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For Release: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

DEC offers Waterfowl Hunter Informational Meetings

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced two upcoming waterfowl hunter informational meetings: Thursday, August 29, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Headquarters located on Casey Road in Alabama, Genesee County; and September 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah, Wayne County. These meetings will focus on topics of interest to waterfowl hunters in Western New York and the Iroquois and Montezuma NWR region.

Topics of interest will include:

  • Highlights of waterfowl management and research programs at Iroquois NWR, Tonawanda and Oak Orchard Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), Montezuma NWR and Northern Montezuma WMA;
  • Regional and statewide waterfowl news and updates;
  • Atlantic Flyway news;
  • Waterfowl population status survey results;
  • The New York waterfowl hunting season-setting process; and,
  • Tentative 2013-14 duck and goose hunting seasons.

Wildlife biologists from Iroquois and Montezuma NWRs and DEC will discuss items of interest to waterfowl hunters in an informational and interactive forum. They will present results of local and international surveys of waterfowl breeding populations and discuss habitat conditions and habitat management efforts. Updates of waterfowl management issues in the Atlantic Flyway will be presented, and this year's tentative waterfowl hunting seasons and bag limits will be discussed.

Directions:

Iroquois NWR, 1101 Casey Road, Basom - from the NYS Thruway, take Exit 48A (Pembroke) and travel north on Rte. 77 to Alabama Center. Continue north on Rte. 63 for approximately 1 mile, turn left on Casey Rd. The office is about a mile down the road on the right.

Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 St. Rt. 89, Savannah - from the west, take the New York State Thruway to exit 42. Turn north onto Route 14 and follow for approximately 12 miles until you reach the intersection with Route 31. Turn right and follow Route 31 heading east into Savannah, about 15 miles. Turn left heading north at the blinking light onto State Route 89. The Center will be on your left approximately 2 miles from the intersection of Routes 31 and 89. From the east: take the New York State Thruway to exit 40 in Weedsport, turn south onto Route 34. Turn right on to Route 31 heading west. Follow Route 31 for approximately 12 miles to the intersection with Route 89 in Savannah. Turn right at the blinking light onto State Route 89. The Center is on your left, 2 miles north of the intersection of Routes 31 and 89.

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