On a Wing and a Prayer

On a Wing and a Prayer

By Anna M. Butler, Butterfly House Manager The black and yellow striped tiger swallowtail nestled into the dandelion. I watched it extend its tongue-like proboscis to sip nectar from the yellow flower. I fumbled for my phone to take a picture. The insect focused on...
Phenology: The Dance of Timing

Phenology: The Dance of Timing

   By Anna M. Butler, Butterfly House Manager One rainy morning in early June, three wrinkle-skinned snapping turtles crouched in the sand around the Visitor Interpretive Center. These females had crawled up from the wetlands to lay their eggs in the sandy soil around...
The Adirondack Choir

The Adirondack Choir

By Thompson Tomaszewski, Lead Naturalist Every resident of the Park marks the changing of the seasons in their own way. We all joke about the “12 seasons of the Adirondacks” that include second winter, false spring, mud season (followed by third winter) and so on as...
Getting Grounded during COVID-19

Getting Grounded during COVID-19

By Thompson Tomaszewski, Lead Naturalist For many residents of the North Country, spring is an exciting time. By this point, most of us have seen our first American Robin (Turdus migratorius) of the year, enjoyed a so-called “bluebird day” of warmer temperatures and...
Cranberry Craze

Cranberry Craze

By Thompson Tomaszewski, Lead Naturalist For some, the coming of fall is signified by the changing of the leaves. For others, it’s the appearance of pumpkins in local supermarkets or the crisp, cool breezes that make you pull your sweater a little tighter as you walk...
Solo Sit

Solo Sit

By Katrina Relyea, VIC Summer Naturalist As sunset happens earlier and the night air takes on a chill, I am reminded of the slow advance of time. Monarchs are beginning their migration south. I’m leaving the Adirondacks, too, and on this sunny day, I find myself...

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