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Goosin' Around: The 2016 DEC Wilson Hill Goose Drive

By Jacob Malcomb on June 30, 2016
Every summer a roundup reminiscent of old western cattle drives occurs at the Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area in Louisville. But there are several key differences -- rather than riding horses, the “cowboys” paddle canoes and kayaks, and rather than cows, their quarry is Canada geese. And rather than the open range, this roundup occurs in a shallow, expansive, cattail-lined wetland near the…
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When Stress is the Problem, Nature is the Solution

By Cailand Sweeting on June 22, 2016
Are you stressed out? Are you constantly staring at your computer screen? Do you have work-related tasks that seem to require every ounce of the focus and energy you can muster? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you probably have experienced some sort of stress in your life due to the constant bombardment of directed attention tasks. What is directed attention? Directed…
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Wild Eats Part One: Dandelion Burgers

By India Harvey on June 20, 2016
Some plants are so common that we forget to appreciate them. We see dandelions everywhere during the summer - their yellow flowers speckle the grass at local parks and poke out between the cracks of village sidewalks. Many people feel some hostility towards the plant, as dandelions stand in the way of a perfectly manicured lawn. Dandelions have a bad reputation, which is ironic because they were…
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North Country Voices: Anna Knapp-Peck

By Lizz Muller on June 15, 2016
Anna Knapp-Peck lives in DeKalb with her husband and two children. Originally from Vermont, she settled in the North Country after moving from Washington County with her family in 2007. They now reside on 90 acres of land that they call Zion Farm, surrounded by ducks, turkeys, dogs, cats, goats, chickens, horses, and Anna’s favorite – oxen. Her animals have been on America's Got Talent, in…
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Registration Open for the Nature Up North Teacher Workshop, August 3-4

By Jacob Malcomb on June 13, 2016
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? Nature Up North is offering a workshop for local teachers on August 3rd and 4th during which we will discuss ways to improve STEM learning through hands-on and place-based teaching strategies that…
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Pink Lady’s Slipper: Too Precious to Pick

By Cailand Sweeting on June 8, 2016
Pink lady’s slipper, or Cypripedium acaule, is a wildflower that belongs to the Orchid family and is known for its beautiful, bulbous, slipper-shaped blooms. As a child growing up in Maine I was taught to never touch—and especially not pick—these precious flowers. I fondly think back to hikes with my Girl Scout troop and remember how coming across a pink lady’s slipper was like finding a hidden…
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Outside of the Doghouse: Keeping Your Dog Safe and Healthy in Nature

By Jane Eifert on May 25, 2016
Few activities bring more joy than watching dogs running around outside – leaping from rocks to logs, splashing in the water, and sniffing out nearby squirrels at the base of every tree they pass. It is impossible not to join, chasing them and throwing sticks for them to retrieve – their tongues hanging out of their smiling faces and tails wagging faster than the wings of a hummingbird. For…
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The Multipurpose Nettle

By Paul J. Hetzler on May 24, 2016
One of my favorite plants is either highly versatile, or very confused. On the one hand, professional herbivores like rabbits and deer refuse to even touch it, but many people, myself included, will gladly eat it every day it is available. While contacting it is painful, it has been proven to relieve certain chronic pain. It is steeped in over a thousand years of folklore, at one point imbued…
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North Country Voices: John Ashley

By Justin Dalaba on May 13, 2016
  John Ashley is a SCUBA instructor and the owner of Bluefin Diving, a SCUBA diving shop in Ogdensburg. A North Country native, he has been diving  in the St. Lawrence River for over 20 years, including winter dives beneath the ice. We caught up with him to learn more about the life of a diver and scuba instructor in our northern climate.     Nature Up North:  How did you get into SCUBA diving?…
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Juneberry: An Early Bloomer

By Paul J. Hetzler on May 6, 2016
Another regional attraction has just opened, and for the next few weeks you can see the show at innumerable open-air venues across the Northeast. The performance is free, although only matinees are available. The new event is the blossoming of a widespread, though strangely little-known, early-flowering plant. It is either a small tree or a shrub, depending on who you ask, which makes me wonder…
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