Nature Study and Ecology
It is always a thrill to observe wild animals. A fox along the side of the road, a bear hustling across an open meadow or even an insect going about its endless business. Visiting the wilderness of the Adirondacks gives one the opportunity to see first hand the wonder of wild things and perhaps understand the events of their lives.
Garnet Hill’s 600 acres of land and our location next to a vast wilderness area in the Adirondack Park provides a dynamic window into the magic life of nature. We’re an ideal place to learn more about the ecology and interrelationships of plants and animals in the area. We maintain a self-guided nature trail, with a guidebook to interpret wildlife signs and the natural scene along the trail. You can learn tree, plant, and bird identification, stream, lake and forest ecology, and the relationships of animals, plants, and man with the environment. Seeing with a naturalist’s perspective will make you aware of the world around you and the inexorable bond to nature. Other interpretive nature programs are available at The Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center in Newcomb link or call (518) 582-2000. Or the new Wild Center in Tupper Lake 518-359-7800.
The Adirondacks has a rich variety of birdlife that includes boreal birds, birds of prey, perching birds and an abundance of waterfowl. June is nesting season, and birders from across the northeast come to the Central Adirondacks to view the variety of species up close. Shore and water birds inhabit the lakes and wetlands, the hardwood forest is home to several beautiful species of songbirds.
For help identifying some of the more common bird species found in the area, visit the Guide to North American Birds | Audubon.
Perseid Meteor Showers
Garnet Hill is in a great place to view the Perseid meteor shower. Our remote location without the light pollution of urban areas enhances the number and brightness of the meteors. The Perseid meteor shower, one of the brighter meteor showers of the year, occurs every year between July 17 and August 24. The shower tends to peak around August 9-13.
October is when amateur astronomers (and other interested persons) look to the east near Orion to see the Orionid meteor shower. It is usually visible between early October through early November. Orion is the hunter with the three stars marking his belt; look up toward the left. The Taurid Meteor showers begin near the end of October and continue through to the end of November.
Here are some additional links to learn all about the Perseids – happy viewing!