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Week of 12 May, 2013
Sunday - 5/12
9:00 AMEarly Bird Walk
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The early birder catches the early birds! Search for spring migrants in the morning. Bring binoculars if you have them. For adults and children age 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Monday - 5/13
6:00 PMNYSP2I Green Homes for Cleaner Lakes- Potential Dangers of Household Products
Contact  Adam Wingate

Tuesday - 5/14
 Final Day for Oyster Toadfish
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources

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.

7:00 PMSounds of Spring
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Listen for the sounds of the season on this evening guided walk. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Wednesday - 5/15
 Bowfishing Carp Season Opens
Contact  Bureau of Fisheries

Any person who has a fishing license or a small game hunting license may take carp by longbow (recurve or compound) during May 15 through September 30 from any water of the state where fishing and the discharge of a bow is permitted. There is no size or possession limit for carp.

Visit DEC's Carp Fishing In New York webpage for more details and a list of popular waters for carp fishing in New York State.

 Final Day for Winter Flounder Fishing
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources

10:00 AMRegion 6 Open Space Conservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting
Contact  Region 6 Headquarters office
r6info@gw.dec.state.ny.us, 315-785-2252

The third meeting of the year for the Region 6 Open Space Conservation Plan Advisory Committee will be held at the Lowville DEC office meeting room at 7327 State Route 812 in Lowville.

Thursday - 5/16
7:30 AMCitizen Science: The EARLY BIRDER
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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.

1:00 PMCentral New York Open Space Conservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting
Contact  NYS DEC Region 7 Cortland Office

Final meeting of the tri-annual Region 7 Open Space Conservation Plan Advisory Committee will be held at the Cortland DEC office at 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045.

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 PMPublic Meeting - Cleanup Proposal for Gent Uniform Site (Massapequa)
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation

Public Meeting Location: Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Lane, Massapequa Park, NY

The public is invited to the meeting to learn about the remedy being proposed by DEC to address contamination related to the Gent Uniform Rental Service Site (Massapequa, Nassau County), under New York's State Superfund Program. Public comments also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through May 31, 2013.

Friday - 5/17
No Scheduled Events
Saturday - 5/18
9:00 AMEducator Workshop: Flying WILD
Contact  Region 1 Education Division
education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us / 631-444-0347

This exciting workshop introduces middle school students to bird conservation through standards-based classroom activities and environmental stewardship projects. Flying WILD also supports educators by providing opportunities to inspire students to discover more about the natural world, helping them understand the importance of migratory birds and their conservation. (www.flyingwild.org)

Participants receive a free Flying WILD curriculum guide upon completion.

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

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

 Conservation Planning for Woodland Pool Wildlife
Contact  Columbia Land Conservancy
518-392-5252 ext.208

A workshop for municipal board members and interested residents, focused on the value of woodland pools and the planning tools you can use to protect them in your community. The workshop will be followed by an optional field visit to observe woodland pools at the Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Sanctuary. Please dress appropriately for being out in the woods. Both the workshop (2 hours) and the optional field visit (2 hours) will offer self-certification credits for municipal board members. Sponsored by Columbia Land Conservancy.

Location: Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Hillsdale, followed by field visit at Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Sanctuary and Center, Craryville

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, hand-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.  Please note: This workshop will take place at Helmer Nature Center in West Irondequoit, NY. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

10:00 AMFamily Fun: WALK in the WOODS DAY
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for a family-friendly program to learn all about trees and the creatures that depend on them as we celebrate National Walk in the Woods Day. We will go outside for an easy walk and gather some interesting things that come from trees. Then we will head indoors for a craft project to learn more about these giants of the plant world.

10:30 AMGrowing Garden Series for Kids: Crafts for our Plants (Part 3 of 3)
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

In this session, we will create three different recycled crafts to use in our pots or garden bed. If you attended prior sessions, please bring your plant with you. For children ages 6 to 8. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

April - 2013
May - 2013
June - 2013
LegendFive Rivers General Meetings Reinstein Woods Sporting Seasons

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