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Week of 28 April, 2013
Sunday - 4/28
No Scheduled Events
Monday - 4/29
6:00 PMNYSP2I Green Homes for Cleaner Lakes Workshop- Safer Household Products- Buffalo
Contact  Adam Wingate

Tuesday - 4/30
 Diamondback Terrapin Season Final Day - Downstate
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

Open Area: All of Long Island, New York City, and the lower Hudson River north to the Tappan Zee Bridge. 

A valid diamondback terrapin license is required to take diamondback terrapin. Follow the directions on the Application and License web page to submit your form. 

Diamondback terrapin may only be taken using dip nets, hand capture, seine nets, and traps. The traps must be capable of capturing diamondback terrapin alive, and the trap must be marked with a tag bearing the name and address of the licensee and must be checked daily. 

Possession of a diamondback terrapin on the waters or shores of New York State during the closed season is prohibited. Diamondback terrapin legally taken during the open season may be sold throughout the year only if they were killed and processed for consumption prior to May 5.

 Final Day Tip-Ups May Be Used
Contact  Bureau of Fisheries

 NYSP2I Rochester City School District Workshop
Contact  Adam Wingate

6:30 PMTrail Tuesdays

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.

 Public Meeting - Cleanup Proposal for Former Nessen Lamps Site (Bronx)
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation

Meeting Location: Sister Annunciata Bethell Senior Center aka Bedford Park Senior Center, 243 E. 204th Street, Bronx, NY  10458

The public is invited to the meeting to learn about the proposed remedy being reviewed by DEC to address contamination related to the Former Nessen Lamps Site. The site is located at 3200 Jerome Avenue in the Bronx. Public comments about the proposal also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through May 28, 2013.

7:00 PMNYSP2I Rochester General Hopsital Workshop- Products and Toys
Contact  Adam Wingate

Wednesday - 5/1
 Porgy (Scup) Season Opening Day
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources
631-444-0430 or

The porgy (scup) open season is from May 1 through December 31. Anglers may keep 30 fish daily that are each a minimum length of 10 inches.

Anglers aboard party or chater boats may keep 45 fish during September and October.

As a reminder, salltwater anglers who are not fishing aboard a party or charter boat, and who are 16 and older must be enrolled in the free 2013 recreational marine fishing registry before going fishing. More information is available on DEC's Recreational Marine Fishing Registry web page.

 Summer Flounder (Fluke) Season Opening Day
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources
631-444-0430 or

The 2013 summer flounder (fluke) open season is from May 1 through September 29. Anglers may keep 4 fish daily that are each a minimum length of 19 inches.

As a reminder, salltwater anglers who are not fishing aboard a party or charter boat, and who are 16 and older must be enrolled in the free 2013 recreational marine fishing registry before going fishing. More information is available on DEC's Recreational Marine Fishing Registry web page.

 Turkey Season Opens - Upstate
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

6:00 PMOpen Space Meeting in Niagara County

May 1, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension - Niagara County
Training Center
4487 Lake Avenue
Lockport NY 14094

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

Thursday - 5/2
7:30 AMCitizen Science: The EARLY BIRDER

Come celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the progression of spring bird migration. Binoculars are helpful but not necessary. In case of inclement weather, these programs will be cancelled. For more information, call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291.

10:00 AMExploring Wetlands: Tillman Road

Join a Reinstein Woods naturalist at Tillman Road to explore a variety of habitats while looking for animal signs along the trail. Spring will offer us a chorus of frogs and exciting sights as the wetlands wake up from the long winter. Please note: This program will be held at Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area in Clarence. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

4:00 PMFamily Fun: Outdoors After School

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

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 - 5/3
No Scheduled Events
Saturday - 5/4
 N. Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge and Walleye Fishing Season Opens
Contact  Bureau of Fisheries

Visit the link above for season details, including size and possession limits.

Check special regulations by county to determine if regulations in your area differs from statewide regulations.

9:00 AMBirding for Beginners
Contact  Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, Dutchess County

Orioles, grosbeaks, and thrushes are just a few of the birds that we will identify by song and sight on our morning walk along the banks of the Hudson River. Tips will be given on how to get started in this fascinating hobby.


Project Learning Tree is an award-winning curriculum enhancement program for teachers and youth leaders. This interactive workshop will introduce instructional activities which integrate forest-related themes into math, science and reading/writing disciplines. Participants will receive a free Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide full of instructions for stimulating hands-on activities which correlate to Common Core state standards. The workshop is open to teachers and youth leaders free of charge, but space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Friday, April 26.

10:00 AMEarth Day in May

Help us clear debris from our trails and prepare them for summer. We will also be planting native wildflowers in the woods. Families, scout groups and students needing service hours are welcome. Bring gloves, shovels and rakes if you have them. Refreshments will be provided. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

April - 2013
May - 2013
June - 2013
LegendDeadlines Five Rivers General Meetings Recreation and Families Reinstein Woods Sporting Seasons Workshops

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