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Week of 21 October, 2012
Sunday - 10/21
 Duck, Coot and Merganser Season Final Day in Southeastern Zone
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

The season will reopen on November 10 in the Southeastern Waterfowl Zone.

Monday - 10/22
 Draft Workbook for the Short Environmental Assessment Form (EAF)
Contact  Robert Ewing
Division of Environmental Permits

The DRAFT Workbook for the Short Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) has been prepared and is available for public review and comment. Comments will be accepted through 10/22/12.

Tuesday - 10/23
No Scheduled Events
Wednesday - 10/24
5:30 PMAlley Creek Long Term Control Plan Public Kickoff Meeting
www.nyc.gov/dep/ltcp or on www.Facebook.com/NYCWater
Contact  To RSVP, please email ltcp@dep.nyc.gov or call DEP’s Community Partnerships Office at (718) 595-3496.

Alley Creek Long Term Control Plan Kick-Off Meeting
Water Quality Planning Process for Local Waterways

Alley Pond Environmental Center
228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, New York 11362

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is starting the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) for the Alley Creek Waterbody/Watershed area and would like to hear from you on current public use of the Alley Creek waterbody/watershed area and possible long-term solutions to achieve waterbody-specific water quality standards consistent with the Federal CSO Policy and the water quality goals of the Clean Water Act (CWA).  At the meeting, you will be able to learn about DEP's current and upcoming efforts to reduce CSOs and how you can provide input on possible solutions.  Also, DEP and DEC staff will be available to answer any questions you may have. Please visit the web site at http://www.alleypond.com  for travel directions by car or mass transit.

Thursday - 10/25
 Several Furbearer Hunting and Trapping Seasons Open Upstate
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

The furbearer seasons opening are as follows:

Furbearer Trapping
(click the links below for season details)
Furbearer Hunting
(click the links below for season details)
For bobcat, otter, fisher and marten, you must fill out a furbearer possession tag and have the pelt sealed.

4:30 PMAfter-School Escape
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 - 10/26
 New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy
Contact  (631) 444-0270

Brookhaven National Lab

Saturday - 10/27
 New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy
Contact  (631) 444-0270

Brookhaven National Lab

 Canada Goose Season Opens in Several Areas Statewide
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

Canada goose season opens in the following designated goose hunting areas: Northeast, East Central, South, West Central and Hudson Valley. Goose hunting area descriptions and bag limit information is available at the link above.

 Duck, Coot and Merganser Season Opens in Several Waterfowl Zones
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

This season is open in Western, Northeastern and Lake Champlain Waterfowl Hunting Zones.

 Pheasant Hunting Youth Days - Long Island
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

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. The bag limit is two birds per day for the Long Island youth pheasant hunting weekend.

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

9:00 AMTeacher Workshop: Project WILD
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Project WILD is an award-winning national interdisciplinary program for teachers and youth leaders. This interactive workshop will introduce instructional activities which integrate wildlife themes into the core disciplines. Participants will receive a free Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide full of hands-on activities which correlate to NYS learning standards. Please call the center at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, October 24.

2:00 PMFamily Fun: Halloween Open House
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Looking for an enriching alternative to Halloween activities that are violent or scary? At our family-friendly Halloween Open House, naturalists will share fun facts about bats, spiders and bones galore with interactive tabletop exhibits. Touch a coyote skull, run your fingers across a bear’s teeth and learn about snakes and toads. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. Youth groups are welcome but must call the center to register by Wednesday, October 24. All activities are ongoing and free of charge. Come in costume if you wish.

6:00 PMHalloween Forest Hike
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center

Which creatures stalk their prey at night? What secrets do the shadows of the forest hold? Come walk the trails, and explore the spooky side of Reinstein Woods. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.
Direction to Reinstein Woods

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