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As we approach the holiday season, there is a special event that I look forward to every year. In fact, attending this event has become a holiday tradition for me. Attend once and it will become one for you, too. I encourage you to add this event to your holiday “list of things to do.” The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Every year, in late November — this year it's locally on Monday, November 27 — The Canadian Pacific Holiday...
The Potential of Fall Birding Fall birding brings with it both the usual migrants as well as odd and interesting finds. It not only makes for an exciting time of year, it also means that birders have to be prepared for what might come their way. And so with the hope of both usual migrants and unusual species, Wren and I headed to the northern Lake Champlain Region last week. I had to take care of some business in Plattsburgh,...
Fall Fronts Anytime a fall cold front passes through the region, it is a good idea to head out and see what’s moving south with the wind in its tail. Such was the case the other day before our current heat wave, when north and northeast winds blew south along Lake Champlain, and I explored the lakeshore to see what I could find. Westport boat launch was quiet – apart from a Belted Kingfisher and the excitement among the Ring-billed Gulls...
A morning walk inspires a day of travel My birding day started with a great deal of promise when I found nine species of warblers while walking Wren along Lake Colby in Saranac Lake. It was late in the fall for such diversity, but given how much south wind we’ve had of late, I figured many of our migrants had been held up, awaiting winds from the north. The list was highlighted by four Tennessee Warblers that foraged in one small tree...
Many people think that when the leaves are past their peak, there is nothing left to enjoy. I am not one of those people. I love the late fall, when the weather often gifts us with delightful Indian summer days. It's perfect hiking weather, with the crisp air and bright sunshine. There's even a bonus we won't get again until early spring. The fallen leaves let more light onto the forest floor, brightening up any hike and expanding...
An Opportunity to Bird the Valley Any chance to do some birding along Lake Champlain is a good one, so I took advantage of a trip I was making to Plattsburgh by birding with a friend. We began at Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area, and the morning rain was slowing down as we explored beneath a drippy, overcast sky. We parked at the boardwalk and checked out the edge habitat along the road. Ausable Marsh Songbirds...
Contributed by guest blogger: Rick Harker Can you feel it? I’m talking about the cool, crisp fall air. Now combine it with the feeling of warmth the bright sun brings as it pounds against your jacket. I absolutely love this time of year! Not only because of the striking beauty the colorful changing leaves bring to the landscape of the Adirondack Mountains, but something special takes place every year beyond the beauty of ...
Talk to any serious cyclists and they will tell you the Lake Champlain Region offers some of the best cycling trails anywhere. Lake Champlain Bikeways has made it their mission to get the word out to avid cyclists. They have identified numerous themed loops and bike trails throughout this valley; over 1,600 miles of them. The routes range in length from 10 to 60 miles, and extend between two states and two countries. Lake...
Contrary to what your super-fit friends tell you, one doesn’t have to hike all day long in order to attain spectacular Adirondack scenic vista photo opportunities!  The Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain is home to the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) network of family-friendly trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and nordic skiing. And there are literally hundreds of miles of trails, some with great views of Lake Champlain, Vermont, the...
Birds on the Move I was out with a group of folks this past weekend in the Lake Champlain Region – in search of shorebirds, marsh birds, and anything else which might be on the move. After all, August is a time of migrants and of birds dispersing after they’ve nested. This sometimes includes birds which are more common to our south – as they slide north on warm, south, summertime winds. That may seem strange when so many birds are beginning...
The Lake Champlain Region is prepared to offer you a warm welcome during the cooler days of autumn. September and October can actually be one of the best times to visit. Our landscape bursts into color on those sunny, crisp days, providing a picturesque backdrop to any outdoor activity. Consider immersing yourself in that color by hiking one of the many Champlain Area Trails (CATS). Choose one with a summit and you will have a bird’s-eye view of...
I love browsing in art galleries. Whether I'm looking for a gift a friend would love, or if I see something that calls to me in a way I never expected, our Adirondack combination of art and nature is always a pleasing sight. And we have plenty of lovely nature to provide inspiration. From wildlife to forests, from the big lake to a small pond, there's opportunity all around for many kinds of artists. Downtown browsing My...
Extraordinary Leaves and LayersAs you are cruising along the Adirondack Coast this fall, peeping at the magnificent colors, you are bound to admire the awesome scenery this historic valley displays. Man has been admiring and coveting this valley for centuries. From early European exploration, through conflict, and settlement, this fertile valley and its resources have been sought after and fought over. There are layers upon layers of American...
Birding By BoatOur birding trip had already been successful when the group I was leading turned its attention to the La Chute River for a canoe trip into Ti Marsh. In fact, we had done so well that we were running late and we had difficulty pulling ourselves away from the birds we were enjoying — although that is the usual state of affairs for such adventures. We even debated skipping the paddle altogether to keep birding from the road instead....
Whether you're dreaming of reeling in The Big One or want your child to get excited about their first fish, the Lake Champlain region is a great place for all those angler delights.From big lake to fast rivers to little ponds, we've got it all. Here's some tips to make sure that fishing trip will be full of memories.The big oneWe are thrilled to announce that our own Lake Champlain is not only a big lake, it is the home of big catches, too. Last...