What's your favorite season to live in the North Country? Join our community and share your adventures all year. Photo: Bear Mountain (Bill Hill).

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Nature Up North calendar photo contest results are in

Each year, you share hundreds of photos and observations with us here on natureupnorth.org as Encounters. For the sixth year running, we're excited to be sharing some of our favorite photos from the previous year through our printed wall calendar. In addition to stunning local photography, our calendars also feature Nature Notes highlighting seasonal wildlife behavior to look for each month. 


1st Place Overall (2019 calendar cover, November)

Sunrise on Mt. Arab by Maya Williams

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Huckleberry Lake in late autumn. Photo by Bill Hill. Just Our Nature

Dear friends and neighbors,

It's that time of year again; the snow is flying, the geese have (mostly) left.  Must be time to consider making a contribution to support Nature Up North!  We'd be delighted and appreciative if you made a donation to help environmental education here in the North Country. 

Specifically, your gift will help to support activities such as:

Bill (Dick) Hollis in his decoy workshop North Country Voices

Ogdensburg native Bill (Dick) Hollis has been a duck decoy carver for over 50 years. Hollis first learned to carve from his father, and has now won numerous awards for his work.  He estimates he has made 1500-2000 decoys throughout his life. Despite technological innovations, Dick is one of few decoy carvers in the North Country that continues to carve with hand tools. We caught up with Dick to learn more about his craft. 


Homemade white pine tea Just Our Nature

Have you ever wandered through the woods, looked at all the plants surrounding you, and wondered, “are any of these edible?” Good news: there are many species of edible plants found in the wild all around us! With a little knowledge of how to identify and prepare wild edibles, local forests become a bountiful place to explore.

Gray Squirrel. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons, Ehpien Just Our Nature

Happiness may be elusive, but it sure has spawned a lot of aphorisms. Folk-wisdom indicates one can be happy as a pig in poop—or in mud, which makes me wonder if those two hogs are equally content, and if they had other options. It also suggests you can be pleased as a pig in a peach orchard, which would make sense unless harvest season was over.

emerald ash borer Just Our Nature

Watertown is poised to become an Emerald City, but that’s not good news. Jefferson and Lewis will soon be Emerald Counties, and St. Lawrence County began the process of change two years ago. Unfortunately, this kind of transformation does not involve happy endings.

Events Up North

January 06, 2019

Join Nature Up North for a winter hike up Mount Arab to celebrate the new year. Just north of the town of Tupper Lake, Mount Arab is one of the most scenic easily-accessed peaks in the Adirondacks.