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Week of 17 March, 2013
Sunday - 3/17
 Varying (Snowshoe) Hare and Cottontail Final Day in Northern Areas
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29451.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

9:00 AMCamp Santanoni Winter Weekends
http://www.aarch.org/
Contact  Adirondack Architectural Heritage
518-834-9328

Cross-country skiers and snowshoers will be able to visit both the Gate Lodge and Main Lodge of Camp Santanoni, view displays about the Great Camp and take interpretive tours with Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) staff.  The Artist’s Studio, a stone building near the main lodge on the shores of Newcomb Lake, will be open as a warming hut. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available and the public is asked to bring their own cups. Also, the Adirondack Interpretive Center will provide snowshoes to lend to visitors at the Gate Lodge.

DEC's Camp Santanoni is located in the town of Newcomb, Essex County in the heart of the Adirondacks. Directions can be obtained from Adirondack Architectural Heritage (518-834-9328), Adirondack Interpretive Center (518-582-2000) or the town of Newcomb (518-582-3211).



Monday - 3/18
6:00 PMNYSP2I Green Homes for Cleaner Lakes Workshop- How Green is Your Clean?
http://www.rit.edu/affiliate/nysp2i/sites/rit.edu.affiliate...
Contact  Adam Wingate
arwp2i@rit.edu

Are the products you use to clean your house affecting your health? Learn about the household cleaning product choices you have to make your home clean and safe for your family.


6:30 PMPublic Meeting: State of the Eastern Finger Lakes Fisheries
Contact  fwfish7@gw.dec.state.ny.us

This public meeting is meant to provide an opportunity for DEC Fisheries scientists to share their knowledge about the fishery resources of Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco Lakes.

DEC biologists will make a number of presentations, including updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries, warmwater fish, fishing regulations, sea lamprey control, and the DEC's Angler Diary Program. There will be ample time at the end of the scheduled program for the audience to interact with the presenters.

Public Meeting Location: Bass Pro Shops conference room, 1579 Clark Street Rd, Auburn, NY 13021



Tuesday - 3/19
6:30 PMState of Lake Ontario Meetings
http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/89509.html
Contact  region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

At the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building
4487 Lake Avenue
Lockport, Niagara County
The meeting is co-hosted by Niagara County Cooperative Extension and the Niagara County Sportfishery Development Board.

Other meetings:

Wednesday, March 6, 2013: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
DEC Training Academy
24 County Route 2A, Pulaski (the former Portly Angler Motel), Oswego County
The meeting is co-hosted by the Eastern Lake Ontario Salmon and Trout Association.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Carlson Auditorium, in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science building (76-1125) on the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus, Rochester, Monroe County
The meeting is co-hosted by RIT and the Monroe County Fishery Advisory Board

The annual State of Lake Ontario public meetings will be held in Oswego, Monroe and Niagara counties during March, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.

"In recent years, Lake Ontario anglers have experienced outstanding fishing on Lake Ontario and its tributaries, based on DEC's science-based management of the fisheries," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. "DEC's goal is to maintain Lake Ontario's high-quality angling opportunities and associated economic benefits. The State of Lake Ontario meetings provide an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in the lake to interact with the scientists who study its fisheries."

Lake Ontario and its embayments and tributaries support thriving populations of fish, including a variety of trout and salmon, bass, walleye, yellow perch and panfish. New York's Lake Ontario waters comprise more than 2.7 million acres. A 2007 statewide angler survey estimated more than 2.6 million angler days were spent on Lake Ontario and major tributaries. The estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $112 million to the local New York economy.



 Frogwatch USA Volunteer Training
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Become a citizen scientist! Participate in this training program, and volunteer to help monitor the frogs and toads here at Reinstein Woods. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



7:00 PMPublic Meeting (NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION)-Cleanup Proposal for IBM East Fishkill
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

MEETING LOCATION HAS CHANGED--TAKE NOTE: New Public Meeting Location: East Fishkill Fire District Facility, 2502 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533. Time and date of public meeting has not changed.

The public is invited to the meeting to learn about the remedy being proposed by DEC to address contamination related to the IBM East Fishkill Facility (East Fishkill, Dutchess County). Public comments also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through April 20, 2013.



 Public Meeting-Cleanup Proposal for Old Erie Canal Site (Vil. of Clyde Section)
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Meeting Location: Village of Clyde Offices, 6 South Park Street, Clyde, NY 14433

The public is invited to the meeting to learn about the cleanup remedy beig proposed by DEC to address contamination related to the Old Erie Canal - Village of Clyde Section Site (Clyde, Wayne County). Public comments also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through March 30, 2013.



Wednesday - 3/20
 NEAEB 2013 Conference - Lake Placid
http://www.epa.gov/region1/neaeb2013/
Contact  Bureau of Watershed Assessment
(518) 402-8179

9:00 AMHowland’s Island Backcountry Hike
http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma
Contact  Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146
(315) 365-3580

Howland’s Island is 3,500 acres of state land that offers countless recreational opportunities and excellent habitat for birds of prey, waterfowl and songbirds. A 3-mile guided hike over uneven terrain through the back country of Montezuma is a great way to welcome the first day of spring! *Fee: $3/child; $5/adult; $15/family.



6:00 PMPublic Meeting - No Further Action Remedy Proposed for Pappas Dry Cleaning Site
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/37556.html
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Meeting Location: Dansville Public Library, 200 Main Street, Dansville, NY

The public is invited to the meeting to learn about the "no further action" remedy proposed by DEC in relation to the Pappas Dry Cleaning Site (Dansville, Livingston County). Public comments also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through March 28, 2013.



 Spring Equinox Sunset Walk
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Spring has arrived! Enjoy a guided twilight walk as we search for deer, beaver and other animals that become most active at sunset. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



6:30 PMPublic Meeting - Cleanup Proposal for Batavia Iron and Metal (Batavia)
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Meeting Location: City Hall, One Batavia City Centre, Batavia, NY  14020

The public is invited to the meeting to learn about the remedy being proposed by DEC to address contamination related to the Batavia Iron and Metal Company, inc. Site (Batavia, Genesee County). Public comments also are welcome at the public meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through March 31, 2013.



7:00 PMPublic Meeting: State of the Eastern Finger Lakes Fisheries
Contact  fwfish7@gw.dec.state.ny.us

This public meeting is meant to provide an opportunity for DEC Fisheries scientists to share their knowledge about the fishery resources of Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco Lakes.

DEC biologists will make a number of presentations, including updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries, warmwater fish, fishing regulations, sea lamprey control, and the DEC's Angler Diary Program. There will be ample time at the end of the scheduled program for the audience to interact with the presenters.

Public Meeting Location: Groton High School auditorium, 400 Peru Rd, Groton, NY 13073



 Public Meeting - Cleanup Proposal for Former Aluminum Louvre Site (Old Bethpage)
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8431.html
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Meeting Location: Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714

The public is invited to the meeting to learn about the remedy being proposed by DEC to address contamination related to the Former Aluminum Louvre Corporation Site (Old Bethpage, Nassau County). Public comments are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through March 28, 2013.



Thursday - 3/21
 NEAEB 2013 Conference - Lake Placid
http://www.epa.gov/region1/neaeb2013/
Contact  Bureau of Watershed Assessment
(518) 402-8179

10:00 AMLower Hudson Valley Open Space Conservation Regional Advisory Committee
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/317.html
Contact  Bill Rudge
845-256-3092

DEC Region 3 HQ
21 South Putt Corners Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561



4:00 PMFamily Fun: Outdoors After School
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for our weekly after-school outings for gradeschool children. A brief indoor introduction to the season will be followed by an outdoor exploration along Five Rivers’ trails, searching for signs of the season. Each week will feature a different nature theme, with a strong emphasis on direct interaction with the outdoors. These programs are free of charge, but space is limited. Registration for any date is required by the preceding Tuesday. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. In the event of inclement weather, outings will be cancelled. To register or for more information, call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291.



4:30 PMAfter-School Escape
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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.



7:00 PMOpen Space Meeting in Chautauqua County
Contact  region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
311 Curtis Street
Jamestown, NY 14701-9620
 
More info...
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), co-lead agencies of New York's Open Space Conservation Plan, are hosting a meeting on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, 311 Curtis St. in Jamestown, to solicit input regarding the update of the NYS Open Space Conservation Plan.

This plan serves as a blueprint for the State's land conservation efforts to increase protection of the State's significant natural, scenic, recreational, historic and cultural resources. The Open Space Plan was last updated in 2009 and New York State Law requires that the plan be revised every three years to adapt to shifting conservation priorities. The Open Space Regional Advisory Committee (RAC), which has multi-disciplinary regional representation that includes the Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Economic Development, is required to review and update their regional portion of the plan and submit an update in mid-2013. This meeting is among many that will hosted by the State throughout the region between now and late May.

Residents are encouraged to attend to provide input and identify projects, processes, and collaborations in Chautauqua County that would assist the State in preserving and promoting treasured open spaces.

Interested residents who are unable to attend the meeting can also send their suggestions to the DEC by email at region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us.



Friday - 3/22
 NEAEB 2013 Conference - Lake Placid
http://www.epa.gov/region1/neaeb2013/
Contact  Bureau of Watershed Assessment
(518) 402-8179

10:00 AMEastern Adirondacks Open Space Conservation Regional Advisory Committee
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/317.html
Contact  Dave Winchell
518-897-1200

NYS DEC Warrensburg Office
232 Golf Course Road
Warrensburg, NY 12885



7:00 PMIs It Spring?
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

So often we go about our daily lives failing to notice the beautiful and fascinating things around us. The early signs of this season of birth and rebirth are easy to miss if you don’t know what to look and listen for. Join us on this evening foray as we search for the sights, scents and sounds of the new season.



Saturday - 3/23
9:00 AMMontezuma Birding Van Tour
http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma
Contact  Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146
(315) 365-3580

Ducks, geese and swans are on the move as the spring migration season is upon us. Hop in our van for an excursion to Montezuma’s birding hotspots where hundreds of thousands of waterfowl can be seen! Participants are encouraged to bring their camera and binoculars. Fee: $7.50/child; $12.50/adult.



9:30 AMEducator Workshop: Project WET
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/2035.html
Contact  Region 1 Education Division
education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us / 631-444-0347

This workshop is an interdisciplinary water science program for educators. Project WET lessons are designed to help students in grades K-12 make informed decisions about water resource management and to promote student stewardship of natural resources.
(www.projectwet.org)
Participants receive a free Project WET curriculum guide upon completion.

Location: DEC Region 1 Headquarters, Stony Brook, Suffolk County

Registration Required: education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us / 631-444-0347


 Emeral Ash Borer (EAB) Biosurveillance
https://pub.cce.cornell.edu
Contact  Sharon Bachman
sin2@cornell.edu

Want to be prepared for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and learn the signs and symptoms you might see on ash trees? Join with members of the WNY EAB Taskforce, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and local EAB 1st Detectors for an EAB Biosurveillance Event at Reinstein Woods Nature Center on Saturday, March 23rd at 9:30 am. During the first part of the session, Pat Marren with NYS DEC will cover general information on EAB, how to identify ash trees and then discuss woodpecker damage on ash which may be a sign that a tree is infested with EAB. Sharon Bachman with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County will present information on i-map invasives, an internet-based tool for reporting detections of an invasive, as a preview of a training the WNY Partnership for Invasive Species Management (PRISM) will be holding in late May.

Participants are invited to stay for the second half of the morning as we survey ash trees at Reinstein for signs of woodpecker feeding. We plan to order in lunch for those who participate in the ash tree survey. RSVP online at https://pub.cce.cornell.edu (Click on ‘event registration’ and look for the EAB Biosurveillance event  to be held in Erie County) or to Sharon at 716-652-5400 x150 or sin2@cornell.edu by March 21st



10:30 AMSnowy with a Chance of Salamanders
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

With the return of spring, we will explore the spring pools and search under logs for spotted salamanders. This is the time of year for them to lay their eggs and a chance to get a rare glimpse of this secretive creature. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



1:30 PMFamily Fun: Maple Sugar Open House
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for a cook’s tour of maple sugaring, from sap to syrup. You’ll get to twirl a brace drill, pound a spile, inspect the sap flow in our sugarbush, enjoy the aroma of sap boiling down in our evaporator and take the maple taste test. A local maple producer will be on site to answer questions and to offer a variety of maple products for sale. Organized groups are welcome but are asked to please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register.



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