From major birding festivals to bike rodeos to a youth fishing derby to Woofstock, this weekend and beyond are chock-full of fun events in the Adirondacks. Have we mentioned National Trails Day is June 4? Get the details below, and find out which popular Adirondack flower is in bloom right now.
Bikes, Birds & So Much More With Upcoming Adirondack Events
Here’s what’s happening:
- Great Adirondack Birding Celebration: June 3 – 5
- Wilmington Whiteface MTB: June 4
- Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race: June 4
- National Trails Day: June 4
- Youth Fishing Derby in Long Lake: June 4
- Rapid River Fondo in Warrensburg: June 4
- Bird Walk at AIC: June 4
- Tupper Lake PD Bike Rodeo & Celebration of Youth: June 4
- Saranac Lake Kiwanis Bike Rodeo: June 4
- Raquette Pond Brewfest: June 4
- Summer Slam Demolition Derby in Malone: June 4
- Adirondack Woof Stock in Chestertown: June 4 & 5
- 49th Annual Tupper Lake Art Show: June 4 & 5
- Car Show, Farmers Market, Craft & Vendor Show in Malone: June 4 & 5
- Lake Placid Community Day & Picnic: June 5
- 18th Annual Adirondack Boreal Birding Festival: June 9
View the full events calendar >>
News Around the Park: Flowers, Flies & Call-outs for Community Participation
The Pink Lady Slippers Are in Bloom (Photos Only, Please!)
According to a recent post from the Adirondack Interpretive Center, the gorgeous pink lady slippers are in bloom now on the AIC trails. This plant is a protected species and should not be picked or disturbed. They have specific soil requirements and take a long time to grow from seed to mature plants.
You can see more info on AIC trails and a map here: https://www.esf.edu/aic/trails.htm
It’s Black Fly Season Out There – Here’s What to Know
Black fly season runs from approximately Mother’s Day to Father’s Day in the Adirondacks, so we’re right in the thick of it now. Here’s a super quick rundown on what to be aware of:
- They’re especially active on humid and overcast days.
- They’re most active a few hours after sunrise and just before sunset.
- They can’t fly well in the wind – choose a breezy day for hiking!
- They’re present near rivers and streams in the woods.
- The season usually ends after a multitude of 80°+ dry days.
Read up more on black flies >>
Ticonderoga ACC Needs Your Input for Development Program
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing to apply for the New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative, a state program designed to advance the transformation of community centers via funding to individual communities and their downtowns.
Ticonderoga has formed a committee to plan for this opportunity, and there will be plenty of chances for public input and ideas both in-person and virtually, as well as through surveys.
If you have opinions on where funding should go in Ticonderoga, you can check out more info on the chamber’s website here: https://ticonderogany.com/ticonderoga-to-host-dri-virtual-and-in-person-open-houses-public-survey-to-launch-ticonderoga-downtown-revitalization-initiative-public-input-needed/
Volunteers Are Needed to Keep First Night Alive
The organizers of Saranac Lake’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration, First Night, told the Press-Republican that if they don’t find more volunteers the event may be cancelled yet again; it did not happen the past two years. First Night costs about $36,000 to put on.
If you’re interested in helping out, individuals are asked to reach out through this contact form: http://www.firstnightsaranaclake.org/contact.html
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