Smith Woods: Old Growth Woodland in T-burg

Join two authors of a new book about Trumansburg, NY’s Smith Woods, along with a local historian, on an interpretive tour through this unusual old growth forest and its history and ecology, in this episode 176 of Walk in the Park. Watch it right here anytime!

 

Trumansburg and Smith Woods are near Taughannock Falls State Park and are about ten miles from Ithaca, NY near the west shore of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Old growth forests of this size are very rare outside of the Adirondacks. This woodland has been extensively studied for decades by scientists from Cornell University. Smith Woods is owned and managed by Cayuga Nature Center and the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, and is open to the public. It is used for education and research. Smith Woods is directly across the road from the Trumansburg Fairgrounds. The guided tour through Smith Woods featured in this episode of Walk in the Park was presented by the History Center in Tompkins County. Marvin Pritts and Kurt Jordan of Cornell and S.K. List, historian for the Village of Trumansburg, led the tour. It was videotaped by Tony Ingraham, who is the producer of Walk in the Park, a weekly public access television series in Ithaca, NY, recorded at PEGASYS Studio.

This episide of Walk in the Park ran on Ithaca area cable channel 13 from October 26 through November 1, 2017.

Hemlock Trees Need Our Help!

Walk in the Park episode 155. Watch it online on this page, or on Ithaca public access cable TV channel 13 at the following dates and times:

Thursday, 1/5/17, 9:00 PM;  Friday 11:30 AM; Saturday 10:00 AM & 8:30 PM;

Sunday 10:00 AM & 6:00 PM; Monday 6:00 PM; Tuesday, 1/10/17, 8:00 PM

The eastern hemlock tree is a “foundation species” of our forests in the Finger Lakes and beyond in the Northeast. And it is being wiped out by an invasive insect, the “hemlock woolly adelgid.” Find out what is happening, what scientists are doing about it, and how you can help. This episode of Walk in the Park features the premier cablecast on Ithaca public access television of the acclaimed documentary film by area film maker Chris Foito, “The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.” (And you can see the film independent of this Walk in the Park episode).

Winter is the best time to assess the occurrence and spread of hemlock woolly adelgid in our forests and the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network is seeking volunteers to help with monitoring. “This would entail about twenty minutes of training, and then walking and taking notes and locations of hemlock woolly adelgid on trees, via GPS (we provide everything needed). An afternoon outdoors in Jan, Feb and maybe March, locations still TBA. Contact Hilary Lambert, steward@cayugalake.org.”

Also, please visit the New York State Hemlock Initiative website for more information and to get involved.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access cable television series produced at PEGASYS Studio in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Find out more and see all Walk in the Park episodes and Park Minute videos.

Check out the Ithaca PEGASYS public access Facebook page, and the Walk in the Park Facebook page.

Iroquois Dances, Peace Park, Concerts, Rainbows, and Rugged Mountains

Aerial photograph by Bill Hecht of a rainbow over Cayuga Lake by Sheldrake Point

During one of our recent rain storms, aerial photographer Bill Hecht took this picture of a rainbow over Sheldrake Point, on the west shore of Cayuga Lake in Seneca County.

These are some of the things we see in the current episode (#51) of Walk in the Park TVWe move around the world, from rainbows in the Finger Lakes, to summer concerts in parks, to the annual peace ceremony in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, to the Ganondagan Native American Festival of Music and Dance, and finally to Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador, Canada.

It is showing this week on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channel 13 (or 97.3). [Note: Time Warner Cable has made some changes to its channels, so if you are having trouble finding this channel, see the PEGASYS page (scroll down for instructions).]

Next showings will air this weekend, Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and next Tuesday, August 13, at 8:00 p.m.       Or

You can watch it right here!

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.