Park News, May 3, 2017

Park News in the Finger Lakes Region. This is the first edition of “Park News,” an experiment in sharing what’s new in parks, of all kinds, around the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. This week, former NYS Parks Environmental Educator Tony Ingraham discusses this weekend’s I Love My Park Day events at state parks throughout the Finger Lakes. He also discusses the status of “scaling” of loose rock from cliffs above Gorge Trails.

Park News is in no way officially associated with NYS Parks or any other agency, and is not intended to be a mouthpiece therefor. Park News is produced exclusively by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Ingraham also produces the weekly public access TV series, Walk in the Park, also viewable online on this website.
Ingraham is also the author of the national award winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Falls and a Fort in Niagara, Ontario

Most of us experience the Niagara Falls area from the American side. In this episode (165) of Walk in the Park we spend some time on the Canadian side, visiting the stupendous waterfall, but also we take a trip into War of 1812 history at Old Fort Erie. The Niagara Peninsula was one of the most important, and bloodiest, regions where this tragic war was fought. Both sites are managed by the Niagara Parks Commission.
We begin this episode with a short video featuring “After the Rain,” a musical composition by my late friend and Ithaca musician, Duke Kooistra.
Finally, I have a short segment called “Park News” where I review some things going on this week in state parks around the Finger Lakes.

You can watch this episode of Walk in the Park right here anytime, or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times (check back later for additional times to be added):

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 9:00 PM

Friday, 11:30 AM and 6:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Wednesday, May 10, 7;30 PM

The trip to Niagara was to attend the annual conference of the Great Lakes Region of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), a professional organization for those who interpret our natural and cultural heritage in parks, historic sites, museums, zoos, nature centers, botanical gardens, aquaria, and other sites.

Walk in the Park is a public access TV series produced and cablecast for channel 13 in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Taughannock House Hotel

As many as 2 million people visit the Taughannock Falls Overlook each year, in Taughannock Falls State Park in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State Parks; but few realize that a century ago a beautiful 2 1/2 story tourist hotel stood nearby, the Taughannock House (also known as Halsey Hotel and the Cataract House). In this episode  (162) of Walk in the Park (weekly public access TV series in Ithaca, NY) we look at this hotel and the archeology work done on its site prior to a wonderful renovation of the overlook area. We also see what’s new at Fillmore Glen State Park, and head into the glen at Watkins Glen State Park. You can watch it online here and on Ithaca cable channel 13:

Friday, March 17, 3:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, March 21, 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions. See his national-award-winning book, A Walk through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Park Minute: Four Big Waterfalls around Ithaca, NY

Finger Lakes Park Minute 69.   Warm weather in February melted snow in the hills around Cayuga Lake and filled the waterfalls near Ithaca, NY. We visit the four biggest waterfalls: Ithaca Falls, Taughannock Falls, Lucifer Falls (in Robert H. Treman State Park), and Buttermilk Falls.

Park Minute is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, author and publisher of the national-award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: Water’s Sculpture in Stone

 

 

What’s New in State Parks?

The Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park sponsor this episode of Walk in the Park (161), featuring Finger Lakes State Parks Region environmental educator Josh Teeter. He explains some of the interesting things he gets involved in his job, including environmental education activities in state parks and environmental and cultural stewardship projects; such as protecting trees from insect pests, scaling loose rock on cliffs over trails, and wildlife conservation. Teeter shows us some of the new developments underway or planned for area state parks; including the overhaul of the main entrance at Watkins Glen State Park (with some of its planned interpretive facilities), the Black Diamond Trail, and a new bridge over the “fordway” to the campground at Robert H. Treman State Park.

Watch this episode online here (below) or on Ithaca cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, March 2, 9:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 6:30 PM

Tuesday, March 7, 8:00 PM

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

When Cayuga Froze Over

Walk in the Park encore episode 100, from March 2015, now playing.

Two years ago, we had the coldest February on record in the Finger Lakes region and most of the lakes froze over. The larger lakes, Cayuga and Seneca, rarely freeze over due to their relatively high volume and depth. In 2015, Cayuga Lake froze over almost completely, for the first time since 1979. Here’s the story! You can watch it online here and on Ithaca, NY public access TV channel 13, on the following schedule:

Thursday, February 2, 9:00 PM

Friday, February 3, 8:00 PM

Saturday, February 4, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Sunday, February 5, 10:00 AM

Monday, February 6, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 7, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY.

Park Minute 66: Porcupine at Taughannock Falls

We don’t usually see porcupines in public around here, but during the long drought of 2016, this porcupine visited Taughannock Falls for a drink and a dip.

Perhaps his normal sources of water in the woods had dried up and he was forced to show up at this popular waterfall. This video was shot in September 2016 at Taughannock Falls State Park in Trumansburg, NY.
Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY, copyright 2016.
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Park Minute is produced for cablecast on PEGASYS, public access television in Ithaca, NY. See all of my Park Minutes.

 

 

Gorge to Gulf

Walk in the Park episode 152. We in the Finger Lakes of New York have emerged from perhaps the longest drought in memory. Our dry gorges and waterfalls are now flowing again. Let’s take a look at before and after at Ithaca Falls and Taughannock Falls.
Then we go to south Texas to the Gulf of Mexico and camp near the beach at Padre Island National Seashore, the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world (70 miles!).

Watch it all right here online or on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 at the following times:

9:00 PM, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

10:00 AM both Saturday and Sunday

8:00 PM, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 201

 

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS public access TV studio in Ithaca NY.

Black Diamond Trail Celebration

“Wahoo!” cried Sue Poelvoorde of Finger Lakes State Parks on Oct. 2, 2016 when addressing the crowd gathered at the Cass Park pavilion in Ithaca, NY. She was celebrating decades of work by many partners in finally completing the first eight miles of the Black Diamond Trail from Cass Park to Taughannock Falls State Park on the west shore of Cayuga Lake. The gathering was sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cycling Club (FLCC), a major partner and advocate for the Black Diamond Trail.

This week’s episode of Walk in the Park (#148) covers this event and shows numerous scenes from this valuable community resource, explaining its history and character. You can watch it on Ithaca public access television channel 13 (remaining cablecasts: 10 AM Sunday, 10/23/16; and 8 PM Tuesday, 10/25/16). Or you can watch it right here anytime, anywhere!

Also speaking in this show are Andrejs Ozolins of the FLCC, Armin Heurich, president of the FLCC, Jan Zeserson of the Black Diamond Trail Enthusiasts Network (BDTEN), Fred Bonn, regional director of Finger Lakes State Parks, and Bob Beck of the Town of Dryden, who tells us what’s happening with their rails-to-trails project.

The Black Diamond Trail was once a railroad route running from Pennsylvania through Ithaca, to Trumansburg, and ending in Geneva. It ended service about sixty years ago, and  it’s been a long process since to convert it to a recreational trail.

Walk in the Park is a public access weekly series produced by Tony ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY; at PEGASYS Studio of Time Warner Cable.

Take a look at Tony’s award-winning book, A Walk through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Rocks, Trees, and Songs

On TV and online! In episode 147 of Walk in the Park, we visit a “wolf tree” along the Finger Lakes Trail, take another look at drought-stricken Taughannock Falls and Lucifer Falls, learn about wildlife at Robert H. Treman State Park, marvel at rock formations and pools at Buttermilk Falls State Park, and listen to a sampling of the scores of musicians in Ithaca, NY’s Porchfest on Sept. 18.

Watch it on Ithaca, NY Time Warner Cable channel 13 at the following times:

9:00 PM Thursday, 9/22

10:00 AM Saturday and Sunday

8:00 PM Tuesday, 9/27/16

Or watch it right here online anytime!

See all of our episodes of Walk in the Park. Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Walk in the Park is produced as a weekly public access TV series at PEGASYS Studios of Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY.