SFLM Blog

Small Wonders, Critter Stories: Muskrat

Small Wonders, Critter Stories: Muskrat

Meet our newest guest blogger, Sue Norris.  A retired RN originally from the UK, she has lived in the Finger Lakes Region since 1993 and loves the area for its natural beauty, diversity of life and tranquility. Working to be self-sufficient, she grows many of her own...

A Non-Scientist’s Guide to the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

A Non-Scientist’s Guide to the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

This article was originally printed through Life in the Finger Lakes November December 2023 issue. We are proud to have been featured in this magazine and welcome you to read it below. Here’s what you need to know for the Total Solar Eclipse - April 8, 2024 The...

Off the Beaten Path – Fillmore Glen State Park

Off the Beaten Path – Fillmore Glen State Park

Join us for a special treat! Our long-time volunteer and resident adventure-seeker, Brenda Mott, will be sharing her adventures in her blog series, Off The Beaten Path. With so many adventurous places in the Finger Lakes region you may have already heard of, Brenda is...

Building stronger communities – Banking on the future

Building stronger communities – Banking on the future

From the Finger Lakes Times. Read the article directly here or below: GUEST APPEARANCE: Building stronger communities — Banking on the future Mike Cutillo, Oct 7, 2023 My colleagues and I engage in many discussions about economic development. We routinely host...

Off the Beaten Path – Owasco Inlet

Off the Beaten Path – Owasco Inlet

Join us for a special treat! Our long-time volunteer and resident adventure-seeker, Brenda Mott, will be sharing her adventures in her blog series, Off The Beaten Path. With so many adventurous places in the Finger Lakes region you may have already heard of, Brenda is...

Off The Beaten Path – Comstock Ponds

Off The Beaten Path – Comstock Ponds

Join us for a special treat! Our long-time volunteer and resident adventure-seeker, Brenda Mott, will be sharing her adventures in her blog series, Off The Beaten Path. With so many adventurous places in the Finger Lakes region you may have already heard of, Brenda is...

Transformative Gift Leads to Transformative Change

Transformative Gift Leads to Transformative Change

A recent Life In the Finger Lakes magazine article shares our exciting news and name update: One of the Finger Lakes leading philanthropists, E. Philip Saunders, ignites transformation for the region. Saunders achieved great success through changing the United States’...

Thank you, Paddle Keuka sponsors

Thank you, Paddle Keuka sponsors

If you're out in town and see someone in our 2023 blue Paddle Keuka 5K shirts, take a moment to check out the sponsors on the back of the shirt. We appreciate the support of the local community as we make this race bigger and better every single year. Thank you to our...

Lake Friendly Living

Lake Friendly Living

May is Lake Friendly Living month, which encourages individuals to make an impact and take action to preserve and protect the Finger Lakes. The Lake Friendly Living Coalition of the Finger Lakes is comprised of individual lake watershed associations and works toward a...

It’s official – FLM is a part of the NYS Birding Trail

It’s official – FLM is a part of the NYS Birding Trail

The Finger Lakes Museum joined the company of 331 designated locations across New York State to become a part of the NYS Birding Trail. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) added the museum's trail through the Townsend Grady Wildlife Preserve, in...

Sugar Creek Streambank Restoration

Sugar Creek Streambank Restoration

Sugar Creek is a tributary to Keuka Lake, running along the east side of the FLM campus. Many of the FLM's exciting program activities take place here: the public kayak dock welcomes visitors dawn to dusk free of charge to launch their boats; the excitement of the...

Having Fun in a Winter Wonderland

Having Fun in a Winter Wonderland

When the temps drop, that's no reason to stay indoors. The Finger Lakes are beautiful anytime of the year, with the right layering! Take a peek at the history of two popular outdoor options: snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.   History of Snowshoeing The use...

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...