Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New York Sturgeon

State environmental officials hope to restore the sturgeon population in the region.
 It’s a windy, morning on the St. Lawrence and the rain has just let up. Biologists, anglers, and D.E.C. guys cluster at the Ogdensburg boat launch. They peer over massive coolers that hold thousands of baby sturgeon, called fingerlings.
Tom Brooking is a fisheries biologist with Cornell. He lives in Syracuse and is part of the volunteer group New York Sturgeon for Tomorrow. He tells me to pick one up. The fish flops around in my hand. It's brown, with delicate fins and a sharp spine. You wouldn’t think it, but these little fish will grow to be 3-5 feet long

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cape Vincent, Clayton, and Alexandria Bay

CLAYTON — The conditions may have been soggy, but spirits were high Saturday as several wounded military service members, veterans and family members spent the day fishing.
“It didn’t matter if it was raining,” said Spc. Eric P. Valdez, a member of Fort Drum’s Warriors in Transition Battalion, which readies injured soldiers to return to their unit or retire. “It was fun.”
The group of about 50 hit the waters of Cape Vincent, Clayton, and Alexandria Bay about 8 a.m., and fished until about 1 p.m. Returning to the Clayton Town Dock about 1:30 p.m., the group was met by a collection of state police and first responders from Wellesley Island, Alexandria Bay and Clayton.
“It’s always nice to be appreciated,” said Spc. Marc A. Miranda, also from the battalion.
The fishing day was organized by New York North Country Troopers Assisting Troops, which has planned the event since its formation in April.
It was a good day for Staff Sgt. Ronald N. Vanderhall, of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., in his first time to the area, catching pike and bass during the morning.
“I’m getting hooked on fishing,” Sgt. Vanderhall said, before quickly correcting himself. “What am I saying? I am hooked on fishing.”
Sgt. Vanderhall described the morning as “real serene and relaxing.”

Friday, August 2, 2013

St. Lawrence River out of Waddington, N.Y Bassmasters

The festival lineup is huge. For starters, more than two dozen food and wine vendors, plus scores of artists, crafters and local businesses will be on hand.
A big part of the festival will be music: 15 acts are scheduled over the four days. Headliners include Bucky Covington on Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Jason Michael Carroll on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (followed by fireworks); and at 1 p.m. Sunday, Syracuse band Chris Taylor and the Custom Taylor (named "Best Country Band" in Central New York).
Other activities for attendees include the Hawg Trough, a 50-foot tank filled with local species; "Talons! A Birds of Prey Experience"; the Fishing Simulator; horse-drawn carriage rides; an antique car show; a beer tent; belt sander drag racing; and rides by Ghost Rider Helicopters. The tournament’s title sponsor, Evan Williams Bourbon, will offer tasting of its Bourbons.
Saturday will be Military Appreciation Day, including a fishing derby and giveaways. Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventures and Heroes on the Water will take soldiers fishing Aug. 10 at Fobers Pond.
The free Bassmaster Elite Series Expo will open at noon Saturday and Sunday. Elite Series sponsors will exhibit their products, and fans can sign up for free demo rides in Nitro, Skeeter and Triton bass rigs powered by Mercury and Yamaha engines.
Fans can catch the Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown online at, where access is free. Features include streaming video of the daily weigh-ins, real-time leaderboards, from-the-water BASSCam videos, blog reports and Toyota Hooked Up! shows with hosts Tommy Sanders and Mark Zona.
ESPN2 TV coverage of the Showdown will air Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET, and again on Sept. 7 from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. ET.
ESPN Classic will air the show Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET, and Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET. In addition, The Outdoor Channel will present the show Sept. 16. For times, check local listings.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

osprey nest in Orange Beach, Alabama

This is a live video feed of an osprey nest in Orange Beach, Alabama.  The Alabama Coastal Foundation and The Nature Conservancy partnered on this project with the City of Orange Beach through a grant from the National Fish and Game. Osprey are often referred to as the Sea Hawk and are one of about 243 bird species that call the Gulf of Mexico home. They are an important indicator species as they rely almost exclusively on fish for food and nest in high locations, both of which require stable habitats. If the fisheries and marshlands that provide the food source suffers, these unique raptors would not be able to survive in our areas any longer. The first osprey egg hatched on Friday, May 3 at 1:03pm and the second one at 8:42am on Sunday, May 6.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Rockwell bought Cherry Island

At the Thousand Islands, Lake Ontario narrows to become the St. Lawrence River. Through these islands, flow all the water of the Great Lakes, the largest group of fresh water bodies on the earth, sometimes called "the inland seas." Together the lakes and the 1900-mile river comprise the largest inland navigation system in the world.Living on Wellesley Island and going to the Nature Center and hiking those trails pretty much every weekend, really made it easy for me to go to this island on the other side of the world.Rockwell bought Cherry Island [all nine or ten acres] from Cornwall and Walton probably in the early 1870s. Cornwall and Walton were partners who had acquired a great many of the islands near Alexandria Bay