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.

Watch it now!

Land Trust Preserves and Monarch Butterflies

New England aster wildflower, Ellis Hollow Nature Preserve, Finger Lakes Land Trust, near Ithaca, NY in the Town of Dryden

New England aster at the entrance to the Ellis Hollow Nature Preserve near Ithaca, NY.

In episode 58 of Walk in the Park TV, we visit two Finger Lakes Land Trust Nature Preserves: Ellis Hollow Preserve in the Cascadilla Creek watershed east of Ithaca, NY and the Baldwin Tract of the Roy H. Park Preserve in the upper Sixmile Creek watershed between Dryden, NY and Slaterville Springs and next to Hammond Hill. While there, we take a close look at a monarch butterfly and consider its life cycle and reasons for its serious recent decline.

Watch this episode this week on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channel 13 (or 97.3) at the following schedule, or right here online!