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Saturday April 20, 2013
Contact  Adam Wingate
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

The Youth Wild Turkey Hunt is an excellent opportunity for junior hunters (ages 12-15) to spend time afield with experienced adult hunters gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to become safe and responsible members of the hunting community. We look forward to the great stories and pictures we receive from young hunters and their adult companions and wish everyone a safe and enjoyable hunt.

8:00 AM
Contact  Region 1 Sportsman Education Program
(631) 444-0255

DEC's Sportsman Education unit will be holding a two-day hands-on youth program on hunter safety on April 20 and 21 at the Peconic River Sportsman's Club in Manorville.

Each class is limited to 30 participants and selections are made by a panel that reviews a 75-word application.

Participants who successfully complete the program will receive their Hunter Education Training Certificate.

Enrollment in the class is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 16 who have not yet taken either their Bow Hunter Education course.

For more information or to register for the session, contact the NYSDEC Sportsman Education Office at (631) 444-0255.

9:00 AM
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The American kestrel, North America’s smallest and most widespread falcon, is unfortunately becoming hard to find. A cavity nester, the kestrel typically nests in holes in dead trees but it will also use a nest box. In this hands-on workshop, participants will build their own kestrel nest box to take home. Savvy tips on how and where to most effectively place it will be provided. The program is open to the public but space is limited. There is a $15 materials fee. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Monday, April 15 to register or for more information.

Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Five Rivers staff and Student Conservation Association environmental educators invite volunteers to help beautify the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail, starting at the Albany Boat Launch at the Corning Preserve in Albany and working northward. Garden gloves are recommended. Trash bags will be provided. Meet at the Albany Boat Launch at 9:00 AM. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 for more information. Registration is helpful but not required.

9:30 AM
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

This workshop helps teachers incorporate the Great Lakes into their classroom through standards-based, hands-on lesson plans and in-depth instruction in local Great Lakes issues. Participants will receive Project WET and Project WILD Aquatic curriculum and activity guides. For educators of students in grades 6-12.  Please note: This workshop will take place at Niagara University. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

10:00 AM
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join local scouts and other volunteers as we spruce up our crabapple plantation in observance of Earth Day. We’ll clean up winter tree damage and prepare the soil for the following weekend’s planting of crabapple trees, continuing our ongoing stewardship of this historic orchard. Garden gloves recommended. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, April 17. In case of inclement weather, this project will be postponed until Saturday, April 27.

Contact  Stephen Litwhiler
r6info@gw.dec.state.ny.us, (315) 785-2252

This annual celebration of Earth Day will be in the lobby of the Watertown Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington Street in Watertown. The parking garage will be open. This commemoration of Earth Day's 43rd Anniversary will involve 20 exhibits, activities, presentations and information for all ages plus Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl will be greeting young people.

10:30 AM
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Did you know that dandelions were used to tell time, or that buttercups were a sign of good luck? Take a closer look at our local wildflowers on this guided walk. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

2:00 PM
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

April is a great time to watch for eastern bluebirds, and Five Rivers is the best place to see them. Join us for an  indoor overview of the conservation challenges which eastern bluebirds face, followed by a search for bluebirds along the center’s “bluebird trail.” Tips on how you can help advance bluebird conservation will be provided.

LegendFive Rivers General Recreation and Families Reinstein Woods Sporting Seasons

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