What's Your Nature?

Become a Nature Up North explorer to share your encounters with wild things and wild places in New York's North Country. Post your wildlife sightings, landscape shots, photos from your outings, and even your organization's events!

Just Our Nature Posts

Nature Up North 2023 Calendars For Sale!

wide river with trees on edges and man in green kayak with two dogs paddling into the setting sun
By Erika Barthelmess on November 10, 2022
Blog: Just Our Nature
Nature Up North calendars are on sale at local businesses through early 2023! These printed calendars feature our favorite photos shared by community members as Encounters on natureupnorth.org in the past year. Calendars also include Nature Notes highlighting the phenological changes and happenings of flora, fauna, and more local to the North Country region. Proceeds from calendar sales benefit…
all featured photos for calendar

2023 Calendar Submissions Are Open!

Foggy sunrise over green hills and valleys with a lake in the middle
By Kayla Edmunds on September 7, 2022
Blog: Just Our Nature
September 8th through October 23rd Calling all North Country nature photographers! Got your camera at the ready? Nature Up North is once again hosting our annual calendar contest for nature photos that will be featured in our 2023 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 Encounters feature…
Back cover of 2022 calendar featuring the 12 months

Tree Sign Language: Early Fall Color

a rainbow of maple leaves on a gray stone
By Paul J. Hetzler on August 29, 2022
Blog: Just Our Nature
Deciduous trees, ice-cream stands, and marinas close each fall for the same reason: as daylight dwindles and cold creeps in, they become less profitable. When income dips down to equal the cost of doing business, a wise proprietor will turn out the lights and lock the doors until spring. Some enterprising holdouts stay open longer. Perhaps they have less competition, or a better location.…

North Country Summer: A Photo Essay

By Abigail Lateer on August 3, 2022
Blog: Just Our Nature
As a summer naturalist intern for Nature Up North, one of the things I was most excited about was getting to live in the North Country for the summer. I feel so lucky I got the chance to explore this beautiful place, and I made this photo essay to capture some of my favorite places and views. I hope you love it, and that you see some of the places you love too!  Do you know which nature center…

North Country Nature Noises

Image taken on the Little River of the evening sunlight against the trees
By Leslie Herold on August 2, 2022
Blog: Just Our Nature
Nature Up North has spent the summer getting back outside after a hiatus from summer activities due to COVID. We have really focused on being outside as much as we can and encouraged ourselves and other North Country community members to connect with nature this summer. There is so much to see, but our sight is only a small part of how we can really connect. Using all our senses when we are…

On the Importance of Dirt

Diagram showing the difference in composition of compacted soil versus uncompacted soil
By Abigail Lateer on June 30, 2022
Blog: Just Our Nature
Have you ever spent time on a farm or around farmers? Do you remember helping your parents weed their garden as a kid–or do you make your kids help you weed yours? Chances are, you’re connected to agriculture in some shape or form, even if it’s just through the food you eat. Some issues with the U.S. industrialized agriculture system seem more or less obvious. Most people intuit that…

Shell-ebrating North Country Painted Turtles

A baby painted turtle
By Leslie Herold on June 30, 2022
Blog: Just Our Nature
As soon as the ponds thaw and the temperatures warm, we know the earth is preparing for spring and summer. The flowers begin to bud and the grasses green again. We pack away our winter jackets and dig out the t-shirts and shorts. But it’s not just humans who recognize this transition. Our North Country wildlife recognize these same changes in the environment and come out for the warmer months of…
An adult painted turtle

Fanfare in the North Country

Trumpeter Swan spreading its wings
By Liz Hart on June 30, 2022
Blog: Just Our Nature
It’s nesting season, which means the skies and waters are filled with life; chirping birds calling out for a mate, waterfowl patrolling the waters for a place to roost. But for a few centuries, wetland areas have been missing the notable honking of the largest species of waterfowl in the world. Weighing an average of 26 pounds and growing up to 6 feet in length, the massive Trumpeter Swan is…
Swan a-swimming Swan over water Family of Trumpeter Swans

6th Annual Earth Day 7k Recap

Two slu runners coming onto the avenue of elms during the 6th annual earth day 7k
By Kayla Edmunds on May 3, 2022
Blog: Just Our Nature
By now any sore muscles have been iced and the race signs have been put away until next year, but we're still thinking about what a great time we had with the runners and walkers who attended Nature Up North's 6th Annual Earth Day 7k last Sunday! Although the morning started off a bit dreary with some sprinkles, by the time the starting countdown hit "go" at 10:30am, the sun was shining and…
Happy faces were caught on trail cams that were placed on the course during our 6th annual earth day 7k More excited runners coming onto the avenue of elms during our 6th annual earth day 7k Prizes are raffled off to all participants during our 6th annual earth day 7k

4th Annual Cardboard Sled Race Recap

College team Calc-U-SUS from Clarkson goes for one last slide in their slightly tattered cardboard sled
By Kayla Edmunds on February 9, 2022
Blog: Just Our Nature
The 4th Annual Cardboard Sled Race, held Saturday, February 5th was an exciting way to start off Canton’s annual Winterfest. It was a chilly but sunny morning, perfect for speeding down the hill. Competition was fierce, with many racers fighting their way to the finish line by dragging themselves on tattered sleds or getting a boost from a teammate. Participants competed 1 v. 1 within their…
A cardboard replica of Red Five X-Wing from Star Wars veers off course into a crowd of reporters from NCPR, North Country Now, and Watertown Daily Times Team Senegal Sparks is all smiles in their speedy sled with a duct tape covered bottom Thomas the Barbarian and The Pirate get a friendly boost as their pirate ship sled begins falling apart One member of the team the I-Don't-Knows races down the hill in his cardboard sled Sled racers representing SUNY Canton and Clarkson University go head to head in a speedy slide down the hill The Clarkson and SUNY Canton sled race teams use their hands to pull themselves to the finish as their sleds don't quiet make it The 7 member sled team Calc-U-SUS from Clarkson gathers for a group photo with the remains of their speedy cardboard sled The Flying Apple sled wrapped in recycled plastic bags speeds by the Senegal Sparks sled piloted by Team Leo