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Week of 9 December, 2012
Sunday - 12/9
 Duck, Coot, Merganser and Sea Duck Hunting Final Day in Western Waterfowl Zone
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

 Split Season reopens on December 29.

 Late Bowhunter and Muzzleloader Deer Season Final Day in Select WMUs
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

WMUs 5A, 5G, 5J, 6A, 6C, 6H, 6G only.

 Regular Firearms Big Game Season Final Day in Southern Zone
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

10:00 AMEducator Workshop: Aquatic WILD
Contact  Region 1 Education Division / 631-444-0347

This highly acclaimed workshop emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems.  The lessons encourage problem-solving and decision-making skills, while inviting students to explore and understand the fascinating world of water and the aquatic habitats it supports.  The hands-on activities are designed for integration into existing courses of study for students in grades K-12.  Participants receive a free curriculum guide upon completion.  (

Location:  DEC Region 1 Headquarters, Stony Brook, Suffolk County

Registration required:  /  631-444-0347

Monday - 12/10
 Final Day to Bait Body-Gripping Traps Set On Land
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

 After December 10th in the Northern Zone, body-gripping traps set on land may not be set with bait or lure. For more information on trapping regulations, see

 Muzzleloader and Late Bowhunting Big Game Season Opens in Southern Zone
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

 Several Furbearer Hunting and Trapping Seasons Final Day Upstate
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

The furbearer season's final days are as follows:

Furbearer Trapping
(click the links below for season details)
  • Bobcat - northern areas upstate
  • Marten - Adirondack Wildlife Management Units 5C, 5G, 5F, 5H, 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 link below for season details)For bobcat, otter, fisher and marten, you must fill out a furbearer possession tag and have the pelt sealed.

 Varying (Snowshoe) Hare Season Opens in southeast areas, portions of Central NY
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

Tuesday - 12/11
 Canada Goose Season Final Day in South Goose Hunting Area
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

 Split season reopens December 29.

8:30 AMUrban Foresty Tips for the Trade Workshop
Contact  Division of Lands and Forests

Urban Forestry Workshop for Professionals, Municipal Officials, Tree Board Members, Planning and Zoning Boards and, Community Tree enthusiasts. Credits applied for include- LA, ISA, and CNLP. Registration is due to the Division of Lands and Forests by Friday 12/07.

Wednesday - 12/12
 Brant Season Opens in Long Island Waterfowl Zone
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

Thursday - 12/13
10:30 AMClimate Smart Community Webinar: 179D Tax Deduction to Reduce Energy Use
Contact  Office of Climate Change

Detailed information on how local governments can take advantage of Section 179D, paragraph (4) of the Energy and Policy Act to achieve significant energy savings in both newly constructed and retrofitted buildings.

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, click the “Join a meeting” button and enter Conference ID 58089 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
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center

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 - 12/14
 Tautog (Blackfish) Season Final Day
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources

Saturday - 12/15
 Canada Goose Season Final Day in Northeastern Goose Hunting Area
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

 Mink and Muskrat Trapping Seasons Open in Long Island and New York City
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

 Striped Bass Season Final Day - Marine and Coastal District
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources

This closure is for marine and coastal district waters south of the George Washington Bridge. Striped bass fishing in Hudson River waters north of the George Washington Bridge has been closed since December 1.

10:00 AMThe Cultural History of Christmas Trees

Pines and other cone-bearing trees remain green all year long. The site and smell of these trees reminds us of the holiday season. Come join us for an indoor presentation to learn about the cultural history of the Christmas tree and the types of trees used in this holiday tradition. Then join us outdoors for a field study of our local evergreens.

10:30 AMSnowbirds Snowshoe Walk
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center

Not all birds fly south for the winter. Search for our winter resident birds on a guided walk. Snowshoe rental = $4.00/person; Friends of Reinstein members = $2.00. Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

2:00 PMFamily Fun: Seed Search

This is a great time of year to explore the world of seeds. Join us for a field study of different types of plants and their different ways of spreading their seeds. We will collect a variety of seeds and then proceed inside to make a seed craft to take home. 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, December 12.

November - 2012
December - 2012
January - 2013
LegendDeadlines Five Rivers General Meetings Recreation and Families Reinstein Woods Sporting Seasons Workshops

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