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Ask a Fairy: The Fairies Are Back!

By Thimble & Blossom on September 7, 2021
We are SO excited to share that the fairies are back! As the leaves begin changing color and the air starts to cool, Thimble and Blossom will be making the long trip south for the winter. Through all of their woodland travels they’ve become great naturalists, talking with toads, playing with opossums, and singing with cicadas. Now, they’re here to answer any questions you may have! September 7th…
Brown wooden fairy house in woods with poster nailed to tree behind it Brown bark covered fairy house hanging in tree with poster below it White paper-birch covered fairy house resting against log with poster nailed to log next to it
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Happy Animals

By Paul J. Hetzler on August 25, 2021
Describing happiness attracts animals:  Apparently, we can have a whale of a time, be as pleased as a pig in a peach orchard, or feel as happy as a pup with two tails, a monkey with a peanut machine, and a clam at high tide. Given all this, it’s natural to wonder if non-human animals can feel happy. Many biologists caution against ascribing human-like emotions to animals. This is a hilarious…
A photo taken through thin forest brush of a white-tailed buck, with early growth antlers
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Share your opinions about renewable energy and biodiversity in the North Country

By Kayla Edmunds on March 17, 2021
Our names are Cole Weigartz and Kayla Edmunds, and we are undergraduate students enrolled in the Conservation Biology class at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. We are working under the direction of Dr. Erika Barthelmess, a faculty member at St. Lawrence University. We are conducting research for a case study on the trade-off between green energy infrastructure and wildlife conservation in…
Renewable Energy and Wildlife Conservation survey poster - complete the survey for a chance to win $50!
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Share your opinions about outdoor recreation in the North Country

By Erika Barthelmess on March 15, 2021
Our names are Aliya Brown, Ryan Heuss and Kendrew Van Gorder, and we are undergraduate students at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. We are working under the direction of Dr. Erika Barthelmess, a faculty member at St. Lawrence University. We are conducting research as part of a case study project for our Conservation Biology class. Our case study is focused on the A2A trail, a proposed…
Drawing with words "recreation in the Algonquin to Adirondack Corridor"
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North Country Voices: Elyssa Twedt

By Valeria Maldonado Ortiz on March 4, 2021
Elyssa Twedt is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department where she teaches Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, Sensation and Perception, and a seminar on Cognitive Science. She has spent the majority of her life in the south including Florida, Tennessee, and most recently, Virginia, so moving to the North Country in 2015 was a big change. Elyssa gave us some insight on her…
Elyssa Twedt
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February Frolic - Snow Sculpting!

By Kayla Edmunds on February 17, 2021
One of my favorite snowy day activities is building snow sculptures, whether that be the classic snow family or something a bit more outside of the box. And with all this fresh snow from our most recent winter storm, now is the perfect time! Matthew Morris, of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has taken the snow sculpting game up a notch. See his most recent sculpture, a rendition of the Tower of Pisa,…
North Country explorer and a small snowperson Igloo at St. Lawrence University A snow family in front of the Arts Annex at St. Lawrence University
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February Frolic - Who’s Frolicking With You?

By Kayla Edmunds on February 8, 2021
  If you’ve been getting outside and frolicking this February, you may have noticed some signs left in the snow that you aren’t alone! This gallery features some tracks found by other North Country explorers, as well as resources to help you identify what you're frolicking with! And remember, no matter what you spot, be sure to share it with us via our Encounters page (https://www.natureupnorth.…
Mice tracks in snow Porcupine "snow tube" Deer and squirrel tracks in snow Rabbit tracks in snow Deer tracks in snow Otter slide tracks in snow Mink tracks in snow
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February Frolic: Get Outside With Nature Up North 

By Valeria Maldonado Ortiz on February 1, 2021
Are you tired of being inside? Don’t let the cold weather get you down, get up and get outside with Nature Up North! Here are some activities you can do outside while in the North Country. Make sure to always layer up and stay warm!    Snowy Hike  You can’t go wrong with a hike during the cold winter months. Make sure to layer up and stay hydrated as you explore the winter wonders of the North…
Piece of ice on Kip Trail Snowmans Whiteface skiing Trees in winter
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Ask a Fairy Fall 2020

By Thimble & Blossom on November 19, 2020
Our fairy friends Thimble Hickory and Blossom Dewdrop are back to answer your questions about North Country nature and the lives of fairies. While they're settled into the warmth of the tropics for winter, they're already excited to return to the North Country next spring!    #1: Cal Lock Morgan, 7, How many clovers are there in the world? Hi Cal! Wow! Although sometimes we like to count the…
Fairy house
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Ask a fairy: The fairies are back!

By Thimble & Blossom on September 28, 2020
Besides the fall foliage and fresh apple picking available in the fall season, there’s one other thing we all look forward to - the return of the fairies! Each fall Thimble and Blossom migrate through the North Country on their way south for the winter. During their travels they spend a lot of time chatting with chipmunks, lounging with ladybugs, playing with plants. Through all their woodland…
Image of a white birch fairy house nestled against a rock with a poster attached to tree Image of a brown fairy house at the base of trees with a poster attached to a tree
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