The Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) is a species known to nest near Shingle Shanty Brook.
Like the Passenger Pigeon, this species was once abundant and widespread. Over the past 40 years however, Rusty Blackbird populations have plunged by 85-98%. The Rusty Blackbird was put on the IUCN Red List in 2007.
On January 24, 2011, the Thayer Lake weather station recorded the lowest temperature of the winter, which was -33 degrees Farenheit. This minimum temperature is consistent with USDA Hardiness Zone 3B. Click the image above to view a PDF of the temperature data recorded from October 8, 2010 to March 16, 2011.
White-Winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera), early August. These are one of the numerous species in the Preserve at the extreme southern extent of their breeding range.
A Protected Place
Established in 2008, the Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station (“SSPRS”) is a biological field station, with work concentrated on the Shingle Shanty Preserve. The Shingle Shanty Preserve (the "Preserve") is a 23 square mile (60.7 kilometer square) tract of land located in the middle of the six million acre Adirondack Park. It is a truly unique resource dedicated to supporting research and education to enhance the future stability of ecosystems found in the Park and across the Northeastern United States. SSPRS’s remoteness, elevation and location creates an unparalleled opportunity to pursue biome level work with national and international implications. All of the Preserve is protected by a conservation easement that assures continuity of long term research and monitoring. The Preserve receives minimal human usage.
Summer 2013 temperature data from the weather station and a temperature data logger array at the Small Bog within the Glacial Lake St. Agnes Peatland Complex at Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station. The red, green and blue lines represent the maximum, mean and minimum daily temperatures from the weather station. The light blue slashes on the dark blue bar across the bottom of the graph indicate days where the temperature at 1m in the bog went below 32°F.
A Public Purpose
The Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station facilitates the study and dissemination of learning about the environment, geology and ecology of the Adirondacks through its unique physical resources and collaborative approach. The Preserve promotes research applicable throughout the Adirondacks with a concentration on the rare wetlands, forests and numerous water bodies found within the Preserve. Field research and academic study are conducted through partnerships with academic, scientific and environmental organizations and made available publicly to benefit the greater understanding of the Adirondack environment.
Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station is located in the west-central Adirondacks.
Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) in the Preserve, May 13, 2012. You can listen to a recording of a Canada Warbler made in the Preserve by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for the Macaulay Library by clicking here.