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Week of 20 October, 2013
Sunday - 10/20
No Scheduled Events
Monday - 10/21
No Scheduled Events
Tuesday - 10/22
8:30 AMUrban Forestry New Risk Tree Assessment Standard and BMP
Contact  Division of Lands and Forests

This workshop will familiarize tree professionals and managers with the new ANSI standard and Best Management Practices, and will lead indoor and outdoor exercises promoting its use in an everyday context. The workshop will inform attendees about TRAQ (Tree Risk Qualification program) but will  not teach TRAQ content or methods. Registrations are due to 625 Broadway Albany, NY 12233-4253 by 10/15.

Wednesday - 10/23
6:00 PMR.Baker & Son Machinery Dismantlers, Inc. State Superfund Site Public Meeting
Contact  Thomas V. Panzone
718-482-4953 or tvpanzon@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Remedy Proposed for State Superfund Site

Staten Island Community Board 2, Sea View Hospital, Lou Caravone Community Service Building, 460 Brielle Ave., Staten Island, NY

NYSDEC invites you to a public meeting to discuss the remedy proposed for the site. You are encouraged to provide comments at the meeting, and during the 30-day comment period.

Thursday - 10/24
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.

Friday - 10/25
 Archery and Muzzleloader Big Game Seasons Final Day - Northern Zone
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

 BCP Application for Former Baron Blakeslee Site Comment Period Ends
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation

DEC has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from General Electric Company for a site known as the Former Baron Blakeslee Site, site ID #C152204. This site is located in the Town of Islip, with the County of Suffolk, and is located at 86 Cleveland Avenue, Bay Shore, NY. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than October 25, 2013.

The application can be reviewed at: Brentwood Public library, 34 Second Avenue, Brentwood, NY 11717-4642.

 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)
  • Coyote, Fox, Weasel, Opossum, Raccoon and Skunk - all areas upstate
  • Bobcat - Southern portion of western and central areas of the state, Westchester and Rockland Counties, eastern and northern portions of upstate NY
  • Mink and Muskrat - northern areas upstate
  • Marten - Adirondack Wildlife Management Units 5C, 5G, 5F, 5H, 5J, 6J and 6F only - a special permit is required to trap marten. Contact DEC's Region 5 wildlife office at (518) 623-1240 for details
  • Fisher - northern and eastern areas upstate
Furbearer Hunting
(click the links below for season details)
  • Fox, Weasel, Opossum, Raccoon and Skunk - all areas upstate
  • Bobcat - Southern portion of western and central areas of the state, Westchester and Rockland Counties, eastern and northern portions of upstate NY
  • Muskrat - Lake Champlain only (hunting season dates for muskrat coincide with trapping season dates in this area)
For bobcat, otter, fisher and marten, you must fill out a furbearer possession tag and have the pelt sealed.
You must obtain a mandatory special permit from DEC Regional Offices to hunt or trap bobcat in the Harvest Expansion Area in western and central NY.

6:30 PMOwl Prowl
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Learn about our local owls, and listen for their calls on a walk in the woods. Program sponsored by Friends of Reinstein to raise funds for purchasing new owl mounts. Fee = $2.00/person; Friends of Reinstein members = $1.00/person. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Saturday - 10/26
 Regular Firearms Big Game Season Opens in Northern Zone
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

The regular hunting season runs through December 8, 2013. For more details on deer and bear hunting in New York State, visit DEC's Big Game Hunting webpage.

 Pheasant Hunting Youth Days - Long Island/NYC
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.

10:00 AMWild Turkey Trail – Hiking on the Edge
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

Join us for a 2-mile hike on Five Rivers’ Wild Turkey Trail. This is the northernmost edge of Five Rivers, skirting a 60-acre field and meandering throughout hardwood forests. We’ll enjoy the fall colors, glimpse wildlife, and watch for signs of wild turkey. Wear comfortable, sturdy footwear.

10:30 AMCreepy Crawlies
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Search for the slimy, scary and slithery critters of the Woods, and design your own creepy crawly craft for Halloween. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

2:00 PMCitizen Science: Project Feederwatch
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

Many people enjoy watching birds at their backyard feeders. But did you know your observations can contribute to the study of bird populations and movement? Noting what you see and reporting your observations can enhance your enjoyment while adding to our collective knowledge of birds. Come learn about the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch and other simple ways to better understand your backyard birds.

September - 2013
October - 2013
November - 2013
LegendDeadlines Meetings Reinstein Woods Sporting Seasons Workshops

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