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Summer 2021 Series

Living Lands is the LGLC’s weekly presentation series that takes an exclusive and up-close look at the people, history and wildlife of the lands of Lake George and the Adirondacks, past and present. This summer’s Living Lands Series will again be virtual with presentations and presenters streaming live with the opportunity for question and answer. All presentations will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube afterwards. All of our 2020 previous presentations are still available to view on our YouTube channel – LGLandConservancy – at any time! Click here for the series!

June 30: Leave No Trace Workshop with ADK Mtn Club

Join ADK for a Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop! This program will introduce participants to Leave No Trace skills and ethics. Learn how to minimize your impacts at every step of your adventure, from trip planning to how to poop in the woods! The seven principles provide a road map to responsible recreation. Whether in your backyard or the backcountry, Leave No Trace can help you protect the wild places you love to play.

Mary Glynn is ADK’s Outdoor Skills Coordinator. Mary has a professional background in wilderness therapy and holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. She is a Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Leave No Trace Master Educator, and has training through the American Canoe Association in canoeing. When she is not at work, she can often be found on the trail as she works toward her goal of traversing the Northeast 111.

July 7: “Not The Last of the Mohicans” with Heather Bruegl, Director of Cultural Affairs, historian and member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community

All of the present-day Adirondacks are the native homelands of the Mohican people before they were displaced to Wisconsin. Join Heather Bruegl, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, to learn more about who the Mohican people are and how they shaped our history. Heather will discuss the tribe’s history here and the traditional ways Native Americans take care of the land, stewarding it for the next generations. Join us as we learn about the history of Stockbridge-Munsee Community and their journey from New York to Wisconsin.

Heather Bruegl is the Director of Cultural Affairs for the Stockbridge Munsee Community and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in U.S. History. A curiosity about her own heritage led her to Wisconsin, where she has researched the history of the Native American tribes in the area. In addition to that she also currently travels and speaks on Native American history, including policy and activism.

July 14: Wildlife in the Adirondacks: Implications of Land Use Management with Michale Glennon of the ADK Watershed Institute

Michale Glennon serves as the Science Director of the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute. She is interested in the effects of land use management on wildlife populations in the Adirondacks and is engaged in research ranging from issues of residential development to recreation ecology to climate change. She is an ecologist and previously spent 15 years as the Director of Science for the Adirondack Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society. At AWI, Michale works to support and help shape the scientific research program, provide high quality research opportunities for students, and distribute and champion AWI’s work in order to enhance the use of science in the management and stewardship of the natural resources of the Adirondack Park.

She will discuss some of the primary ways in which the public and private land use structure and management decisions in the Adirondacks affect the characteristics of wildlife communities, drawing on two decades of research.

July 21: Nesting Loons with Dr. Nina Schoch of the ADK Center for Loon Conservation

Dr. Nina Schoch, Executive Director of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, will give a summary of some of the findings of research on factors affecting the nesting success of Adirondack loons, as well as an overview of loon behavior and natural history, and the work of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation.

August 4: “Place Names of the ADK’s” with Pete Nelson of North Country Community College and the ADK Diversity Initiative

Join Pete Nelson, a co-founder of ADK Diversity Initiative and an adjunct faculty member at North Country Community College, to learn the fascinating stories of some of the names in the region and the people whose presence and labors defined them. This presentation will focus on early mapping and surveying in the Lake George area and include the history of some of the place names that are connected to that mapping and exploration; examine how all-but-forgotten Adirondack history pre 1850 had a profound effect upon the shaping of America.

Pete argues that the Adirondack frontier up until the mid 1800’s was critical to the development of our nation, just as the western frontier was later. Pete will also mention on The Adirondack Diversity Initiative’s current efforts in the Park, and the relevance of those efforts to economic, environmental, recreational and other aspects of Adirondack life.

August 11: LGLC Landowner Panel

A virtual panel featuring Lake George landowners discussing how and why they conserved their land. Lake George landowners who have taken steps to conserve their land with the LGLC will talk about the motivations, methods, challenges and benefits they encountered, led by LGLC Conservation Program Manager Monica Dore.

August 18: Bats with Katelyn Ritzko of the DEC

Kate Ritzko is a Wildlife Technician who works with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to research the bat populations in New York. Kate holds a B.S. in Zoology from the State University of Oswego, and has a passion for wildlife conservation. She takes part in winter surveys of hibernating bats, acoustic analysis of bat calls during the summer, and other research efforts to monitor and protect the bat populations of NYS.

Kate’s summer presentation will include a brief overview of bat species in NY, and a discussion on the devastating effects of the fungal disease known as White Nose Syndrome. We will explore the current population trends, and what research and management practices are going on now.

August 25: “Inspired by Lake George: J.S. Wooley” with the Hyde Collection 

J.S. Wooley was one of the early photographers capturing the beauty of the Lake George region in the early twentieth century, especially focused on the Silver Bay area. Author Richard Timberlake, curator of the Wooley exhibit at the Hyde Collection, will introduce the talented photographer and showcase iconic imagery that captured the essence of the “Queen of American Lakes.”


As always, we strive to engage you, presenting unique and interesting programs for free in an attempt to connect to the community, provide educational experiences and learn more about the amazing area we live in and why our lands and waters are so important. If you have an idea for a presenter, feel free to contact us!