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Week of 18 February, 2018
Sunday - 2/18
12:30 PMHemlock Woolly Adelgid Workshop
http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/21322.html
Contact  Dan Carusone
djc69@cornell.edu
Location  NYSDEC Region 5 Warrensburg Suboffice, 232 Golf Course Road, Warrensburg, NY - Map

There is no cost to attend but you must register. To register, please contact Dan Carusone at (518) 668‐4881 or by email at djc69@cornell.edu. The limit for attendance is 75 so please register soon.

Cornell Cooperative Extension in partnership with NYSDEC will be hosting Charlotte Malmborg to present on the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Hemlocks are one of the most important tree species in New York forests, but here in New York our hemlocks are threatened by an invasive forest pest, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. HWA reached New York in the 1980s and continues to spread today, infesting new areas each year.

In this talk, Charlotte will cover the importance of hemlock trees in northeastern forests, the threat presented by HWA, and what you can do to identify and manage HWA infestations in your neck of the woods. She will also give an introduction to the New York State Hemlock Initiative's research into biological control opportunities and the role of NYSHI in promoting hemlock conservation throughout the state. There will also be a short field experience where participants will look at hemlocks and some of the common things that might be confused for HWA.

Charlotte Malmborg is a natural resources technician with the New York State Hemlock Initiative at Cornell University, where she lends her voice to improving science literacy regarding hemlock conservation efforts in the face of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an invasive forest pest. In addition to lecturing around the state, she also works with the field team to aid in NYSHI's research efforts. Previously Charlotte worked as a conservation corps member, a horticulturist, and a coordinator for environmental stewardship projects at a land trust, before joining NYSHI in July 2017.


Monday - 2/19
No Scheduled Events
Tuesday - 2/20
10:00 AMReinstein Woods: Learn to Cross-Country Ski
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Learn the basics of cross-country skiing before going on a short guided ski tour. Ski rental $8.00/person; Friends of Reinstein members $5.00/person. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



Wednesday - 2/21
10:00 AMFive Rivers - Naturalists as Reading Partners: Ookpik,The Travels of a Snowy Owl
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Naturalists as Reading Partners: Ookpik, The Travels of a Snowy Owl

10:00 AM - Naturalists as Reading Partners: Ookpik, The Travels of a Snowy Owl

Join us as we learn about majestic owls and how different species adapt to winter.  A naturalist will read a story, then we’ll go outdoors to find evidence of owls. We’ll end with a craft in our visitor center. All are welcome, but this program is most appropriate for children ages 3-7. Parents must accompany children.

NOTE: We are unable to accommodate organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) at our public programs. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to schedule a separate program for your group.



2:00 PMFive Rivers - Naturalists as Reading Partners: Sky Tree
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Naturalists as Reading Partners: Sky Tree

Join us as we discover the transformations trees go through  to prepare for winter and the upcoming spring. A naturalist will read a story, then we’ll go outdoors to explore some of the themes in the book. We’ll end with a craft in our visitor center. All are welcome, but this program is most appropriate for children ages 3-7. Parents must accompany children.

NOTE: We are unable to accommodate organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) at our public programs. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to schedule a separate program for your group.



 Five Rivers - Naturalists as Reading Partners: Sky Tree
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Naturalists as Reading Partners: Sky Tree

Join us as we discover the transformations trees go through  to prepare for winter and the upcoming spring. A naturalist will read a story, then we’ll go outdoors to explore some of the themes in the book. We’ll end with a craft in our visitor center. All are welcome, but this program is most appropriate for children ages 3-7. Parents must accompany children.


NOTE: We are unable to accommodate organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) at our public programs. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to schedule a separate program for your group.



6:30 PMPublic Meeting - Proposed Cleanup of Former Abex Mfg. Facility (Medina)
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/1...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

Meeting Location: Ridgeway Town Hall, 401 West Avenue, Medina, NY 14103

DEC invites the public to the meeting to learn about a proposal to address contamination at the Undeveloped Portion-Former Abex Mfg. Facility (Medina, Orleans Co.), within New York's Environmental Restoration Program. Public comments also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through March 19, 2018.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the public meeting, the proposal, and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed at: Lee Whedon Memorial Library, 620 West Avenue, Medina, NY 14103; phone: 585-798-3430.



Thursday - 2/22
10:00 AMFive Rivers - Family Fun : Turtle Time
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Meet Five Rivers' turtles in this program for all ages, as we talk about these amazing armored creatures. Touch a sea turtle shell and get up close and personal with our reptile residents. This 20-minute presentation will feature live turtles.

NOTE: We are unable to accommodate organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) at our public programs. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to schedule a separate program for your group.



10:30 AMReinstein Woods: Family Snowshoe Walk
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Please join us for a morning snowshoe walk along the trails as we look for evidence of wildlife. Snowshoe rental $5.00/person; Friends of Reinstein members $2.00/person. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



2:00 PMFive Rivers - Family Fun : All About Owls
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Learn more about Argo, our resident Barred Owl, and other New York State Owls in this 20-minute presentation. We will talk about Owls' stealth capabilities and their amazing ability to hear the smallest sounds, as well as their adaptations to the nighttime realm.

NOTE: We are unable to accommodate organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) at our public programs. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to schedule a separate program for your group.



6:30 PMMeeting on Capital District WMA Habitat Management Plan
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/86016.html
Contact  Selinda Brandon, Bureau of Wildlife
Phone: 607-652-2302, email: yfwildlife@dec.ny.gov

NYSDEC will host a public availability session to provide information on a recently completed habitat management plan for Capital District Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in the towns of Berlin and Stephentown, Rensselaer County.

Come join us to learn about the goals of the plan and future management at this WMA. The meeting will include a presentation and time for questions. An open house will begin at 6:30 and a formal presentation at 7:00.

Meeting Location:
Berlin Volunteer Fire Company
11 Community Avenue
Berlin, NY 12022

For more information, contact Selinda Brandon at 607-652-2302.



Friday - 2/23
 BCP Application - 211 Main St. Site (N. Tonawanda) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/1...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application for a site known as 211 Main Street, site ID #C932171. This site is located in the City of North Tonawanda, within the County of Niagara, and is located at 211 Main Street. Comments about the application must be submitted no later than February 23, 2018.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the site and how to comment.

A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available at: North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda, 14120.



 Draft Investigation Plan - 25 Rano St. Site (Buffalo) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/1...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to comment about a draft plan to investigate contamination related to the 25 Rano Street Site (Buffalo), within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the draft plan will be accepted through February 23, 2018.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the draft plan and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed at: Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203.



10:30 AMReinstein Woods: Winter Nature Play
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Enjoy a variety of nature play activities, including snow and twig sculptures, evergreen painting, animal tracking, and more! For children in grades K through 5. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.


Saturday - 2/24
9:00 AMFive Rivers - Birding-by-Snowshoe
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

BIRDING-BY-SNOWSHOE

Join Five Rivers, the Audubon Society of the Capital Region and the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club for a special birding-by-snowshoe outing. Meet at the Visitor Center at 9:00 AM for a brief introduction to snowshoeing. Then, strap on the waffle stompers and go over the meadow and through the woods in search of winter species. The program is geared for birding/snowshoeing novices. Space is limited. Snowshoe rentals are provided by Friends of Five Rivers at $5 per pair; free to Friends members. Please call the Center at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, February 21 to register. At least 6 inches of snow cover is required. If there is insufficient snow, we will go on foot. If the weather is severe, this program may be canceled.

NOTE: We are unable to accommodate organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) at our public programs. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to schedule a separate program for your group.



10:00 AMReinstein Woods: Stories in the Woods
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Enjoy hearing a nature story, followed by a guided walk in the woods. For children ages 3 to 7. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



1:00 PMFive Rivers - Audubon Society of the Capital Region: Annual mtg and Open House
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Audubon Society of the Capital Region: ANNUAL MEETING AND OPEN HOUSE

This family-friendly, open to the public event will start with announcements and election of officers, followed by a presentation. Tom Lake, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation naturalist, educator and editor, will present “Changing Ecology of the Hudson River Flyway.” His program will illustrate how the flyway has been critical to migratory birds for at least 12,000 years and how birds have adapted to the changing environment. During the presentation, there will be activities for younger folks. Light refreshments will be available and exhibits will show what your local Audubon chapter is doing and how you can participate.



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