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Encounters

12 hours of full-on winter climbing. What an exciting day! This was actually a dual slide traverse of Gothics; up the Rainbow Slide and down True North Slide on the other side. The link below describes it all with the bonus of placing a group of hikers (members of a forum) on each of the High Peaks on February 23rd, 2013...the second successful year. Red line is for inset reference ONLY; conditions change daily.

Full details at: http://forums.adkhighpeaks.com/showthread.php?t=20716

I saw this fern during a trip to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. The light really brought out the earthy combination of browns and greens so I stopped to snap a shot. After some research, I believe this species is the hayscented fern, known to grow in a manner that "carpets" the forest floor. It is very common, with light-green lacy fronds, and thrives in any woody area (perhaps partly because deer ignore this particular fern). The hayscented fern is often confused with the New York fern, but this species has triangular fronds while the New York fern tapers at both ends.

When going to the wild center at Tupper Lake, there were several exhibits one of them being the Oxbow marsh which is home to various bird species like the wood duck. North America is the home to the wood duck, it can be identified by its colorful feathers. Wood ducks can mainly be observed near large bodies of water or swamp like marshy areas, they are unique as they nest in trees. Wood ducks eat fruit, insects and fish. I chose this picture as the wood duck is a beautiful animal and are not seen as often as mallards and other common ducks.

I've never seen a porcupine so close before. It was very interesting to be able to get that close up view.

I saw this fish swimming around with a turtle at the Wild Center, and snapped a shot while it was alone in the frame. I believe this is a lake trout, a freshwater fish with a long body, a forked tail and a squat head. This species is typically gray and covered with cream spots, which are faintly visible here. In the North, they reside in shallow lakes and rivers, and feed on mainly other fish but also insect larvae and plankton. Lake trout are commonly fished for sport and in the Adirondack region they are threatened by overfishing.

For lab we went to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. I wasn't sure what to expect, when I arrived I was blown away. The place was amazing. First we were learning about "Planet Adirondack", after that they brought out an owl and a porcupine. I was very shocked we were able to take photographs with flash of the owl. I am very happy we were able to, I got a few neat photographs of Olivia the owl. We had plenty of free time to walk around and explore the Wild Center. It was such an incredible place.

Look for this encounter featured in the January/February issue of Adirondac Magazine!

This was the perfect Adirondack winter climb...cold temps, cobolt blue sky, a trusty partner and a picturesque mountain. Route was about 12 miles with roughly 4,150 feet of elevation gain. The red line is for photo inset reference ONLY, not as a defined route; conditions change by day.

Full details at: http://forums.adkhighpeaks.com/showthread.php?t=20607

Habitat: Indoor; Bred in capitivity

Natural History: As these animals are bred indoors, there is not much as to the natural history of their environment, but there is one of the area itself. The Town of Tupper Lake comprises 76,168 acres of rolling upland, originally covered with a magnificent forest of mixed softwood, sprinkled liberally with palatial lakes, winding rivers and sparkling brooks. Has been very influential in the logging industry, especially after the American Revolution.

Animal Evidence/Plant Photo

I took this photo on a class trip for Natural World. There is evidence of a porcupine feeding on a beech tree. The porcupine feeds on the the tree for the nutritious outer sap and bark. I was attracted to this photo in part because of the interesting patterns the porcupine has created on the bark of the tree. The habitat here is a a mixed hardwood forest on the Raquette River.

Landscape Photo

This is a photo of Whiteface Mountain from the top of Killburne Slide in the Adirondack High Peaks. I like this photo because it is simply a great view of one of the highest peaks in the Adrondacks. The habitat is alpine hardwood forest.