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Encounters

Finally got a chance to hike up to the long abandoned fire tower on Loon Lake Mt. The upper reaches had 2 or 3 inches of fresh snow, and there was ice as well. The last mile is pretty brutal. Around 1700' of ascent, and 6.2 miles round trip. The views were incredible- and we lucked out weather wise, chilly but clear. This is in Franklin county near Vermontville. It's an awesome trek, but not for everyone. The last mile is pretty difficult, and at nearly 3300' in altitude it has much different conditions than lower peaks.

The rain didn't hold us back from having a great time identifying trees with Emlyn Crocker this weekend! We identified trees based on bark, leaf scars, and branch patterning patterns at Indian Creek Nature Center.  

As the temperature dropped last Friday this red maple coincidingly dropped all its leaves creating this beautiful display! 

We had 300+ evening grosbeaks visit in Upper Jay back in 2008. Now we're blessed to see a half dozen per year. They flew through on Oct. 20th this year...a beautiful sight.

Nature Up North's Erika Barthelmess doubles as a Mammalogy teacher at St.Lawrence University. Here she leads students in the fundamentals of small mammal trapping. This weekend several students, myself included, set up small mammal traps on the Kip Trail behind St. Lawrence where we caught this female red backed vole and this adult male porcupine!

This is a very neat trek.Usually we hike or paddle to our destination- but this time we changed things up. We rode on a horse drawn wagon that runs the 5 miles (each way) to the great camp. It costs $25 each and was well worth it. The trip in is typical Adirondack mixed hardwoods.after about a mile you stop at the farm site to look around the remaining building there. The camp and outbuildings are open for exploring and there are canoes and a kayak in the boathouse free to use. The fellow driving the team(Larry) did a nice informative tour of the grounds.

Mushrooms grow throughout the year but are most prominent during the fall months. Over the past few weeks I've seen a bunch of different species on the Kip Trail behind St. Lawrence University. Here are a few of my favorite looking ones. I don't have any knowledge on what species these are so if you know please leave a comment below!

We a great turn out for our naturalist foraging walk with Nature Up North manager Emlyn Crocker! Pictured are some of our finds including; Sumac, strawberries, raspberries and plantain. Emlyn also shared with us some honorable foraging guidelines, including taking 10% or less of an edible plant of as a way to conserve resources. We tasted all plants pictured and had a lot of fun learning about edible plants! Thanks to everyone who joined.

I spotted this snake while I was out on the Kip Trail during lab for my Mammalogy class. I believe it is a Northern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis) a subspecies of the garter snake.

I enjoyed a visit to The Forest School at Stone Hill Farm for the new school's October Family Day / Home School Day. It was a beautiful, 70 degree fall day, and we spent the morning in the woods with families and the schools co-founders, Tasha Akins and Megan Holloway letting the kids discover what the forest had to offer. Highlights included playing in the stream, finding a huge snapping turtle, and collecting fall leaves for a color wheel activity.