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Week of 18 September, 2022
Sunday - 9/18
2:00 PMFree Learn-to-Fish Clinic at Hempstead Lake State Park (Nassau County)
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Contact  Patrick Kaminski - NYS Parks
516-766-1029

Learn how to fish for free with DEC from 2:00PM- 3:30PM at McDonalds Pond in Hempstead Lake State Park. This free fishing clinic event, co-sponsored by DEC and NYS Parks, offers participants the opportunity to practice basic fishing skills and learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology and more! Rods and reels will be available to borrow, and fishing bait will be provided. All ages are welcome to attend.

No freshwater fishing license or enrollment in the recreational marine fishing registry is required for participants during the event; however, all other statewide fishing regulations remain in effect.

Address/Directions: Hempstead Lake State Park - 1000 Lake Drive, West Hempstead, NY 11552

Visit the Free Fishing Clinics page for additional information on this and other upcoming clinics.



Monday - 9/19
No Scheduled Events
Tuesday - 9/20
No Scheduled Events
Wednesday - 9/21
7:00 PMRegion 8 Annual Waterfowl Information Meeting
Contact  Iroquois Wildlife Office
585-948-5182
Location  Online / Virtual

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is holding its annual waterfowl information meeting on Sept. 21, 2022, virtually via WebEx from 7 to 9 p.m. Wildlife biologists will provide regional and statewide waterfowl news and updates, on such topics as:

Highlights of wetland management and research programs at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, and the Tonawanda and Oak Orchard, Northern Montezuma, and Braddock Bay wildlife management areas; Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations; Upcoming duck and goose hunting seasons; and Expected impoundment fall water level status. 

Participants can join the meeting via WebEx by going to https://on.ny.gov/3AWa3io or by calling 1-518-549-0500 and following the prompts: meeting number: 1616171862, password: 69738257. 



Thursday - 9/22
 Proposed Expedited Cleanup - 737 4th Avenue Site (Brooklyn) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/3...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to comment about a proposed expedited cleanup of contamination related to the 737 4th Avenue Site #C224332 (Brooklyn, Kings County), within New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through September 22, 2022.

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

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C224332/ 

And at:

Brooklyn Public Library – Sunset Park
4201 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232
(718) 435-3648

Brooklyn Community Board 7
4201 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232
(718) 854-0003
Bk07@cb.nyc.gov


7:30 AMFive Rivers:I Bird NY- Early Morning Bird Walks
https://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

Come celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the birds of Five Rivers, including the fall migration. These outdoor surveys begin 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, these programs will be canceled.

For more information, call 518-475-0291.



1:00 PMFive Rivers: Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring
https://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

For more than 15 years, data collected at Five Rivers has been contributed to this continent-wide citizen 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 www.mlmp.org to learn about the project. Space is limited.

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



4:30 PMFive Rivers:Outdoors Afterschool
https://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

Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. We’ll meet in front of the visitor center to head out on an adventure. Each week will have a different theme and will include time to explore. Come for as many sessions as you’d like, and dress for outdoor activity. For children in grades K–5 and their caregivers.

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



7:30 PMReinstein Woods - Autumn Equinox Walk
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Welcome the fall season on this guided night walk.

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Registration is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.


Friday - 9/23
 Brownfield App. and Work Plan - 147 West Tupper St. (Buffalo) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/3...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan for a site known as 147 West Tupper Street Site, site ID #C915389. This site is located in the City of Buffalo, within the County of Erie, and is located at 147 West Tupper Street. Public comments about the application must be submitted by September 23, 2022.

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

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C915389/

And at:

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203



 Draft Investigation Plan - 318 Nevins Street Site (Brooklyn) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/3...
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 318 Nevins Street site #C224350 (Brooklyn, Kings County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the draft plan will be accepted through September 23, 2022.

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

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C224350/

And at:

Brooklyn Public Library – Carroll Gardens Branch
396 Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 596-6972

Brooklyn Community Board 6
250 Baltic Street(718) 643-3027
Infobkcb6@gmail.com 



Saturday - 9/24
 Free Fishing Day - Statewide!
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89821.html
Contact  Bureau of Fisheries
fwfish@dec.ny.gov

DEC designates several dates throughout the year as free fishing days, which allows anyone to recreationally fish without a fishing license in New York State! September 24, 2022 marks one of these designated dates as it aligns with the annual National Hunting and Fishing Day held on the fourth Saturday of each September. This is the perfect time for the beginner or novice angler to try out fishing or for the more experienced angler to take a friend or the whole family along to fish.  

Even though a license is not needed, all fishing regulations apply. As a result, be sure to familiarize yourself with the Freshwater Fishing Regulations or Saltwater Fishing Regulations prior to venturing out.

Don't forget to download the HuntFishNY mobile app and use the new Tackle Box feature added this year! The Tackle Box offers information on places to fish, including finding boat launches and parking areas, as well as freshwater fishing regulations, likely fish species, and stocking information per waterbody.



8:00 AMReinstein Woods - Forest Bathing and Yoga
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Join our friends from Yogis in Service for a relaxing fall hike at Reinstein Woods followed by a session of outdoor yoga. Bring your own mat. Ticket cost and registration information available at reinsteinwoods.org.

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Registration is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.


9:00 AMFree Learn-to-Fish Clinic at Congers Lake (Rockland County)
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Contact  DEC Region 3 Fisheries - Ryan Coulter
845-256-2204

Learn how to fish for free with DEC on National Fishing and Hunting Day from 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM at Congers Lake Memorial Park in Rockland County. This free fishing clinic event, sponsored by DEC, offers participants of any age the opportunity to practice basic fishing skills and learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology and more!

No freshwater fishing license or enrollment in the recreational marine fishing registry is required for participants during the event; however, all other statewide fishing regulations remain in effect.

Address/Directions: Congers Lake Memorial Park, Gilchrest Drive, Congers, NY 10920

Visit the Free Fishing Clinics page for additional information on this and other upcoming clinics.



10:00 AMFive Rivers:New York State Free Fishing Weekend
https://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

Celebrate New York State’s annual free fishing weekend by joining us for a caregiver and child catch-and-release fishing clinic. You will learn the basics of how to fish and discover some of the local freshwater fish that live in upstate New York. Bring gear if you've got it; we have a limited number of rods and reels available for loan. Adults and children must accompany each other.

Space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, September 21 to register or for more information.



2:00 PMFive Rivers:New York State Free Fishing Weekend
https://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

Celebrate New York State’s annual free fishing weekend by joining us for a caregiver and child catch-and-release fishing clinic. You will learn the basics of how to fish and discover some of the local freshwater fish that live in upstate New York. Bring gear if you've got it; we have a limited number of rods and reels available for loan. Adults and children must accompany each other.

Space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, September 21 to register or for more information.



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* Special note for hunters: most hunting zones do not align with DEC's regional boundaries, so you won't find hunting seasons listed in the regional calendars. Use the statewide calendar instead.

This calendar provides a listing of all DEC-sponsored events that are open to the public. You can click on any event in the calendar to view additional details about the event. Note that the events at environmental education centers will only display in the region in which they are located, even though they serve residents from adjacent areas. We welcome people with disabilities to all of our programs. Please call the contact number ahead of time to let us know your specific needs and we will be happy to learn how we can best serve you.

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