Check out what springtime fun is going on this weekend in the Adirondacks, like bird banding, a guided hike, and a golf tournament. Plus, prepare for the Ausable Two-Fly Challenge next week, and read up on local news, including the Best Of the Adirondacks winners.
Birding, Kayaking, Fishing & More Fun Events To Look Forward To
The birding fun is in full swing at Crown Point State Historic Site. Here are the details on those happenings, and other events going on:
- Twilight Bird Hike at Crown Point State Historic Site: May 13
- ‘Round the Mountain Canoe & Kayak Race in Saranac Lake: May 14
- John Brown Day at John Brown Farm State Historic Site: May 14
- CATS Grand Hike to the Essex Inn: May 14
- Build a Better Bird House at Crown Point State Historic Site: May 14
- Raptor Demonstration at Crown Point State Historic Site: May 14
- Spring for the Arts Golf Tournament in Warrensburg: May 15
- Ausable River Two-Fly Challenge: May 19 – 21
- Bird Banding at Crown Point State Historic Site: through May 21
Best Of Winners, A Business Ownership Change & More
The 2022 Best Of Winners Have Been Announced!
Check out which Adirondack businesses took home the gold (plus the runners up) in the 2022 Best Of the Adirondacks, with categories like Best Downhill Skiing, Best Indoor Attraction, Best Campground, and Best Restaurants by region.
Adirondack River Outfitters, based out of North River and pictured above, took home the Best Kayaking/Canoeing/SUP/Whitewater Rafting category. With so many reputable whitewater rafting outfitters in the Adirondacks, that stands out as a big win. Congratulations to them, and to all the other champions!
Adirondack General Store Has New Owners, Will Reopen This Month
Adirondack General Store of Adirondack announced via Facebook on Monday that the store has been purchased by Diane and Rich Cain. The business will reopen on May 25, after the transition of ownership has been finalized. Current owners Joe and Yvette Gallucchi put the store up for sale in March.
New York Recycles! Poster Contest Open to K-12 Kids Now
The New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling is sponsoring the 2022 New York Recycles! poster contest (previously sponsored by the DEC). It’s open to all students in the state, kindergarten through 12th grade, private and public schools, or homeschooled kids.
The poster should help depict New York’s goal of higher excellence in recycling, waste reduction, composting, and buying recycled products and packaging. Posters must be the student’s original artwork, and the deadline is May 27.
You can find more info here: https://nysar3.org/page/ny-recycles-poster-contest-76.html
The Return of the Moose Could Bring Winter Tick Problems
The Adirondack Park has been welcoming back an uptick in moose population in recent years (although the creatures are still famously tough to get a glimpse of), and this could prove problematic in terms of ticks.
According to a recent article by Earth Island Journal, a magazine that highlights environmental issues, winter ticks have so far not been a problem in the Park because they typically come about where moose populations are quite dense. However, this could change, as the moose population continues to increase.
Winter ticks can latch onto the moose, upwards of 100,000 per moose, in the fall. They hang on all winter, and then vacate to lay their eggs and begin the cycle again in the spring. For you humans out there, check out our ticks page for tips and info on avoiding the problematic insects this summer.
The DEC Forest Rangers Have Been Busy Responding to Issues Lately
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise recently highlighted multiple incidents reported by the DEC that required a quick response: a large brush fire in Lake Luzerne that involved six fire departments, a hiker with an injured knee on Algonquin Peak, more than one illegal fishing incident in Queensbury and Lake George, and a hunting-related shooting incident in Bombay (in Franklin County, about 20 minute northwest of Malone).
This serves as a friendly reminder to always read up on current hiking conditions, fishing regulations, and otherwise know what you’re doing and what gear you need to bring, prior to heading out for quintessential Adirondack recreation.