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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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The Circle of Life and Death in the North Country

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.  We hope you enjoy their accounts from days spent in the woods examining the fascinating ways plants and animals endure the North Country winter. WARNING:  …
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A Mysterious Track Leads to Cold Feet

By Winter Ecology at St. Lawrence University on April 4, 2014
This winter 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.  We hope you enjoy their accounts from days spent in the woods examining the fascinating ways plants and animals endure the North Country winter. Kevin…
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The Hunt for Winter Wildflowers

By Winter Ecology at St. Lawrence University on April 2, 2014
This winter 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.  We hope you enjoy their accounts from days spent in the woods examining the fascinating ways plants and animals endure the North Country winter. By Kevin…
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North Country Gold

By Emma DayBranch on March 21, 2014
Now is the time to relish the unique flavors of North Country syrup. Maybe you have noticed the North Country's eager response to the March weather in the form of blue tubing, metal buckets or the sweet smell of condensed sap-water boiling away. Although starting late, the sugaring season is now in full swing. This weekend is MapleWeekend in the North Country. For the next two weekends, March…
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