Hydrilla Godzilla

in 2011, the extremely aggressive invasive aquatic weed Hydrilla was discovered in Cayuga Inlet. Since then, there has been a vigorous and intelligent campaign to control and eradicate this pest that potentially could spread throughout much of the state, permanently clogging waterways and causing enormous economic and ecological damage. In this episode of Walk in the Park, Hilary Lambert of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network explains the Hydrilla issue and what has been done to date in the southern Cayuga Lake area. Ms. Lambert gave this presentation at the Ithaca, NY U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary station on February 27, 2016, as part of a workshop called “Caring for Cayuga.” You can find out more about the Hydrilla issue at Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, at the Stop Hydrilla Taskforce  and at the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom.

Watch this episode (139) on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 (and 97.1) or online right here! Cablecast schedule:

9 PM, Thursday, June 2, 10 AM Sat. & Sun., and 8 PM Tuesday June 7. Or watch it now here!

Walk in the Park is a non-commercial public access TV series produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions.
Photo: The junction of Cascadilla Creek (lower left) and Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca, where Hydrilla was discovered by the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom nearly five years ago. The Ithaca Farmers’ Market is left of center. By Bill Hecht.

Cayuga Lake; Watkins Glen

In episode 138 of Walk in the Park, after a brief look at Ithaca Falls, we continue Cayuga Lake Watershed Network‘s discussion of issues and problems facing Cayuga Lake. Then we go to the entrance to the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park and look at how it has changed since the Civil War. You can watch this episode on Ithaca area cable TV and online. Here is the cablecast schedule for channel 13 (and 97.1):

Thursday, May 19,  9:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 24, 8:00 p.m.

Or watch it online anytime, anywhere right here!

Walk in the Park is produced for Ithaca area public access television by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Love Your Park!

In episode 137 of Walk in the Park, we follow volunteers around Robert H. Treman State Park as they participate in I Love My Park Day, on Saturday, May 7. This event takes place in state parks all over New York, and is sponsored by Parks & Trails New York and NY State Parks, as well as individual park “friends groups,” in this case the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park. Join us as we erect a split-rail fence, plant trees, seed a lawn, clean up the Old Mill, and build picnic tables!

We finish off this episode with two short videos at Buttermilk Falls State Park, a discussion of protecting ourselves from Lyme disease, and the beginning of a presentation about the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network and the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom.

You can watch this episode on Ithaca cable TV channel 13 or online right here and now!

The cablecast schedule is:

9:00 p.m., Thursday, May 12

10:00 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday

8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 17

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca.

Kayak Antarctica!

In this episode (126), we revisit Antarctica with Louise Adie of Trumansburg, NY. For the twelfth season, she has served as a kayak guide on an ecotour ship visiting Antarctica. We’ll return to our richly-illustrated interview with her two years ago. Join her while she and her shipmates visit whales, seals, penguins, and albatrosses at the bottom of the Earth!

Watch it on Ithaca area public access cable channel 13 (and 97.1). Remaining cablecasts are scheduled for 10 AM Saturday and Sunday January 23 & 24, and 8 PM on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Or watch it ONLINE HERE anytime, anywhere.

Walk in the Park is published by Owl Gorge Productions in Ithaca, NY.

Rhythms of the Earth: Delaware Bay Meets the Ocean

This 4th episode of Rhythms of the Earth is but 15 seconds. A pan over the Atlantic Ocean from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry across the mouth of Delaware Bay where the Delaware River merges with the Atlantic. Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. See most of my videos and episodes of my Ithaca, NY public access TV series, Walk in the Park.

Ithaca Boat Tour on Cayuga Lake

Take a virtual tour of the south end of Cayuga Lake on the MV Haendel with Ithaca Boat Tours, complete with plenty of visualizations, video, historic photos, and more! Watch it here online, or on TV in the Ithaca, NY area.

Explore the geology, history, and ecology of Cayuga Lake, longest of the eleven Finger Lakes in central New York State. Steamboats, railroads, glaciers, waterfalls, cliffs, ancient oceans, mountains, fish, invasive species, state parks, lakeshore hotel, Ezra Cornell, lighthouses, water birds, gorges, rockslides, floods, fires, the Erie Canal, and more!

This is episode 111 of Walk in the Park, our weekly public access TV show on Time Warner Cable channels 13 & 97.3 in Ithaca, NY. See our weekly schedule. And see all of our episodes on this video blog.
Produced by Owl Gorge Productions, copyright 2015. See our books about Watkins Glen State Park and about Ithaca.

Wild Cayuga Lake Shore

Walk in the Park episode 84

There is precious little wild, natural shoreline along most of the Finger Lakes, including the longest Finger Lake, Cayuga Lake. The Finger Lakes Land Trust has made a priority to protect remaining wild shorelines. In this episode (#84), we visit some wild shore on the west side of Cayuga Lake by boat (the MV Haendel of Ithaca Boat Tours) before it was protected, and now, on foot, when it is part of the VanRiper Conservation Area and Whitlock Nature Preserve. This episode finishes off with a Park Minute: Skylight on Buttermilk Creek.

Walk in the Park is a public access television series in Ithaca, NY. See the cablecast schedule. Or watch it anytime, anywhere ONLINE right here:

Walk in the Park is produced by Owl Gorge Productions, publisher of the national award-winning book about one of our oldest and most famous state parks: A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Kayaking in Antarctica!

Louise Adie kayaking in Antarctica

Louise Adie, Antarctic kayak guide, doing what she loves at the bottom of the world.

For ten years, Louise Adie of Trumansburg, NY has served as a kayak guide, interpretive naturalist, and ship historian on ecotour ships in Antarctica. Join us as Louise tells about her amazing experiences, using beautiful photographs, with whales, seals, penguins, icebergs, glaciers, and mountains on this extraordinary land at the bottom of the world. This is episode 67 of Walk in the Park TV, recorded on January 22, 2014 at PEGASYS public access TV studios in Ithaca, NY. See the full schedule of cablecasts for the week beginning 1/23/14.

This program is just a sample of one of Louise Adie’s illustrated lectures. The full presentation goes into a lot more detail with many more (and new) images. To contact Louise about booking one of these interpretive presentations send her an email at vesla2@aol.com, or go to her blog.

Louise Adie, Akademik Shokalskiy, Antarctica

Louise Adie (in the middle kayak) leading a kayak tour in Antarctica from the ship Akademik Shokalskiy years ago.

By the way, for five years, Louise worked on the Akademik Shokalskiy, which recently achieved fame for getting trapped in the ice in Antarctica. For the past five years, Louise has worked on other ships for Oceanwide Expeditions.

Hydrilla and Round Gobies in Cayuga Lake

Episode 54 of Walk in the Park TV is now showing! See it beginning tonight (Thursday, 9/5/13) at 9:00 on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channel 13 (or 97.3) or right here online!

In our show today:
The aggressive invasive aquatic weed Hydrilla was discovered in Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca a couple of years ago by the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom. A massive effort to control this plant has greatly reduced its numbers, but recently plants were found in nearby Fall Creek and in Cayuga Lake itself near Stewart Park, an alarming development as this plant could threaten to clog shallow waters throughout the Great Lakes basin. Also discovered in Cayuga Lake for the first time is the invasive exotic fish the round goby, seen near Taughannock Point at Taughannock Falls State Park.
Finally, we go back to Stewart Park for the 30th annual Labor Picnic on Labor Day, sponsored by the Mdistate Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and the Tompkins County Worker Center. Heros in the movement to get more employers to pay a living wage in the county were honored. The Evil City String Band put on a little concert.

See the show here now!  (29 minutes)

Waterfalls, Floods, and Trails

In this episode (#52) of Walk in the Park TV, we look at the pulse of water recent heavy rains have produced in waterfalls near Ithaca, NY, including nearly 20 waterfalls on the cliffs along the east shore of Cayuga Lake, water roaring through Buttermilk Glen in Buttermilk Falls State Park, and flood damage to Enfield Glen in Robert H. Treman State Park, also near Ithaca. We also take a trip out onto Cayuga Lake with the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, and then go to Sunken Meadow State Park on the north shore of Long Island, NY.

Lucifer Falls flood in Robert H. Treman State Park, Ithaca, NY

Lucifer Falls in upper Robert H. Treman State Park jumped its banks and did considerable damage to stone walls on the Gorge Trail. Photo by Josh Teeter, Finger Lakes State Parks

One of some 20 waterfalls along the east shore of Cayuga Lake north of Ithaca, NY

An intermittent waterfall splashes down the cliff by this clifftop house by Cayuga Lake north of Ithaca, NY; as seen from Ithaca Boat Tours.

Watch the show on Ithaca’s public access cable channel 13 (or 97.3) or online below!  Cable channel showings begin Thursday, 8/22/13 at 9:00 p.m.; then Saturday (8/24) and Sunday (8/25) both at 10:30 a.m.; and finally on Tuesday (8/27) at 8:00 p.m.

You can watch my entire playlist of Walk in the Park TV shows and shorts.