New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Seeks Help Locating Moose to Collar for Population Study
Adirondack Bull Moose
The resident biologist and his team at NYS DEC Region 5 need moose for a population study they are working on and they need your help.
The study, designed to determine how many moose there are in the Adirondacks, where they live, and if the population is on the increase or decline, is a long-term project of the DEC, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Cornell University, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
The first step in the study is to get GPS collars on a few cow moose so their wanderings about the Adirondacks can be tracked. According to Ed Reed, Regional Wildlife Manager (and resident biologist), the team has four stunning GPS collars ready to be custom fitted on some lucky cow moose. Larger, expanding collars suitable for bull moose are ordered and will be available in next year’s Adirondack moose winter collection.
NYS DEC hopes to have four cow moose wearing GPS collars this year.
Since moose don’t usually volunteer for duty, the department has asked the public to call in any moose sightings. This is your chance to tell your Adirondack moose story!
Today’s first snow of the season here at HQ, at ~2,200 feet elevation, arrived early and stayed all day. Temperatures hovered around freezing, cold enough to keep the wood stove simmering, getting ready for the predicted low of 24 degrees tonight. My camera and I played hide and seek with the mountains as snow showers, some heavy, blew through most of the day obscuring and then revealing the lower snow-dusted peaks. Mount Marcy, hidden deep in the snow clouds, never even showed up for the game.
First snow in Lake Placid on Big Slide.
There is not enough to ski on yet, but here in Lake Placid, the first snow is celebrated and a good excuse to lift a mug of Adirondack Hot Cocoa to Ullr, the Norse god of snow, seeking his favor for the upcoming ski season.
I had no choice but to put down the coffee cup and grab the camera this morning. As you can see in today’s featured photo, the hardwood trees are mostly bare. The softwoods are the flora stars of this morning’s momentary sunrise show, caught unfolding before the backdrop of Pitchoff and Cascade Mountains.
The clouds parted for a few moments this morning and I caught a glimpse of the first snow of the 2014-2015 Adirondack ski season. As you can see in today’s featured photo, Mount Marcy, the highest point in New York State sports a nice coating of fresh snow. Today’s snow is the perfect October present for yours truly.
Is anyone else psyched about the upcoming ski season!?!
“I celebrated National Black Dog Day with a walk and romp in the Ausable River in Lake Placid.”
Happy National Black Dog day! To celebrate, the Lifestyle hound enjoyed an indulgent day of pets and cuddles, relaxing, searching the yard for treats left by his deer and turkey friends, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a run through the colorful, fragrant fallen leaves, and a romp in the river. Just like every other day in his Adirondack paradise home.
Please enjoy today’s eye candy treat from your busy hostess. The scenery has been breathtaking here in Lake Placid recently and today is another opportunity to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature. Carpe Adirondack Diem indeed.
This evening’s sunset provided the perfect light for a better-late-than-never Adirondack fall foliage report photograph. Double click on the photo for a larger view of today’s stunning fall foliage sunset.
Today dawned colorful, clear, and crisp. As the sun broke through the morning mist rising from the lake, the obvious was revealed. Mother Nature has delivered one of those days when it would be an insult to stay indoors. You know what to do.
As usual, click twice on the photo for a larger view of today’s eye candy treats.