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July 2019

Spotting the Lanternfly–early detection training for our newest invader

July 9 @ 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Mohican Farm/Spaulding Estate, 7207 State Route 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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Spotted Lanternfly is a newly-introduced invasive insect that could have considerable harmful effects on New York’s agriculture and forests. With populations confirmed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, it is essential to stay on the lookout for this insect and its preferred host tree, the invasive tree-of-heaven. Join Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership Field Projects Manager Dan Snider to learn all about Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), the tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima), and how you can help prevent the spread of this invasive…

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Chop and Cheese

July 10 @ 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Mohican Farm/Spaulding Estate, 7207 State Route 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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Japanese knotweed is one of our toughest invasive plants to control. Join us at Mohican Farm for an evening of cutting (and maybe digging) down a stand of Japanese knotweed, then enjoy light refreshments in the garden overlooking Otsego Lake. Dress to get dirty and bring pruners, gardening gloves, and a preferred beverage--we'll supply the cheese, crackers and Japanese knotweed! Offered in partnership with Mohican Farm/The Clark Foundation. This event is part of New York's Invasive Species Awareness Week.

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Invasive Species Teach-In

July 13 @ 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 sixth Invasive Species Awareness Week with an Invasive Species Teach-In at the large pavilion in Wilber Park, Oneonta. Displays and exhibits will highlight some of the invasive plants and animals that threaten our lands and waters. See examples of common invasive plants, discover how to report new infestations, and learn what is being done to control them. Activities for children and adults include matching games, Invasive Species Bingo, and a short walk to look for invasives…

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Otsquago Creek: Geology in Action–POSTPONED

July 20 @ 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Woodruff Outdoor Learning Center, 2316 State Highway 80
Van Hornesville, NY 13361 United States
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Due to illness, this program has been postponed until Sunday, August 11, time yet to be determined. We're sorry for the inconvenience.

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August 2019

Paddle and Pull–Goodyear Lake

August 3 @ 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
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Water chestnut (Trapa natans) persists in the Stump Lot portion of Goodyear Lake. Meet OCCA staff at the Fishing Access Site in Portlandville, take to the water, and help keep this highly-invasive aquatic plant under control. Bring water, sunscreen, a hat and dress to get wet and maybe dirty. You may bring your own canoe or kayak, or use the form above to reserve a space in an OCCA canoe. Spend an enjoyable couple of hours on the water, and…

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Otsquago Creek: Geology in Action

August 11 @ 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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Witness the results of thousands of years of geologic processes in action on this walk at the Robert Woodruff Learning Center at Owen D. Young Central School in Van Hornesville. Rain falls and seeps into rocks, dissolving them. The water finds its way to the surface and forms the Otsquaga Creek. As it flows it shapes the land, leaving tufa deposits and carving waterfalls, terraces and caves. The result is a spectacular landscape that is still changing today. This walk…

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Chop and Cheese

August 14 @ 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Mohican Farm/OCCA Offices, 7207 St. Hwy. 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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Help control Japanese knotweed, then enjoy light refreshment in a beautiful setting overlooking Otsego Lake! We'll supply the Japanese knotweed and the cheese and crackers; you can bring tools (loppers, hand pruners) and your preferred beverage. Dress to get dirty.

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European frog-bit removal

August 15 @ 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Mohican Farm/OCCA Offices, 7207 St. Hwy. 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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European frog-bit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae) is an aquatic invasive plant new to Otsego County. Help us find and remove this nuisance plant from Clarke Pond in the Town of Springfield before it can get into Otsego Lake. Volunteers are needed to patrol the water in kayaks or walk the edge of the pond in search of frog-bit. Kayaks provided. Some waders will be available. Dress to get wet and muddy. PLEASE pre-register. Meet at OCCA (7207 State Highway 80) and we…

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Paddle and Pull, Silver Lake

August 17 @ 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Silver Lake, Silver Lake Road
New Berlin, United States
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Volunteers are needed to help continue removing water chestnut (Trapa natans) and European frog-bit (Hydrocharus morsus-ranae),  two highly-invasive aquatic plants, from Silver Lake in New Berlin. Help us get them before they can spread further! Bring water, sunscreen, and dress to get wet and dirty. Due to local restrictions, only canoes owned by members of the Silver Lake community or OCCA are allowed on the lake; please pre-register using the form to volunteer.

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European frog-bit removal

August 18 @ 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Mohican Farm/OCCA Offices, 7207 St. Hwy. 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States
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European frog-bit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae) is an aquatic invasive plant new to Otsego County. Help us find and remove this nuisance plant from Clarke Pond in the Town of Springfield before it can get into Otsego Lake. Volunteers are needed to patrol the water in kayaks or walk the edge of the pond in search of frog-bit. Kayaks provided. Some waders will be available. Dress to get wet and muddy. PLEASE pre-register. Meet at OCCA (7207 State Highway 80) and we…

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