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Labor Day punctuates summer season

Notes from the North Woods

Paddling the Boquet River, from New Russia to The Wadhams Road in E-town, this was just one of the new log dams created by Tropical Storm Irene.

Paddling the Boquet River, from New Russia to The Wadhams Road in E-town, this was just one of the new log dams created by Tropical Storm Irene. Photo by Joe Hackett.

However, this time, we cannot forget to put in our time, especially in the small towns, with even smaller year ’round populations. It is nearly impossible to visit these communities, and not want to pitch in! Many hands make for a light load, and quick work, so grab a shovel and come on down!

Study Hard

After working hard, it will benefit outdoor travelers to study hard, in order to play hard. This is especially true for sportsmen, for the more they learn about the habits and habitat of the game they pursue, the more effective they will be.

One shot will only put meat in the pot, if you know where to find the game. Fortunately, for sportsmen and women, there is now a new series of lectures to provide such information.

Developed by the good folks at the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) in Newcomb, the lecture series will be hosted on Sunday afternoons, from September through October.

The AIC is the central point for public programs, events, courses and other activities offered through ESF's Northern Forest Institute. The center is located on State Route 28N in Newcomb.

The programs will be geared toward the sporting community, with a focus on connecting sporting enthusiasts with wildlife researchers and managers. Each week will feature lectures on the biology, habitat and behavior of a popular game species.

For further information can call the AIC at 518-582-2000. All sessions will begin at 11:00 am, and last about an hour.

The schedule includes:

Sept. 11: Coyotes with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry graduate student Scott Warsen.

Sept. 18: Game birds with a speaker as yet to be determined.

Sept. 25: White-tailed deer with DEC Wildlife Biologist Ed Reed. The series will continue in October with additional presentations about game and sporting, including trapping.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net

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