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Week of 21 April, 2013
Sunday - 4/21
 Youth Hunt for Wild Turkey
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 AM2013 Youth Conservation Program - Hunter Safety 2 Day Course
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.

Monday - 4/22
 Comment Period Ends on Proposed Changes to Bighead Carp Regulations
Contact  Shaun Keeler
New York State DEC, Bureau of Fisheries, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753 Email: fishregs@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Existing DEC regulations prohibit the possession and sale of fish species, including snakehead fish and three species of Asian Carp (including bighead carp) that it has determined to be a present danger to indigenous fish populations. However, the current prohibitions include an exception that allows bighead carp to be sold, possessed, transported, imported and exported in the five boroughs of New York City; the Westchester County Towns of Rye, Harrison, and Mamaronek and all the incorporated cities or villages located therein. As a result of federal action, all interstate transportation of live bighead carp has been banned so the exceptions in DEC's regulations should be repealed.

2:00 PMLower Hudson Valley Open Space Conservation Regional Advisory Committee
Contact  Bill Rudge

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

6:00 PMNYSP2I Green Homes for Cleaner Lakes Workshop- How Green is Your Clean?- Buffalo
Contact  Adam Wingate

Tuesday - 4/23
8:00 AMSolutions Fair- Rochester
Contact  Togo DeBellis

6:30 PMTrail Tuesdays
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with! Refreshments provided. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Wednesday - 4/24
9:00 AMNYSP2I Student Research and Development Competition- Albany
Contact  Adam Wingate

1:00 PMWestern Finger Lakes Open Space Conservation Regional Advisory Committee
Contact  Randy Nemecek

Hemlock Water Filtration Plant
City of Rochester Earth Day Event
7412 Rix Hill Rd.
Hemlock, NY 14466

2:30 PMRegion 4 Open Space Conservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting
Contact  Region 4 DEC Headquarters Office

Fourth meeting of the year for the Region 4 Open Space Conservation Plan Advisory Committee will be held at the Schenectady DEC office at 1130 N. Westcott Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306.

Thursday - 4/25
10:30 AMCSC Webinar - Applying the Regional GHG Emissions Inventory to Your Community
Contact  Office of Climate Change

This webinar will discuss inventory objectives; provide an overview of the available resources and GHG protocols together with guidance on creating a community-wide baseline and working with the utility companies.  An update of the Cleaner Greener Communities program will also be presented and each of the four regional Climate Smart Community Coordinators will examine the inventories in their respective jurisdictions and explain how they will support that process.

The webinar will be accessible to anyone via an Internet connection and telephone. Webinar participants must use the telephone call-in number; no audio signal will be transmitted over the Internet. To join the webinar, go to http://www.webdialogs.com, click the “Join a meeting” button and enter Conference ID 58089 in the “Meeting Login” screen. On your telephone, dial 1-866-394-2346 and enter conference call code 1982360347# when prompted. 
Please respond with both your name and community affiliation via either e-mail or telephone to the Office of Climate Change at
climatechange@gw.dec.state.ny.us or 518-402-8323.  In the event that we have to cancel or postpone this webinar respondents will be notified.

4:00 PMFamily Fun: Outdoors After School
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
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 PMCitizen Science: WOODCOCK WATCH
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club’s annual woodcock survey. For several decades, changing land-use practices and other factors have adversely affected the American woodcock throughout the eastern seaboard. But, they’re doing fine at Five Rivers! Come see for yourself.

 Open Space Meeting in Wyoming County
Contact  region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

April 25, 2013 at 7 p.m.  
401 North Main St.
Warsaw, NY 14569

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 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.

8:30 PMFull Moon Nature Walk
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for a moonlit walk through the woods as we look for nocturnal critters and the planet Saturn during the second full moon of spring. Bring binoculars if you have them. For adults only. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Friday - 4/26
8:30 PMFamily Full Moon Nature Walk
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for a moonlit walk through the woods as we look for nocturnal critters and the planet Saturn during the second full moon of spring. Bring binoculars if you have them. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Saturday - 4/27
9:00 AMArbor Day Project: Crabapple Tree Planting
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join local scouts and other volunteers in celebration of Arbor Day as we plant 3'- 4' crabapple trees in our historic scion orchard. Garden gloves recommended. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, April 24. In the event of inclement weather, this project will be postponed.

9:30 AMEducator Workshop: Great Lakes Institute
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.  Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

10:30 AMGrowing Garden Series for Kids: Transplanting Plants and Composting (Part 2 of 3
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

In this session, we will learn how we can use compost and dirt to put our plants into pots or a garden bed. If you attended the first session in March, please bring your plant with you. For children ages 6 to 8. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

1:00 PMFamily Fishing at Norrie
Contact  Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, New York, Dutchess County
845-889-4745 x109

Want to try your hand at fishing in the Hudson? Join our family-friendly seining and angling program. Sponsored by the DEC Hudson River Research Reserve & I Fish NY. Free. All Equipment provided. Angling is wheelchair accessible.

 Teacher Workshop: PROJECT WILD
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Project WILD is an award-winning national, interdisciplinary program for teachers and youth leaders. This hands-on workshop will introduce instructional activities which integrate wildlife themes into the core 3R disciplines. Participants will receive a free Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide full of instructions for hands-on activities which support New York State learning standards. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, April 24.

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