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 JR’s Back Alley BBQ and cold brews… Continue reading 2022 Paddle Keuka 5K recap

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 Lake & Sugar Creek Paddle

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 Orchards Lattimore Physical Therapy Canandaigua Sailboard

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 Trail. This rail to… Continue reading The Black Diamond Trail

Bird Walk May 2021

On perhaps the most lovely day of peak migration, a small group of us ventured out into the Townsend-Grady Wildlife Preserve for our annual Bird Walk.  Led by local bird experts Mahlon, Eleanor, Lidiann, and Arlene, we identified 48 species by sight and/or sound in our two-hour trek!  This is the order in which they… Continue reading Bird Walk May 2021

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 providing shade and habitat for native plants, birds and mammals.  Healthy deciduous trees can often… Continue reading The Attack of the Gypsy Moths

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 species and amounts. What an impressive list! 2.68 mile(s) Checklist Comments:… Continue reading Beautiful Birds in Sugar Creek

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, scanning the ground for prey.… Continue reading Bird Watch

‘Tis the season for holiday fun in the Finger Lakes!

Step back in time and enjoy the holidays the old-fashioned way with a Dickens Christmas in the beautiful lakeside community of Skaneateles. Every Saturday and Sunday through December 23, from noon to 4 pm, plus December 24 from noon – 2:30 pm, Charles Dickens and his cast of over 50 characters interact with residents and… Continue reading ‘Tis the season for holiday fun in the Finger Lakes!

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 BBQ. We couldn’t have done it without these gracious sponsors and we… Continue reading Paddle Keuka 5K sponsors

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 Hemlock Lake blog features helpful tips for taking… Continue reading Dog Paddlin’ Hemlock Lake

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 sharing your story with us! It had taken little to convince… Continue reading Canadice Lake- A Magical Place

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 Eleanor Hurst, Lydia and Arlene, we were able to see and/or hear 40 different… Continue reading Sunshine On My Shoulders

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 lake and that their best memories are tied so closely… Continue reading A Sailor on Owasco 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 Waterloo so we had some knowledge of… Continue reading Conesus Lake

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 tributaries, or small creeks and streams, which flow into and feed larger rivers and… Continue reading Trees for Tribs Grant to fund Sugar Creek Restoration Project

Wildlife Meteorologists?

As I sit in front of my computer mulling over ideas for our Museum blog I find myself repeatedly distracted by the activity outside my window. Here in the Finger Lakes, over the past couple of days, Meteorologists (of the human species) have been alerting us to an approaching ‘significant’ snow event. Have you ever… Continue reading Wildlife Meteorologists?

Hemlock: A “Right to Dance Community”!

November was approaching, and I was contemplating the Lake of the Month. I thought to myself, what could possibly be going on at Hemlock Lake in November?!? Well, imagine my surprise and delight when I stumbled across the Little Lakes Community Association (LLCA) in Hemlock! Operating in the recently acquired Old Hemlock School, they happened… Continue reading Hemlock: A “Right to Dance Community”!

Ithaca Children’s Garden

On a recent FLM&A Adventure Team visit to Cayuga Lake, I was charmed by a visit to the Ithaca Children’s Garden! In a picturesque setting overlooking the south end of the lake, the Ithaca Children’s Garden is “an award-winning 3-acre public children’s garden designed for kids, enjoyed by all, and driven by a mission to… Continue reading Ithaca Children’s Garden