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Ed Kanze Explores Winter at the Adirondack Museum

December 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y. —  Learn, laugh, grow – and stay warm!  Join the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, New York for the 2011 Cabin Sunday Series.

We have two seasons in the Adirondacks, according to an old saying, winter and July 4th. Join naturalist Ed Kanze on Sunday, January 9, 2011 and cool a blazing case of cabin fever with an armchair adventure in the snow. Look at winter in a whole new way!

Kanze will offer a program entitled “Below Zero and Above Reproach: The Virtues of an Adirondack Winter.”

The presentation will be the first in the museum’s always-popular Cabin Fever Sunday series. Held in the Auditorium, the program will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. Cabin Fever Sundays are offered at no charge to museum members or children of elementary school age and younger.  The fee for non-members is $5.00.  Refreshments will be served. For additional information, please call the Education Department at (518) 352-7311, ext. 128 or visit the museum’s web site at www.adirondackmuseum.org.

The Museum Store and Visitor Center will be open from noon to 4 p.m.

Cabin Fever Sunday presentations are sponsored by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park: www.pearsallfoundation.org.

Kanze will explore the long, cold, snowy Adirondack winter and will look at how flora, fauna, and people overcome its challenges. He will share color photos shot in his part of the region showing things such as a long-tailed weasel in winter white and a flock of brilliantly colored evening grosbeaks.

Kanze will cover the science of winter as well.  For instance, the white coat put on by hares and weasels may have more to do with keeping warm than camouflage, counter to popular understanding.

Ed KanzeEd Kanze is a 1978 graduate of Middlebury College. He earned a B.A. in Geography and won the Bermas Prize for highest departmental honors. He lives with his wife and two children on 18 acres along the Saranac River.

In April 2005, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Ed’s essay about the passenger pigeon, “In Search Of Something Lost,” was named by the John Burroughs Association as the Outstanding Published Natural History Essay of 2004.  The same essay earned a gold medal in environmental writing from the International Regional Magazine Association. PBS featured Ed and his nature writing in the documentary, “The Adirondacks.”  His essays and articles have appeared in Adirondack Life, Audubon, Birder’s World, The Conservationist, Utne Reader, and many more.

Ed has published five books. His most recent, Over the Mountain and Home Again: Journeys of an Adirondack Naturalist
brings together stories of nature and adventure in New York State’s Adirondack Park, the largest park in the Lower 48.

The Adirondack Museum tells stories of the people – past and present — who have lived, worked, and played in the unique place that is the Adirondack Park. History is in our nature. The museum is supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. For information about all that the museum has to offer, please call (518) 352-7311, or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.

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