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Saturday August 24, 2013
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife, Watertown Headquarters Office

The public will have a special opportunity to visit restricted portions of three Wildlife Management Areas in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties starting Saturday, Aug. 17 and continuing through Friday, Aug. 30. Perch River WMA in Jefferson County and Upper and Lower Lakes and Wilson Hill WMAs in St. Lawrence County, including their wetland restricted areas, will be open to visitors.

Contact  Emilio Rende

Habitat Management Workshop for Private Landowners – learn tips on how to manage your land to benefit wildlife

Saturday, August 24, 2013 
Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area 
New Hudson, Allegany County 
Registration required
Registation Fee: $10 (includes lunch), make checks payable to New York State Chapter of the NWTF. 
Registration Deadline: Friday, August 16

To register, please contact Emilio Rende at 716-372-0645 or at region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the New York State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), the Ruffed Grouse Society and the Quality Deer Management Association. Space is limited to 30 participants.  

10:00 AM
Contact  Region 7

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will participate in the New York State Fair, which opens August 22, 2013 and runs through Labor Day, September 2. DEC will have exhibits at both the Aquarium Building and the Log Cabin Building from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. In addition, a major exhibit that will show New Yorkers how coordinated remediation efforts between state and local partners at Onondaga Lake is changing the region and providing for future economic vitality will be on display at the Center of Progress Building. At the Aquarium Building, various species of live fish will be on display in large tanks. Environmental Conservation Officers will also be on hand to talk to the public about their work and answer questions pertaining to environmental law. DEC’s Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources will sell hunting and fishing licenses every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Aquarium Building. A biologist will be on duty to answer hunting and fishing questions as well. In addition, Sportsmen’s Education will be located next to license sales during the entire fair, as will the New York Conservation Officers Association. At the Log Cabin, the Division of Lands and Forests will have daily free tree giveaways starting at 10:00 a.m. The Big Buck Club will have a display and members available to answer questions.

Contact  5rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Vultures are unique in many ways and have some amazing adaptations that enable them to exploit their odd food preferences. Come learn about the species of vultures in our area and the vital role they play in the food chain. Then join us outside as we scan the skies for these interesting creatures and other birds of a late summer’s day.  This program is free and open to the public.

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

Search for the bounty of summer fruits and flowers on a guided walk in the woods. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

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

Some animals aren’t warm and fuzzy but that doesn’t mean they aren’t interesting. We will begin indoors, looking at and discussing a few creatures not everyone likes. Then we will head outside to see if we can learn more about the important ecological roles these unpopular animals play. Please call Five Rivers by Wednesday, August 21 to register for this program.  This program is free and open to the public.

LegendFive Rivers General Recreation and Families Reinstein Woods Workshops

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