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Teachers Get Outside the Classroom

A small crowd assembles with various instruments, test sets and other equipment in preparation for the lab assignment. Carefully they organize ampules, sample nets and data sheets. These citizen scientists are sampling the waters for invertebrate animals, dissolved oxygen levels, pH (acidity) and phosphorus and nitrogen levels. This is not an indoor lab, but right on the Grasse River in Canton.…
Teachers sample for macroinvertebrates in the Grasse River. A teacher shows the result from a water sampling kit testing dissolved oxygen.
Blog category: In the Schools

I have an ash tree! What now?

By Allison Pilcher on July 31, 2018
Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees since its discovery in Michigan in 2002. EAB reached St. Lawrence County in 2017. If you have ash trees on your property, it is important to plan for EAB. Read more about Emerald Ash Borer Ash trees are frequently found along our streets and as shade trees in our yards. Besides aesthetic value, they clean our…
Compound ash leaves against a bright blue sky
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Finding Hope for Ash Tree Survival

By Emlyn Crocker on July 24, 2018
You look out your window on a mid-summer day: the sun filters through the full, bright green leaves on the big ash tree in your yard, making patterns that dance across your floor. You hear birds sing too; a pair of robins is nesting again in one of the upper branches. It’s a pretty picture, until you learn that emerald ash borer larvae (Agrilus planipennis) are slowly destroying this tree, eating…
A sentinel tree at Bend in the River Park in Canton. Green ash leaf held in the sunlight. Photo: Maya Williams Adult emerald ash borer beetle.
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Emerald Ash Borer: Getting Your Community Ready

By Allison Pilcher on July 17, 2018
New York State has over 900 million ash trees. They line our streets, they shade our parks, and they’re in our yards. What would happen if those 900 million ash trees, 7% of all the trees in the state, died in only a few years? Dead and dying ash trees can collapse spontaneously and without provocation, causing hazard to people and structures nearby. Many consider widespread ash death inevitable…
A yellow DEC sign reading "Help Save New York's Ash Trees!" tied to an ash tree in Canton
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Nature Up North 2019 Calendar Photo Contest

By Emlyn Crocker on July 10, 2018
Calling all North Country nature photographers!  Have you dusted off your camera yet this season? Well now's the time, because Nature Up North is once again hosting our annual calendar contest for nature photos that will be featured in our 2019 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 …
Featured photo for the month of July, 2018 Calendar Featured Photos for the 2018 Calendar
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More Blissful Ignorance, Please

By Paul J. Hetzler on July 3, 2018
It’s a rare blessing to have a job I absolutely love, but it’s not all roses. Although some of it is, literally, roses. All too often it is my dubious honor to bring to public awareness a new invasive pest or disease, and history has not always been kind to the bearers of bad news. There is an old saying that knowledge is power, but there is another one that ignorance is bliss, and some days I’d…
A green emerald ash borer trap issued by New York State hangs in an ash tree.
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Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road?

By Alyssa LaCoy on June 20, 2018
...to get to the other side! Many of us rely on crosswalks to safely navigate through bustling traffic, but wild animals are often not so lucky. Road kill is a major issue that continues to decrease animal abundance and biodiversity. While road signs are established for animal crossing in certain areas, there is no way to determine exactly when and where an animal will cross. As summer progresses…
Turtle crossing sign, Rt. 27 in Canton
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Take A Hike: Getting Back Outdoors

By Ella Gurney on June 13, 2018
There’s ice coating one of the boulders next to me. Water drips off of it slowly, tracing a path through some moss below. The boulder in front of me is much larger and steeper, but isn’t slippery with ice, and, looking around me, I can see that the only way forwards is up. Gritting my teeth, I grab a nearby exposed tree root that’s jutting out from the top of the boulder, dig my toes into a crack…
A hiker sits to the right on rocks on Ampersand Mountain in New York State's Adirondacks.
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Welcoming Our Summer Interns

By Emlyn Crocker on June 11, 2018
Days are getting longer, butterflies and dragonflies are out, and it's swimming weather by North Country standards - summer is here! At the start of June we welcomed our three summer interns Alyssa LaCoy, Maggie Jensen, and Jess LaMay to the team here at Nature Up North. They'll be with us through early August, and are looking forward to spending their summer visiting farmer's markets, organizing…
Nature Up North summer interns Jess, Maggie, and Alyssa with Project Manager Emlyn Crocker at Indian Creek Nature Center's Conservation Field Day.
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Ask A Fairy: Spring 2018

By Thimble & Blossom on June 8, 2018
The wait is finally over! The fairies are thrilled you found their houses, and have been working hard to answer all of the thoughtful questions. Thimble Hickory and Blossom Dewdrop are your fairy experts on North Country nature and fairy culture again for this round. They’re on their way to their northern summer nesting spot, but they already can’t wait to pass through the North Country again in…
North Country Fairy House
Blog category: Ask a Fairy