August 20, 2010 - Field Notes
- Felt-soled Waders Carry Invasive Algae.
A threat to angling in fresh water streams and rivers across New York and other parts of the world is the invasive algae known as Didymo or "rock snot." Creating a green thick mat across the stream bottom, didymo inhibits light and kills many organisms on the water bed causing a limited food chain for trout and other fish species. A high risk vector of didymo is believed to be felt-soled waders, since its absorbent material easily retains moisture and the microscopic cells of the algae. DEC encourages anglers to consider alternatives to felt-soled waders such as rubber studded boots. Also, remember that waders are not the only human vector associated with the spread of aquatic invasives, and therefore, other fishing and boating equipment should be dried or disinfected before use. Read more about how to help stop the spread of didymo and other aquatic invasives on the DEC web-site.
- Invasive Beetle Confirmed in Seven New York Counties.
About one year after its original detection in Cattaraugus county, the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is now confirmed in seven counties of New York State. Review the DEC press release to read the latest on this spreading invasive and how to help stop its dispersal.
NY Hunting Fact.
According to the 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, approximately 566,000 hunters spent over 10 million days afield, and spent a total of $716 million on hunting-related expenditures. The most popular hunting activities in the state were deer, bear, and turkey hunting, with over 530,000 hunters spending about 8.5 million days in pursuit of these species, and contributing almost $390 million to the state's economy. Additionally, about 164,000 hunters pursued small game species such as grouse, rabbit, and squirrel, spending 3.8 million days afield and spending over $90 million on hunting-related expenditures.
- ECO Steingart Awarded Conservation Officer of the Year.
The Shikar-Safari Club International selected DEC Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Scott Steingart to receive the 2009 New York State "Officer of the Year" award. Serving devoutly for 23 years, New York's ECO Steingart was recognized and awarded for his dedication and contribution to wildlife conservation law enforcement protecting our wildlife, natural resources and citizens. Read more on this story on the DEC web-site.
Laws & Rule-making
- For Public Comment - Proposed Changes to Game Harvest Reporting Requirements.
DEC is proposing changes to regulations that would extend the mandatory reporting period for a harvested deer, bear or wild turkey from 48 hours to 7 days. Many hunters hunt in remote areas that lack cell phone coverage or internet access or both, and they often stay in those locations for a week or more during the hunting season. The purpose of these changes is to provide greater flexibility for reporting the harvest of these species, while continuing to mandate those reports to enable the accurate compilation of annual take. Review the text of the proposed regulation online - found under Part 180, Section 180.10 - Game Harvest Reporting at the bottom of the web page. Also find out how to submit comments, which will be accepted through October 4, 2010.
Did You Know...?
Each strand of silk in a spider's web has about two
times more elasticity than that of Nylon.
~Photograph courtesy of NYS DEC; Susan L. Shafer
Used to make intricate webs and capture and immobilize prey, a spiders silk is about one-tenth the diameter of a human hair, but it can have up to ten times more strength than steel of the same weight and around five times the strength of fibers used in bulletproof vests?!
Read about New York's Common Spiders (PDF) on the DEC web-site! (536 kB)