Get Wild with LPLC this Summer

We are happy to welcome and introduce the newest member of the LPLC team, our summer intern Emma Kaminski. Emma joins us for the next few months as a Colgate Conservation Intern and will be assisting us on a variety of projects, including the expansion of our trail camera monitoring program we announced last month. She is currently pursuing majors in Environmental Geography and Russian at Colgate and is very excited to apply her studies to the work being done at LPLC in conserving the land around Lake Placid.

One of the other projects that Emma will be helping us with this summer is the launching of our Wild Waypoints program, thanks to a grant we received from the Lake Champlain Basin Program. Wild Waypoints is a new citizen science project from LPLC that encourages people to get outdoors, see new, scenic sites around the Saranac and Ausable watersheds, and monitor for climate change in the area. Each Waypoint will consist of an instructional sign and L-bracket that allows visitors to take identically framed photos and post them to social media using a site-specific hashtag. These photos will be used by us to increase community engagement in local conservation efforts and monitor environmental change over time. We are currently securing Waypoint sites and installing signs, so if you have a publicly accessible site in the Ausable or Saranac watersheds that you would like to be a part of this program, please reach out to us!

Stay tuned for a future announcement of the Waypoint locations – visiting them and contributing photos to the program might even earn you some LPLC swag!