Snow has fallen, squirrels are digging into their stores, and snowshoe hares are advertising white winter coats. It's winter in the North Country. What do you love about getting outside this time of year? 

Photo: Oswegatchie River, Gail M. Thomas.

Maple producer Andy Hurlbut at his maple farm. North Country Voices

Owned and operated by Andy and Elisha Hurlbut, Hurlbut’s Maple has been producing local Maple products since 1995. Andy Hurlbut first started tapping trees in high school, working and learning from his father and grandfather. Alongside their maple sugaring operation, the Hurlbuts also grow several acres of corn, beans, and hay and raise grass-fed beef.


Emerald Ash Borer Just Our Nature

In Grade 3, a brilliant joke made the rounds. We’d hold up a sheet of blank white paper and announce it was a polar bear in a snowstorm. Genius is relative for kids. But the first time I drove into a whiteout made me realize how accurate that “art” project was. Anything can hide behind a veneer of snow.

Cross Country Ski Race at the Best Western Clubhouse in Canton on Sunday, February 11th. Just Our Nature

Do you love getting outside in the winter? If so, you might just have what it takes to be a North Country Olympian! As winter enthusiasts all around the world prepared to kick off the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea, Nature Up North and the Canton Recreation Department teamed up to challenge North Country residents with a local challenge... the first annual Canton Winter Olympics. 

Measuring a tree for Nature Up North's maple monitoring project. Just Our Nature

The good news is that Imperial Forces are losing the battle for planetary dominance. The bad news is that we still play for their team. The British Imperial System of measurement, born in 1824 to help streamline a host of odd units inherited from various cultures, was at the time an improvement. But in 1965, the UK adopted the decimal-based metric system, despite the fact it was invented by the French.

Forest tent caterpillars on a tree in Canton during the 2017 outbreak. Photo: Erika Barthelmess. Just Our Nature

Winter is not a season when many people think about tents, except maybe to be glad they do not live in one. I do have some friends who love winter camping, and the fact they have never extended an invitation is evidence of how much they value our friendship.

Events Up North

March 24, 2018

During Maple Weekend maple farms across New York State invite visitors to their “sugar houses” to experience firsthand how pure, mouth-watering maple syrup and other related products are made.  Vis

April 30, 2018

The Nicandri Nature Center offers fun, affordable recreation activities for the public, school groups, special interest groups and tourists.