Adirondack Mountain Club High Peaks Lecture Series 2012

Located right outside of Lake Placid, The High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) at Heart Lake is once again offering its yearly FREE lecture series. All programs are free and open to the public. Saturday evening lectures at HPIC begin at 8 p.m.

 Lecture Series 

Jan. 7
Winter Birds of the Adirondacks
Join Joan Collins, president of Adirondack Avian Expeditions & Workshops, LLC as she discusses winter birds in the Adirondacks. She will discuss why the birds move to our region in the winter and where you can find them. The presentation will feature photographs and vocalizations of 19 species that visit northern New York in winter.

Jan. 14
Backcountry Travel with Pete Fish
A retired forest ranger with over 30 years experience patrolling the High Peaks, Pete Fish will introduce his audience to the preparation needed for safe and efficient backcountry travel. Pete will also talk about how to stay alive in an emergency and how to prevent one in the first place.

Jan. 21
Climate Whiplash: What Happens After Global Warming?
Most people debate that global warming looks only as far ahead as 2100 AD, but what happens after that? Curt Stager, author of “Deep Future: the Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth,” will discuss the long-term picture of global warming.  

Jan. 28
Jim Giglinto: Basic Avalanche Awareness
Join Jim Giglinto, High Peaks forest ranger, as he discusses some of the factors influencing avalanches and the history of avalanches occurring in the Adirondack backcountry. His informative program guarantees to send us all home with a basic understanding of avalanche danger.

Feb. 4
Bill McKibben: Notes from the Front of the Climate Fight
Join Bill McKibben, author and co-founder of, as he talks about the movement to solve the climate crisis. Find out what the world is doing to address this issue.

Feb. 11
Moose in New York
State wildlife biologist Ed Reed will review the history, current status, and future of moose in New York. Moose were native to New York, but were extirpated before 1900. The expansion of moose from Maine and Canada across New England reached New York in the 1980s and the population is now well established and self-sustaining.  The program will cover food habits, breeding biology, habitat needs, mortality factors, and recreational values of moose.

Feb. 18
Adirondack Environmental History: It’s as Clear as Mud
Join Brendan Wiltse, a PhD candidate from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, as he discusses the environmental history of the Adirondacks. This talk will explore the use of mud from the bottom of lakes to reconstruct the environmental history of the Adirondacks. We will see how the use of mud can clarify our understanding of such environmental impacts as acid deposition, eutrophication, and climate change.

Feb. 25
Annie and the Hedonists
Come in from the cold and warm up with the wonderful musical talents of Annie and the Hedonists. These talented musicians from Schenectady are making their journey up North to help us celebrate winter in the Adirondacks. You’ll enjoy listening to their beautiful vocals and harmonies that are blended into an eclectic mix of acoustic folk, torchy blues, standards, bluegrass, gospel, early jazz and more. A great night of musical entertainment for everyone!

March 3
Introduction to Square Dancing
Participants will take part and enjoy the activity of beginner-level square dancing with music and calling provided by Stan Burdick. Stan is a well-established, nationally know professional caller with over 50 years experience. Brief comments regarding the history of the popular folk activity will inform and enliven the program.

March 10
Flora and Fauna of the Adirondacks
From the Red Fox to White Fringed Orchid, learn about the bounty of nature’s diversity within the Adirondack Park. Join us on a visually pleasing educational journey that will bring you from the lowest grasses to the highest alpine summits, and walk away with a better understanding of our unique park.
March 17
The Rustic Riders
Come Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with The Rustic Riders! An Adirondack based acoustic group, The Rustic Riders play original music with traditional roots. Lisa Meissner’s original songs explore our journeys with others, our world and creation. Sometimes they get you dancing and singing; other times they invite you to pause, reflect, and renew. They are filled with her experience of music from many peoples, times, and places and they move the spirit to new understanding.

The High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) is at the end of the Adirondack Loj Road, 8 miles south of Lake Placid, NY. For more information, call 518-523-3480. 

© Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) for the towns of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Jay/Upper Jay, Wilmington, Keene/Keene Valley which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities.


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