Gorge to Gulf

Walk in the Park episode 152. We in the Finger Lakes of New York have emerged from perhaps the longest drought in memory. Our dry gorges and waterfalls are now flowing again. Let’s take a look at before and after at Ithaca Falls and Taughannock Falls.
Then we go to south Texas to the Gulf of Mexico and camp near the beach at Padre Island National Seashore, the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world (70 miles!).

Watch it all right here online or on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 at the following times:

9:00 PM, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

10:00 AM both Saturday and Sunday

8:00 PM, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 201

 

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

No, I’m from New York

I ran across this photo on a tourism FaceBook page and decided to make one for the Finger Lakes region itself, below.

A photo circulating on the internet

Here’s my remake, for our region!

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Midtown Manhattan compared with Taughannock Falls in Taughannock Falls State Park near Trumansburg and Ithaca, NY.

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Round Goby

The invasive fish round goby has been found in Cayuga Lake.

This small fish from Eurasia may have a big impact on the ecology of Cayuga Lake. Photo by Nate Tessler, from the Ohio DNR

This small species of fish has been found near Taughannock Falls State Park. Though it may feed some on the invasive zebra mussel, it is not likely to have a significant impact on reducing that species. Instead, it will likely cause a reduction of native fish due to habitat competition and it’s appetite for fish eggs. Find out more in this week’s episode 54 of Walk in the Park TV, here online and on Ithaca’s public access channel 13 (or 97.3), showing at 10:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

 

Park Minute: Keeping Cool at Taughannock Falls

Taughannock Falls State Park, Trumansburg, NY, near Ithaca, Finger Lakes, Cayuga Lake

Summer rains have kept Taughannock Falls flowing nicely.

Episode #5 of my Park Minute short video series takes us to Taughannock Falls State Park in July’s heat. Spend a minute with me cooling off at this 215-foot cataract, kept full by summer rains.

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