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August 27, 2010 - Field Notes

Noteworthy Dates

  • August 26 to September 6 - Visit DEC Exhibits at the 2010 New York State Fair.
    Make sure to stop by DEC's informational and entertaining exhibits and displays at this year's Great New York State Fair (offsite link, leaving DEC website), scheduled for August 26th to September 6th. Check out our featured giant aquarium full of live fish and other aquatic life, displays of trophy-sized deer mounts, a log cabin complete with a nature trail, and much more! Also, take the opportunity to purchase or renew a fishing, hunting and/or trapping license, which will be available for sale at the fair.
  • September 1 - Squirrel Season Opens.
    New York's squirrel season opens next week in all Upstate wildlife management units (WMU). This early hunting season couples delightful weather with the first crop of acorns and hickory nuts, and the abundant squirrel population typical of late summer/early fall. Squirrel hunting at this time of year is often excellent, and the quiet and careful methods practiced by successful squirrel hunters provide an outstanding opportunity to teach young hunters key outdoor skills. Since New York's license year begins October 1st, hunters are reminded that they must have a 2009-2010 hunting license to hunt during September. View the squirrel hunting hours, bag limits and open WMUs.
  • September 1 - Early Goose Season Starts.
    On September 1st, the early Canada goose hunting season starts for most of upstate New York, and September 7th for the Lake Champlain area and parts of Long Island. Review the 2010-11 Canada Goose Seasons online for information on bag limits and season dates. Hunters must remember to register with the Federal Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) at http://www.ny-hip.com/ (offsite link, leaving DEC website), have a 2010 federal duck stamp (offsite link, leaving DEC website) and an appropriate New York State 2009-10 license to hunt waterfowl and migratory game birds. The September season is an important management program, as hunters annually take more than 40,000 resident Canada geese before most migratory geese from northern Canada begin arriving. This helps to control the growth of local populations, and alleviate problems caused by resident geese in areas where hunting is allowed.
  • September 10 - Reminder to Submit Comments on Overland Transport of Baitfish.
    DEC is considering possible modifications to the current Fish Health Regulations regarding the (motorized) transport of baitfish overland. Public input will be accepted until September 10, 2010 by e-mail, or by writing to: NYSDEC Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, Attn: Shaun Keeler, 625 Broadway, Fifth Floor, Albany, NY 12233. Background information and concerns with the regulations being addressed can be reviewed online.
  • September 20 - Peconic Estuary Call to Action Conference.
    Join the Peconic Estuary Program for the upcoming 2010 Peconic Estuary Call to Action Conference on Monday, September 20th, 2010 from 8am-6pm, at 230 Elm catering hall in Southampton Village, Suffolk County. This Conference will bring together experts, local government officials, and interested community members to discuss some of the pressing issues facing the Peconic Estuary, and their potential solutions. Interactive panel discussions will focus on 4 major topics: Eelgrass Protection/Restoration, Nitrogen Management, Habitat Restoration, and Stormwater Management. Registration is free, but mandatory as seats are limited. Register before September 10th by contacting Jennifer Skilbred at 631-765-6450 (ext. 212), by e-mail at jskilbred@eastendenvironment.org, or register and learn more about the conference online at www.peconicestuary.org/CAC2010.html (offsite link, leaving DEC website).

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