Park Minute: Skylight on Buttermilk Creek

Sometimes if I just sit somewhere beautiful I begin to see things I might not have noticed while just sauntering by. That was the case late one afternoon recently when I sat quietly along Buttermilk Creek between waterfalls in Buttermilk Falls State Park; and I noticed the skylight from the narrow canyon of trees above dancing on the surface of the undulating stream.

Hanging Valley Waterfalls

Taughannock Falls

Taughannock Falls

Many if not most of our waterfalls in the Finger Lakes of New York can be classified as occurring in “hanging valleys.” That is, they have formed where gorges drop into larger valleys that were greatly deepened by the passage of glaciers; hence these side valley gorges were left suspended, or “hanging,” above these main glacial troughs. In this episode of Walk in the Park (#81, recorded on July 16, 2014 at PEGASYS Studios, Ithaca, NY), we look at the hanging valley waterfalls along the southern end of the Cayuga Lake valley near Ithaca, NY. Then we compare them with two of the most famous hanging waterfalls in the United States–Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite National Park. We conclude with a beautiful video about Yosemite Falls produced by the Yosemite Conservancy in their Yosemite Nature Notes series.

You can watch this episode beginning tonight (Thursday, 7/17/14) at 9:00 p.m. on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3. It will show again on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and finally next Tuesday, 7/22, at 8:00 p.m.

Or, you can watch it right here anytime!

Park Minute: Ithaca, NY Fireworks

Ithaca 2014 fireworks from Cass Park

As seen from Cass Park

Ithaca’s Independence Day fireworks light show seems to be comfortable in its location near the Cayuga waterfront. The fireworks are launched from Newman Golf Course between Cayuga Inlet and Fall Creek and a big community celebration, including music, speeches, the national anthem, and food draws thousands to the shore of Cayuga Lake at Stewart Park to await the show. But thousands of others watch from around the valley, including from Cass Park across Cayuga Inlet, where I shot this video. The fireworks this year on July 3 might not have taken place as a torrential thunderstorm ripped across town in the hours just beforehand. But the sky cleared and the show went on. Many at Stewart Park complained that much of the show was masked by resulting smoke as it drifted toward the park. But by chance, the view from Cass Park was unobstructed.

Here’s a quick sample of the 2014 fireworks show in this episode of Park Minute!

Park Minute: Yosemite Falls!

Yosemite Falls in California is the highest waterfall in North America, with a total fall of 2,425 feet. This Park Minute (#19) shows the great falls from a number of gorgeous perspectives. Yosemite National Park celebrates its 150 anniversary as a park this summer, since the signing of the Yosemite Grant by President Abraham Lincoln on June 30, 1864.

Find out more about Yosemite National Park in our Ithaca, NY public access TV series episode of Walk in the Park.

Park Minute is produced and published by Owl Gorge Productions (http://owlgorge.com) in Ithaca, NY. See our national award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park.

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The Conservation Legacy of John Muir

John Muir, American conservationist

John Muir in 1907

John Muir was one of our earliest, most famous, and most effective advocates for the preservation of wilderness. His efforts in California in the late 1800s helped protect Yosemite Valley and led to the creation of Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. President Theodore Roosevelt sought his counsel. John Muir was a founder of the Sierra Club, one of America’s oldest and most powerful conservation organizations. And some have called Muir the “Father of the National Park Service.”

John Muir’s biographer, Steven J. Holmes, wrote, ”Muir has profoundly shaped the very categories through which Americans understand and envision their relationships with the natural world.”

Our current episode of Walk in the Park (#80, beginning showing tonight, 7/3/14, at 9:00 on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3) features the National Park Service biography film, “John Muir: A Glorious Legacy.” Showings will repeat this weekend on both days at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude on Tuesday, July 8, at 8:00 p.m.

For those who can’t or don’t wish to watch this on Ithaca cable TV, I have included “John Muir: A Glorious Legacy” embedded below, in two parts.

Part 1

Part 2

By the way, our national award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE, is being reprinted now. Preliminary copies will be delivered to the Watkins Glen State Park gift shop today. Find out more.

Yosemite National Park

If you know Ithaca, NY you know we have amazing waterfalls! Well in our current episode (#79) of Walk in the Park on Ithaca’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3, we go to the premier place in North America for waterfalls–Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada; which celebrates its 150th anniversary as a park on Monday, June 30, 2014! Ithaca cable TV showings will repeat on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and finally on Tuesday, July 1, at 8:00, on channels 13 and 97.3. Or, you can watch it online anytime right here!

Bears on the Move!

Bear Trail in Ithaca, NY

Don’t worry! The Bear Trail in the upper section of Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY is not noted for common sightings of bears. Instead, over the years, an occasional bear has been seen to wander through this section of the park and the surrounding neighborhoods. You are not likely to encounter a bear in the park! (Note that bears on bicycles are not permitted!)

Young bears are being forced from their mothers’ territories to find their own way; and young adult males, in particular, may find your bird feeder, garbage cans, or compost pile this season. In this episode of Walk in the Park (#78), we look at our American black bear, its bear cousins around the world, and the expansion of bear territories into central New York. See photos and videos of bears in Ithaca and other places including Shenandoah National Park. And if you’re worried about grizzlies in the Canadian Rockies, learn about bear spray!

The NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation has just issued a new bear management plan.

Here’s the show, viewable on Ithaca’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3, and right here!

Walk in the Park is produced by Owl Gorge Productions, publisher of ITHACA: the CITY, GORGES; and COLLEGES, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE; and TUX THE CAT and his EXOTIC EXPLOITS, all available online.

Love Your Parks!

Episode 77 of Walk in the Park, recorded May 21, 2014. On Ithaca public access TV cable channels 13 and 97.3, continuing Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, at 10:30 a.m., and Tuesday, May 27, at 8:00 p.m. And, of course, online right here anytime.

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Volunteers assemble picnic tables in the parking lot of the upper park in Robert H. Treman State Park on I Love My Park Day on May 3. Photo by Monica Howland of the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park.

This time we look at I Love My Park Day on May 3 at Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca; initiated and coordinated by Parks & Trails New York and organized and run by park staff and the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park. Fifty-five volunteers built picnic tables, filled sand bags and carried them and stones into the upper gorge for post-flood stone masonry repairs on the Gorge Trail, cleared the South Rim Trail of leaves and tree limbs that had covered it over the winter, cleared gravel and other debris from the footbridge below Lucifer Falls, and cleaned the Old Mill.

Buttermilk Falls in flood May 16, by Lucienne Cruvellier

Buttermilk Falls in flood May 16, by Lucienne Cruvellier

In the second half of the show, we take a look at flooding at Buttermilk Falls, Ithaca Falls, Taughannock Falls, and Cayuga Lake through the lenses of local residents, and watch an aerial video of downtown Ithaca by Photography 4d.

See the show right here!

And, you can watch our Park Minute summary of I Love My Park Day right here as well:

Walk in the Park is produced by Owl Gorge Productions, publisher of ITHACA-the CITY, GORGES, and COLLEGES, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE, and TUX the CAT and his EXOTIC EXPLOITS.

Lyme Disease: Prevention & Care, Part 3

Part 3, on TV and online! (Below)

(You can watch all three parts of this series on Lyme disease here.)

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In the final part of this three-part series about Lyme disease, herbalist and educator Becca Harber discusses co-infections associated with Lyme and tick bites, testing for Lyme disease, maintaining health, herbal medicine and Lyme, and the use of pesticides. Recorded at Greenstar Cooperative Market in Ithaca, NY on April 24, 2014. Handouts for this class are downloadable at the bottom of the page in our post for Part 1 of this series.

Part 3 will begin showing on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable TV channels 13 and 97.3 on Thursday, May 15 at 9:00 p.m.  Part 3 will show again on TV on Saturday and Sunday (May 17 & 18) at 10:30 a.m., and finally on Tuesday, May 20, at 8:00 p.m.

Or, you can watch Part 3 online right here anytime!

You can watch all three parts of this series on Lyme disease here.

Becca Harber is available to teach introductory workshops and class series on lyme disease to staff at schools, parents, organizations, etc. She has recently attended a weekend training on lyme disease with with Dr. Richard Horowitz, M.D., one of the most well-known lyme-literate doctors who’s treated 12,000+ people with lyme and associated tick-borne infections. He taught his new differential diagnostic approach to MSIDS (Multi-Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome, which can be used with any chronic disease. Becca has taught holistic health and herbal medicine starting in 1987 and since 2004, Collaborative (Nonviolent) Communication. Call 607-564-7051 (takes 7 rings for messaging).

Walk in the Park is produced by Owl Gorge Productions. See our ebooks: ITHACA, the CITY, GORGES and COLLEGES; the award-winning A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE; and our new book TUX THE CAT and HIS EXOTIC EXPLOITS.

 

Lyme Disease: Prevention & Care, Part 2

Deer ticks are very small. From left to right, are a larva, nymph, an adult male, and an adult female. The nymph, only size of poppy seed, is particularly active from mid-spring through mid-summer and may be responsible for most Lyme infections.

Deer ticks are very small. From left to right, are a larva, a nymph, an adult male, and an adult female. The nymph (at the end of the arrow) is only size of poppy seed, and it is particularly active from mid-spring through mid-summer. Nymphs may be responsible for most Lyme infections.

In this episode (75), we continue Becca Harber’s class on Lyme disease. This time, she discusses treating tick bites, considerations about pets, tick repellents, and diagnosing Lyme disease. Handouts for the workshop are downloadable from our Part 1 post.

This episode of Walk in the Park is showing on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channels 13 and 97.3 on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and finally next Tuesday, May 13, at 8:00 p.m. And, of course, you can watch it right here!

Walk in the Park is produced by Owl Gorge Productions.

Becca Harber is available to teach introductory workshops and class series on lyme disease to staff at schools, parents, organizations, etc. She has recently attended a weekend training on lyme disease with with Dr. Richard Horowitz, M.D., one of the most well-known lyme-literate doctors who’s treated 12,000+ people with lyme and associated tick-borne infections. He taught his new differential diagnostic approach to MSIDS (Multi-Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome, which can be used with any chronic disease. Becca has taught holistic health and herbal medicine starting in 1987 and since 2004, Collaborative (Nonviolent) Communication. Call 607-564-7051 (takes 7 rings for messaging).