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Pattern Leads to Detail: Joy in Observing Winter Plants

When I am out and about during winter, I notice many signs of plant life in spite of the cold and the flat, gray and white landscape. Mosses are still out there in the winter, sometimes taking advantage of good sunshine conditions to actively “grow,” plus they are easily observable on tree trunks above the [...]

January 20th, 2021|Conservation Minute, News|

The Fresh Air Life

The Fresh Air Life This year, so many of us have turned to the outdoors. From porches to backcountry wilderness experiences, being in nature has offered a safe respite during these uncertain times. As the weather turns colder and snow starts to fall, many may think their time outside is over until spring. However, with [...]

December 21st, 2020|Conservation Minute, News|

Architects of the Forest

Architects of the Forest   While I have only seen a beaver in the wild once or twice, I come across signs of their work nearly every time I venture out in the Adirondacks. From dams and lodges, to trails and canals, beavers definitely leave their mark on a landscape - and what a mark [...]

November 19th, 2020|Conservation Minute, News|

For The Sheer Joy Of Climbing

For The Sheer Joy Of Climbing These words will likely sound familiar to anyone who has undertaken the journey to become a 46er, as they are inscribed on a plaque at the summit of Esther Mountain, High Peak #28. The plaque was placed on the summit in 1939 by The Adirondack 46ers to honor “the [...]

October 14th, 2020|Conservation Minute, News|

Autumn Magic

Autumn Magic Fall is one of the most treasured times of year in the Adirondacks. As our lush, green mountains transition to brilliant hues of yellows and orange, eager visitors flock to the area to take in the incredible scenery. While fall foliage is certainly beautiful, the changing leaves also mark an important part of [...]

September 15th, 2020|Conservation Minute, News|

Small Marker, Big Impact

Small Marker, Big Impact   On many hikes, I never truly feel like I have reached the summit of a peak until I’ve found a tiny metal disc drilled into the rock - as seen in the photo at the summit of Pharaoh Mountain. These small plates of metal are called survey markers and they [...]

August 25th, 2020|Conservation Minute, News|

Caring About Cairns

Caring About Cairns If you’ve spent any time on trails, particularly on rocky mountain tops or in desert-like environments, you’ve likely come across a cairn. Cairns, pictured above at our Three Sisters Preserve trailhead, are officially-created rock piles that mark a trail. They are often used in areas where there is little vegetation to attach [...]

July 24th, 2020|Conservation Minute, News|

Connecting you to the Adirondacks, from afar

Connecting you to the Adirondacks, from afar   While we may not be able to gather for our beloved Lake Placid events this summer, we at Lake Placid Land Conservancy will still be working hard to connect you to conservation from afar. We just launched a new, interactive StoryMap to share some successes of our [...]

June 16th, 2020|Conservation Minute, News|

Celebrate World Bee Day!

Happy World Bee Day! Lake Placid Land Conservancy is excited to celebrate bees today – all 30,000 species of them, but especially the 416 native to New York. Bees and other pollinators play an important role in our environment and conservation efforts, so we’re taking time to highlight their importance and inspire you to invite [...]

May 20th, 2020|Conservation Minute, News|

Birding in Socially Distant Times

Birding in Socially Distant Times   Pine warbler, Setophaga pinus Have you ever stepped outside and wondered what bird just flew by or is chirping at you from a tree overhead? Perhaps you’re looking for a new way to spend more time outside or a fun activity to do while social distancing? Birding [...]

April 22nd, 2020|Conservation Minute, News|