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The first deer season of the year will kick off next Wednesday (Sept. 27), with the Northern Zone bow season. Most hunters have put their tree stands up, and will be headed into them as they scout and look to arrow a buck starting next week.

One of my favorite waterbirds is the green heron. Typically quite shy but very vividly colored when you can get close enough to see, this little heron is typically not recognized by a majority of folks who might encounter one. Kevin Robinson found a very photogenic one in the canal by Hudson…

I had occasion to offer a few words of public praise for a friend who is just finishing 42 years of public service. His is quite a story, starting at the absolute bottom and rising up to where he is in charge of the whole Buildings and Grounds Department and dealing with millions of dollars …

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Few from the Glens Falls area know where Dippikill Mountain, or the camp that bears the Dippikill name, are located. But it's just a half hour or so from our part of Warren County, and the camp has a network of nice trails that offer a mountain climb and loop around a pond for hikers and tho…

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a press release today detailing some recent rescues of lost hikers/walkers of interest that involved state forest rangers. Here are the details. (The  Stony Creek case is particularly interesting -- when calling for a rescue, it's bes…

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When I first heard about those NFL players who are missing in the Gulf of Mexico after a fishing trip, I thought the initial media reports about the size of their boat had to be inaccurate. (Read here if you've missed it.)

This summer’s fawns are losing their spots and starting to grow the gray, hollow-haired coat that will protect them this winter. Celinda Holleran sent in this shot of twins in the back yard. Contact Bob Henke with your sightings or questions by mail c/o

My father died when I was 8 and the next few years were a bit lean. Until I was much older and looked back on it, the only thing I really noticed was that I outgrew my school clothes. When I complained about kids making fun of my “high water” pants, Gramp said if I did not like it, I should …

There have been some tough times along the East River Road. A pair of young eagles started a nest, but got displaced by a pair of young ospreys that then left the location and started a nest further downstream. The ospreys were then displaced by the eagles and a pair of great horned owls too…

As I write this, I am sitting at the Washington County Fair, where things have been a little weird this year. I do not mean weird in the mode of dress or exorbitant skin doodles. In the theater of the absurd, weird is the new normal. No, there is a far different undercurrent in the magnifice…

Yesterday was pretty hectic. I had reserved seats for our annual trip to the racetrack. While trying to get ready, the phone was pretty incessant due to the terrible coyote attack we had in this county. A surprisingly large number of people were simply mad that they could not hike on the tra…

In an astonishing twist of fate, I left home for an entire week. Dr. Wifey and I lived in a cabin at an undisclosed location on the North Atlantic Coast and, in spite of the fact I achieved more writing output in the week than I had in the previous month, it felt a lot like an actual vacatio…

Continual use of Smart phones causes stress and probably makes you neurotic in the long run. This is the finding learned people in lab coats report on this morning’s new shows. Well, congratulations Dr. Obvious.

Jeff Barton of South Glens Falls woke up to find this impressive-looking structure growing in his nicely mulched garden. It is one of the species of slime molds, also rather unpleasantly known as scrambled egg slime or dog vomit fungus, for the obvious reason. It is a harmless and rather int…

For those of you looking forward to the repartee, my apologies. I have been absolutely inundated with questions, some of a rather personal nature — in the email, through the paper, on the phone, at breakfast, lunch and supper whenever I dared venture into an eating establishment. One fellow …

Interesting find this week — a couple of chunks of wild comb, placed out in the open by honeybees that subsequently left.

I have been listening to my farmer friends complain about trying to get hay cut this year. We have only had rain twice so far this summer—once for 25 days and once for 30. I would like to claim my tardiness in task completing was entirely weather-related but that would really be a half truth.

I was up late working on a magazine article. The clock read 2:30 a.m. when I finally hit the pillow. I told Dr. Wifey I intended to sleep in a bit in the morning and asked that I be asked to see nothing but the inside of my eyelids before about 9:30 a.m.