News from Selected Month

Don some green this coming Sunday and join in the rally to save Point Au Roche State Park. Ride your bike, walk, put your kayaks on top of your car, take your birding binoculars and bring a sign in support of the Park. The Plattsburgh site is among the 41 parks and historic sites slated for closure by the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation (NYOPR). The closures are part of NYOPR’s $29 million budget cut and are set to start April 1. The Park is a tremendous community resource that includes a public beach, 60 moorings, picnic facilities, and twelve miles of hiking trails that wind through a variety of interesting habitats including woods, rocky bluffs, wetlands, and shoreline. Point Au Roche State Park is also part of the Lake Champlain Paddlers’ Trail and provides primitive camping exclusive to paddlers in a small secluded and protected bay.   

Rally participants will gather near Assemblywoman Janet Duprey’s office at 202 US Oval to deliver petitions and resolutions and present a show of force in support of the Park. For more information, contact Mary Simmers, President of the Friends of Point Au Roche State Park at simmersml@ aol.com. The Oval is off Route 9 on the south side of Plattsburgh. Take the east outlet at the traffic circle on Route 9 (two planes from the old Air Force Base will be visible) and it will take you into the south end of the Oval.   Read...

Lake Champlain Committee staff scientist Mike Winslow will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Missisquoi River Basin Association on Thursday March 25th at 7PM at the Richford Town Hall. Learn about the forces that shape Lake Champlain, the creatures that call it home, and the special role of rivers like Missisquoi in defining Lake Champlain’s ecology. Copies of Lake Champlain: A Natural History will be available for purchase and author Mike Winslow on hand to pen special inscriptions. Free event. Read...

On March 26th -27th Canoe Imports, of South Burlington, one of the early business supporters of the Lake Champlain Paddlers’ Trail will host a two day celebration of paddling in Vermont. The program includes a showing of whitewater, canoe and sea kayak movies, a river festival, and a white water race. In addition, members of the Lake Champlain Committee and other selected non-profits will receive a discount on items purchased at the Canoe Imports store on Friday from 10 AM – 6 PM. On Saturday, if you become a member of LCC, you will receive a 10% discount on boats and 20% discount on accessories from 10 AM – 2 PM. Come stop by our booth on Saturday and say hi! To find out more information, visit the Canoe Imports websiteRead...

Scientists at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies are attempting to identify and protect vernal pools in the state. Vernal pools provide critical breeding habitat ... Read...

Watershed for Every Classroom" is a year-long professional development experience for educators in the Lake Champlain Basin (Vermont, New York and Quebec), brought to you by the Champlain Basin Education Initiative of which LCC is a member. It offers teachers inspiration, knowledge and skills to frame exciting place-based curriculum and teach lake science and stewardship. At the heart of this approach is the belief that students who are immersed in interdisciplinary study of their home community are more likely to engage in stewardship. Educator workshops will be held in July and October 2010 and February and May 2011. 

The course fee is $400, payable during the course. Participating teachers will receive $100 for classroom resources and an opportunity to apply for a $200 mini-grant. Five optional graduate credits are available for an additional $1,000 from St. Michael's College. Check out the brochure flier for further details. Read...

As ice and snow melt they reveal a winter’s worth of detritus along our roadsides and walkways: dog droppings, sodden papers, and blown rubbish. Instead of just side stepping the mess, take a moment to clean-up some of the wayward waste before it gets washed away into our rivers and lakes with upcoming April showers. Bring a bag and some gloves along on your spring walks. Read...

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There is an old saying: to be wise means to have good judgment; good judgment comes from experience; and experience comes from having bad judgment. Rapid changes in conditions that can occur on a large lake like Champlain enhance the many opportunities for bad judgment to generate stories and adventures.

“If you don’t watch out, the lake can turn and bite you”, relates Irving Mehady, an avid outdoorsman I met recently. He tells a tale of duck hunting at Rock Dunder near Shelburne Bay. He and a companion had taken out their flat-bottomed skiff and hunkered down on the east side of the Rock to await the birds. After an unproductive morning Irving decided to climb up over the rock to see if the ducks might be on the other side. His eyes bulged as he saw the line of black clouds working its way swiftly over the lake pushing heaving white capped waves in front. He hurried back to his companion and they quickly set off for the mainland. Skiffs aren’t designed to handle rough weather.The storm caught up with them and rocked the boat too and fro. It was only with great fortune that they managed to reach shore. Read...