Feral Pigs in the Adirondacks

feral pig

It’s time to reexamine our previous post, “Feral Pigs in Champlain Valley,” with an update on the situation in the Adirondacks. Feral pigs (feral swine/wild boars/razorbacks/wild hogs–whatever you call them) have made their presence known locally in New York State. Feral pigs have established a breeding population on the eastern edge of the Adirondack Park. Scientists fear […]

Monitor Lake Champlain: Blue-Green Algae & Invasives

Lake Champlain Committee

The Lake Champlain Committee is dedicated to protecting Lake Champlain. They recently created a pledge to protect the Lake Champlain so you can learn how to protect the lake too! But you can do more than just take the pledge and practice environmentally safe actions; you can volunteer to help patrol the lake for the committee! Right now […]

Feral Pigs in Champlain Valley

feral pig

It sounds strange, but feral pigs (wild boars/razorbacks/wild hogs–whatever you call them) seem to have made a home in New York State. Normally we hear about these animals in states further south, but somehow this summer they had made their presence known locally! These animals are not a natural species in the Champlain Valley, and hence […]

Are Lampreys an Invasive Species?


There is some debate about the origins of the sea lamprey in Lake Champlain. Some call them invasive species, but recently there have been discoveries that may point to this disliked species being more local than previously thought. Invasive species are plants or animals that are not native to an area, and when introduced become […]

Lake Champlain Lamprey Problem


The sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) is one of four lamprey species found in the Lake Champlain Basin out of 31 species found world-wide. According to some, the sea lamprey species is proving to be a problematic presence in Lake Champlain. What is a Lamprey? Lampreys are eel-shaped fish with a skeleton made of cartilage, with […]

Leek Moth Invasion

Leek moths invade Essex County

Shortly after adding two flats of baby leeks to our vegetable garden, the phone rang and my mother burst my vichyssoise bubble. “Did you read about the leek moths?” my mother asked dramatically. “The what?” “Leek moths,” she repeated as if I should know what she was talking about. “No. Just finished planting my leeks […]