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Week of 7 October, 2012
Sunday - 10/7
 Deer Firearms Hunting Youth Days - Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/46245.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Under the close supervision of a licensed and experienced adult mentor, 14- to 15-year old junior hunters may use a firearm or crossbow to take one deer of either sex with the appropriate licenses, tags and privileges. This youth hunt is open in Northern and Southern zones, except in bow only areas.

Visit DEC's Junior Hunter Mentoring Program webpage for complete details.


Monday - 10/8
 Deer Firearms Hunting Youth Days - Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/46245.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Under the close supervision of a licensed and experienced adult mentor, 14- to 15-year old junior hunters may use a firearm or crossbow to take one deer of either sex with the appropriate licenses, tags and privileges. This youth hunt is open in Northern and Southern zones, except in bow only areas.

Visit DEC's Junior Hunter Mentoring Program webpage for complete details.


Tuesday - 10/9
 Bird Seed Sale Orders Due
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

This is the last day to order bird seed for the Friends of Five Rivers’ Annual Bird Seed Sale. This benefit sale not only helps the birds but also generates supplemental funding for Five Rivers’ programming. For an order form or more information, call the Friends at 518-475-0295.



Wednesday - 10/10
6:00 PMBusy Beavers
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center
rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Take a guided walk to look for beavers in action, and learn about our official New York State mammal. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Direction to Reinstein Woods



Thursday - 10/11
10:30 AMClimate Smart Community Webinar
http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/50845.html
Contact  Office of Climate Change
climatechange@gw.dec.state.ny.us

An overview of the climate adaptation planning process with ideas and resources to help your community conduct a vulnerability assessment and create a climate adaptation plan.  Please register providing your community affiliation via e-mail or telephone to climatechange@gw.dec.state.ny.us  or 518-402-8323.

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 78425 in the "Meeting Login" screen. On your telephone, dial 1-866-394-2346 and enter conference call code 1982360347# when prompted.



4:30 PMAfter-School Escape
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center
rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us, 716-683-5959

Enjoy a one-hour program for kids featuring a different fun, outdoor activity each week. Children in grades K-5.
93 Honorine Dr., Depew, NY 14043

No registration required. Direction to Reinstein Woods.


Friday - 10/12
 Early Bear Season Final Day in Northern Zone
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.html#Black
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The regular bowhunting season remains open, and the muzzleloader season opens October 13. See complete season details by visiting the link above.


 After-School Escape
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center
rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us, 716-683-5959

Enjoy a one-hour program for kids featuring a different fun, outdoor activity each week. Children in grades K-5.
93 Honorine Dr., Depew, NY 14043

No registration required. Direction to Reinstein Woods.


5:00 PM2012 Air Monitoring Network Plan Comment Period Ends
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/33276.html
Contact  Division of Air Resources Bureau of Air Quality Surveillance
518-402-8508

NYSDEC prepared an annual monitoring network plan detailing the specifics of the monitoring network, including proposed modifications. This plan was available for public review and comments on May 23, 2012. However, the previous public notice did not reflect some last minute changes to the proposed modifications that resulted from consultation with EPA. Consequently, NYSDEC is hereby providing an additional 30-day period for public review.


Saturday - 10/13
 Brant Season Opens in Southeastern and Lake Champlain Zones
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Season Zones: Most waterfowl seasons are set based on five waterfowl hunting zones that have been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


 Canada Goose Season Opens in Lake Champlain
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28496.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 Duck, Coot and Merganser Hunting Opens in Lake Champlain and Southeastern Zones
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Season Zones: Most waterfowl seasons are set based on five waterfowl hunting zones that have been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


 Muzzleloader Deer and Bear Season Opens in Northern Zone
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

View muzzleloadlng regulations for details on licenses/privileges and firearm requirements.

For more details on deer and bear hunting in New York State, visit DEC's Big Game Hunting webpage.


 Sea Duck Season Opens on Long Island
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

This season is open through January 27, 2013 in the special sea duck area only. Sea ducks include scoters, eiders and long-tailed ducks - formerly called oldsquaw. The daily limit is 7 sea ducks, with no more than 4 scoters  included in the daily bag.


 Pheasant Hunting Youth Days - Central and Western NY
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29453.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Youth hunters, ages 12-15, must possess a junior hunting license and be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter. Only junior hunters are allowed to possess a firearm or harvest birds during the special youth hunt weekend.

See DEC's Pheasant Release Sites webpage for information on release sites in your area.



 Waterfowl Hunting Youth Days - Western Zone
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Youth Days are additional days for Junior Hunters only. Young hunters, 12 to 15 years of age, possessing a junior hunting license may hunt ducks, coots, mergansers, Canada geese, and brant on 2 special days in each zone. Daily bag limits for ducks are the maximum allowed during the regular duck season, and 2 per day for Canada geese. Young hunters must be accompanied by a licensed (including current HIP registration and duck stamp) adult hunter, but the adult may not shoot any birds unless the respective regular season is open. Note: A 2011-12 hunting license is needed to hunt on any Youth Day in September 2012.


9:30 AMEducator Workshop: Great Lakes Institute
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center
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 is being held in Barker, NY.

Registration required; call 716-683-5959 x204 to sign up.



10:00 AMFall Family Fishing and Children's Festival
http://www.ifishnewyork.org/
Contact  I FISH NY staff
(631) 444-0283

At Hempstead Lake State Park. Come out and enjoy a day of free fishing with the entire family! Headlining the event is a children's "Casting for Pumpkins" contest. In addition, over 1,000 trout will be stocked prior to the event. Age: All. Cost: $6 for participants 12 years and older plus parking fee; free with Empire Passport. Directions: Take exit 18 off Southern State Parkway. Follow the drive into the Park. Make your second right into the ticket booths. Make an immediate left after the booths. Follow to the end of the parking lot. Walk along the path to MacDonald and South Ponds.


 How to Do It: Beginning Birdwatching
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Binoculars and a bird guide are all you need to start this fascinating hobby. On this indoor/outdoor clinic, center staff will provide an overview of tools and techniques that will help you tell the catbirds from the cowbirds in your dogwoods. Afterwards, staff will lead an outdoor foray to look and listen for common birds. Binoculars are helpful but not necessary. We have several models for you to try.

Direction to Five Rivers



10:30 AMGreat Migration Challenge
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center
rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Explore the hazards facing birds as they migrate south for the winter. For kids age 8 to 12. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Direction to Reinstein Woods



11:00 AMHudson River Canoe Program
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/386439852
Contact  Hudson River Estuary Program
845-889-4745 x106 or email hrnerr@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Paddle with staff naturalists and learn about tidal marsh ecology, Hudson River research, and challenges facing estuarine habitats. These FREE educational canoe trips at selected sites along the Hudson River Estuary are provided for the general public.

  • One trip per person, registration required. (register at URL listed above)
  • Novices and families welcome (minimum age is 6, maximum of 2 children under 16 per adult).
  • All gear provided.
  • For safety reasons, we can't allow other boats to join group.
  • Wear old sneakers or water shoes that can get wet/muddy (flip-flops come off!)
  • Prepare to be knee-deep in water.
  • Bring food, water, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a sense of adventure!



2:00 PMAnimal Superpowers
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center
rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

They may not be faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive, but many animals have abilities beyond those of humans.Take a walk and learn about some of the amazing residents of the woods. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Direction to Reinstein Woods



 Family Fun: Fall Leaves for Kids
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for an outdoor walk to look for and collect some beautiful fall leaves. Then we will go indoors for a craft project to help us learn all about leaves and the trees from which they came. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. This program is free of charge, but space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, October 10.

Direction to Five Rivers



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