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Week of 28 July, 2013
Sunday - 7/28
 DEC Booth at the Chautauqua County Fair
Contact  region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

DEC has a booth in the Conservation Building! Stop by the booth to meet an Environmental Conservation Officer, get information about the environment and see what's new in the fish tanks!

Chautauqua County Fair - July 22 to 28
Chautauqua County Fairgrounds
Dunkirk, NY



 Comment Period ends for Proposed Changes to Part 40, Section 40.1
http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/34113.html#part40sect1
Contact  Stephen Heins
NYSDEC, 205 North Belle Mead Road Suite 1, East Setauket, NY 11733

This rulemaking is necessary to maximize recreational angler opportunities for popular finfish species while staying in compliance with the ASMFC and MAFMC.

Comments will be accepted from May 15, 2013 through July 28, 2013.



Monday - 7/29
 DEC Booth at the Cattaraugus County Fair
Contact  region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Stop by DEC's booth at the Cattaraugus County Fair to meet an Environmental Conservation Officer, get information about the environment and see what's new in the fish tanks!

Cattaraugus County Fair - July 29 to August 4
Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds
Little Valley, NY



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

 Educator Workshop: Great Lakes Academy

July 29 through August 2

9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

This inter-disciplinary, five-day training academy will help educators explore ways to infuse their existing curricula with activities and stewardship opportunities connecting their students to the Great Lakes. Topics covered in the academy include water sampling, local plants and animals, geology, history, aquatic invasive species, ecology and habitats, and restoration projects. During the academy, educators will participate in and receive: Science Afloat Program aboard the Spirit of Buffalo to explore the Buffalo River and Lake Erie, Project WET and Project WILD Aquatic curriculum and activity guides, field experiences with ideas and tips for connecting students to the outdoors, and 30 contact hours of professional development. After the academy, all participants will receive at least one free in-class lesson presented by a professional environmental educator, as well as ongoing support to involve students in a stewardship project. Educators who complete the academy and the follow-up activities will receive a $200 stipend. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to request an application form.  


Tuesday - 7/30
 DEC Booth at the Cattaraugus County Fair
Contact  region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Stop by DEC's booth at the Cattaraugus County Fair to meet an Environmental Conservation Officer, get information about the environment and see what's new in the fish tanks!

Cattaraugus County Fair - July 29 to August 4
Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds
Little Valley, NY



 Educator Workshop: Great Lakes Academy
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 Educator Workshop: Great Lakes Academy

July 29 through August 2

9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

This inter-disciplinary, five-day training academy will help educators explore ways to infuse their existing curricula with activities and stewardship opportunities connecting their students to the Great Lakes. Topics covered in the academy include water sampling, local plants and animals, geology, history, aquatic invasive species, ecology and habitats, and restoration projects. During the academy, educators will participate in and receive: Science Afloat Program aboard the Spirit of Buffalo to explore the Buffalo River and Lake Erie, Project WET and Project WILD Aquatic curriculum and activity guides, field experiences with ideas and tips for connecting students to the outdoors, and 30 contact hours of professional development. After the academy, all participants will receive at least one free in-class lesson presented by a professional environmental educator, as well as ongoing support to involve students in a stewardship project. Educators who complete the academy and the follow-up activities will receive a $200 stipend. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to request an application form.  


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 - 7/31
 DEC Booth at the Cattaraugus County Fair
Contact  region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Stop by DEC's booth at the Cattaraugus County Fair to meet an Environmental Conservation Officer, get information about the environment and see what's new in the fish tanks!

Cattaraugus County Fair - July 29 to August 4
Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds
Little Valley, NY



 Educator Workshop: Great Lakes Academy
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 Educator Workshop: Great Lakes Academy

July 29 through August 2

9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

This inter-disciplinary, five-day training academy will help educators explore ways to infuse their existing curricula with activities and stewardship opportunities connecting their students to the Great Lakes. Topics covered in the academy include water sampling, local plants and animals, geology, history, aquatic invasive species, ecology and habitats, and restoration projects. During the academy, educators will participate in and receive: Science Afloat Program aboard the Spirit of Buffalo to explore the Buffalo River and Lake Erie, Project WET and Project WILD Aquatic curriculum and activity guides, field experiences with ideas and tips for connecting students to the outdoors, and 30 contact hours of professional development. After the academy, all participants will receive at least one free in-class lesson presented by a professional environmental educator, as well as ongoing support to involve students in a stewardship project. Educators who complete the academy and the follow-up activities will receive a $200 stipend. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to request an application form.  


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.


Thursday - 8/1
 DEC Booth at the Cattaraugus County Fair
Contact  region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Stop by DEC's booth at the Cattaraugus County Fair to meet an Environmental Conservation Officer, get information about the environment and see what's new in the fish tanks!

Cattaraugus County Fair - July 29 to August 4
Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds
Little Valley, NY



 Educator Workshop: Great Lakes Academy
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 Educator Workshop: Great Lakes Academy

July 29 through August 2

9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

This inter-disciplinary, five-day training academy will help educators explore ways to infuse their existing curricula with activities and stewardship opportunities connecting their students to the Great Lakes. Topics covered in the academy include water sampling, local plants and animals, geology, history, aquatic invasive species, ecology and habitats, and restoration projects. During the academy, educators will participate in and receive: Science Afloat Program aboard the Spirit of Buffalo to explore the Buffalo River and Lake Erie, Project WET and Project WILD Aquatic curriculum and activity guides, field experiences with ideas and tips for connecting students to the outdoors, and 30 contact hours of professional development. After the academy, all participants will receive at least one free in-class lesson presented by a professional environmental educator, as well as ongoing support to involve students in a stewardship project. Educators who complete the academy and the follow-up activities will receive a $200 stipend. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to request an application form.  


 Comment Period ends for Draft UMP for Oneida Hills
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/83216.html
Contact  DEC, Lands and Forests Herkimer
r6ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public comments will be accepted through Thursday, August 1 and may be submitted to NYSDEC, 225 North Main Street, Herkimer, NY, 13350 or via email at r6ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us



 Comment Period ends for Draft UMP for Winona State Forest
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/91751.html
Contact  Lowville Dec Sub-Office
r6ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public comments will be accepted through Thursday, August 1 and may be submitted to Lowville DEC Sub-Office, 7327 State Route 812, Lowville, NY 13367 or via email at r6ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us


 Diamondback Terrapin Hunting Season Opens - Downstate
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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.



 Hudson River Hickory Shad Fishing Season Opens
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/31421.html
Contact  Bureau of Fisheries
fwfish@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The season runs through November 30 in Hudson River waters north of the Tappan Zee bridge. The daily possession limit is five and there is no size limit.

Hickory shad fishing is open all year in the marine and coastal district, which includes waters south of the Tappan Zee Bridge. The same size and possession limits apply to marine and coastal district waters.


Friday - 8/2
 DEC Booth at the Cattaraugus County Fair
Contact  region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Stop by DEC's booth at the Cattaraugus County Fair to meet an Environmental Conservation Officer, get information about the environment and see what's new in the fish tanks!

Cattaraugus County Fair - July 29 to August 4
Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds
Little Valley, NY



 Educator Workshop: Great Lakes Academy
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 Educator Workshop: Great Lakes Academy

July 29 through August 2

9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

This inter-disciplinary, five-day training academy will help educators explore ways to infuse their existing curricula with activities and stewardship opportunities connecting their students to the Great Lakes. Topics covered in the academy include water sampling, local plants and animals, geology, history, aquatic invasive species, ecology and habitats, and restoration projects. During the academy, educators will participate in and receive: Science Afloat Program aboard the Spirit of Buffalo to explore the Buffalo River and Lake Erie, Project WET and Project WILD Aquatic curriculum and activity guides, field experiences with ideas and tips for connecting students to the outdoors, and 30 contact hours of professional development. After the academy, all participants will receive at least one free in-class lesson presented by a professional environmental educator, as well as ongoing support to involve students in a stewardship project. Educators who complete the academy and the follow-up activities will receive a $200 stipend. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to request an application form.  


9:00 AMWorkshop on Alternative and Organic Land Care/Pest Management (Buffalo)
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/92163.html
Contact  Sandra Vanvranken
BGGL@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Homeowners, land care professionals and municipalities... Help be Green in the Great Lakes.  Join us for a free full-day of training about Alternative and Organic Land Care/Pest Management.  Training includes:  pest detection, yard maintenance, selecting well-adapted plants and much more.  Learn how to protect soil, plant health and water resources in NY's 33-county Great Lakes Basin.  Registration required and seating is limited.  Lunch provided.  Location:  Deamen College, Wick Center, 4380 Main Street, Amherst, NY . E-Mail to above address or phone 518-402-8651 to register.



7:30 PMCitizen Science: Bats
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Five Rivers’ Jones Barn has been in the forefront of recent bat research. Come learn the latest on white-nose syndrome, a disease which has decimated bat populations throughout the Northeast. Learn about some promising new research that might help save bats, then head out with us to count them as they emerge from their roost. This program is free and open to the public.


Saturday - 8/3
 DEC Booth at the Cattaraugus County Fair
Contact  region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Stop by DEC's booth at the Cattaraugus County Fair to meet an Environmental Conservation Officer, get information about the environment and see what's new in the fish tanks!

Cattaraugus County Fair - July 29 to August 4
Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds
Little Valley, NY



9:00 AMAlternative and Organic Land Care/Pest Management Workshop (Rochester)
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/92163.html
Contact  Sandra Vanvranken
BGGL@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Homeowners, land care professionals and municipalities... Help Be Green in the Great Lakes.  Join us for a free full-day of training about Alternative and Organic Land Care/Pest Management.  Training includes:  pest detection, yard maintenance, selecting well-adapted plants and much more.  Learn how to protect soil, plant health and water resources in NY's 33-county Great Lakes Basin.  Registration required and seating is limited.  Lunch provided.  Location:  Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Drive, Rochester, NY . E-Mail to above address or phone 518-402-8651 to register.



10:00 AMFamily Freshwater Fishing Clinic at Hempstead Lake State Park, Nassau County
Contact  I FISH NY - Long Island
631-444-0283

Spend the day with the family fishing and learning about the aquatic environment. This event starts with education stations and follows with open fishing. A children’s casting contest is held throughout the day. Call I FISH NY at 631-444-0283 to pre-register.

Location: Hempstead Lake State Park

Southern State Parkway, Exit 18 South

West Hempstead, NY 11552

Age: All

Cost: $8 parking fee; free with Empire Passport



 Watchable Wildlife: Dragonflies
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

These winged insects are as interesting as they are colorful and acrobatic. They are also excellent indicators of environmental health. Join us for an indoor overview of the natural history and life cycle of dragonflies and damselflies. Afterward, odonate expert Alison Van Keuren will lead a catch-and-release identification of local species. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register for this program by Wednesday, July 31.  This program is free and open to the public.


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

Explore how animals play hide-and-seek to help them survive. For children ages 4 to 7. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.


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

Come to Five Rivers for an introductory investigation of the great outdoors. We will be outside, looking at many different aspects of nature, from fields to woods and ponds. 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 31.  This program is free and open to the public.


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