Investing in State Parks

2017 was a good year for New York State Parks and a rough year for National Parks. We begin with a phone interview with Fred Bonn, Regional Director for the Finger Lakes State Parks. Fred tells us about the great developments in the region’s parks coming up in 2018, as part of the NY Parks 2020 capital improvement program. And he reviews the major accomplishments under the program in 2017. Then Tony Ingraham, host, reviews the National Parks Conservation Association report card for President Trump regarding the National Parks and the cutbacks and damage he has done to the system.

You can watch this week’s episode (183) online below, or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, 9:00 PM, January 4, 2018

Friday, 8:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 11:30 PM

Monday, 9:00 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM, January 9, 2018

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studio, in Ithaca, NY. Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series shown on cable channel 13 in the Ithaca, NY area.

Tweet in the Park

Episode 158 of Walk in the Park

The National Park Service has run afoul the politics of the Trump administration starting on inauguration day. We’ll look at this, and then cover the spectacular Women’s March on Ithaca the next day. And to lighten the mood, we’ll go to Jones Beach State Park last summer, and to Watkins Glen State Park.

You can watch the full show (30 minutes) online anytime on this page (below); and on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 on the following schedule:

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM

Friday, 8:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 9:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM, 8:30 PM, and 10:30 PM

Monday, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY for cablecast on PEGASYS, Ithaca’s public access TV station, channel 13. See all episodes of Walk in the Park online.



Power of the Sun

In this episode of Walk in the Park (#122), we look again at the rise and setting of the sun, and then delve into the surge in solar power. We also explore a wild, undeveloped gorge in the western Finger Lakes. Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. See our video blog. Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series in Ithaca, NY, cablecast on Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1). See the cablecast schedule.

Finger Lakes Climate March

Walk in the Park episode 121: featuring Sandra Steingraber, Barbara Lifton, Mike Lausell, and Martha Robertson at the Finger Lakes March for Global Climate Action at Seneca Harbor Park in Watkins Glen, NY. on November 29, 2015.

Watch it here online anytime, anywhere, or on Ithaca, NY Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1) on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., and on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

This week, world leaders are gathering in Paris to complete a new global climate agreement – an extraordinary opportunity for the international community to meet the threat of climate change. Meanwhile, groups all around the world have been staging events insisting that their governments take this seriously and come out with a strong global treaty. Including right here in the Finger Lakes.
On Sunday, the group We Are Seneca Lake hosted the Finger Lakes March for Global Climate Action. They included local issues, especially Crestwood Midstream Corporation’s project to store liquified petroleum gas in old salt caverns at Seneca Lake, a threat to public safety and to the water quality of Seneca Lake, largest of the Finger Lakes. After speeches at Seneca Harbor Park, the hundreds of participants marched peacefully to the Main Entrance of Watkins Glen State Park for more speakers, before returning to Seneca Harbor Park.
Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series produced at PEGASYS studios in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions . Find out more and watch all of our shows on our video blog.

Find out more about issues raised in this episode from Gas Free Seneca and We Are Seneca Lake.

Climate Warrior!

This week’s episode of Walk in the Park (#113) features a short video of “Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez, who was raised in the Aztec tradition, [who] spoke earnestly to the United Nations General Assembly June 29 challenging the representatives to make ‘great decisions,’ and take immediate action on climate change.” (Indian Country Today Media Referred by Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY, the only state historic site in New York dedicated to the interpretation of Native American history and culture. Ganondagan will have its grand opening of its new visitor center and museum in October.

Watch this episode here anytime or on Ithaca, NY Time Warner Cable channels 13 & 97.1 beginning Thursday, 8/27/15 at 9 PM and again on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM, and finally on Tuesday at 8 PM. Find out more about Walk in the Park on TV.

In this episode, we also enjoy another “Park Minute” called “Rounding a Rock at Six Mile Creek” in the Six Mile Creek Natural Area in Ithaca, NY. And singer-songwriters Susan Lytle and Will Fudeman entertain us with a performance of “Break Down” at Buttermilk Falls State Park. And in another “Glimpse of Nature,” we stand near Ithaca Falls in the golden light near the end of the day.
Also, we watch an Aircrane helicopter make two water drops over a forest fire in Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks in California, and discuss the relationship between the unprecedented western fires and climate change.
Finally, we watch a 30-second time-lapse video of sunrise over Ithaca, NY from Cass Park, filmed by Joe Scaglione III of Ithaca.

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From Forest to Sea

In this episode (#110) of our weekly community access TV series in the Ithaca, NY area, “Walk in the Park,” our journey begins at a glacial boulder in a brook, pouring over waterfalls and past a log-jam to Cayuga Lake, longest of the eleven Finger Lakes in central New York State. Eventually we reach the Great Lakes and finally the ocean.

Our next story takes us to another of America’s 36 “Grand Canyons,” this time the Quechee Gorge on the Ottauquechee River, the “Grand Canyon  of Vermont,” which in its own turn flows to the Connecticut River and finally the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.
We round out our program with looks at things going on from the Rocky Mountains to the Smokies to the canyons of Utah.
You can watch the whole show right here or on Ithaca community access TV at the times and channels listed below.

Update: Remaining 2017 encore cablecasts on Ithaca, NY channel 13

Sunday, August 6,     10 AM and 8:30 PM

Tuesday, August 8,    9 AM and 8 PM

Wednesday, August 9,    1 PM

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Finger Lakes Ice from Above!

Mid-winter has its grip on the Finger Lakes, Cayuga Lake, and their waterfalls, including Ithaca Falls and Taughannock Falls. See views from space, from the air, and from the shores. Dreams and memories of summer are not gone as we visit Watkins Glen State Park and Taughannock Falls State Park. At Taughannock, we look at how the lip of the great waterfall has changed since the 1800s.

This Walk in the Park episode #98 shows on Ithaca cable channels 13 and 97.3 beginning Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 at 9 PM, repeating on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM, and finally on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 8 PM.

Or, you can watch it right here anytime!

See all of our episodes, as well as Finger Lakes Park Minutes, on this website.
Produced by Owl Gorge Productions. See our national award winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

See the full schedule of Ithaca, NY public access TV program cablecasts.

Ithaca People’s Climate March

Episode 87 of Walk in the Park TV. 200 Ithacans joined people in more than 2800 locations in 166 countries and in New York City as part of the global People’s Climate March on September 21, 2014. After activities in front of Ithaca’s First Presbyterian Church coordinated at 1:00 p.m. worldwide, they marched by DeWill Park in downtown Ithaca and along sidewalks around the city block back to the church. There they met inside with a live feed from the huge NYC march, heard from local climate activists and public officials (including a group reading of a powerful statement from NYS Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, who was at the NYC march: see below). This was followed by an open question and answer and discussion session about this being a kickoff event for future climate crisis action.

Watch the show on Ithaca TV at 8:00 tonight (see below) or right here anytime!

Barbara Lifton’s letter:
“We are at a critical time in confronting Climate Change, with increasingly serious warnings coming from the International Panel on Climate Change and the United States National Climate Assessment. Scientists tell us that the next decade is our last chance to stop the worst in climate change, so I have gone to join with other legislators in New York City to make our, and your, voices heard amongst the tens of thousands who understand this threat and demand political action. We will not stand on the sidelines and allow the earth to be polluted. We will not allow wealthy interests who deny the truth to drastically alter the balance that countless species, and the well-being of humanity, depends upon. Continuing to dump greenhouse gases without conscience is the act of extreme corporations who must not be allowed to put their personal interests over those of our own. Organizing, acting, and protesting for the good of every living thing on earth is not an extreme measure, and I thank you for joining with me, and all of us in this endeavor today.”

For more information about local climate action, see the Sustainable Tompkins website at

Walk in the Park is a public access television series in Ithaca, NY, produced by Owl Gorge Productions, To see all of our episodes, go to This is episode 87. Walk in the Park can be watched on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable channels 13 and 97.3 on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m., and Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. The final cablecast of this episode is tonight at 8:00.



Ice Jams Ithaca!

In this episode of Walk in the Park (#66, recorded 1/15/14), we take a look at the effects of deep freeze and thaw on the rigidly channelized creeks that cross the floodplain that the city of Ithaca, NY is built on, at the south end of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Watch it here online below, or on Ithaca, NY’s public access TV channel 13 (or 97.3) during it’s regular schedule of showings this week (Th, Sa, Su, Tu).

The recent deep freeze weather created beautiful ice formations on Ithaca Falls.

Frigid temperatures alternated with forties and fifties in early January to freeze and flood conditions in central New York, including Fall Creek and Cascadilla Creek in Ithaca.

High water in Cascadilla and Fall Creeks encountered thick sheets of ice that broke up and formed dams at street bridges. Flood waters were then forced over the banks into the Fall Creek neighborhood. City crews used long-arm excavators to try to break up some of the ice dams, while some 200 volunteers filled sand bags for affected residents. See this through photographs, aerial photography, and video. Special thanks to Hilary Lambert of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Photography 4d, Bill Hecht, and Ken Christopher Hill for some of the images and footage used here.
Also see my Park Minute: Icy Fluctuations at Ithaca Falls, and my newest Park Minute: Icy Buttermilk Creek and some beautiful photographs by nature photographer, Roger C. Ingraham. We finish with a preview of my video Winter Water which we will see in its entirety in a future episode.

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Does Cayuga Lake Freeze Over?

This week’s Walk in the Park TV episode answers the question, “Does Cayuga Lake ever freeze over?” Cayuga Lake is the longest of the eleven Finger Lakes and is the second deepest, with more than 2 1/2 trillion gallons of rolling water that takes ten years to cycle through the lake. Does this enormous volume ever freeze over in winter? Watch this show to find out. Much of this show is an excerpt from an earlier show I recorded in 2011 in my series called Cayuga Lake Heritage, which is available online.

North end of Cayuga Lake, Cayuga County, Seneca County, winter, Finger Lakes

The shallow north end of Cayuga Lake usually freezes in winter. Photo by Bill Hecht

This week’s episode (#38) is showing on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channel 13, beginning Thursday, 2/5/15, at 9:00 p.m., and continuing this Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. each day, and finally next Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. It may be shown at other times as well. (Check the schedule which is often shown briefly just before the hour and half hour.) And you can also see it online right here!