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Who’s There: An Adirondack Backyard Biological Survey

January 27, 2019 | 1:30 pm

Ed Kanze

For nearly nineteen years, Ed Kanze and his family have been surveying the flora, fauna, fungi, and everything else that’s alive on the eighteen acres along the Saranac River that they call home. They’ve found most of the expected things—robins, whitetail deer, red maple trees, balsam firs—plus lots of surprises and wild neighbors that escape the attention of all but a few specialists. Ed will share stories and photos of the findings to date. Included are moose, bears, insects, earthworms, woody plants, wildflowers, mushrooms, and even a few things only visible with a microscope.
Adirondack naturalist, guide, and writer Ed Kanze lives with his wife, Debbie, and their children Ned and Tasman along the Saranac River near Bloomingdale. Ed is a seventh generation Adirondacker whose four-times-great grandparents began farming along the Sacandaga River about 1795. His pioneering biological survey work in the Westchester County, NY park system in the 1980s led to the designation of the 4,700-acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation as a Biodiversity Reserve. One of Ed’s earliest memories is of climbing on the old steam engine at the then-Adirondack-Museum in 1961. In recent years, he has led nature walks on the Adirondack Experience’s Minnow Pond Trail and savored every step of the way. Ed has produces the video series, “Curiously Adirondack” in partnership with Josh Clement and is a frequent contributor to Adirondack Explorer and Adirondack Life magazines. His most recent book, “Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East,” was published by SUNY Press.