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Week of 25 November, 2012
Sunday - 11/25
 Beaver Trapping Opens in Western and Central Areas Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29044.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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


 Canada Goose Season Final Day for Central Long Island
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28496.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The Canada goose season for the Central Long Island Goose Hunting Area will reopen on December 2, 2012. For more details on Canada goose seasons, visit the link above.


 Duck, Coot, Merganser and Brant Season Final Day on Long Island
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html
Contact  Region 1 Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Duck, coot and merganser hunting will reopen on December 2, and brant hunting will reopen on December 12 on Long Island. For more details about these and other waterfowl seasons, visit the link above.


 Mink and Muskrat Trapping Seasons Open in Western and Central Areas Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30510.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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


 Mink Hunting Opens in Western and Central Areas Upstate
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The mink hunting season dates are the same as the open trapping seasons. Mink may not be hunted in northern areas of the state or on Long Island. A firearm not larger than .22 caliber may be used. Visit DEC's Furbearer Hunting Regulations webpage for more details.


Monday - 11/26
No Scheduled Events
Tuesday - 11/27
 Canada Goose Season Final Day for West Central Goose Area
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28496.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The season for this area will reopen on December 29, 2012. For more details on Canada goose hunting seasons, visit the link above.


Wednesday - 11/28
No Scheduled Events
Thursday - 11/29
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 - 11/30
 Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass Regular Season Final Day - Statewide
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/31421.html
Contact  Bureau of Fisheries
fwfish@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The catch and release, or no kill season begins on December 1, 2012. Check the special regulations by county to determine if regulations in water bodies near you differs from statewide regulations.


 Striped Bass and Hickory Shad Fishing Final Day in the Hudson River
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/31421.html
Contact  Bureau of Fisheries
fwfish@gw.dec.state.ny.us

This season closure is only for tidal Hudson River waters north of the George Washington Bridge for striped bass and north of the Tappan Zee bridge for hickory shad.





Saturday - 12/1
 Brant Season Final Day in Lake Champlain and Southeastern Waterfowl Zones
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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

 No Kill Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass Season Begins - Statewide
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/31421.html
Contact  Bureau of Fisheries
fwfish@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Check special regulations by county to determine if regulations in your area differs from statewide regulations for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) fishing.


9:00 AMBehind the Scenes: Bird Banding At Five Rivers
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

How old can a goldfinch get? Last summer, biologists at Five Rivers’ M.A.P.S. bird-banding station found that out—among other things. Join us to learn all about Five Rivers’ bird banding program as we commemorate the formation of the American Bird Banding Association 103 years ago this week.



10:00 AMNature Journaling
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Enhance your connection to nature through nature journaling. Join us for a short guided walk, followed by time to write and sketch as a way to appreciate nature and the changing seasons.

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 tour the trails in this guided program. Registration required; call 716-683-5959.



2:00 PMFamily Fun: Eco-Friendly Wrapping Project
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Turn trash into treasure or at least use eco-friendly materials when wrapping all those pretty packages for under the tree. Come ready to get a little messy as we explore various wrapping materials that are eco-friendly, kid-friendly and fun. 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, November 28.



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