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Eagles in the Islands

Eagles in the Islands

HILL ISLAND - Bud Andress grabs his binoculars and hops on the Jet-Ski at the dock of his St. Lawrence River home to go ...
by: Kim Lunman
An Icy Toast to Summer

An Icy Toast to Summer

About right now, I’m thinking about sitting on the dock, staring out at the St. Lawrence and sipping on a MacDac. It’s t...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Bruce Dana, A River Photographer

Bruce Dana, A River Photographer

It was serendipitous that TI Life heard about local nature and wildlife photographer Bruce Dana. Bruce first introduced ...
by: Patty Mondore
Listen to French Creek

Listen to French Creek

From my beginnings I flowed quietly and deep. In Summer you could hardly see my current as it flowed to the Great River....
by: Nancy Bond
The River’s Spell

The River’s Spell

When you talk about The River here in the Thousand Islands, no further explanation is required. Why? Because it might as...
by: Kim Lunman
Best Wishes from Round Island

Best Wishes from Round Island

It is Christmas on the River, a place quite different from summertime. The hustle and bustle of water sports and recreat...
by: Richard L. Withington
Wings Like Eagles

Wings Like Eagles

When I was young, one of my favorite verses went like this: "They who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They ...
by: Patty Mondore
Daydreams of My River

Daydreams of My River

The River is my lover… I believe I can speak those words intimately because the beautiful St Lawrence River is big enoug...
by: Dudley E. Danielson
River Rat Kids, A recollection by Hunter Grimes III

River Rat Kids, A recollection by Hunter Grimes III

These days, there does not seem to be much to distinguish young river rat types. Times have changed and young people hav...
by: Hunter Grimes
Google Trek of the Thousand Islands National Park

Google Trek of the Thousand Islands National Park

Email, Facebook, Instagram, and all the other wondrous tools available on the Internet have made it easier than ever to ...
by: Bruce MacMillan
A Boater's Perspective

A Boater's Perspective

I’d like to share some insights as a boater of the Thousand Islands. I’m not talking about day boaters or island hoppers...
by: Tim Kocher
Turtles in the Thousand Islands

Turtles in the Thousand Islands

With its combination of shallow bays, marshes, and island ponds, our region is a prime area for appreciating turtles. Th...
by: Bob Arnebeck
Remembering TI Park and the Hurricane of ‘38

Remembering TI Park and the Hurricane of ‘38

It was a dark and stormy night! OK that is a pretty lame way to start a narration but it was a dark and stormy night. I ...
by: Deane C. Parkhurst
TILTKids Camp at Zenda

TILTKids Camp at Zenda

My sister, Smith, and I have been coming to the Thousand Islands since we were little, following the tradition of spendi...
by: Henney Hambrose
“Tails of Thousand Island Park” Coming soon

“Tails of Thousand Island Park” Coming soon

I met Ann Davis in the Thousand Island Pavilion last month..
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Everything’s Duckie on Grenell

Everything’s Duckie on Grenell

We’ve had a merganser nesting in the white pine outside our bedroom window every season for about four years now. We usu...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“The Russians are Coming!

“The Russians are Coming!

“The Russians are Coming! The Russians are coming!” Okay, I don’t think that’s actually what Stephanie Weiss, assistant ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
I am 10 years old… What my summer is all about

I am 10 years old… What my summer is all about

Editor’s Note:  Imagine how pleased we were to receive this submission written by Kate Modler, who just competed 4t...
by: Kate Modler
Clayton’s Goose Chasers

Clayton’s Goose Chasers

Back in the early days of television, we watched the CBS’s show: “What’s My Line”, which ran from the from 1950 to 1967....
by: Susan W. Smith
Help Count Loons…

Help Count Loons…

Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) has once again announced their Annual Loon Count for July 20, 2013. Observers across...
by: Susan W. Smith
Goldilocks? Is that you?

Goldilocks? Is that you?

We’re here! We arrived on the island in the middle of a glorious sunny day. The crossing was a little bumpy but Linda at...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Camping in comfort in Thousand Islands National Park

Camping in comfort in Thousand Islands National Park

Camping on an island has a special appeal -- that feeling of leaving the everyday back on the mainland. This quality tha...
by: Kim Robinson
What is the Land Trust anyway?

What is the Land Trust anyway?

I’ve only been working with the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) for a little over a year, but in that short time I fe...
by: Corinne Mockler
A 1000 Islands Mariner… the first in a series

A 1000 Islands Mariner… the first in a series

This summer we want to hear from visiting mariners.  Whether you are on a yacht, sailboat, or canoe or kayak – cons...
by: Arthur Bronstein
“Dock Spider” - Friend or Foe?

“Dock Spider” - Friend or Foe?

The dock spider has the uncanny ability to strike fear into the hearts of all but the hardiest of souls.
by: Tom King
Spring Symphony

Spring Symphony

The solitude and silence of the frozen sub-arctic winter sets the mind to thinking and the sharpens the senses. Without ...
by: Richard L. Withington
Volunteering: A Time to Do Good Deeds

Volunteering: A Time to Do Good Deeds

When people hear the word ‘volunteer’ a lot of things may come to mind. For me, volunteering as a way to give back to my...
by: Nicole Gokey
Memories of the Rideau

Memories of the Rideau

Many years ago, when I was a student at Linklater Public School in Gananoque, I used to participate in the local Royal C...
by: Tom King
Nature/Outdoor Photography… may be just what you’ve been looking for!

Nature/Outdoor Photography… may be just what you’ve been looking for!

For River folks of all ages the world of nature and all of its beauty is literally waiting just outside your door. ...
by: Bill Munro
Appreciating the River in Winter

Appreciating the River in Winter

My grandfather, Thomas Mitchell (1913-1990), told me many stories about life on the river during the winter months. Many...
by: Tom French
Bucky, a special winter visitor

Bucky, a special winter visitor

I have been feeding the deer for years at our winter home along the Parkway near Ivy Lea.  They were emptying my bi...
by: Judy Orr
MUSKIES---Believe it or Not

MUSKIES---Believe it or Not

I’ve heard stories, seen pictures and I’ve even seen the dusty stuffed trophies mounted...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Dear People of the United States of America and Canada…

Dear People of the United States of America and Canada…

A few weeks ago, just after sunset, I saw a gorgeous ship upbound at Clayton... It was unusual because it was bathed ent...
by: Richard L. Withington
Living the dream: the story of Cross-Island Farms

Living the dream: the story of Cross-Island Farms

The day that she and partner David Belding bought their first two pigs is the day Dani Baker thinks her mother rolled ov...
by: Melinda Stubbee
Photo Tribute to the Cape Vincent Seaway Pilots

Photo Tribute to the Cape Vincent Seaway Pilots

Just imagine yourself being one of the Seaway River Pilots stationed in Cape Vincent and you are scheduled for duty to g...
by: Martin Zonnenberg
Cattail Caper

Cattail Caper

Sometimes Mother Nature needs a hand. Low water levels on the St. Lawrence presented environmental groups the perfect op...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
What to do?  Low Water

What to do? Low Water

Island neighbor, Catherine Hinds, tells me the water was so low the year she was born, that her parents could walk from ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Winter With the Otters

Winter With the Otters

The best thing about Thousand Island Park is its proximity to the swamps of Wellesley Island. When I insulated our su...
by: Bob Arnebeck
Rare Encounters

Rare Encounters

A few weeks ago, just before closing the island for the season, I awoke to a scene I had never seen before. Just beyond ...
by: Ian Coristine
An Unexpected Visitor

An Unexpected Visitor

“Oh my God! That’s disgusting. That snake is going to get into the birdhouse”, my sister-in-law screamed. We had been w...
by: Anne Timmons
What Does a Clean St. Lawrence Mean to You?

What Does a Clean St. Lawrence Mean to You?

“Please remember to dump your garbage far enough from shore so it does not wash back onto the shores of Grenell.” I foun...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Getting Kids Back to Nature

Getting Kids Back to Nature

Now that my first summer as Coordinator of Education & Outreach at the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) is winding...
by: Corinne Mockler
Dr. Withington’s River Rat Essay…

Dr. Withington’s River Rat Essay…

What actually makes you a River Rat? A while ago, I ran into an old fellow who was reputed locally to be a "River Rat"...
by: Richard L. Withington
A Bird Lover’s Utopia

A Bird Lover’s Utopia

Have you ever wondered what the Thousand Islands would be like if all the birds disappeared? I have, and I certainly hop...
by: Tom King
Taking the Plunge:  AquaZoo - Treasure and Local Lore Await in A-Bay

Taking the Plunge: AquaZoo - Treasure and Local Lore Await in A-Bay

Dave and Mary Roberts signed a lease to open their privately owned public aquarium...
by: Kristen Taylor
Flag Etiquette in the 1000 Islands

Flag Etiquette in the 1000 Islands

For several years I’ve been interested in flags and flag etiquette and wanted to share some of the correct and incorrect...
by: Bud Andress
If Minna Anthony Common had a Blog…

If Minna Anthony Common had a Blog…

If Minna Anthony Common had a Rock Ridges Trail blog I would have had it bookmarked, or better yet I would have pinned i...
by: Sarah Miller
Out in the Open

Out in the Open

I grew up in rural Maine with “back-to-the-land” parents, so naturally I couldn’t wait to move to the big city...
by: Corinne Mockler
Ticks and Lyme Disease

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Everyone loved those seventy degree days we enjoyed this past March. However, one of the downsides of what seems to be a...
by: Don Brown
Is Your Voice Heard… Save The River Announcement

Is Your Voice Heard… Save The River Announcement

For more than a decade, River communities have advocated for a new water levels management plan that is protective of Ri...
by: Jennifer J. Caddick
Landing at Georgina Island

Landing at Georgina Island

We rowed carefully into the bay at Georgina Island, one trainee looking expectantly into the water off the bow, waiting to spot ...
by: Jason McNaught
Ice Fishing Anyone?

Ice Fishing Anyone?

On Saturday, January 28th, Alexandria Bay held their Annual Ice Fishing Derby. Each year Ice Fishermen (and women) and y...
by: David Pritt
“Shall We Gather at the River” by Hannah Connolly

“Shall We Gather at the River” by Hannah Connolly

The Grindstone Island community gathers for the last church service of the season, hand in hand, around the old poplar t...
by: Hannah Connolly
The Essence of an American Christmas

The Essence of an American Christmas

Getting to Grindstone - First glitch, the boys had thrown locking hitches on the dock lines. NEVER a locking hitch after November 1!
by: Richard L. Withington
Oh, Those Two Glorious Weeks!

Oh, Those Two Glorious Weeks!

As the summer of 2011 rapidly comes to a close I find myself thinking about our latest two-week cottage vacation and rea...
by: Tom King
How The Canadian Thousand Islands Are Named and Renamed

How The Canadian Thousand Islands Are Named and Renamed

The Canadian Geographical Names Data Base at Natural Resources Canada is the repository for official names records...
by: Ross D. Pollack
How the American Thousand Islands are Named and Renamed

How the American Thousand Islands are Named and Renamed

Official names of places and features in the United States are selected by the Board on Geographic Names...
by: Ross D. Pollack
A Fistful of Pines

A Fistful of Pines

Two old cottages beneath a fistful of pines—that was my first impression of what was then known as Ogden Point.  Be...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
She Saves Wildlife

She Saves Wildlife

A few weeks ago, Sue-Ryn Burns called the TILT office asking permission to release a Great Horned Owl at the Crooked Cre...
by: Star Carter
Ospreys

Ospreys

I see ospreys almost everyday of the year. When I go to the grocery story, in the parking lot and ditto at the gas station...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
When I see a ‘saltie’…

When I see a ‘saltie’…

When I see a ‘saltie’, I wonder what critters might be stowed away in its ballast tanks...
by: Jennifer J. Caddick
Deer Versus Gardener…

Deer Versus Gardener…

If you garden in the Thousand Islands you have probably experienced this frustrating scenario: Monday evening at dusk yo...
by: Judith Gould
Have you paddled a Voyageur Canoe?

Have you paddled a Voyageur Canoe?

Because of daily walks on Wellesley, rarely does a day pass that I’m not out on the River. I can’t imagine visiting the ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Island Quest Scavenger Hunt …

Island Quest Scavenger Hunt …

Getting stranded on an island with your students may sound like a teacher’s field trip nightmare, but in St. Lawrence Is...
by: Kim Robinson
The Narrows

The Narrows

The last two months I’ve written about my walks on Wellesley. But as with anything in life, sometimes it’s not the desti...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Walking on the wild side…

Walking on the wild side…

Last month, I gave you a peek at the trails of Wellesley Island State Park  (WISP). This month, I want to take you ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Thousand Islands Rocks

Thousand Islands Rocks

For many of us the beauty and uniqueness of the Thousand Islands is without question. And yet we may know little of thei...
by: Chris Murray
Walks on Wellesley

Walks on Wellesley

For me, walking in nature and writing are somehow connected. The more I write, the more I need to walk. In order to writ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Higgins at Christmas

Higgins at Christmas

Higgins, the Welsh Terrier, is back for our young readers.
by: Dean Pagani
The Eagle Watch Update

The Eagle Watch Update

The St. Lawrence Bald Eagle Working Group, which I co-chaired for many years with my U.S. counterpart from the New York ...
by: Bud Andress
What is around the bend?

What is around the bend?

Hunched, damp and tired, we look at the scribbled number on the page and debate calling the U.S. Coast Guard. Almost 24-...
by: Trevor Brightman
Summer Adventures

Summer Adventures

My co-workers warned me that June seems to skip right into September and everything in between is just a blur. How true it is,
by: Star Carter
Severe Storm Batters Admiralty Islands

Severe Storm Batters Admiralty Islands

A "microburst" swept through the Thousand Islands last month, uprooting trees, damaging cottages and leaving some island...
by: Kim Lunman
Annual Loon Count on Grenell

Annual Loon Count on Grenell

I remember the first time I saw a loon. It was in the early 1980’s, because we still had that small aluminum fishing boa...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
August Nights

August Nights

August bring its rewards:  usually, much better, night-sky viewing; unique planetary alignments; Northern-Lights; s...
by: James Morrison
My Name is Higgins

My Name is Higgins

This article is written for our young readers... They call me Higgins. I am a Welsh Terrier and proud of it.
by: Dean Pagani
Wellesley’s Cross Island Farms

Wellesley’s Cross Island Farms

As the first decade of the new millennium has passed, this writer has met many people in our community who ask “what doe...
by: James Rappaport
Wearing hats during low water…

Wearing hats during low water…

Most folks on the River know me as the Executive Director of Save The River, but I also wear a few additional hats – yea...
by: Jennifer J. Caddick
Workin’ “Robby Bay”

Workin’ “Robby Bay”

Every spring begins as the birds migrate, the snow melts and the little white and green tug boat sitting in Massena, New...
by: Michael Folsom
A Walk on the Thousand Islands Wild Side

A Walk on the Thousand Islands Wild Side

Anyone who has spent any time in the Thousand Islands becomes accustomed to its creatures... NEW: Audio by Jan Eliot
by: Kim Lunman
A Winter Islander Returns. . .

A Winter Islander Returns. . .

It isn't easy When I first thought of over-wintering, I thought of all the free time to do just as I pleased. Perhaps a ...
by: Richard L. Withington
The Case for Moose

The Case for Moose

Like so many inhabitants of the northern regions, the moose is one that when spotted, is a sight to behold.
by: James Rappaport
Summer Eco-Tours

Summer Eco-Tours

The greatest way to experience the Thousand Islands is from the water. Each hidden channel, quiet cove, and marshy bay holds little secrets
by: Star Carter
Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers

Janet was five, when her parents bought the cottage on Grenell Island, and it's where she spent her summers. She became ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Readers Exchange - Shipwrecked on Calumet

Readers Exchange - Shipwrecked on Calumet

I stepped out onto the grass on a dull gray July morning. Before me, I could see the great St. Lawrence River. The waves...
by: Jeff Streets
New Neighbors

New Neighbors

Change is constant in our world, and certainly in our region. While the focus in the Thousand Islands, more often than n...
by: James Rappaport
The Goby and the Bass

The Goby and the Bass

After mowing the lawn in front of the camp, I took out my snorkeling mask last weekend to cool off and check out the riv...
by: James Rappaport
Thousand Islands Weather...

Thousand Islands Weather...

About 10,000 thunderstorms occur in Ontario during a typical summer and only about 1% of these are "severe"
by: Phil Chadwick
Island Names, Updated May 2009

Island Names, Updated May 2009

As the new season begins on the River, I’m pleased to offer this Sixth online edition of POLLACK’S GAZETTEER OF THE THOU...
by: Ross D. Pollack
The Tallest Cathedral...

The Tallest Cathedral...

The tradition of worship in Half Moon Bay began in 1887.  People came from neighbouring islands and from Gananoque ...
by: Carolyn Pratt
Reporting Trouble on the River

Reporting Trouble on the River

Have you ever wanted to help the River, but you were not quite sure what to do?  Save The River, an environmental o...
by: Sarah Walsh
Snowsqualls and Other Joys

Snowsqualls and Other Joys

In January, Phil Chadwick read Dr. Richard Withington's "A Winter Islander" story and offered to write about the weather...
by: Phil Chadwick
Island Names Updated, December 2008

Island Names Updated, December 2008

This is the fifth online edition of “Pollack’s Gazetteer of the Thousand Islands of the United States and Canada in the ...
by: Ross D. Pollack
Life at the Crossroads - The Frontenac Arch

Life at the Crossroads - The Frontenac Arch

HILL ISLAND - To many, the Canadian Shield is the quintessential Canadian landscape—the rugged “north”, ...
by: Don Ross
Len Rusin, Wildlife Painter

Len Rusin, Wildlife Painter

Len Rusin is familiar to many viewers since he was the 2006 featured Artist at the Clayton Decoy and Wildlife Art Sho...
by: Paul Malo
Pisces Redux VI: Bass

Pisces Redux VI: Bass

We initiated this "Pisces Redux" series of fishing articles with a less favored species (or at least less popular among ...
by: Paul Malo
Where Have All the Shorelines Gone?

Where Have All the Shorelines Gone?

By Bud Andress Not that long ago, some 12,500 years, the great North American continental glacial period drew to an end...
by: Bud Andress
Pisces Redux: Carp

Pisces Redux: Carp

Are Carp news? Have the big fish suddenly migrated into our waters, perhaps filling some void left by decline in other s...
by: Paul Malo
Pisces Redux: Muskies

Pisces Redux: Muskies

Most of us have spent a lifetime—or a lifetime of summers—on the river without ever even seeing, let alone catching, a M...
by: Paul Malo
The Case of the Vanishing Sturgeon

The Case of the Vanishing Sturgeon

If Muskies grow large, the real colossus of our fish is the sturgeon, “the King of Fish.” A six-foot long record-breaker...
by: Paul Malo