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Week of 28 October, 2012
Sunday - 10/28
 New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy
Contact  (631) 444-0270

Brookhaven National Lab


 Pheasant Hunting Youth Days - Long Island
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. 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.



Monday - 10/29
 New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy
Contact  (631) 444-0270

Brookhaven National Lab


6:00 PMFull Moon Walk
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Discover animals of the night and learn about their myths and legends on this guided walk.

For adults and children age 8 and older.

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



Tuesday - 10/30
 New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy
Contact  (631) 444-0270

Brookhaven National Lab


Wednesday - 10/31
 New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy
Contact  (631) 444-0270

Brookhaven National Lab


 Special Scup Season for Party/Charter Boats Final Day
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources
fwmarine@gw.dec.state.ny.us

DEC offers a special scup season for party/charter boats, which allows anglers on board to keep extra fish (40 scup daily). The final day for this special season is October 31. The regular season will continue through December 31, during which anglers may possess 20 scup per day. For more details on saltwater fishing seasons and limits, visit the link above.


Thursday - 11/1
 New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy
Contact  (631) 444-0270

Brookhaven National Lab


 Beaver Trapping Opens in Northern Areas Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29044.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Visit DEC's Furbearer Trapping webpage for regulations, license information and more.


 Drawing for Long Island Firearms Deer Season Begins
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40409.html
Contact  Region 1 Bureau of Wildlife
(631) 444-0310

Hunters must enter a drawing to receive a permit to hunt DEC-managed lands during the special firearms deer season in Suffolk County from January 7-31, 2012 (weekdays only). Hunters may also hunt on non-DEC managed lands, as long as they receive a landowners endorsement and town permit (details are available by visiting the link above).

How to enter the drawing:
Send a self-addressed, stamped legal-size (4-1/8" x 9-1/2") return envelope with your hunting back tag number written on the back to NYSDEC - Deer Drawing, P.O. Box 659, Ridge, NY 11961-0659, or hand deliver it to the check station at 484 Randall Rd. in Ridge, NY.

Only one entry is allowed per individual. Entries are due by December 3, 2012, no later than 4:45PM.

Drawings will take place on December 4. Hunters who are selected will receive information on how and when to choose a hunting date and area, and to get their permit.


 Fox, Weasel, Opossum, Raccoon and Skunk Hunting & Trapping Opens on Long Island
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Visit DEC's Furbearer Trapping or Furbearer Hunting webpages for regulations, season details, license information and more.


 River Otter Trapping Opens in Northern Areas Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30513.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Visit DEC's Furbearer Trapping webpage for regulations, license information and more.


 Several Small Game Seasons Open on Long Island
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28634.html
Contact  Region 1 Bureau of Wildlife
(631) 444-0310

Small game seasons opening on Long Island, include:



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 - 11/2
 New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy
Contact  (631) 444-0270

Brookhaven National Lab


 Jamaica Bay Research Center Proposals Due
http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/605.html
Contact  National Park Service

The National Park Service and the City of New York have issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to solicit proposals from organizations interested in partnering in the establishment of a center for science and resilience in New York City's Jamaica Bay. This high-level research center, most likely located on public parklands within the Bay area, would focus initially on coordinating disparate scientific efforts now being undertaken there by public, private and non-profit entities.

The goal of the Center would be to support the development of strategies for future restoration and protection of the Bay's ecology and enhancement of the resilience of the urban-ecological system of the Bay and its surrounding neighborhoods. While the specific roles and responsibilities of the respective public and private partners are yet to be determined, it is envisioned that a qualified private or non-profit partner will operate the Center on a day-to-day basis.

DEC has worked as a partner with the National Park Service in this effort.


 Turkey Hunting Final Day in Portion of Western and Central Areas Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29461.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Saturday - 11/3
9:30 AMEducator Workshop: Project WILD
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/2035.html
Contact  Region 1 Education Division
education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us / 631-444-0347

This award-winning workshop offers lessons and activities intended to teach wildlife-based conservation and environmental education to teachers and community leaders.  The goal is to foster a sense of stewardship in students grades K-12, promoting responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources.  Participants receive a free curriculum guide upon completion.  (www.projectwild.org)

Location:  Long Island Children's Museum, Garden City, Nassau County

Registration required by October 27, 2012:  education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us or 631-444-0347



10:00 AMInspired by Nature
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Did you know many inventors, innovators, and architects were inspired by nature? Join us for a short indoor presentation, followed by a walk to find the plants and animals that influenced some of our greatest minds.

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



1:30 PMThe Reinstein Woods Experience
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center
rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Experience the best of both worlds at Reinstein Woods. Explore and learn about our environmentally-friendly “green” building and take a tour of the trails in this guided program. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Direction to Reinstein Woods



2:00 PMFamily Fun: Fun with Trees
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Come out and learn all about trees. We will take a walk in search of the “grandmother trees” on the property, using simple tools to measure tree height and width. Learn a little identification and have some fun with hands-on activities. Appropriate for those 8 years or older. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. This program is free of charge, but space is limited. Please call the center at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, October 31.



5:00 PMNature's Gathering: An Evening of Art, Wine and Cheese
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY

Enjoy a tasting of fine regional wines, cheeses and hors d'oeuvres and help support Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve. Western New York artisans will showcase their nature-themed artwork, which will be for sale.

Call 716-683-5959 for ticket information.



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