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Week of 14 July, 2013
Sunday - 7/14
No Scheduled Events
Monday - 7/15
 Snapping Turtle Hunting Season Opens - Statewide
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

A small game hunting license is required to take snapping turtles. The only legal implement for taking snapping turtles is a firearm or a bow.

If you choose to eat snapping turtles, you should carefully trim all fat and discard fat, liver, and eggs prior to cooking to reduce exposure to contaminants. For information on this health advisory, call 1-800-458-1158 or visit the New York State Department of Health website in the right column

For more information, see our Reptile and Amphibian Hunting Seasons page.



Tuesday - 7/16
 Oyster Toadfish Season Opens
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources
fwmarine@gw.dec.state.ny.us

For size and possession limits, visit the link above.

Saltwater anglers (ages 16 and older) must enroll in the free recreational marine fishing registry prior to fishing for any saltwater or migratory fish species.


6:30 PMTrail Tuesdays
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
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 - 7/17
6:00 PMFish Handling Practices in Recreational Fishing
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/75333.html
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources
fwmarine@gw.dec.state.ny.us or 631-444-0430

Meeting on the best practices for handling fish for catch and release and barotrauma effects on deep water fish


6:30 PMFamily Nature Hour
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Hands-on activities enable families to investigate nature together on a different topic each session. Please note: this program will take place at the Julia Boyer Reinstein Library at 1030 Losson Road in Cheektowaga. For more information and to sign up, contact the library at 716-668-4991.


 Public meeting on the draft Winona Forest Unit Management Plan
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/91751.html
Contact  DEC, Lowville Lands and Forests Office
r6ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us

A public meeting to accept comments on the draft Winona Forest Unit Management Plan (UMP) will be held Wednesday, July 17. Public comments are being accepted until August 1.

The public meeting will be held in the Mannsville Manor Elementary School auditorium, Route 11, Mannsville, New York from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. The first half hour will be an open house format which provides time for the public to informally discuss the draft plan with DEC Lands and Forest staff. Beginning at 7 p.m., DEC staff will briefly present highlights of the draft plan. Following the presentation, the public will have an opportunity to comment on the plan.



6:45 PMDraft Winona State Forest UMP Plan
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/91751.html
Contact  Lowville Sub-office
r6ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The purpose of this meeting is to briefly present highlights of the draft plan and to give the public an opportunity to comment on the plan.

This meeting is open to the public and will be held Wednesday, July 17, in the Mannsville Manor Elementary School auditorium, Route 11, 423 N Main St, Mannsville, NY 13661 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.



Thursday - 7/18
 Urban Forestry New York ReLeaf Conference
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5307.html
Contact  Division of Lands and Forests
lflands@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Topics in Urban Forestry
Location: SUNY Institute of Technology



9:30 AMEducator Workshop: Great Lakes Institute
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

This workshop helps teachers incorporate study of 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. Please note: This workshop will take place at Beaver Island State Park in Grand Island. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.


Friday - 7/19
 Urban Forestry New York ReLeaf Conference
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5307.html
Contact  Division of Lands and Forests
lflands@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Topics in Urban Forestry
Location: SUNY Institute of Technology



Saturday - 7/20
 Urban Forestry New York ReLeaf Conference
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5307.html
Contact  Division of Lands and Forests
lflands@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Topics in Urban Forestry
Location: SUNY Institute of Technology



 Hudson River Days
http://hudsonriverdaysny.org/Home.aspx
Contact  Hudson River Estuary Program
Email: hrep@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Hudson River Days is the annual celebration of the Hudson River estuary and its watershed. Hudson River Days events are organized by a diverse set of stakeholders to focus on the environment, bringing public attention to the river's scenery, ecology and recreational uses, as well as the people, organizations, businesses and entities that work to promote environmental stewardship and restoration, public access and recreation. Hudson River Days celebrate the progress made in revitalizing the Hudson River and its watershed with a focus on the five themes of the 2010-2014 Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda: Clean Water, Habitat, River Access, Climate Change and Scenery. Hudson River Days activities range from sails and swims to music and visual art inspired by the natural beauty of the region. To find an event near you, see the website above.



10:00 AMFamily Fun: Are the Cicadas Coming?
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The answer is yes, but the questions are when and what kind? There are over 1,500 species of cicadas but not all make their presence known here at Five Rivers. Come join us for an indoor overview of cicadas, then venture afield in search of these fascinating insects in their natural habitat. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register for this program by Wednesday, July 17. This program free and open to the public.


10:30 AMDeadliest Predators
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us as we search for ferocious predators living in Reinstein Woods on this guided walk. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.


2:00 PMFamily Fun: INSECT SOUNDS
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

How does a grasshopper make that rasping sound. And what is it for? Why are insects louder at certain times of the day?  Come learn to understand and identify common “singing” insects. Staff naturalists will lead a search along gentle Five Rivers trails for the many musical insects which animate a summer’s evening. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register for this program by Wednesday, July 17. This program is free and open to the public.


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