Cayuga Trail

We begin this episode (#140) of Walk in the Park with a look at a dramatic section of the Cayuga Trail where it is perched on high bluffs over Fall Creek in Varna, east of the Cornell Campus. We are in a Cornell Plantations Natural Area.

We also look at some wildflowers at Buttermilk Falls State Park, the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network procession in the Ithaca Festival Parade (including Tony Ingraham as the Hydrilla Godzilla!), and finally jump over to Watkins Glen State Park and look at some of its exceptional scenery.

You can watch this episode online below anytime, or catch it on Ithaca cable channel 13:

Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, June 19, 10:00 AM

Monday, June 20, 9:30 PM

Tuesday, June 21, 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series produced at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY.

Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Take a look on the website at his national-award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Park Minute: Cascadilla Glen Enters Autumn

One of six waterfalls along the Cascadilla Glen Trail in Ithaca.

One of six waterfalls along the Cascadilla Glen Trail in Ithaca. Watch the one minute video below!

In Park Minute 51, we visit Cascadilla Glen, owned by Cornell Plantations in Ithaca, NY; and we stop at several of the six waterfalls on the Cascadilla Glen Trail, which is the prettiest and shortest pedestrian route between downtown Ithaca and the Cornell University campus next to Collegetown. Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. See all my Park Minutes.

Cascadilla Gorge Trail Re-opens!

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick looks on as former Mayor Carolyn Peterson celebrates the long-awaited re-opening of the Cascadilla Gorge Trail between downtown and Collegetown.

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick looks on as former Mayor Carolyn Peterson celebrates the long-awaited re-opening of the Cascadilla Gorge Trail between downtown and Collegetown.

Walk in the Park episode 88. The Cascadilla Gorge Trail has connected downtown Ithaca, NY with the Cornell University campus via a charming trail by waterfalls, cliffs, and forest along Cascadilla Creek since the early 1930s. For the past six years, the trail has been undergoing repairs from storm damage and years of deterioration. Cornell Plantations, Cornell University, FEMA, the City of Ithaca, and New York State gathered resources, staff, and funding to repair the trail and open it again, officially on Sept. 15, 2014. This show covers the trail re-opening event, with comments from Cornell officials, former Ithaca Mayor Carolyn Peterson, and current Mayor Svante Myrick. There is plenty of footage of the trail route spread throughout the show.

Watch it online here anytime or on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channels 13 and 97.3, beginning tonight (10/16/14) at 9:00, on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., or finally next Tuesday (10/21) at 8:00 p.m.

Park Minute: Jumping in over your head

A young woman jumps from the trail into a deep pool in the gorge at Buttermilk Falls State Park. This is dangerous and illegal.

A young woman jumps from the trail into a deep pool in the gorge at Buttermilk Falls State Park. This is dangerous and illegal.

Every summer, college students and other people are drawn to Ithaca, NY’s beautiful gorges. And many of them like to jump from cliffs into pools at the bases of waterfalls. The young women in this Park Minute are risking their lives with unseen hazards below the surface in this pool at Buttermilk Falls State Park.

People die every year in our gorges, many of them from drowning. Years ago, an 18-year-old drowned in this very pool. Park rangers and police patrol the trails and the colleges try to educate arriving students about the hazards. Be safe and swim where there are lifeguards.

For more information, see our blog post about gorge safety and the hazards of swimming in our gorges, including a video made by Cornell Plantations on this important subject. You may learn about hazards you did not realize.

This is episode 25 of Park Minute.

Park Minute is produced by Owl Gorge Productions.

Park Minute: A Tour of Ithaca’s Views

Winner, best “short subject” cablecast in 2013 on Ithaca, NY’s public access TV!

Ithaca, NY is known for its beautiful natural surroundings. Situated at the south end of Cayuga Lake, the longest of the eleven Finger Lakes in central New York, and surrounded by hills with farms, forests, gorges, and waterfalls, Ithaca is blessed with unusually high quality scenery. The Town of Ithaca, which surrounds the City, and its Conservation Board have established a scenic route on roads throughout the town and has published a map and guide that are free to the public, either in paper at Town Hall on Tioga Street in downtown Ithaca and at the Tompkins County Visitors Center on East Shore Drive, or as a downloadable pdf from the Town website.

This episode of Park Minute (#8) takes us on a quick trip along the scenic route. See episode #57 of Walk in the Park TV for a more in-depth exploration of this trip and the many sights along the way. And check out other episodes of Park Minute.

Our popular book, Ithaca–the City, Gorges, and Colleges, is now available as an ebook online! Check out the sample pages!

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!

Fischer Conservation Award

Each year, the Conservation Board of the Town of Ithaca, NY, plants a tree on Town parkland honoring an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to environmental conservation within the town. The award is named in honor of the late Richard B. Fischer, professor of environmental education at Cornell University for many years, and an active leader for conservation at the town, county, and state level during his life.

Cornell Plantations, Town of Ithaca Conservation Board, Richard B. Fischer Award, East Ithaca Recreationway

From left to right, David Kiefer (Cornell Plantations Natural Areas Academy volunteer), Jules Ginenthal (in charge of volunteer stewardship for the Cornell Plantations Natural Areas), Todd Bittner (holding award certificate; director of the Cornell Plantations Natural Areas Program), Mike Roberts (C.P. Natural Areas Steward), Tom Reimers (former recipient of the Fischer Award), James Hamilton (Town of Ithaca Conservation Board), and Diane Florini (phytopathologist and volunteer)

This year’s recipient is the Cornell Plantations Natural Areas Program. This 12-minute video shows the award ceremony and tree planting at the East Hill Recreationway near the MacDaniels Nut Grove, a Plantations preserve, on May 11.

Sapsucker Cairn

What is it?           Where is it?

Sapsucker Woods, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, Andy Goldsworthy

The Sapsucker Cairn

The Sapsucker Cairn was constructed in 2008 by acclaimed environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy on the East Trail of Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary, the nature preserve of Cornell’s Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY. Goldsworthy also created Gardens of Stone in Cornell Plantations. (See our Walk in the Park TV post about walking at the Newman Arboretum and the Gardens of Stone.)

Sapsucker Woods is a beautiful place to visit in any season. The 230-acre sanctuary encompasses forests, ponds, ferny swamps, and abundant wildlife. More than four miles of trails and boardwalks are waiting for you to explore.” You can pick up a great little trail map and bird checklist outside the entrance of the Johnson Visitor Center.

Sapsucker Woods, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca NY, wetland, swamp, trail

Swamp in Sapsucker Woods

Boardwalk, Sapsucker Woods, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY

The Woodleton Boardwalk along the East Trail at Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary crosses a swampy area.

Swamp, wetland, trail, Sapsucker Woods, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY

The East Trail encircles a wooded swamp.

Headwaters of Cayuga Lake

See it here or see it on TV!

In this episode (#39, 2/20/13) of Walk in the Park TV (Ithaca, NY public access cable channel 13), I take you on a tour of the major tributaries and subwatersheds of Cayuga Lake, in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Using beautiful aerial photography by Bill Hecht, we visit Cayuga’s Inlet Valley; the Lindsay Parsons Biodiversity Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust; Enfield Glen and Lucifer Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park; Buttermilk Falls State Park; Sixmile Creek Nature Preserve; Cascadilla Gorge; Cornell University; Fall Creek and its gorge and Ithaca Falls; Salmon Creek and Myers Point in Lansing, NY; Taughannock Falls State Park; and the rest of Cayuga Lake including the Seneca River and Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Finally, we trace the flow of Cayuga’s waters through the Seneca and Oswego River system to Lake Ontario, the Great Lakes, and the St. Lawrence River. Watch it here!

This show can also be seen on Ithaca’s public access TV channel 13 this Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and next Tuesday, 2/16, at 8:00 p.m.; and at other times the station may decide.

 

Some Winter Walks Near Ithaca

This episode (#35, recorded January 23, 2013) of Walk in the Park TV features a hike in the red pine forest on the Finger Lakes Trail in Danby State Forest south of Ithaca, NY; a stroll on the paths through the sculpture gardens in the F. R. Newman Arboretum of Cornell Plantations; walking the East Ithaca Recreation Way and the East Ithaca Nature Preserve; and finally a wintry look at Lucifer Falls from the Rim Trail in Robert H. Treman State Park. We also look at some photographs of Buttermilk Falls in the 1800s when a saw mill stood beside the waterfall. See it here below or watch it on Ithaca’s public access TV channel 13; next cablecasts: Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.

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Paper birch at Cornell Plantations, Ithaca, NY

Paper birch (Betula papyrifera) in the F.R. Newman Arboretum at Cornell Plantations

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