Some say it's the sweetest time of year. The birds are chirping, the sap is flowing, and smoke is drifting out of sugar shack chimneys across the North Country. Learn what Andy Hurlbut from Hurlbut's Maple in Canton loves most about sugaring season. 

An trap tree under examination by an emerald ash borer survey crew in Wisconsin in 2006. Just Our Nature

When I hear the phrase “trap tree,” an image of Charlie Brown’s kite-eating tree in the Peanuts comic strip comes immediately to mind. But trap trees, or sentinel trees, are meant to nab a much smaller airborne object, the emerald ash borer (EAB).

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.

Events Up North

April 27, 2018

Join us to celebrate Arbor Day by mapping Ash Trees on Remmington Recreational Trail in Canton. Bikers and walkers of all ages welcome! 

April 28, 2018

What is the first thing you notice in the spring?  Maybe it's the first robin in your front yard, a red-winged blackbird on your drive in to work, or crocuses growing near your favorite hiking trai