If bears had birthday parties, they’d all be in January and February. That’s when winter dens across New York State turn into nurseries as most pregnant black bears give birth to cubs weighing in at less than a pound that would easily fit into your hands. Human moms would probably envy a mother bear’s ability to give birth to one, two, or three or more tiny cubs while half-asleep. [Read more…] about It’s Baby Bear Season in New York State
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released the 2020-2022 Great Lakes Program Report that highlights collaborative efforts to conserve, restore, protect, and enhance New York’s Great Lakes land and water resources. [Read more…] about Great Lakes Health Report Issued
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is offering $600k in Mohawk River Basin Grants to help municipalities, soil and water conservation districts, school districts, colleges and universities, and not-for-profit organizations to implement the goals and objectives of the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda 2021-2026, a five-year plan advancing efforts to conserve, preserve, and restore the Mohawk River and its watershed. [Read more…] about Mohawk River Basin Grants Available
Moose have been present in the northern tier of New York since the Pleistocene. However, by as early as the 1860s over-exploitation and habitat degradation had extirpated moose from all of New York State.
In response, a handful of small-scale moose restoration efforts were undertaken between 1870 and 1902, but none proved successful. Over the next eighty years there were periodic moose sightings, but none seemed to suggest an established population. [Read more…] about Moose Are Back in New York State: A Population Update
In the early modern centuries, natural variabilities in Earth’s climate disrupted the seasonal rhythms that governed landscapes and livelihoods in the Northern Atlantic world. [Read more…] about Living with Climate Change in Northern New England
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the transition to automated, online sales for all day use permits at the islands on Lake George. [Read more…] about DEC Automates Day Use Sales for Lake George Islands
Fort Ticonderoga will host “1774 His Majesty’s Garrison of Ticonderoga,” a living history program looking at the peacetime garrison life for the British soldiers and their families that lived at Fort Ticonderoga, set for Saturday, February 18th.
The Brooklyn Museum will host a program on Saturday, February 4th with the theme “Legacy,” recognizing the integral role of Black artistic production in shaping Brooklyn’s globalized culture, and kicking off the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of First Saturdays, the Museum’s flagship community-centered series.
The Tuskegee Airmen were African-American units who achieved a distinguished record in World War II. Nearly a thousand fighter and bomber pilots, as well as 15,000 crew and support personnel served in the war with the U.S. Army Air Force when the military was racially segregated.
The first black military airmen, the Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who accepted the challenge during a time when many people thought that Blacks were inferior. Named for the Army Air Field where they trained in Alabama, the airfield is now Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. [Read more…] about Tuskegee Airmen in World War II
Ice harvesting was a booming business on the lakes and rivers of New York State during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
In the Capital Region, the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers and the abundance of lakes and ponds, was perfectly situated to supply ice to the growing cities all along the east coast. The ice harvesting industry also provided high-paying employment to local farmers and lumbermen. Two upcoming events in the region will explore the ice industry. [Read more…] about Ice Harvesting Events In The Capital Region