Making our Gorges Safer

Each spring, the Finger Lakes State Parks Scaling Teams rappel down cliffs over Gorge Trails, manually removing shards of shale that winter freezing has left perched on ledges. If they didn’t do this hard, dangerous work, called “scaling,” it would not be safe enough for us to walk in the gorges, for fear of falling rock. Scaling must be conducted annually in six state parks in the Finger Lakes region. In this week’s episode (167) of Walk in the Park, we take a close look at the scalers at work on the high cliffs in the upper gorge of Enfield Glen in Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY. The scalers tell us and show us what’s involved.

You can watch this episode of Walk in the Park above online, or on TV in the Ithaca area, on Ithaca cable channel 13 at the following times. Additional cablecasts will be added shortly.

Thursday, May 17, 9:00 PM

Friday, 11:30 AM, 9:30 PM

Saturday, 10;00 AM and 9:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Wedgesday, May 23, 1:00 PM

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access cable TV series produced at PEGASYS Studio, Spectrum TV, Ithaca, NY, by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Loving a Park!

In this week’s episode of Walk in the Park, we go to Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY to participate in the annual I Love My Park Day on May 6, 2017, where some 80 volunteers worked on projects to get the park ready for the season, while Enfield Creek was roaring with the heavy rain. Then we go to Watkins Glen State Park the day after the Gorge Trail was opened for the season, following the extensive scaling work on the cliffs necessary every spring. We look at the big reconstruction of the Main Entrance. You can watch this episode here, and on Ithaca, NY cable TV channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 9:00 PM

Friday, 1:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, May 16, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM.

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, as a public access TV production at PEGASYS Studio in Ithaca, NY, a division of Spectrum TV (formerly Time Warner Cable).
Take a look at Ingraham’s national award winning book, A Walk through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Park News, May 3, 2017

Park News in the Finger Lakes Region. This is the first edition of “Park News,” an experiment in sharing what’s new in parks, of all kinds, around the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. This week, former NYS Parks Environmental Educator Tony Ingraham discusses this weekend’s I Love My Park Day events at state parks throughout the Finger Lakes. He also discusses the status of “scaling” of loose rock from cliffs above Gorge Trails.

Park News is in no way officially associated with NYS Parks or any other agency, and is not intended to be a mouthpiece therefor. Park News is produced exclusively by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Ingraham also produces the weekly public access TV series, Walk in the Park, also viewable online on this website.
Ingraham is also the author of the national award winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Falls and a Fort in Niagara, Ontario

Most of us experience the Niagara Falls area from the American side. In this episode (165) of Walk in the Park we spend some time on the Canadian side, visiting the stupendous waterfall, but also we take a trip into War of 1812 history at Old Fort Erie. The Niagara Peninsula was one of the most important, and bloodiest, regions where this tragic war was fought. Both sites are managed by the Niagara Parks Commission.
We begin this episode with a short video featuring “After the Rain,” a musical composition by my late friend and Ithaca musician, Duke Kooistra.
Finally, I have a short segment called “Park News” where I review some things going on this week in state parks around the Finger Lakes.

You can watch this episode of Walk in the Park right here anytime, or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times (check back later for additional times to be added):

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 9:00 PM

Friday, 11:30 AM and 6:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Wednesday, May 10, 7;30 PM

The trip to Niagara was to attend the annual conference of the Great Lakes Region of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), a professional organization for those who interpret our natural and cultural heritage in parks, historic sites, museums, zoos, nature centers, botanical gardens, aquaria, and other sites.

Walk in the Park is a public access TV series produced and cablecast for channel 13 in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Park Minute: Four Big Waterfalls around Ithaca, NY

Finger Lakes Park Minute 69.   Warm weather in February melted snow in the hills around Cayuga Lake and filled the waterfalls near Ithaca, NY. We visit the four biggest waterfalls: Ithaca Falls, Taughannock Falls, Lucifer Falls (in Robert H. Treman State Park), and Buttermilk Falls.

Park Minute is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, author and publisher of the national-award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: Water’s Sculpture in Stone

 

 

When Cayuga Froze Over

Walk in the Park encore episode 100, from March 2015, now playing.

Two years ago, we had the coldest February on record in the Finger Lakes region and most of the lakes froze over. The larger lakes, Cayuga and Seneca, rarely freeze over due to their relatively high volume and depth. In 2015, Cayuga Lake froze over almost completely, for the first time since 1979. Here’s the story! You can watch it online here and on Ithaca, NY public access TV channel 13, on the following schedule:

Thursday, February 2, 9:00 PM

Friday, February 3, 8:00 PM

Saturday, February 4, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Sunday, February 5, 10:00 AM

Monday, February 6, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 7, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY.

Tweet in the Park

Episode 158 of Walk in the Park

The National Park Service has run afoul the politics of the Trump administration starting on inauguration day. We’ll look at this, and then cover the spectacular Women’s March on Ithaca the next day. And to lighten the mood, we’ll go to Jones Beach State Park last summer, and to Watkins Glen State Park.

You can watch the full show (30 minutes) online anytime on this page (below); and on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 on the following schedule:

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM

Friday, 8:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 9:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM, 8:30 PM, and 10:30 PM

Monday, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY for cablecast on PEGASYS, Ithaca’s public access TV station, channel 13. See all episodes of Walk in the Park online.

 

 

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.

Big Trees!

Everybody loves trees, especially large trees. This time (Walk in the Park episode 154), we’ll look at some big trees in New York State, and consider the NY State Big Tree Register where all the champion trees are listed. Then we go to California to look at some really big trees, giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. Watch it here online or on Ithaca cable TV at the following times:

9 PM Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

12 PM & 6 PM, Friday

10 AM & 10 PM Saturday

10 AM Sunday

8:30 PM Monday

8 PM Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios, public access television in Ithaca, NY.

Back into Fall

Walk in the Park episode 153. As autumn slips into winter, we take a look back at some of our fall foliage beauty in the Finger Lakes. Watch my 29-minute show here online anytime, or on Ithaca, NY area public access cable channel 13 at these times:

9 PM Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016; 12 PM and 6 PM Friday

10 AM and 7:30 PM Saturday; and 10 AM and 3 PM Sunday

3 PM and 8:30 PM Monday

8 PM Tuesday, Dec. 13

We visit Buttermilk Falls State Park; Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area, the Martin Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust; Canandaigua Lake, the Hi Tor Wildlife Management Area, Bare Hill, South Hill, and Vine Valley; the east shore of Cayuga Lake from Union Springs and Frontenac Island to Lansing and finally Ithaca. Then we switch to Corpus Christi Texas to explore two natural areas: the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and the South Texas Botanical Garden and Nature Center. See the photos of our encounter with a western diamondback rattlesnake!

Walk in the Park is produced for public access television at PEGASYS Studio of Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham. Owl Gorge Productions