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June 2018

Water Chestnut Control at Silver Lake

June 22 @ 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Silver Lake, Silver Lake Road
New Berlin, United States
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Join OCCA for our first water chestnut control event of the year at Silver Lake in New Berlin. Pull water chestnuts from 10am to 1pm, then enjoy lunch courtesy of the lake's owner. Space is limited, and no outside canoes/kayaks are permitted. Please use the registration form to sign up, and you will receive directions to the event.

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Get the Kids Out! Nature Identification

June 27 @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Wilber Park, Albert Morris Drive
Oneonta, NY 13820 United States
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Free

Explore Wilber Park’s different habitats and learn about the common plant and animal species that call Otsego County home. In this guided exploration, participants will visit stream, woods and fields and learn about the different types of plants and animals found there. All participants will receive a journal to record their observations and will use field guides to identify what they see. Meet at the first parking lot inside the Spruce Street entrance. The program is free and open to…

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Butternut Creek Paddle

June 30 @ 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
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Free

Butternut Creek is one of Otsego County's most scenic waterways. Join OCCA and the Butternut Valley Alliance for a relaxing and informative morning paddling down the creek through forests and valleys. The four+ mile paddle starts at the Bailey Road bridge in Morris and ends at County Road 8 in Gilberstville and should take about two hours. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Bring your own canoe/kayak, or reserve a space in one of ours. After the trip,…

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July 2018

Paddle and Pull – Goodyear Lake

July 8 @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
NY United States
Free

Kick off Invasive Species Awareness Week with a water chestnut pull in the Stump Lot portion of Goodyear Lake. OCCA and the Goodyear Lake Association have been partnering for a decade on removing the highly invasive water chestnut (Trapa natans) by hand. Come enjoy the results on a leisurely paddle, and we’ll pull any water chestnuts we find. Bring your own canoe/kayak, or reserve space in one of ours! Meet at 1 p.m. at the Portlandville Fishing Access Site on…

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Japanese knotweed control – Mohican Farm

July 11 @ 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Mohican Farm/Spaulding Estate, 7207 State Route 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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Japanese knotweed is a highly-invasive plant that is spreading rapidly across the region. Learn to recognize knotweed, and get your hands dirty as we try to control a patch of it here at Mohican Farm. Bring hand pruners and hand tools useful for grubbing tough, persistent roots out of the ground. Meet at OCCA’s Mohican Farm office, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. Contact Jeff O’Handley for information or to register.

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Invasive Species Teach-In

July 14 @ 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Wilber Park, Albert Morris Drive
Oneonta, NY 13820 United States
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Celebrate New York State's fifth Invasive Species Awareness Week with an Invasive Species Teach-In at the small pavilion in Wilber Park, Oneonta. Local botanist Donna Vogler and her team from SUNY Oneonta will share their expertise about invasive plants with displays, activities for kids and adults, and a plant identification booth. See examples of common invasive plants, discover how to report new infestations, and learn what is being done to control them. You may bring suspicious plants or weeds for…

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Amazing Insects All Around Us

July 21 @ 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
SUNY Oneonta College Camp, 119 Hoffman Road
Oneonta, NY 13820 United States
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Come on a leisurely walk around the College Camp with Dr. Jeffrey Heilveil, Chair of the Biology Department at SUNY Oneonta and resident entomologist, and catch, observe and learn about many of the late summer insects that reside in Otsego County. Insects are fascinating creatures: some are vital to the foods we eat and flowers we love. Others are important food sources for other animals, or we are important food sources for them. Dr. Heilveil will talk about distinguishing characteristics,…

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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.