share your experiences, and to keep updated about ongoing events and activities. Nature Up North is designed to bridge the gap between technology and the natural world, to provide a virtual resource to assist you in exploring all the amazing things the North Country has to offer.As the web site grows, it will provide community members with an outdoor events calendar, downloadable maps to facilitate outdoor adventures, and reference information to learn more about what you see when you go! Aside from the many health benefits of time outside, building our connections to the natural world here in the North Country will also help us to better care for our natural environments.
We hope you’ll stay tuned as the project unfolds. We look forward to providing outdoor experiences through guided hikes, workshops, and other community events. In the meantime, we hope you’ll get outside and share your experiences here in the North Country by posting reports of your encounters in nature! Show off your hiking skills, your favorite climbing spot, the best place for a summer picnic, or the remarkable photos you take. Take a moment to reconnect with nature and share with everyone how beautiful and worthy of care and protection this place we call home really is.
In April on our farm the fields are covered in long dried brown grass, which on warm afternoons is absolutely alive with small spiders. It makes me a little uneasy about sitting on a hillside to enjoy the view--how do you tell a hundred spiders, "move away please, I'm about to sit down!"? The beaver ponds on the property are full of activity now. Ducks and Canada geese are nesting. Red-winged blackbirds are claiming their spots in the reeds and brambles on the edges. Leeks are up in the woods. Trees have budded out. It's a wonderful time to be out in the woods--with my warm coat and rain jacket on!
I'm going to be thinking for a while about how to tell a hundred spiders that I'm about to sit down. I love the mental image this gives...