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March 2012 Archives
This past week the temperature soared into the seventies and I was initially torn by the temperature change. At first, I welcomed the warm sunshine and dusted off my shorts and began piddling around the yard. I began to see budding on the trees, birds singing for a mate and greening of the grass within the yard. I also began hearing warnings of wildfire prevention from the parched soil and often wondered how the local water table has fared.
The earthy, sweet taste and viscous amber color greets my pancakes every Saturday morning and is a welcomed friend to our kitchen table.
There are roughly 800 known bird species from Canada and the United States. Out of those species, a special feathery friend migrated to our next of the woods and made history. The Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Leucosticte tephrocotis) has been sighted here in the Adirondacks within the past couple of weeks. This will be its second sighting in the State of New York.
Preventing new aquatic nuisance species requires harsher ballast standards from open-ocean ballast exchange in the Great Lakes Basin. New York State requires ballast water to be 100 times cleaner than the current international standards. While these standards may not aid us in friendly exchanges to Canada and other Great Lakes States, many Great Lakes area conservation groups have been disappointed at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their lack in upholding the Clean Water Act to protect and conserve the waterways of the Great Lakes and other U.S. states.