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Old-style #wardance performed yesterday at the 26th annual Native American Dance & Music Festival at Ganondagan State Historic Site. Just Southeast of Rochester in Victor NY, this historic site tells the story of more than 2,000 years of Seneca and #Haudenosaunee life and their contributions to art, culture and society. Learn more: @Ganondagan www.ganondagan.org #nystateparks #nativeamerican #seneca

Keep cool: As temperatures rise across the state we've extended hours at many NY state parks' beaches and pools-- beginning today, July 19th and continuing through Friday, July 21st. #heatadvisory #swimming #nystateparks Locations: Mid-Hudson Region • Bear Mountain Pool is extending its swim hours until 6:30 p.m.
• Rockland Lake Pool will remain open until 6:45 p.m.
• Lake Welch Beach will remain open until 7 p.m.
• FDR State Park Pool will remain open until 6:30 p.m.
• Lake Taghkanic Beach will remain open until 7 p.m.

New York City
• Sprinklers will be added to Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens and East River State Park in Brooklyn

Long Island: The ocean beaches at Jones Beach, Robert Moses, Sunken Meadow, Hither Hills State Parks and the Jones Beach West Bathhouse Pool will remain open until 8 p.m. • Swimming along the Sound at Wildwood and Orient Beach will be extended until 7 p.m. • Montauk Downs State Park Pool will also remain open until 7 p.m.

Swimming may be affected by hazardous weather or changing water conditions. Please check our website, www.parks.ny.gov or call the park directly, to confirm availability.

Velvet in warm weather? Through spring & summer, male White-tailed deer are growing their antlers as much as a ½ inch per day -- among the fastest growing tissue in the animal kingdom. During this time, the antlers are covered with a suede-like skin called velvet which are soft, full of blood vessels, cartilage and nervous tissue. In the fall the velvet will dry and shed off as the soft tissue convert to bone thus leaving a smooth hardened set of antlers. Interesting fact: Not all deer with antlers are male-- occasionally female White-tails will grow antlers if their testosterone levels are high. Photo by @easternimagephoto #WildlifeWednesday #nystateparks #whitetaildeer #wildlife

Finger Lakes Luxe! Check out the new shorefront cottages at Sampson State Park on Seneca Lake. These modern 1- & 2-bedroom cottages feature a kitchenette, bathroom, covered deck, comfortable furnishings & lighting. Located on a slope overlooking the lake where visitors can enjoy dramatic views, the cottages are also adjacent to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Reservations for The Cottages at Sampson will be available beginning at 9am., Wed., Aug 2. Reservations are for weekly rentals only, Aug. thru Oct.’17 and can be made in person at the Sampson Park office or by calling 315.585.6392. [Please note that the Cottages at Sampson are not available through ReserveAmerica.com.] #nystateparks #NYParks2020 #sampsonstatepark #Senecalake #flx #flxwinetrail #cottagelife #glamping @visitfingerlakes @nygovcuomo http://ow.ly/hnsW30dDtZ6

#getmoreoutdoors Blue skies, sunshine and water views. Lake Tiorati, Harriman State Park. Photo by @elliesunakawa #nystateparks #kayaking #goplayoutside #Summer17 #outdoors #harrimanstatepark #laketiorati

More than Nectar: Butterflies are attracted to flowers for their nectar, but they also seek out other sources of nutrients in some unusual places--mud puddles, damp sand, decaying animals and even dung. Known as mud-puddling or puddling, butterflies will congregate in large numbers to drink up some moisture to stay cool but to also extract salts and other rich minerals into their main diet of flower nectar. Male butterflies seem to seek out this extra mineral boost more so than females. These Tiger Swallowtails were spotted at Allegany State Park. Video by: @grey_areas #wildlifeWednesday # #butterfly #alleganystatepark #nature #walkinthewoods

Happy 4th of July: As humans celebrate Independence Day- young Bald Eagles are also gaining some independence. This time of year Bald eaglets are spreading their wings and leaving the nest. Once fledged, they will remain near the nest for another 6-9 weeks honing their flight and hunting skills. Their parents will still feed them during this critical transition period. Juvenile Bald Eagles won’t attain their signature look of a white head and tail feathers until about 5 years of age. Until then, they sport a mottled brown and white plumage. #nystateparks #4thofjuly #baldeagle #nature #wildlife #raptor #birdsofprey #independenceday #birding

Summer's here-- so if you plan on water skiing, tubing or wakeboarding always wear a PFD and follow these simple tips to keep it fun and safe on the water. #nystateparks #watersports #waterskiing #wakeboarding #boating #safetowing #Lifejacket #PFD #powerboats #watersafety #Summer17

Forget the weed whackers and harness the power of sheep-- nature's woolly weed-eaters. The sheep from @fortunateewefarm are on the job at Crown Point State Historic Site grazing down select fields and saving state parks time and funds spent on mowing. Learn more about this great partnership in @troyrecord article: http://ow.ly/eoGm30d2sXb #nystateparks Video by: @fortunateewefarm #sheepgrazing #farmingknowledge #pasturemanagement #crownpoint #lakechamplain #grazingsheep #weedeater

We get it—Niagara falls inspires us to break out in dance too! Come explore Niagara Falls State Park, USA this summer and experience the Cave of the Winds. Journey down into the Niagara Gorge for a breathtaking one-of-a-kind look (and feel!) of the Falls and check out the exhilarating –and dance worthy - Hurricane Deck. For info about the Cave tour and Discovery Passes visit: www.niagarafallsstatepark.com Video by: @jewlezz4 #nystateparks #NiagaraFalls #NiagaraFallsStatePark #HurricaneDeck #CaveOfTheWinds #Summer17 #RoadTrip #BucketList #waterfall @niagarafallsusa

Happy National Pollinator Week!
Watch as this Monarch butterfly emerges from its chrysalis at the Humphrey Nature Ctr. at Letchworth State Park. Once free of the chrysalis this Monarch slowly began to pump its wings, inflating them from a reservoir of fluid contained in its abdomen. As the wings uncurled the butterfly began to take on its normal proportions. A few hours later, the wings had dried and hardened and the Monarch was ready to take its first flight. This butterfly was released later that same day into the wild at the Park's butterfly garden. Our local bees, butterflies, moths, and birds rely on native plants to survive, learn more about projects happening at state parks that help support the diverse populations of pollinators. Link in bio. #NationalPollinatorWeek #nature #butterfly #pollinators #monarchbutterfly

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