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Indigo, Madder, and Marigold!

By Cheynne Y. on July 16, 2014
It may be hard to fathom, but we didn't always use chemicals to dye fabrics.  For thousands of years people used plants, roots and berries to dye cotton, muslin, linen, silk and other fabrics.  These days we can pop into a store and buy a rainbow of fabric dye, but it's great fun to dye fabric the old fashioned way!  Not only does it give you a new appreciation for Mother Nature, but it's also a…
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10 Best (FREE) Apps for the Outdoor Enthusiast

By Macky Young on July 10, 2014
Not everyone agrees that smartphones have a place in the outdoors. For me, the trick is to use smartphone apps in the outdoors that will enhance the experience, not to become the experience. For example, sometimes while hiking I want to know how far it is to the top so I whip out my free altimeter app. But often, I’m really not looking to purchase a $10 smartphone app for an entire topographic…
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It's a Plane, It's Superman, It's a heron!

By Heron on July 2, 2014
Because my name is Heron, I have had occasion to notice a lack of knowledge regarding this common North Country bird.  When people meet me and I tell them my name is “Heron, like the bird” I am surprised by how many people haven’t heard of herons.  Maybe I’m biased, but I think herons are one the most majestic birds on this earth.  Every time I see one flying overhead or standing in the water on…
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Save Your Ash! Promise New York That You Won't Move Firewood.

By Cheynne Y. on June 26, 2014
            What is a better way to kick off the summer and the 4th of July weekend than by planning a family camping trip or cookout?  However, no camping trip is complete without roasting s’mores!    Yet, most of us probably don’t think about where that firewood for our campfire came from or what might be in it.  If you’ve ever taken a walk through the woods you have probably heard a pileated…
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Thank Your Local Pollinators!

By Macky Young on June 18, 2014
  The month of June hosts many popular week-long calendar events such as Worldwide Knit in Public Week and National Watermelon Seed Spitting Week. Most importantly though, June means it is time to celebrate the flying creatures that provide us with beautiful and sweet smelling flowers and fruit all summer long during National Pollinators Week from June 16th-23rd. Established in 2007, Pollinator…
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Make a Meal from Your Backyard

By Heron on June 11, 2014
I was standing in my back yard today, looking around at all the grass that needed mowing, when I had a rather absurd thought: “If only humans could eat grass, we wouldn’t need to mow our lawns at all!”  Now, if you have ever tried to eat grass, perhaps when you were in grade school (like I did), you will know that it doesn’t taste very good.  Alright, it does have a slight sweetness to it that…
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Conservation Field Day at Indian Creek Nature Center

By Jacob Malcomb on May 28, 2014
On May 15th, over 60 fifth grade students and students from Colton-Pierrepont, St. Mary's School, Trinity Catholic, and Hermon-DeKalb attended Conservation Field Day at the Indian Creek Nature center.  We were delighted to spend the day outside in near-perfect May weather, with radiant sunshine and a nice breeze to keep the mosquitoes at bay.  Conservation Field Day is a longstanding tradition at…
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Creative Captures: Making Nature Art

By Allison Paludi on April 24, 2014
 Self-expressions through explorations of our five senses in nature By Allison Paludi and Kate Almon   How do you experience nature? Have you ever gone to the woods and just sat down, feeling the ground beneath you, letting your eyes explore your surroundings and letting your ears capture the subtle noises? Author Richard Louv states: “...as human beings we need direct, natural experiences; we…
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Celebrating the Earth: Planting a Tree

By Emma DayBranch on April 21, 2014
The celebration of Mother Earth, although undoubtedly something that should be practiced every day, is made official this Tuesday with Earth Day. This international holiday was first held on April 22nd 1970 and was the result of a campaign for clearer, cleaner air. Incidentally, the Environmental Protection Agency was created as a part of the solution that same year. Now, Earth Day is an…
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Happy as Bugs in Freezing Water

By Winter Ecology at St. Lawrence University on April 14, 2014
This year Nature Up North is featuring a Winter Ecology Series, in which St. Lawrence University students in Dr. Karl McKnight's Winter Ecology course share their observations from a weekly field trip to Glenmeal State Forest in Pierrepont.  As winter turns to spring, we hope you enjoy their accounts from days spent in the woods observing the reawakening of North Country species.   By Sam Haab 4/…
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