Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Nature Hike This Sunday Afternoon

Sunday, August 20 3-5 pm
Join naturalist and author Roger Fulton on a free nature walk at Lime Hollow Nature Center, just outside of Cortland, NY from 3-5 pm. Meet at the Nature Center at: 338 McLean Rd., Cortland, NY 13045.
We will cover about 2 ½ miles at a moderate pace, stopping frequently to discuss what we find in nature. The trails are uneven woods trails and good footwear is recommended. You may want bug spray. Adults only and no dogs. Contact Roger if you need additional information or directions. Heavy rain or lightning cancels.
Roger Fulton is a noted outdoor author of several regional hiking, biking and kayaking guides for NY and Florida. He is also the co-author of two NY wildflower books..
Join him if you can. Member and Media contacts: Roger Fulton, www.RogerFulton.com. And Roger@RogerFulton.com or 386-956=6089 evenings.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Erie Canalway Trail segment update

We just got back from a trip to Western New York to explore the newest segment of the Erie Canalway Trail from Lockport to Amherst.  This segment closes about an eight-mile gap in the Erie Canalway Trail.  So, to update our 2016 book, Bicycling the Erie Canalway Trail, Tips and advice for your adventure(s), we just had to go out and see for ourselves what was going on.  And we found out about a five-and-a-half-mile paved section from Pendleton to Lockport is complete and very nice.  However, the section from Pendleton to Amherst, although only two miles, is still pending construction.  Despite this, you can still complete the Erie Canalway Trail, just that last segment is still “on road”.  Should you be interested in riding this new section, from Lockport to Pendleton, the Lockport Trailhead is accessible from Stevens Street and State Road in Lockport.  The GPS for that location is N 43˚ 09.838’, W 078˚ 42.055’. 

Upcoming TV interview

We just got back from a trip to Western New York to explore a new segment of the Erie Canalway Trail.  You may or may not remember that we rode the entire length of that trail - about 400 miles - in 2015.  We co-authored our book Bicycling the Erie Canalway Trail, Tips and advice for your adventure(s).  While there, we had the opportunity to do a half-hour TV interview with Bill Hilts, Jr., the Outdoor Promotions Director for Destination Niagara USA.  He interviewed us about our exploration of this trail, our experiences, and also about our book.  That TV program will air August 7, 2017, on LCTV.  We will keep you posted on the time it will air and hopefully we’ll be able to give you a link so you can watch it at your convenience.  In the meantime, if you want details of our 2015 trip, you can still view our blog at:   http://eriecanaltrek2015.blogspot.com/

Monday, July 24, 2017

Erie Canalway Trail, Lockport to Amherst July 27, 2017

This week we will be exploring a new segment of the Erie Canalway Trail between Lockport, NY and Amherst, NY.  We think about 8 miles, but that's why we explore.  If you would like to join us, we will be biking from Lockport on July 27, leaving in the early afternoon.  If you have any interest, you can contact Roger at roger@rogerfulton.com or give him a call at 386-956-6089 any afternoon or evening.  If you happen to have solid information about that section of trail, please also let Roger know.  Thanks and hope to see you on the trail!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Erie Canal: July 4th- 200th anniversary of the beginning of construction.

On July 4, 1817, construction began on the Erie Canal.  Now, in 2017, we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of that amazing engineering feat.  In 2015, we biked the entire Erie Canalway, from Buffalo to Albany, 366 miles.  And we published our experiences in our book titled, “Bicycling the Erie Canalway Trail, Tips and advice for your adventure(s)”.  To learn more about the Erie Canal and our travels along it, go to the blog on www.rogerfulton.com website, under “Erie Canal Trek 2015” (http://eriecanaltrek2015.blogspot.com/) and hopefully you can share in our adventures and plan for your own.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tell Your Friends and Family to Save Money

Golden Park Program in New York

Skip Navigation Links Golden Park Program

If you are a New York State resident 62 or older, on any weekday (except holidays), you can obtain ...
... simply by presenting your currently valid New York State Driver License or New York State Non-Driver Identification Card.*
For locations with pay stations, please contact the facility directly for information.
For information about facilities where this program is valid, contact the nearest state park
state park regional office or:
New York State Parks
Albany, New York 12238
518-474-0456
TTY/TDD through 711 Relay Service
A New York State Driver License or a New York State Non-Driver Identification Card may be obtained from your local Motor Vehicle office. You may want to contact them first to be certain you bring the required forms of identification, age etc.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How to join a hike in New York

Many people want to know about the hikes I lead so they can join in. Although I do post some hikes here, most go on specific area Meetup boards.

For the Ithaca/Cortland area, check out the Meetup Group Ithaca Area Hiking and Nature Study Group. You can find them at:  https://www.meetup.com/Ithaca-Hiking-Nature-Study-Group/

For the Syracuse/Cortland area I post for the Syracuse Outdoor Adventure Group on Meetup. You can access them at:   https://www.meetup.com/adventurers-103/

Hope this helps you to be able to join us on hikes and other activities the Summer.

Best wishes, as always.

Roger Fulton



Phone and text: Afternoons and evenings only: 386-956-6089
Deland, FL and Cortland, NY
Master Naturalist and Author

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Newest Finger Lakes Book Available!

NEWEST FINGER LAKES BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE!

I am pleased to announce yet another outdoor exploration book for the Finger Lakes Region.
This one is titled: Exploring Nature in the Finger Lakes – Cortland and Ithaca Region. The following is information from my webpage about it.

Exploring Nature in the Finger Lakes Region of New York 
Cortland and Ithaca Regions
In this book, we can take you to 7 nature/learning centers, 8 "unique areas" and 11 nature preserves in the Ithaca and Cortland areas of the Finger Lakes. We cover some of the best natural areas in Cortland, Tompkins and Tioga counties. You will encounter endless gorges, waterfalls and wildflower acres to explore and enjoy. In addition you will be able to access thousands of NY State Forest acres in all of these counties.
2017, 114 pages, 60 full color photos, 4x8 spiral bound, $19.95
To order this book, or any of our other titles, with a credit card, call the publisher Common Man Books at 866-793-0555 or go through their website at www.commonmanbooks.com.

It may not yet be up on the publisher’s website, so just call and ask for it if you are interested for you or your business.

You can access a rough photo of the cover and more information about it and other NY titles from my webpage at:  http://rogerfulton.com/ecotours/NYBooks/finger-lakes-region.html

Thanks for your time and consideration and please share this message with your outdoor friends.
Roger Fulton


Phone and text: Afternoons and evenings only: 386-956-6089
Deland, FL and Cortland, NY

Master Naturalist and Author

Monday, May 8, 2017

Ithaca and Syracuse NY Area Hikes - Postings

Many people want to know about the hikes I lead so they can join in. Although I do post some hikes here, most go on specific area Meetup boards.

For the Ithaca/Cortland area, check out the Meetup Group Ithaca Area Hiking and Nature Study Group. You can find them at:  https://www.meetup.com/Ithaca-Hiking-Nature-Study-Group/

For the Syracuse/Cortland area I post for the Syracuse Outdoor Adventure Group on Meetup. You can access them at:   https://www.meetup.com/adventurers-103/

Hope this helps you to be able to join us on hikes and other activities the Summer.

Best wishes, as always.
Roger Fulton
www.RogerFulton.com





Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Adams Eden Trails Update - Closed for now!

On page 80 of our recent book, Short Hikes in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State - Auburn and Syracuse Region we highlighted the trails of the Adams Eden Camp near Lafayette, NY. We had recently heard that they had closed and that the property had been sold this past January. So yesterday we went up there to try to find out about the future access to the trails and waterfalls. We arrived and found "Closed" signs before entering the property. But one of the new owners came down and greeted us. The property is currently closed to the public. They do not have the current insurance policies in place to open it to the public.  All future activities are pending. We'll try to keep you updated as they update us.
Access other trail opportunities in the Finger Lakes Region at: www.Rogerfulton.com or through our publisher: www.commonmanbooks.com
 Roger

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Exploring Nature

I will be heading back to New York after having an adventurous time in  Florida.  Please stay in touch with me through: www.rogerfulton.com.  You can also get information about my new book:               " Exploring Nature in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State: Cortland and Ithaca Region".





Thursday, April 6, 2017

Nature Hike Sunday April 9 at 3-5 pm

Join me on this wildlife tour of Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in Deleon Springs, Florida. Master Naturalist and author Roger Fulton will lead a nature tour exploring the refuge and its flora and fauna. It will be the last hike I lead this season as I am heading north next weekend. All you have to do is sign up and show up at the Myacca Parking Area on Mud Lake Road in Deleon Springs, FL. Roger will have his 60 power scope for great views of the birds and other wildlife on the refuge. We will cover about 2 miles in about 1.5 hours of easy walking on flat trails. Good footwear is recommended and no open toed shoes. Adults only and no pets. Heavy rain or lightning cancels. 
Questions or reservations: Contact Roger Fulton www.RogerFulton.com

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Wednesday Bike Ride March 15, 2017

“Beware the ides of March” is one famous saying. But in our case, we’re not scared. It’s just a casual 13.3 mile bike ride at Lake Beresford Park in Deland. 
As always, we’ll meet at 3 pm at the park and go from there. All levels welcome and no one left behind. Choose your own speed and mileage.
Reservations are appreciated by return email,
Roger



Phone and text: Afternoons and evenings only: 386-956-6089
Deland, FL and Cortland, NY
Master Naturalist and Author



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Powerpoint Presentation - What's in your back yard?

LEC - Who's in your backyard?

Event Date(s)

Begins: March 18, 2017 2:00 pm
Ends: March 18, 2017 3:00 pm
During this classroom presentation, Florida Master Naturalist Roger Fulton will discuss common backyard wildlife invaders and how to control them. He’ll highlight the worst of the invaders, including invasive plants.
Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.


Audubon Boat Tour March 16, 2017 1:30 pm

The West Volusia Audubon Society is inviting you and me  to join them on this great outdoor exploration tour. It is always a good time. The cost is $25.00 per person and space is limited, so get your reservation in as soon as possible. The website is: https://www.meetup.com/WestVolusiaAudubon/events/237913826/
That gives you directions and how to get your check to Eli for your reservation.
This is a great nature outing, not to be missed if you can attend.
If that link fails you, go to Meetup and look for the West Volusia Audubon Society Meetup group.
If that fails, contact me through my webpage at; www.RogerFulton.com
You do not have to be an Audubon member to attend.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bike Ride, Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 3 pm, Lake Beresford Park, Deland, FL


If anyone is interested we will be biking at Lake Beresford Park in Deland, FL to Blue Springs on Wednesday, February 22nd  at 3 pm in honor of George Washington’s birthday. George would have been a bicyclist if it had been invented back then. Instead he was forced to ride a hayburner. Bikes don’t eat, nor do they leave debris on the trail.   J
Flexible mileage and pace as always. Up to 13.3 miles of paved, off-road trails. Please let me know if you will be attending so we don't leave without you.
Roger




Phone and text: Afternoons and evenings only: 386-956-6089
Deland, FL and Cortland, NY

Master Naturalist and Author




Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nature Tour of Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge - Sunday, Feb 19th at 3 pm

  • Myacca parking lot on Mud Lake Road
  • Join with the West Volusia Audubon Society on this wildlife tour of Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in Deleon Springs, Florida.

    Master Naturalist and author Roger Fulton will lead a nature tour exploring the refuge and its flora and fauna.  It is sponsored by the West Volusia Audubon Society and is free. All you have to do is make a reservation and show up at the Myacca Parking Area on Mud Lake Road in Deleon Springs, FL. Roger will have his 60 power scope for great views of the birds and other wildlife on the refuge.

    We will cover about 2 miles in about 1.5 hours of easy walking on flat trails. Good footwear is recommended and no open toed shoes. Adults only and no dogs. Reservations are required. Heavy rain or lightning cancels.
     Questions or reservations: Contact Roger Fulton www.RogerFulton.com

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    Nature Tours - February 5 and 19, 2017

    WEST VOLUSIA AUDUBON

    Birding Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

    February 5 and 19, 2017 at 3pm
    Join with the West Volusia Audubon Society on wildlife tours of Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in Deleon Springs, FL on selected Sundays in February 2017 at 3 pm.

    Master Naturalist and author Roger Fulton will lead nature tours exploring the refuge and its flora and fauna.  It is sponsored by the West Volusia Audubon Society and is free. All you have to do is sign up and show up at the Myacca Parking Area on Mud Lake Road in Deleon Springs, FL. Roger will have his 60 power scope for great views of the birds and other wildlife on the refuge.

    We will cover about 2 miles in about 1.5 hours of easy walking on flat trails. Good footwear is recommended and no open toed shoes. Adults only and no dogs. Reservations are appreciated. Heavy rain or lightning cancels.

    Questions or reservations: Contact Roger at www.RogerFulton.com or via email at 
    Roger@RogerFulton.com

    lake woodruff field trips

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    Off-Road Biking Friday 01/20/17 3pm

    To All;
    This is an off-road ride on the dike trails at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in DeLeon Springs, FL. We will ride to see wildlife along 450 acres of ponds. We may cover up to seven miles of off-road trails, depending on the group. Hybrids or mountain bikes are recommended. No road bikes. Not much shelter so bring water and sunscreens. We’ll meet at 3 pm at the Myacca Parking Area on Mud Lake Road in Deleon Springs. Mud Lake Road turns to dirt and then back to pavement after the railroad tracks. Then your first right.
     Just let me know if you will join us via return email. Bring a friend or two.
    My contact info is below if you have any issues or problems.
    Hope to see some of you there,
    Roger


    Phone and text: Afternoons and evenings only: 386-956-6089
    Deland, FL and Cortland, NY
    Master Naturalist and Author


    Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    What's in Your Backyard - Invasive species in Florida

    Invasive species in your backyard

    Event Date(s)

    Begins: January 21, 2017 2:00 pm
    Ends: January 21, 2017 3:00 pm
    From killer plants to Burmese pythons, Florida has its share of invasive species. Roger Fulton will describe the invaders you might find in your own backyard at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable, 198 Sunrise Blvd, DeBary. He’ll also explain how to get rid of them.
    Fulton, a master naturalist and author, has published a series of trail guides for Florida, New York and Vermont. His publication, “Safe in the Woods,” offers outdoor safety and survival tips.
    His free presentation is part of the Lemonade Lectures series, which is sponsored by the Enterprise Historical Conservancy and Volusia County. Light refreshments and lemonade will be served. 
    Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Tracy Mestre at 386-668-3840 or tmestre@volusia.org.