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.

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.

 

Toothwort to Toadflax

Cut-leaved toothwort, South Hill Recreationway, Ithaca, NY

Cut-leaved toothwort is an early "spring ephemeral" wildflower, growing here near the South Hill Recreationway.

In this 47th episode of Walk in the Park TV, we explore trails and wildflowers in parks in the Town of Ithaca, NY, as well as attend the tenth annual tree planting for the Richard B. Fischer Conservation Award, this time honoring the Cornell Plantations Natural Areas Program. We look at the new glacier exhibit at the Museum of the Earth and we go out on Cayuga Lake on the first tour of the season for Ithaca Boat Tours from Steamboat Landing at the Ithaca Farmers Market. Finally, we explore Lake Treman and the rim of Owl Gorge at Buttermilk Falls State Park. Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series on Ithaca’s cable channel 13. Check the schedule for show times.

Or, watch it right here!

Getting a Haendel on Cayuga Lake

For ten years, the tour boat/floating classroom MV Haendel has chugged up and down Cayuga Lake revealing the lake’s stories, taking its vital signs, and expanding our awareness of this dominant, beautiful body of water in New York’s Finger Lakes region. I have worked on the Haendel since late in its first season in 2003, mostly as an interpreter of the natural and cultural history of the lake on the boat’s tours out of Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca. The company, Tiohero Tours, has changed its name now to Ithaca Boat Tours, and we look forward to the new season sharing Cayuga’s waters with thousands of visitors, residents, and students.

The tour boat MV Haendel in Cayuga Inlet, Ithaca, NY

The MV Haendel heads down Cayuga Inlet toward Cayuga Lake on another tour from the Ithaca Farmers Market.

The other part of the Haendel’s mission is the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, where the crew takes school groups, college classes, camp groups, public eco-tours, and scientific monitoring teams out on the water to probe and learn more about what is happening below the surface. Besides teaching thousands about lake science, the Floating Classroom has played a vital role in assessing the health of the lake; most notably in discovering the aggressive, and potentially disastrous, exotic, invasive, aquatic weed hydrilla in Cayuga Inlet, setting off a major institutional and governmental response to try to control and eradicate the infestation.

Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom public eco-tour

Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom director Bill Foster instructs a public eco-tour participant during a lake sampling outing.

In this week’s episode of Walk in the Park TV, we take a visual tour of Cayuga Lake on the Haendel, from the Ithaca Farmers Market to Wells College in Aurora, as if we were on the boat itself. There is a lot to see from the water (and from the air in this case as we integrate Bill Hecht’s amazing aerial photography.) You can watch the show on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channel 13 (next scheduled showings: Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and Tuesday, March 5, at 8:00 p.m., and at other times the station may add).

Or you can watch it online right here!