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February 4, 2011 - Field Notes

Noteworthy News from the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources

Significant Notes

one day-old pheasant chicks
Approximately 60,000 day-old chicks are
hatched and distributed to cooperators in the
Day-old Pheasant Chick Program.
~Photo by NYSDEC~
  • Accepting Applications for Pheasant Cooperative Program.
    The DEC is once again accepting applications for its cooperative Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program to enhance opportunities for pheasant hunting in New York State. The program provides pheasant hunting opportunities through a partnership amongst DEC, sportsmen and sportswomen, 4-H youth, and landowners who are interested in rearing and releasing pheasants. In 2010, DEC distributed 51,267 day-old pheasant chicks to qualified 4-H and sportsmen applicants. Those interested in the program can contact their nearest DEC regional office for applications and additional information. Applications must be filed with a DEC regional wildlife manager by March 15, 2011. Contact information for our regional offices can be found at the bottom of the DEC press release. The Cooperator Guide (PDF) (465kb) is also available to review online for those that are interested in this program.
  • Explore New York's Marine Life on the Web!
    On the DEC website you can explore a variety of New York's marine life without getting your feet wet! Find facts and information on New York's marine fish, crabs, lobsters, mussels, clams, sea turtles, whales, and more. Place a bookmark on the Marine Life webpage to come back and check for other sea creatures that will be added on our website periodically.
  • Commercial Fishery Trip Limit Changes.
    Effective, February 5, 2011, the horseshoe crab commercial fishery opens with a 30 crab per day limit. View additional commercial fishing limits online. For questions or concerns, contact the Bureau of Marine Resources at 631-444-5621 or send an e-mail.
  • 2011 Commercial Fishery Quota Allocations Available Online.
    The 2011 commercial quota allocations for black sea bass, bluefish, scup and summer flounder are now available online. For each species, the total quota provided to New York State by the National Marine Fisheries Service is divided into periods and trip limit distributions throughout the year to provide the maximum benefit to New York's fishery and to minimize the likelihood of a fishery closure. To review these quota distribution plans, visit the Commercial Fishing webpage.

Noteworthy Dates

-- February 08, 2011 --

  • Marine Resources Advisory Council Meeting.
    The next Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC) meeting will be held at DEC's Bureau of Marine Resources headquarters in East Setauket, Long Island (view directions) at 2:00 PM on February 8, 2011. MRAC was established in 1987 to advise DEC on marine resources issues, such as commercial and recreational fishing, proposed regulations and the protection and utilization of New York's valuable marine resources. For more information on MRAC and to review the agenda as it becomes available, visit the Marine Resources Advisory Councils and Boards webpage.
February Conservationist cover
~Cover image by John Bulmer ~

Outdoor Enthusiasts Take Note!

You won't want to miss the February issue of the Conservationist magazine. Readers will be able to follow along on a New Year's Day bird count, crack a hermit's secret code, enjoy a humorous take on whether or not it's a good idea to take your spouse along on your outdoor adventures, explore winter sports for people of all abilities, and much more. Check it out online at TheConservationist.org!

Hunting Season Reminders


-- February 10, 2011 --

  • Special Late Canada Goose Season Opens for Area of Central Long Island.
    The special late Canada goose hunting season is open to hunters in areas of Central Long Island from February 10 through February 15, 2011. For specific details on the hunting area, bag limit, shooting hours, and license information, review the special late Canada goose hunting information on the 2010-11 Canada Goose Hunting Seasons webpage.

Did You Know...?

The porcupine usually carries its quills
flat against its body, and raises them
when threatened.
~Photo by Jim Peaco; courtesy
of National Park Service ~

The porcupine's armor of around 30,000 barbed quills will cause immense pain to potential predators that are impaled; yet, a recipient of these spears can often walk away without ever getting infected. This is because the porcupine's quills are coated with antibiotics and have no poison or irritants, leaving the predator alive and enlightened to stay away from this spiny animal in the future.

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