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Nature Up North Teaches the Teachers!

By Susan Dodds on August 2, 2017
Let the adventure begin! Once again the NUN crew delivered on their promise to provide relevant and engaging environmental education activities to our area teachers. This year's group of teachers included some veteran's of the NUN program and a couple of newcomers. Participants were engaged throughout the two day workshop in activities such as an Encounter walk at Heritage park, MOWing the Grasse…
Visiting Heritage Park to take Encounter photos
Blog category: In the Schools

Nature Up North Calendar Photo Contest

By Emlyn Crocker on July 10, 2017
  **contest closed -- winning submissions will be announced by mid October, 2017**   Calling all North Country nature photographers! Got your camera at the ready? Nature Up North is once again hosting our annual calendar contest for nature photos that will be featured in our 2018 wall calendar. At Nature Up North we hope to inspire exploration and appreciation of the North Country environment.…
2017 Calendar Cover 2017 Nature Up North Calendar Back Cover
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When the Sky is On Fire

By Maya Williams on June 30, 2017
The sun sinks low on the horizon and the sky comes to life in a fiery burst of color. You grab your camera and run outside, in awe of the saturated sky above you. But your dog is thoroughly unimpressed, only interested in the possibility of playtime. It has no idea the sky is on fire. Every animal has a different perception of light and color meaning everything we see is through our own human…
Sunrise on Alger Island, Fourth Lake captured by Sherrill Barlow Sunset over the St. Lawrence River, captured by Suzan Mcdermott Many small mammals such as dogs and cats cannot perceive shades of red and green (Photo: Cara Valentine, Edits: Maya Williams)
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It's Better When It's Wetter: Four Reasons to Get Out in the Rain

By Molly McMasters on June 27, 2017
It may feel like these dreary days of rain will never end, but don’t fret! Rain brings many hidden gems out of the natural world that we usually don’t see during dryer weather. So, throw on your rain boots, grab an umbrella, and step out to explore our soggy wonderland! 1) Cast a New Light on Canoeing Typically, canoeing is perceived as a sunny day activity. But sometimes, a paddle in the rain…
Ripple in Still Water. Photo by Jay Fuhrman. An angler testing the waters. Photo: Molly McMasters. The rain brought out the slugs! Photo by Molly McMasters. A fantastic coral fungus. Photo by Jacob Malcomb.
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No Hitchhikers

By Paul J. Hetzler on June 26, 2017
These days, walking on water is not the big deal it once was. Back a long time ago, it required a miracle, but now all you need is a bad infestation of invasive aquatic plants. Anyone who has viewed a serious case of European watermilfoil, water chestnut, or hydrilla knows that a solid mat of vegetation stretching across a once-open waterway is a barrier to swimming, fishing, and boating. And…
Water Chestnut. Courtesy of Michael Figiel of Flickr Creative Commons. Flowering Hydrilla. Photo: Big Cyprus National Preserve, Flickr Creative Commons. Eurasian Milfoil. Courtesy of Ed Dunens of Flickr Creative Commons.
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Woodland Fairies Visit the North Country

By Molly McMasters on June 15, 2017
*There's still time to visit the fairies! Our Fairy Friends will now be staying in the North Country until July 7th, 2017. The fairies are coming, the fairies are coming!  Each spring a merry group of fairies migrates through the North Country on their way home for the summer. These aren't just any fairies – these fairies live in the woods, where they spend their days bonding with birds, talking…
Fairy House Fairy House Fairy House
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Ask A Fairy, Spring 2017

By Thimble & Blossom on June 9, 2017
The wait is finally over! The fairies are so happy that you found their houses, and they said the questions you asked this year were especially thoughtful. Thimble Hickory and Blossom Dewdrop are your fairy experts on North Country nature and fairy culture again for this round of questions. They’re on their way to their northern summer nesting spot, but they already can’t wait to pass through the…
Blog category: Ask a Fairy

Colton-Pierrepont Earth Week 2017

By Emlyn Crocker on June 9, 2017
It's late spring in the North Country, and the hills are alive with the sounds of birds and bees doing that important job - pollination. Last week Nature Up North joined Colton-Pierreont Central School's Earth Week Celebration, where pollination is the theme of this year's festivities. We challenged 1st-6th grade students to act out the story of pollination through a hands-on relay game, and…
Blog category: In the Schools

An In-Tents Infestation

By Paul J. Hetzler on May 31, 2017
Update: Tent-caterpillar outbreaks occurred in our region in June 2017, 2018 and again in 2019 with increasing severity. This article was originally published in 2017.   Given the cool rainy weather of late, one wouldn’t think tenting would be popular. But tents are everywhere this spring. They do not seem to respect sanctioned camping areas in NYS forests, and many have even invaded posted lands…
tent caterpillars
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2017 Earth Day 7K Recap

By Emlyn Crocker on April 21, 2017
Spirits were racing and spring was in the air last Saturday April 15th as excited runners and walkers hit the SLU trails at the second annual Nature Up North - St. Lawrence Land Trust Earth Day 7K in Canton. Despite a forcast for rain, the 71 participants enjoyed beautiful spring weather, with high clouds and a bright sun shining down on the wooded trails. The course followed the St. Lawrence…
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