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May 2019

RESCHEDULED: Be Informed, Making a Meadow

May 29 @ 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Mohican Farm/Spaulding Estate, 7207 State Route 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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Mohican Farm Manager Bob Sutherland walks you through the steps of converting part of your property to a native wildflower meadow that will be good for pollinators, pleasing to look at, and will reduce your carbon footprint! Part of the program will be indoors learning about the benefits of meadows and short- and long-term care requirements, and some will be outside working on an actual meadow project at Mohican Farm. Dress to get dirty!    

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June 2019

National Trails Day — Basswood Pond State Forest

June 1 @ 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Basswood Pond State Forest, Conservation Road
Burlington, NY 13315 United States
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What better way to celebrate National Trails Day than by helping with trail maintenance at Basswood Pond State Forest? Tasks will include moving woody debris off the trails, trimming back encroaching vegetation, and improving drainage on wet parts of the trail. Volunteers should wear clothing appropriate for working in the woods and can bring water, gloves and hand tools. Please register for the event by May 24 so that we can submit proper paperwork to the NYS DEC.

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Walk on the Flat Side: Riddell State Park

June 5 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Robert V. Riddell State Park, Riddell Road
Davenport, NY 13750 United States
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Join OCCA Board member Patricia Riddell Kent and Steve Kent, who donated the land for the state park, on this early evening walk around the northern portion of Robert V. Riddell State Park. Visit historic structures, walk through fields, forests, and along Schenevus Creek, and learn about the interesting history of the land on this 1.5-mile, mostly flat walk. Meet at 7:00 p.m. at the Park’s main entrance on State Route 28, just north of I-88 Exit 17.

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Riparian Buffer Walk

June 8 @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am
NY United States

Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District Stream Technician Mark Kugler will discuss the importance of riparian buffers, provide an overview of the riparian buffer program, and lead a tour of a buffer site. Time and location to be determined.

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Chop and Cheese

June 12 @ 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Mohican Farm/Spaulding Estate, 7207 State Route 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
Free

Japanese knotweed is one of the most difficult to control invasive species in Otsego County. Join us at Mohican Farm for an hour or two chopping down Japanese knotweed, then enjoy cheese, crackers and a spectacular view of Otsego Lake afterward. Participants should dress to get dirty and should bring work gloves, pruners and their preferred beverage.  

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Float the Butternut

June 15 @ 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
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Back by popular demand, join OCCA and the Butternut Valley Alliance for a fun and informative paddle down one of the county's most beautiful creeks. We'll start at Bailey Road and end in Gilbertsville, a distance of about 5 water miles. Bring water and a snack, and your own canoe/kayak (a limited number of spaces are available in OCCA canoes). Pre-registration required.

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Learn 10…Trees

June 23 @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Clark Sports Center, 124 Co Rd 52
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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Botanist Dan Spada will guide participants in a beginner's course on how to identify 10 native tree species through the use of keys, guides and their senses during a combination of lab and field sessions. The route is over moderate terrain, but participants should be prepared with sturdy shoes, sunscreen, hat, water, and bug dope.  A 10x hand lens is optional.  Participants may bring guidebooks, although guides will be provided to borrow.  Anyone interested in how to know the trees…

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Water chestnut control at Silver Lake

June 28 @ 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Silver Lake, Silver Lake Road
New Berlin, United States
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Water chestnut (Trapa natans) is spreading at this 40-acre lake on the western edge of Otsego County. Join OCCA and members of the Silver Lake community as we seek out and remove this pernicious invasive. Lunch will be provided to volunteers afterward by the lake's owner. Note: outside watercraft are not permitted at Silver Lake. Please use the registration form to sign up and reserve space in a canoe/kayak.

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To use our online sign up for an event, please click here. Otherwise, please contact Program Director, Jeff O’Handley at 607-282-4087 or programdirector@occainfo.org.