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Emerald Ash Borer: Getting Your Community Ready

By Allison Pilcher on July 17, 2018
New York State has over 900 million ash trees. They line our streets, they shade our parks, and they’re in our yards. What would happen if those 900 million ash trees, 7% of all the trees in the state, died in only a few years? Dead and dying ash trees can collapse spontaneously and without provocation, causing hazard to people and structures nearby. Many consider widespread ash death inevitable…
A yellow DEC sign reading "Help Save New York's Ash Trees!" tied to an ash tree in Canton
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Nature Up North 2019 Calendar Photo Contest

By Emlyn Crocker on July 10, 2018
Calling all North Country nature photographers!  Have you dusted off your camera yet this season? Well now's the time, because Nature Up North is once again hosting our annual calendar contest for nature photos that will be featured in our 2019 wall calendar. At Nature Up North we hope to inspire exploration and appreciation of the North Country environment. One way we do this is through the …
Featured photo for the month of July, 2018 Calendar Featured Photos for the 2018 Calendar
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More Blissful Ignorance, Please

By Paul J. Hetzler on July 3, 2018
It’s a rare blessing to have a job I absolutely love, but it’s not all roses. Although some of it is, literally, roses. All too often it is my dubious honor to bring to public awareness a new invasive pest or disease, and history has not always been kind to the bearers of bad news. There is an old saying that knowledge is power, but there is another one that ignorance is bliss, and some days I’d…
A green emerald ash borer trap issued by New York State hangs in an ash tree.
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Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road?

By Alyssa LaCoy on June 20, 2018
...to get to the other side! Many of us rely on crosswalks to safely navigate through bustling traffic, but wild animals are often not so lucky. Road kill is a major issue that continues to decrease animal abundance and biodiversity. While road signs are established for animal crossing in certain areas, there is no way to determine exactly when and where an animal will cross. As summer progresses…
Turtle crossing sign, Rt. 27 in Canton
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Take A Hike: Getting Back Outdoors

By Ella Gurney on June 13, 2018
There’s ice coating one of the boulders next to me. Water drips off of it slowly, tracing a path through some moss below. The boulder in front of me is much larger and steeper, but isn’t slippery with ice, and, looking around me, I can see that the only way forwards is up. Gritting my teeth, I grab a nearby exposed tree root that’s jutting out from the top of the boulder, dig my toes into a crack…
A hiker sits to the right on rocks on Ampersand Mountain in New York State's Adirondacks.
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Welcoming Our Summer Interns

By Emlyn Crocker on June 11, 2018
Days are getting longer, butterflies and dragonflies are out, and it's swimming weather by North Country standards - summer is here! At the start of June we welcomed our three summer interns Alyssa LaCoy, Maggie Jensen, and Jess LaMay to the team here at Nature Up North. They'll be with us through early August, and are looking forward to spending their summer visiting farmer's markets, organizing…
Nature Up North summer interns Jess, Maggie, and Alyssa with Project Manager Emlyn Crocker at Indian Creek Nature Center's Conservation Field Day.
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Registration Open for Nature Up North Teacher Workshop, August 1-2

By Emlyn Crocker on June 5, 2018
Are you a St. Lawrence County teacher interested in incorporating more nature-based learning into your lessons? Do you want to increase opportunities for integrating outdoor learning with STEM content? Join the Nature Up North team for our 5th annual summer teacher workshop! Over this two-day workshop, we will demonstrate how to use Nature Up North’s free materials and programs as tools to…
Water Monitoring Intern, discusses water quality monitoring with teachers (Photo: Tara Freeman).
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What's Good for Your Lawn

By Paul J. Hetzler on May 26, 2018
The Memorial Day long weekend is often a time to put in the garden, spruce up the yard, and of course, mow the lawn. After the snow from our prolonged winter melted away, many homeowners were disappointed at the condition of their lawn. Areas of dead grass are sometimes, but by no means always, due to heavy feeding by last fall’s grub crop. Grubs, of course, are beetle babies. Not like Ringo…
A mowed lawn, with focus on the cut grass in the foreground.
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Best Buds: How Spring Plants Survived Winter

By Ella Gurney on May 23, 2018
While our springtime in the North Country has been a bit more unpredictable than usual, there’s still the usual spring trend: warmer weather and sunny skies! We’re not the only ones starting to venture out- animals are waking up from hibernation, and we’re starting to see signs of new growth in all our favorite flowers. But how are flowers still here? I mean, it gets cold out there in the winter…
Butterflies on purple aster.
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Spring has Sprung: Waking Up In The North Country

By Ella Gurney on May 8, 2018
It’s spring in the North Country! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the animals… are waking up! When I think about hibernation, an image of a bear curled up in a cave comes into my mind. The bear is cozy and warm, and when spring finally comes outside, he opens his eyes, yawns, stands up to stretch, and then walks outside like he’s waking up from a long nap. I imagine that all the…
Chipmunk pausing on a log
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