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CHAPTER MEETING: 2nd WEDNESDAY of Month (Sept-June) 
 Eisenhart Auditorium, Rochester Museum and Science Center
Workshop at 6:30 PM
Presentation at 7:30 PM



The Lost Bird Project

Presentation scheduled for Wednesday, September 13, 7:30, RMSC. We are very likely to have unimaginable and unprecedented global human suffering from Climate Change, yet, so far, there has been no meaningful response to that threat. The answer to “why?” is multilayered and complex. Many believe that better communication of information, scientific facts, will help, but to date that has not seemed to help much.
The Lost Bird Project, my non-profit based in New York, has taken a novel approach. Our mission is connecting more deeply to the earth through art. All of our many initiatives align with that. Parents care for their children in wondrous ways, often making very significant personal sacrifices, because they love their children. This is the deepest kind of connection. Lost Bird aims to foster a deep re-connection with the earth and our hope is that a deeper connection will lead to the activism we now so badly need.
In this talk, I will present a few of our projects and show how we do that. Included will be two Rochester based initiatives, The Fast Forward Film Festival and Earth Vigil, I will present our documentary film, The Lost Bird Project, and Fold-theFlock – The Passenger Pigeon Origami Project. Finally, I will present Smartfin, a technologically designed surfboard fin, that during normal surfing accurately measures ocean chemistry and wirelessly transmits the data to the worldwide ocean science community for research. If time permits, I will also mention our latest effort, a feature length documentary film, Rue des Elephants, that tells the story of the impending extinction of the African Forest Elephant.

Trails Advisory

DEC Issues Muddy Trail Advisory for Adirondack High Peaks
Hikers Should Temporarily Avoid High Elevation Trails
As a new season of outdoor hiking and recreation on public lands in the Adirondacks approaches, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) urges hikers to be cautious and postpone hikes on trails above 2,500 feet until high elevation trails have dried and hardened.
Spring conditions are present throughout the state and the lower elevations of the Adirondacks. However, backcountry trails in the highest elevations are still covered in slowly melting ice and snow. Steep trails with thin soils can become a mix of ice and mud as the ice melts and frost leaves the ground, making the trails slippery and vulnerable to erosion by hikers.
DEC asks hikers to help avoid damage to hiking trails and sensitive high elevation vegetation by avoiding trails above 2,500 feet, particularly high elevation trails in the Dix, Giant, and High Peaks Wildernessareas in the northern Adirondacks. Please avoid the following trails until trail conditions improve:
·        High Peaks Wilderness Area - all trails above 2,500 feet; where wet, muddy, snow conditions still prevail, specifically: Algonquin, Colden, Feldspar, Gothics, Indian Pass, Lake Arnold Cross-Over, Marcy, Marcy Dam - Avalanche - Lake Colden, which is extremely wet, Phelps Trail above John Brook Lodge, Range Trail, Skylight, Wright, and all "trail-less" peaks.
·        Dix Mountain Wilderness Area - all trails above Elk Lake and Round Pond
·        Giant Mountain Wilderness Area - all trails above Giant's Washbowl, “the Cobbles,” and Owls Head.

Hikers are advised to only use trails at lower elevations as these trails usually dry soon after snowmelt and traverse deeper, less erosive soils. DEC suggests the following alternative trails for hiking, subject to weather conditions:

·        High Peaks Wilderness:
o   Ampersand Mountain
o   Mt. VanHoevenberg
o   Mt. Jo
·        Giant Mt. Wilderness:
o   Giant's Washbowl
o   Roaring Brook Falls
o   Owl’s Head Lookout
·        Hurricane Mountain Wilderness
o   The Crows
o   Hurricane Mountain from Rt 9N
·        Jay Mountain Wilderness
o   Jay Mountain
·        McKenzie Mt. Wilderness:
o   Baker Mountain
o   Haystack Mountain
o   McKenzie Mountain
·        Saranac Lakes Wild Forest:
o   Panther Mountain
o   Scarface Mountain
o   Floodwood Mountain
DEC’s website contains information on backcountry conditions in the Adirondacks at (http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7865.html).


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