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Jack Jay, Robber Jay | Notes from the North Woods

Last weekend, I witnessed a fairly large bird repeatedly attack a group of smaller birds at my feeder.

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Ice/cold water training on Bulwagga Bay | Conservation Conversations

It may not seem like spring will ever get here, but in time, Lake Champlain will thaw and pose a potential danger. Ice fishermen, dog walkers, cross country skiers and cold water wanderers of all sorts, can become victims if they break through thawing or rotten ice.

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Colby Classic Derby set for March 7-8

The Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club will host the 31st Annual Colby Classic Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8 at Lake Colby in the Village of Saranac Lake.

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Damn coyotes! | Notes from the North Woods

In last week’s column, I referred to the process of rewilding our youth, in the same manner we rewilded our lands.

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Conservation Conversations

The Beatles did a song a while back called Day Tripper, if you are lucky, you can listen to it on your way to one of the following programs.

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Into the wild | Notes from the North Woods

I suppose it’s one of the most common afflictions of age, and it likely explains our unrelenting desire to return to familiar, natural surroundings.

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Lumberjack Scramble to return to Tupper Lake

An old favorite ski race is returning to Tupper Lake on Saturday, Feb. 28 as skiers of all ages and abilities converge at the municipal Cross Country Ski Trails to compete in the Lumberjack Scramble.

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Wild or not, off to the woods we go | Notes from the North Woods

Currently, the Adirondack Park remains the largest state protected area in the contiguous United States.

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Oil spill response | Conservation Conversations

Minus 18 degrees was displayed on the console of the truck when my cohort picked me up for the trip.

Cool days and cold nights | Notes from the North Woods

As I pen this week’s column on a cold Feb. 1 morning, there is a slight chill in the air. The thermometer reads -8 F, and a stiff wind is blowing in hard from the west. The sun is shining and the scene is idilic.

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Jack LaDuke named Winter Carnival Grand Marshall

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has chosen Jack LaDuke as its 2015 Grand Marshal for the Gala Parade on Feb. 14.

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It’s a good life | Notes from the North Woods

After being asked to describe his 60-plus year career as an Adirondack guide, the late Tony Deepe of Lake George claimed simply, “It’s been a good life.”

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Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee reveals button

“Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2015 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

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Daydreams, schemes and other such things | Notes from the North Woods

As I peer out the back porch window, there are thick frost flowers clouding my view.

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Ice Palace construction to begin in Saranac Lake

Construction of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace will begin on Jan. 22.

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