FLM Blog

Listen to the Stories

Listen to the Stories

As part of the Finger Lakes Museum's participation in the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Sciences) MANY (Museum Association of New York) grant, a video interview was prepared with G. Peter Jemison. The former Historic Site Manager of Ganondagan tells the story...

A Walk Through a Story

A Walk Through a Story

The wonderment and excitement of children as they are reading a story for the first time is hard to match. Capturing the suspense of what is to happen next, the emotion of connecting with the characters, and hearing the giggles as the story unfolds are ways that...

Understanding Layers in Landscapes

Understanding Layers in Landscapes

  Do you ever pause as you journey through a landscape to really observe the layers before you?  If not, next time you find yourself walking in the forest or paddling in a quiet stream, know that learning more about what layers natural occur in theses landscapes...

Composting

Composting

Backyard Composting There are so many good reasons to compost.  Thanks to Addison County, Vermont https://www.addisoncountyrecycles.org/food-scraps/composting/101/why-compost, for their list: Composting reduces waste, makes us less dependent on landfills, and...

2022 Paddle Keuka 5K  recap

2022 Paddle Keuka 5K recap

The hot and sunny Saturday was the perfect day for the refreshing splash of the 2022 Paddle Keuka 5K. With over 100 visitors to the Finger Lakes Museum for the big fun, spectators and participants enjoyed the rush of the possible win of raffle items, tasty food of...

Let’s go for a paddle!

Let’s go for a paddle!

FLM volunteer extraordinaire, Helen Heizyk, grabbed her camera and took us along for a video paddle of Keuka Lake and Sugar Creek. Her Monday morning paddle captured a Great Blue Heron and makes you feel like you are right there with her in the kayak. Enjoy! Keuka...

2021 Paddle Keuka 5K

2021 Paddle Keuka 5K

A great day was had by all - racers, volunteers, and spectators! It's evident by the smiles captured by Helen Heizyk and Matt Kelly in the gallery photos below. Thank you to our sponsors: Lyons National Bank Dudley Poultry Finger Lakes Premier Properties Red Jacket...

The Black Diamond Trail

The Black Diamond Trail

by Helen Heizyk Growing up near Cass Park in Ithaca I made the trip from there to Taughannock Falls State Park by car many, many times. This past week I traveled the distance from the Park to Ithaca and back on my bike for the first time, along the Black Diamond...

Bird Walk May 2021

Bird Walk May 2021

A fraction of the birds you can see and hear in the Townsend Grady Wildlife Preserve. Take a trip and start your own birding book! Photos courtesy of Helen Heizyk. On perhaps the most lovely day of peak migration, a small group of us ventured out into the...

The Attack of the Gypsy Moths

The Attack of the Gypsy Moths

Are you prepared for another invasion?!?  Gypsy moths are back in force!  They are one of America’s most destructive pests, and they are in the midst of a resurgence.  Healthy trees are vital in controlling erosion, reducing contaminated run-off, and...

FLXGives 2020: Mission Possible!

FLXGives 2020: Mission Possible!

When faced with a challenge, one must go through a series of steps to come to a feasible solution. Here at the Finger Lakes Museum we were able to tackle one of our recent challenges with your help! [Bonus challenge: write this blog post with as many song lyrics as...

Beautiful Birds in Sugar Creek

Beautiful Birds in Sugar Creek

The Finger Lakes Museum was the site of the ,Eaton Birding Society kayaking trip, where several members paddled in the morning sun and spotted birds along the way. A beautiful morning and a successful birding trip, Carolyn Jacobs shared her notes with us, tracking...

Tick Talk with Pat Atkinson

Tick Talk with Pat Atkinson

“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” John Muir The two places I go when I need to wash my spirit clean are to a long sandy beach or to a favorite trail in the...

A spring stroll down Canadice Lake’s Walking Path

A spring stroll down Canadice Lake’s Walking Path

written by guest blogger, Pat Atkinson In these days of social distancing, what better activity to do on a beautiful early spring day than to take a walk down one of my favorite paths on the west side of Canadice Lake. The morning grey, cloudy skies soon gave way to a...

Bird Watch

Bird Watch

The male Eastern Bluebird is a brilliant royal blue on the back and head and warm red-brown on the breast. The female is grayer with blue tinges in the wings and tail. You can find them year-round here in the Finger Lakes. They perch on wires, posts, and low branches,...

Paddle Keuka 5K sponsors

Paddle Keuka 5K sponsors

The Finger Lakes Museum would like to thank the Paddle Keuka 5K sponsors. The 4th annual event was held on beautiful, picture perfect Saturday August 3rd. Participants enjoyed tunes from a DJ before and after their race, post-race refreshments and Grove Boys chicken...

Dog Paddlin’ Hemlock Lake

Dog Paddlin’ Hemlock Lake

This month's blog post is written by the FLM's very own Pat Atkinson. Licensed ACA Kayak Instructor, NYS Guide and long-time FLM volunteer, you can find Pat visiting the campus to guide paddles or stopping in to say hello to everyone with her pup, Tree. This month's...

Canadice Lake- A Magical Place

Canadice Lake- A Magical Place

This month's blog follows the lake of the month theme and highlights Canadice Lake. Written by guest blogger, D.E. Bentley, she shares her experience of first "meeting" Canadice Lake and the constant discovery that has taken place of the area since. Thank you for...

Sunshine On My Shoulders

Sunshine On My Shoulders

A bright and glorious morning was a special gift for us on this year’s Bird Walk! For two delightful hours, we traipsed through the Townsend-Grady Wildlife Preserve to reacquaint ourselves with our fine-feathered friends. Thanks to our wonderful guides Mahlon and...

A Sailor on Owasco Lake

A Sailor on Owasco Lake

Part of the wonderful thing about the Finger Lakes is the incredible amount of history, both general and personal, that surrounds these beautiful lakes. It is not uncommon to hear from families that have spent generations growing up in a certain house, on a specific...

Conesus Lake

Conesus Lake

As a relatively recent transplant from Florida, I was pleasantly surprised by the area that I didn’t know much about when we first made the big cross-country move to the Finger Lakes. We moved to Geneva so I was familiar with Seneca Lake and my husband works in...

Day-tripping and More around Cayuga Lake

Day-tripping and More around Cayuga Lake

Our focus on the Finger Lakes this month is Cayuga Lake. Travel the ,Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway, an 87-mile loop around the lake, and you will find will find deep gorges, waterfalls, incredible landscape views, tourist and cultural attractions and more! You will also...

Indoor Adventures near Seneca Lake

Indoor Adventures near Seneca Lake

On one of the coldest days of the year, I decided it might be prudent to do some indoor exploring near Seneca Lake, our focus lake for February. I took along my intrepid mother for a museum adventure. First stop: Geneva History Museum, run by the Geneva Historical...

Trees for Tribs Grant to fund Sugar Creek Restoration Project

Trees for Tribs Grant to fund Sugar Creek Restoration Project

The Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium (FLM&A) was one of ten applicants to be awarded a Trees for Tribs Grant through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The Trees for Tribs Grant Program supports efforts to reforest New York's...