This week on Walk in the Park, we revisit episode 146 made last September, exploring a portion of Shindagin Hollow State Forest along the Finger Lakes Trail, in southeastern Tompkins County. See my original post a year ago for the full description, the Ithaca 2017 cablecast schedule, or to watch it online!
From May 25 through June 6, 2017, we will be cablecasting two successive encore episodes of Walk in the Park, Parts 1 & 2 of “Blue Ridge Parkway,” first cablecast in early spring 2013. In Part 1 (episode 43), we celebrate the arrival of the spring equinox and then take a trip from the previous summer (2012) on the Blue Ridge Parkway, from its northern end near Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, to the Peaks of Otter in George Washington National Forest. Finally, we look at the hazards of entering our Finger Lakes gorges too early in the season. Part 1 will run from Thursday, May 25, 2017 through Wednesday, May 31. You can watch Part 1 below online or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times. Part 2 is farther down this page.
Thursday, May 25, 9:00 PM
Friday, 9:30 PM
Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM
Sunday, 10 AM and 4:00 PM
Monday, 8:30 PM
Tuesday, May 30, 8:00 PM
In Part 2, we complete our journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway in this episode (#45) of Walk in the Park TV. We enter North Carolina, stopping at Cumberland Knob, Grandfather Mountain, Linville Falls, Mount Mitchell (the highest summit in the East!), Craggy Gardens, and many other sites along the way. Then we return to Virginia, visiting Mabry Mill and Rocky Knob before heading home. Hear the melodious song of the winter wren, see wild rhododendrons in bloom, and find out about the exotic insect pests attacking our eastern hemlocks and the fraser firs of the Black Mountains. Tony Ingraham shares his observations about driving the Parkway and camping along the way in this national park that is nearly 500 miles long. Watch Part 2 below online or on Ithaca cable channel 13 at the following times (more times to be added next week):
Thursday, June 1, 9:00 PM
Saturday, 10:00 AM
Saturday, Parts 1 & 2 together, 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM, respectively
Sunday, Part 2, 10:00 AM
Sunday, Parts 1 & 2 together, 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM, respectively
Monday, Parts 1 & 2 together, 9:00 PM and 9:30 PM, respectively
Tuesday, Part 2, June 7, 8:00 PM
This week’s new Walk in the Park TV episode (#64, recorded 12/18/13) features a report and update on the hydrilla infestation at the south end of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY.
In the second part of our show, we see several short videos of rare footage of endangered Florida panthers in southwest Florida, at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park in Collier County, Florida.
This week’s episode begins showing at 9:00 p.m. Thursday, 12.19/13, on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable TV channel 13 (or 97.3). Our show will repeat on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and finally next Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 8:00 p.m.
Or you can watch it online right here!
Or you can watch it directly on YouTube.
Episode 63, recorded on Dec. 11, 2013 of Walk in the Park. This time, we take another brief look at the approach of the emerald ash borer, which threatens to destroy virtually all of our ash trees. Next we enjoy the Iroquois Thanksgiving Address or “The Words that Come before All Else,” as recited by Mohawk storyteller Kay Olan, and illustrated with artwork by Melanie Printup Hope; produced for the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY. (Pleas consider helping the Iroquois Indian Museum with a donation, as they receive no government support.)
Next we learn about Saving Ithaca’s Views, a project of the Town of Ithaca Conservation Board, and the statewide award they received for this initiative.
This episode of Walk in the Park will air today on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channel 13 (or 97.3) at 10:30 a.m., and finally on Tuesday, December 17, at 8:00 p.m. Or you can watch it right here anytime!
Watch this show directly on Youtube.
Don’t forget autumn glory in Watkins Glen State Park! October is one of the best times of year to walk the Gorge Trail and the trails on the rims.
And watch this short video (90 seconds) for an overview of Watkins Glen State Park, one of the of the finest scenic experiences in the Finger Lakes region.
October is a wonderful time to walk the Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen State Park. Very soon, the fall colors will cast their glow throughout the gorges of the our beautiful Finger Lakes region. Stay tuned!
We all like wildflowers. And when we think of wildflowers, we usually think of spring. But there are many kinds of wildflowers that grow their vegetation all season in preparation for putting out fall blossoms. And goldenrod is one of those late summer and fall wildflowers we see around us. Well, actually there are a number of different kinds of goldenrod.
Goldenrods grow in fields, right? Well, not necessarily. There are some species that grow in the woods. And there is seaside goldenrod, and alpine goldenrod, which is rare in New York State with only 13 small populations surviving in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. Walking in our Finger Lakes woods this time of year, you may find zigzag goldenrod or blue-stemmed goldenrod.
Don’t worry. They won’t make you sneeze. If you suffer from pollen allergies this time of year, ragweed could be the cause, as it is wind pollinated. As this picture shows, goldenrods are pollinated by bees. Some wasps, flies, and butterflies may visit the flowers as well. Zigzag goldenrod is one of many fall wildflowers.
Extremely Agressive Invasive Species Found
In early August, staff from the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom found hydrilla, a previously unnoticed plant species growing in the mouth of Cascadilla Creek next to the Ithaca Farmers Market. Cornell plant scientist Robert L. Johnson confirmed with great alarm that it was Hydrilla verticillata, one of the most agressive invasive aquatic plants. Hydrilla was previously unknown in New York State outside of a few isolated downstate ponds. This is the first record of this rapidly-growing aquatic weed in waterways connected to other waterways in New York, and it poses an ecological and economic threat to the entire region.
If the growth of hydrilla in Cayuga Inlet is not controlled immediately, it will completely clog the Inlet in a year or two, and will likely spread to Cayuga Lake and probably beyond through the canal system. A team of scientists and other experts has come together to take action against this infestation before it would surely rage out of control.
In addition, we have produced a 15-minute video featuring an on-site explanation of the hydrilla outbreak by Holly Menninger, Coordinator of the New York Invasive Species Research Institute at Cornell. Holly explains the threat hydrilla presents, the urgency of the situation, what should be done to combat it, and what the rest of us can do, particularly if we own boats.
That was the title for our submission to Ithaca Art’s “daily art mission” today, which called for “a unique picture that illustrates attraction.”