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Week of 30 December, 2012
Sunday - 12/30
 Duck, Coot, Merganser and Sea Duck Hunting Final Day in Southeastern Zone
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

Monday - 12/31
 Big Game Season Final Day in Westchester County
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

 Deer Season Final Day in Suffolk County
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

 Pheasant Season Final Day in Long Island/NYC and portions of Western New York
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

 Quail Hunting Final Day in Nassau and Suffolk Counties
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

 Scup Fishing Season Final Day
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources

Tuesday - 1/1
 Black Sea Bass Fishing Opens
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources

The recreational black sea bass fishery, originally scheduled to close on December 31, 2012, has been extended by emergency regulation to remain open through February 28, 2013, with a 15-fish possession limit and a reduced minimum size limit of 12.5 inches. These limits are identical to recreational black sea bass regulations in federal waters (3 to 200 miles from shore). Anglers fishing in states other than New York are advised to check local fishing regulations. As a reminder, anglers must enroll or re-enroll in the New York State Recreational Marine Fishing Registry prior to fishing in 2013.

 New Marine Fishing Registry Year Starts
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources

To fish for saltwater and migratory fish from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, anglers (age 16 and older) must be enrolled in the 2013 Recreational Marine Fishing Registry. Visit the link above for more details.

 Varying (Snowshoe) Hare Season Opens in Portion of Western and Central NY
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

Visit DEC's Small Game Hunting webpage for regulations, seasons, license information and more.

9:00 AMCitizen Science: New Year's Day Bird Count

Join bird experts from the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club and Audubon Society of the Capital Region for our 33rd New Year’s Day survey. Seventy-one different species have been found at Five Rivers on Albany’s “First Morning,” and the composite checklist of this long-term study shows interesting range changes for many species. Binoculars are helpful but not necessary. Dress warmly.

Wednesday - 1/2
No Scheduled Events
Thursday - 1/3
4:30 PMAfter-School Escape
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center

Enjoy a one-hour program for kids featuring a different, fun, outdoor activity each week. For children in grades K through 5. No registration required.

Friday - 1/4
No Scheduled Events
Saturday - 1/5
 Canada Goose Season Final Day for Hudson Valley Area
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

9:00 AMTeacher Workshop: Project WET

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an award-winning interdisciplinary curriculum designed for teachers and youth leaders. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to water-themed activities and resources that relate to the core 3R disciplines. Participants will receive the new Project WET 2.0 Curriculum and Activity Guide full of stimulating activities which correlate to NYS learning standards. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, January 2.

10:00 AMSnowshoes and Solutions
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center

Make a New Year's resolution to learn about climate change and what you can do about it! Enjoy a brief snowshoe walk followed by an informative program about the Low Carbon Diet: A 30-Day Program to Lose 5,000 (Carbon) Pounds. Materials fee = $10.00; free for Friends of Reinstein members. Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

1:30 PMThe Reinstein Woods Experience
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center

Experience the best of both worlds at Reinstein Woods. Explore and learn about our environmentally friendly “green” building, and tour the trails in this guided program. Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

2:00 PMCitizen Science: Project Feederwatch

Many people enjoy watching birds at their backyard feeders. But did you know your observations can contribute to the study of bird populations and movement? Noting what you see and reporting your observations can enhance your enjoyment while adding to our collective knowledge of birds. Come learn about Cornell University’s Project FeederWatch and other simple ways to better understand your backyard birds.

December - 2012
January - 2013
February - 2013
LegendDeadlines Five Rivers General Meetings Recreation and Families Reinstein Woods Sporting Seasons Workshops

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