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Thursday September 7, 2023
7:30 AM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Come celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the birds at Five Rivers. This outdoor survey begins at 7:30 AM. Meet outside the visitor center. After a brief introduction, we’ll head out on the trails. Beginners are always welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them. In case of inclement weather, this program will be canceled.

1:00 PM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

For more than 15 years, data collected at Five Rivers has been contributed to this continent-wide community science project conducted through the University of Minnesota. Join volunteers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in conserving monarchs and advancing the understanding of butterfly ecology and migration in general. Wear long pants and bring a sun hat and water. We will meet at the visitor center. Go to to learn about the project.

 Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by the Saturday prior to register.

5:00 PM
Contact  DEC Region 2 Fisheries

Participate in a free Beginner's Fishing Clinic hosted by NYSDEC at Pat Auletta Steeplechase Pier in Brooklyn, Kings County on Thursday, 9/7 from 5 - 7 PM. In addition to casting a rod and catching fish, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology, and more! No freshwater fishing license is required during the event, and all equipment and bait will be provided for free.

Space is limited (first come, first served). Email for more information and weather related updates. 

Location/Address: Pat Auletta Steeplechase Pier (Raritan Bay), Riegelmann Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Visit the Free Learn to Fish page for more information and other upcoming events near you.

5:30 PM
Contact  Walter Burak - I Fish NY Coordinator

Join DEC's I FISH NY Program for a free fishing clinic from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM during the annual Riverhead Snapper Fishing Event at the Peconic Riverfront Park in Riverhead, Suffolk County. At this clinic, participants will gain experience in fishing for snapper (bluefish), while learning about fishing equipment and techniques, local fish identification, aquatic ecology, and more! No recreational marine fishing registration is required to participate and all equipment and bait will be provided for free.

Address/Directions: Peconic Riverfront Park, 40 Peconic Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901

Visit the Free Fishing Clinics page for additional information on this and other upcoming clinic events.
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation

DEC has scheduled a public meeting on Thursday September 7, 2023 at 5:30 PM at the James Prendergast Library (Fireplace Room), 509 Cherry Street Jamestown, NY 14701, to discuss an amended cleanup remedy being proposed to address contamination related to the Essex; Hope Site #907015 (Jamestown, Chautauqua County) within New York’s State Superfund Program.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn more about the proposed remedy and the upcoming meeting.

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