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SAVE THE DATE

Sleeping Lion Trail Hike

December 5 – 10am – Glimmerglass State Park

Program Director Jeff O’Handley will lead a walk on the Sleeping Lion trail at Glimmerglass State Park for the Susquehanna Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. This 2.5-mile trail traverses several forest types and offers breathtaking views of Otsego Lake. Free. For information on carpooling from the Oneonta area, contact Julie Smith, outings chair of ADK.  Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

 

Well Spent Wednesday

January 24 –11am – 10pm – Alex’s Bistro (149 Main Street, Cooperstown)

Come join OCCA for a meal at Alex’s Bistro in Cooperstown.  Alex has generously offered to donate 15% of your bill to OCCA.  This can only work if you come out for a wonderful meal at Alex’s!  We LOVE Alex’s eclectic menu and hope that you will as well.  Just mention OCCA when you dine.  We’ll have an OCCA employee at the restaurant for most of the day if you want to stop by and say hello!

Where Have All the Birds Gone?

December 6 – 6:30 – 7:30pm – Brandow’s Feed & Seed

Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Co-President, Andy Mason will discuss winter birds, including birds typically seen at feeders in our area. Topics will include various bird seed types and other food, feeders, and problems at feeders.Also discussed will be the common question this fall: “Where are all the birds?” as well as how feeder watchers can contribute to knowledge of bird populations and distributions. VISIT www.doas.usfor more information about other programs.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

2017 Giving Tuesday a Success!

The new #GivingTuesday campaign for 2017 was a success!!  Today, OCCA raised over $2500 and your generous donations are still coming in.  As always, your donations go to helping OCCA put on all of its FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC programs like nature hikes, lectures, festivals and much, much more.  It’s not too late to donate to OCCA for the 2017 tax year, our annual appeal and brand new annual report are going out in the mail this week.  If you would like to donate online, please see our Annual Appeal campaign page @ https://occainfo.networkforgood.com/projects/43100-2017-annual-appeal. Any and all donations are welcome, and no gift is too small.   Pass the word on to your friends this giving season that you value the work OCCA does and challenge them to match your donation to our efforts.

Reduce Your Food Footprint

Have too many leftovers?  Is your fridge getting cram packed with food already for the holiday season?  The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that American throw away over 204 MILLION pounds of just turkey meat during the Thanksgiving holidays.  This estimate doesn’t even include the time between Thanksgiving and the New Year holiday, OR the amount of food that can be composted in your own backyard!  To reduce wasted food this holiday season, the NY DEC suggests….

  • Plan ahead:  Have an accurate head count to plan portions accordingly. Use Save the Food’s new Guest-imator calculator to help estimate how much food you will need based on the head count and number of desired leftovers.
  • Cook with Imperfections:  Purchase imperfect produce to use in cooked dishes, such as bruised apples for apple pie.
  • Share:  Encourage your guests to bring a container they can take leftovers home in.
  • Make Creative Leftovers:  Enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers days after by creating new dishes like turkey soup or hot turkey sandwiches.
  • Freeze:  Be realistic about the leftovers you can eat; freeze the extra that won’t last in the fridge.

 

Recycle Your Christmas Lights

If you’re finding more and more strings of Christmas lights that aren’t working, look to recycle them! Lights can be dropped off at Lowe’s stores, or boxed and mailed to companies like HolidayLEDs (holidayleds.com), the Christmas Light Source (christmas-light-source.com) or Environmental LED (environmentalled.com).  You can also bring your spent holiday lights to OCCA and we will take them to Lowe’s for you.  Drop your lights off at Mohican Farm location (Corner of Rte. 80 and Allen Lake Road) until January 24.

Otsego Reuse Center Now Open!

A project of the Arc Otsego, The Otsego ReUse Center envisions providing affordable, gently used materials to the general public while keeping materials out of the waste stream. The store is open Tuesday through Friday10 am-6 pm and Saturday from 9am-1pm, and is located at 23 Duane Street, Oneonta. Call 607-353-7831 or visit otsegoreusecenter.org for more information.

County Manager/Executive to Be Discussed Locally

Dr. Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz Associate Vice President/Regional Engagement, will make a presentation outlining the discussion surrounding hiring a “County Manager” versus electing a “County Executive.” The presentation will take place on Thursday, December 14 at 8 a.m. at the Springbrook family Engagement Center located on Route 28 in Milford Center. The event is sponsored by the Freeman’s Journal/Hometown Oneonta, with cosponsors including the League of Women Voters (Cooperstown and Oneonta Chapters) and the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.

Did You Know?

The Winter Solstice is coming!  The winter solstice (AKA hibernal solstice) is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. This year, in the Northern Hemisphere we can officially celebrate the solstice on December 21 at 11:27am. Why would you want to celebrate the shortest time of daylight of the year you ask?  While we at OCCA appreciate the solstice for its astronomical properties, many other cultures throughout human history have had a different take on the solstice.  For many people around the world, the solstice is celebrated as the beginning of the return of the sun and darkness turning to light. In pre-Christian Scandinavia, the Feast of Juul, or Yule, lasted for 12 days celebrating the rebirth of the sun and giving rise to the custom of burning a Yule log. In Europe, the winter months were considered a time of famine with little to no crop growth. It was at this time that most cattle were slaughtered so they would not have to be fed during the winter months, thus making the solstice a time of slaughter and plentiful meat and many celebrations for the upcoming months. In ancient Rome, the winter solstice was celebrated at the Feast of Saturnalia, to honor Saturn, the god of agricultural bounty. One of the most famous celebrations of the winter solstice in the world today takes place in the ancient ruins of Stonehenge, England. Thousands of Druids and Pagans gather there to chant, dance and sing while waiting to see the spectacular sunrise.  No matter how you slice it, let’s plan to celebrate the winter solstice this year as homage to our county’s rich agricultural history, a time of the return of the sun, and to longer days giving way to a bountiful spring.

 

COOPERSTOWN—Otsego County Conservation Association has the following programs coming up:

On Friday, November 10 OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley leads a guided walk at Mohican Farm in Springfield at 2 p.m.Offered in conjunction with Glimmerglass Film Days, the walk will investigate Mohican Farm as a “home.” Meet at the OCCA office at 7207 State Highway 80.

The OCCA/Mohican Farm Be Informed! Lecture Series concludes for 2017 on Wednesday, November 15 at Mohican Farm. “The What, Why and How of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” explores how we can reduce our solid waste output and features Karen Sullivan, director of the Otsego County Solid Waste Department; Karey Foster, Operations Analyst with Casella Resource Solutions; and Bob Sutherland, Manager of Mohican Farm, The Clark Foundation. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.

OCCA’s final walk of 2017 will be on the Sleeping Lion trail at Glimmerglass State Park on Tuesday, December 5 at 10 a.m. Offered in conjunction with the Adirondack Mountain Club Susquehanna Chapter, the 2.5-mile hike travels through a variety of forest environments and offers a wonderful view of Otsego Lake.

OCCA is currently accepting entries for their annual essay contest for “camperships” to DEC camps. Open for Otsego County students ages 11-14, contestants must submit an essay (up to 750 words) that addresses the following question: “What could you do personally to help protect the environment and what kind of impact would it make?” Winners will receive a week-long stay at a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation summer camp. The deadline for entries is December 1.

OCCA is also hosting two agricultural plastic collection days in the month of November. Farmers with used film plastic, including bale wrap, silage bags, bunker cover, greenhouse covers and wood pellet bags can bring it to the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta on Saturday, November 11, or to the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown on Thursday, November 16. Collection time for both days is 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The plastic must be sorted according to type.

All programs are free, though pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, visit http://occainfo.org/calendar/ or call(607) 547-4488.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning, and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

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Film Festival Mohican Farm Hike

November 10 – 2:00pm – Mohican Farm (Corner of Allen Lake Road and Rte. 80 – Cooperstown)

In the spirit of celebrating this year’s Glimmerglass Film Days theme “Home”, OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley will lead a hike introducing you to OCCA’s home – Mohican Farm.  Jeff will lead participants around our lovely “home” and highlight the flora and fauna of the site, and give a history of the property.    Program is free and open to the public. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

 

Ag Plastic Collections

November 11 – 8-11am (Southern Transfer Station); November 16 – 8-11am – (Northern Transfer Station)

Farmers have two chances to drop off used agricultural film plastic in the month of November.  Acceptable materials include bale wrap, bunker silo cover, silage bags, greenhouse covers and wood pellet bags. Material must be sorted by type and as clean and dry as possible. Free, but pre-registration is requested. For information on how to properly prepare the material for recycling or to register, contact OCCA at (607) 282-4087.

 

Be Informed! Lecture Series

November 15 – 6:30pm Mohican Farm (7207 St. Rte. 80; Corner of Allen Lake Road and Rte. 80 –Cooperstown)

Join us on National Recycling Day for an informative lecture entitled:  The What, Why and How of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Guest speakers include: Karey Foster (Casella); Karen Sullivan (Otsego County Solid Waste and Planning); and Bob Sutherland (Mohican Farm). Each will talk about how you can lower your solid waste footprint by recycling, composting, and other tricks of the trade.  Come find out “what goes where” in the world of household trash disposal. Program is free and open to the public. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

 

Sleeping Lion Trail Hike

December 5 – 10am – Glimmerglass State Park

Program Director Jeff O’Handley will lead a walk on the Sleeping Lion trail at Glimmerglass State Park for the Susquehanna Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. This 2.5-mile trail traverses several forest types and offers breathtaking views of Otsego Lake. Free. For information on carpooling from the Oneonta area, contact Julie Smith, outings chair of ADK.  Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

 

OCCA Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Inaugural Sampling Weekend a Success!

Over 20 volunteers braved the water and sampled nine Otsego County stream sites over the weekend of October 19.  Volunteers collected data on water temperature, specific conductance, oxygen levels, pH, water clarity, and nutrient levels.  This was the first sampling occasion of the program, and volunteers will be monitoring monthly.  Keep an eye out for them in a creek near you!  For more information on the program and to get involved see our website at: http://occainfo.org/citizen-science-stream-monitoring/

 

 

OCCA Wins Grant for Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program

OCCA just got news that we received a $5000 grant from the Change Happens Foundation for the Citizen Science Stream Monitoring program.  Funds from this grant will help purchase additional monitoring kits, defray the cost of staff time, and help pay for additional safety equipment for our volunteers.  We are excited to be carrying out this program for Otsego County, and hope to provide valuable data for our citizens, local and state governments, and the Chesapeake Monitoring Network, so that we can do our part to help protect the Chesapeake Bay.  For more information on the program and to get involved see our website at:http://occainfo.org/citizen-science-stream-monitoring/

 

As part of our year end appeal, OCCA is launching a new #GivingTuesday campaign.  Giving Tuesday has become the second largest time of charitable giving across the globe, and you can get in on the action by becoming an OCCA donor.  If you already support of OCCA – THANK YOU!!!!  Pass the word on to your friends this giving season that you value the work OCCA does and challenge them to match your donation to our efforts.  Check out our #GivingTuesday page at:  https://occainfo.networkforgood.com/projects/39055-giving-tuesday-2017 to make a donation today!

 

    Climate Smart Communities Webinar

The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation is holding a webinar series that explores the relationship between climate change, agriculture, and municipal policies in New York State.  It will describe the types of plans and policies that local governments can adopt to protect farmland and support low-emission, sustainable farming in communities. If you are interested, provide your name and community affiliation, either via email or telephone to the DEC Office of Climate Change at climatechange@dec.ny.govor 518-402-8448. 

 

To join the webinar on November 9th, follow these steps:

  1. First, click on this link: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=efc4353c76cbe0aa931978df0180b20d5
  2. Enter your name and email address.
  3. Enter the meeting password: NYSDEC1
  4. Click “Join“.
  5. Audio by phone: Click “Call Me” in the onscreen “Audio Connection” box and enter your phone number to have the system call you. Alternatively, call 1-844-633-8697 and enter the Event Number: 643 005 988, followed by your Attendee ID (which will be displayed on your screen in the Event Info tab) to join the audio portion. (The Attendee ID is recommended but not required.)
  6. Audio via computer: To listen via your computer’s built-in audio or via VoIP, go to the Audio menu and select “Call Using Computer“. For more details, review this short video: https://help.webex.com/videos/1290

 

 Glimmerglass Film Days

Glimmerglass Film Days encourages environmental stewardship through encounters and lively collaboration with world-class artists, activists and scholars to bring cultural events–screenings, hikes, talks, bike rides, and exhibits–of world class quality to our region. This year’s festival theme is home, where filmmakers will take us on a global tour of the places people live. We’ll meet people joining together to defend a way of life as well as individuals seeking to transform communities. Films follow people along trajectories that compel them (and us) to assess what is community, what is family, what is home.  The festival runs from November 9-13, tickets are on sale now.  See http://www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org/ for more information.  The Otsego Land Trust will also be hosting a hike on November 13 at 11am.  See www.otsegolandtrust.org for more information.

 

Brookwood Clean-Up Day

The Otsego Land Trust is looking for volunteers for a day of clean-up at Brookwood Point to get everything ready for winter. All are welcome; those who can spend just a few minutes helping to those who can stay the entire duration.  No gardening experience necessary.  OLT will provide tools, expertise and refreshments.  This event will be held rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. Please RSVP to Sara at 607-547-2366 or sara@otsegolandtrust.

Natural Gas Transportation Public Meeting

Otsego County officials will be holding a public meeting regarding the transportation of natural through Otsego County.  The meeting will be an opportunity to hear presentations of facts by local experts and corporate executives. Participants will include representatives from XNG, New York State Department of Transportation, the New York State Police, the Otsego County Office of Emergency and others.  The meeting will be held on November 16 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Milford Central School auditorium.

 

Conference on Food and Farming

Have you ever considered a career in Agriculture? If so, the Farmers’ Museum is hosting its annual Conference on Food and Farming on November 4, 2017 from 9:00 A.M.-3:30 P.M. The conference will show attendees the broad range of careers available in agriculture, and give them the opportunity to connect with local agricultural agencies. Origins Café and the Youth Food Movement will deliver the keynote address. The event is free and open to the public. 

Plastic Bag and Film Collection

There will be a plastic bag and film collection at the New York State Association for Reduce, Reuse & Recycle (NYSAR3) Conference at the Otesaga Hotel. All are invited to bring single-use grocery bags (non-biodegradable), newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning bags, wood pellet bags, bread bags, frozen food bags, package wrap, produce bags, and more. Bags and film plastic must be clean and dry, and must have all strings, rigid plastic handles, and food residue removed. For more details, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/50042.html . Collection will be on Wednesday, November 8, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water Webinars

The Trump administration will hold 10 teleconferences and one in-person meeting to solicit input as it prepares to write a new rule defining which streams and wetlands are subject to federal protection. The schedule for the Waters of the US webinars is as follows:

 

Did You Know?

Many of you have seen cute and cuddly pictures of Pandas chewing on sprigs of bamboo. In addition to being a favorite food of these loving animals, bamboo has the potential to yield immense savings as a climate mitigation tool. Bamboo has the ability to sequester 2.9 tons of carbon per year, has the tensile strength of steel, and the compressive strength of concrete. If we were to invest $24 billion in planting bamboo worldwide, we could yield a 30-year return of $265 billion! Talk about a bang for your bamboo.

Reference:  http://www.drawdown.org/solutions/land-use/bamboo

 

COOPERSTOWN—Farmers will have two opportunities to drop off used agricultural film plastic for recycling under a special program offered by Otsego County Solid Waste Department, the Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District, Otsego County Conservation Association, and Casella Waste Solutions. Collection dates are Saturday, November 11, at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, November 16 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown. Plastic may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. both days. Acceptable material includes bale wrap, silage bags, bunker cover, greenhouse covers, and wood pellet bags. Material must be sorted by type, and should be relatively clean and dry. The collection is free, but pre-registration is requested. For questions or to register, contact Jeff O’Handley at OCCA, (607) 282-4087, or visit http://occainfo.org/recycling-agricultural-plastics/.

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COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County Conservation Association has announced that it will send eight Otsego County school students to Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Education Camp this coming summer through a countywide competitive essay contest.

Otsego County students ages 11-14 are invited to compete for camperships via the essay contest (campers must be 11 by December 16, 2018). This year’s contest question is “What could you do personally to help protect the environment and what kind of impact would it make?”  Contest winners will receive a week-long stay at a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Summer Camp, where they will spend their week immersed in the natural environment and enjoy a balance of environmental education, sportsman education, and outdoor fun.

“It’s very important for kids to get outside and connect with nature,” said OCCA Executive Director Leslie Orzetti. “I’m thrilled that OCCA can continue to offer our children this great opportunity. Our past winners have had a wonderful time at DEC camp.” In 2017, OCCA provided camperships for eight students.

Winning essays will be chosen from participating Otsego County schools and Otsego County applicants at large. The deadline for essay submissions is December 1, 2017. Winning essays will be chosen by December 8 and notified immediately. Contest winners will be given a special code by OCCA which will be used to register for DEC camp.

“We’re hoping teachers will be able to incorporate this year’s theme into their classroom learning.  In these uncertain times, it is important for all students to know that what they do has an impact on the larger community,” Orzetti said. “Camp registration opens in January  and we know they fill up fast.”

Complete contest rules and requirements are available by e-mailing director@occainfo.org or by calling (607) 547-4488. Teachers who plan to assign the essay to their students are asked to contact OCCA in order to be recognized as a participating school.

OCCA is a private, non-profit environmental membership organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to support programming, call (607) 547-4488 or visit www.occainfo.org.

COOPERSTOWN–Reducing our solid waste footprint will be the subject of the next Otsego County Conservation Association/Mohican Farm Be Informed! Lecture Series on Tuesday, November 15 at Mohican Farm.

“The What, Why and How of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” will feature speakers Karey Foster of Casella Resource Solutions; Karen Sullivan, Director of Otsego County’s Department of Solid Waste and Recycling; and Bob Sutherland, Mohican Farm Manager. In addition to covering what can and can’t be recycled, the program will include tips on how to reduce solid waste overall through practices such as composting and reuse.

“Despite all the attention given to recycling, only about thirty-four percent of solid waste is recycled nationwide,” said Leslie Orzetti, OCCA’s executive director. “We’re doing what we can to help improve that rate.”

“The What, Why and How of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” takes place on Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the workshop at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. The program is free, though pre-registration is requested. Contact OCCA at (607) 547-4488 or via programdirector@occainfo.org for details.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning, and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org

The Mission of The Clark Foundation’s Mohican Farm is to promote broad-based sustainable practices throughout the Clark Foundation, the Village of Cooperstown, and the surrounding region in cooperation with like-minded institutions and organizations.

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SAVE THE DATE

Mud Lake Hike

October 14 – 12:00pm – Southern Portion: Riddell State Park

Steve Kent will lead a 4.5 mile hike up South Hill to Mud Lake in the southern portion of Robert V. Riddell State Park. The trail, moderately steep in portions, runs through hemlock, pine, and oak forests, includes a stop at a spectacular waterfall, and visits Mud Lake, a fascinating sphagnum bog that is home to the carnivorous pitcher plant. Along the way, Steve will share the interesting history of the park, which was in the Riddell family for five generations. Steve and his wife, Trish Riddell Kent, donated the land to the state in 2005. Meet at noon at the Pine Lake Environmental Campus of Hartwick College, 1894 Charlotte Creek Road and carpool to the starting point. Bring plenty of water, a snack or light lunch, and appropriate clothing.  Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

Film Festival Mohican Farm Hike

November 10 – 2:00pm – Mohican Farm (Corner of Allen Lake Road and Rte. 80 – Cooperstown)

In the spirit of celebrating this year’s Glimmerglass Film Days theme “Home”, OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley will lead a hike introducing you to OCCA’s home – Mohican Farm.  Jeff will lead participants around our lovely “home” and highlight the flora and fauna of the site, and give a history of the property.    Program is free and open to the public. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

Ag Plastic Collections

November 11 – 8-11am (Southern Transfer Station); November 16 – 8-11am – (Northern Transfer Station)

Farmers have two chances to drop off used agricultural film plastic in the month of November. Drop offs both days are from 8 to 11am. Acceptable materials include bale wrap, bunker silo cover, silage bags, greenhouse covers and wood pellet bags. Material must be sorted by type and as clean and dry as possible. Free, but pre-registration is requested. For information on how to properly prepare the material for recycling or to register, contact OCCA at (607) 282-4087. Wood pellet bags are also accepted from homeowners.

Sleeping Lion Trail Hike

December 5 – 10am – Glimmerglass State Park

Program Director Jeff O’Handley will lead a walk on the Sleeping Lion trail at Glimmerglass State Park for the Susquehanna Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. This 2.5-mile trail traverses several forest types and offers breathtaking views of Otsego Lake. Free. For information on carpooling from the Oneonta area, contact Julie Smith, outings chair of ADK.  Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OCCA Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Training Program a Success!

OCCA, in partnership with the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring hosted a training session for our first crop of citizen stream monitors. Over 20 volunteers attended the training and committed to monitoring 10 different streams around Otsego County for at least one year.  Three schools are also participating in an Adopt-a-Stream program where teachers will lead students to monitor their “home” creek.  We are excited to have this program started to help collect data on the health of our waterways and help protect water resources in Otsego County.  For more information on the program and to get involved see our website at: http://occainfo.org/citizen-science-stream-monitoring/

 

Sponsor a Stream Team!

Did you know that Otsego County has over 1000 miles of streams?  Over 20 designated trout streams? And our streams are the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed?  We currently have 10 sites for our citizen science stream monitoring program, and we need your help!  Each team (including three schools) needs equipment to monitor their sites.  We have five kits “on loan” from our project partner, Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring and three kits funded by the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District, but we need to purchase our own kits and outfit each of our groups with all they need. Each kit costs approximately $500.  If you or a business you know would be interested in sponsoring a site, please call Executive Director Leslie Orzetti to talk about opportunities or make a donation at the website below.  Our water resources are precious; the more monitoring we do, the better we can protect them.  Consider donating today!  Check out our fundraising webpage at https://occainfo.networkforgood.com/projects/37306-stream-team-sponsorship  to make your donation today!

 

DOAS Announcements

  • Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society is taking orders for their annual bird seed sale through October 28. Proceeds from sales of high quality bird seed support speaker fees for member meetings, field trips, programs and special events throughout the year. Visit www.doas.us for details and prices.
  • DOAS is hosting their annual open house at the Franklin Mountain Sanctuary on October 7 from 10am to 2pm. Activities include a hawk identification workshop, a trail walk, and a program featuring live birds of prey. Free.
  • DOAS Charter Dinner will be held on Friday, October 20 from 5:30-9:30pm at the Holiday Inn, State Route 23, Oneonta. Tickets are $35/person. Register by October 14 through www.doas.us  or contact Julia Gregory at (607) 563-2924.

SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Biological Field Station is celebrating its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, October 7, from noon to 7pmat the Upland Interpretive Center on Thayer Farm. The festivities begin at noon with guided and self-guided tours. BFS Director Dr. Bill Harman will give a welcome and presentation at 3pm, with a barbecue and silent auction beginning at 5pm. To register, visit https://www.oneontaalumni.com/bfs50th?reid=39. Deadline is October 4.

 

Dead Drift Studio Open House

Join local artists Dave and Ann Kiehm on Saturday, October 14 from 1 to 5 pm for an afternoon of fine art and conversation. Both Dave and Ann draw inspiration from our beautiful natural environment. 1020 County Highway 46, Oneonta. For more information see www.deaddriftstudio.com/home.html.

 

Glimmerglass Film Days

Glimmerglass Film Days encourages environmental stewardship through encounters and lively collaboration with world-class artists, activists and scholars to bring cultural events–screenings, hikes, talks, bike rides, and exhibits–of world class quality to our region. This year’s festival theme is home, where filmmakers will take us on a global tour of the places people live. We’ll meet people joining together to defend a way of life as well as individuals seeking to transform communities. Films follow people along trajectories that compel them (and us) to assess what is community, what is family, what is home.  The festival runs from November 9-13, tickets are on sale now.  See http://www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org/ for more information.  The Otsego Land Trust will also be hosting a hike on November 13 at 11am. See www.otsegolandtrust for more information.

 

Governor Cuomo Announces Appointees to Drinking Water Quality Council

Governor Cuomo recently announced 12 appointees to the Drinking Water Quality Council that will work to ensure all communities across the state, regardless of size, have access to clean drinking water. The Council’s first priority will be to establish an enforceable Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4-dioxane. To learn more, please follow this link: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-appointees-drinking-water-quality-council-safeguard-new-york-drinking.

 

Plastic Bag and Film Collection

There will be a collection at the New York State Association for Reduce, Reuse & Recycle (NYSAR3) Conference at the Otesaga Hotel. All are invited to bring single-use grocery bags (non-biodegradable), newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning bags, wood pellet bags, bread bags, frozen food bags, package wrap, produce bags, and more. Bags and film plastic must be clean and dry, and must have all strings, rigid plastic handles, and food residue removed. For more details, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/50042.html . Collection will be on Wednesday, November 8, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water Webinars

The Trump administration will hold 10 teleconferences and one in-person meeting to solicit input as it prepares to write a new rule defining which streams and wetlands are subject to federal protection. The schedule for the Waters of the US webinars is as follows:

Did You Know?

According to meteorologists, it is going to be a good “leaf peeping” season. But why do leaves on deciduous trees lose their leaves, and what makes them turn the beautiful colors we see in the fall?  This all has to do with the machinery leaves use to trap sunlight and carry out photosynthesis, the process by which plants “make food.”  The main color green you see during the growing season is caused by the pigment chlorophyll.  The plant uses the pigment and others (carotenoids and xanthopylls) to trap light and harness the sun’s energy.  During the late summer and fall, when the amount of sunlight decreases, chlorophyll production slows and eventually stops.  This leaves the other pigments – xanthophylls (yellows) and carotenoids (red and orange) to show their brilliant faces.  Eventually, these pigments will also break down and we’re left with the browns that usually signal the end of the leaf peeping season.  The question always remains, how do we know we’ll have a beautifully colored season?  That has to do with the amount of rain we get not only during the beginning of the growing season when leaves are just forming, but also the amount of rain and sunny days with cool nights we get during the summer and early fall.  Considering what a cool rainy spring we had followed by a cool wet summer, we should be in for a real treat this fall.  See, we were all complaining about our “lack of summer”, but look what it gets us this fall, and blast of great color to carry us through to a hopefully beautiful spring!

 

ONEONTA—Otsego County Conservation Association’s nature walk series continues on Saturday, October 14 at noon with a hike in Robert V. Riddell State Park in the Town of Oneonta.

 

Steve Kent will lead the four-and-one-half mile walk, which passes through different forest types, makes a side trip to a 30-foot waterfall, and stops at Mud Lake, a sphagnum bog at the top of South Hill. The trail then descends toward Pine Lake Environmental Campus.

 

“Steve’s enthusiasm and knowledge of the property and its history makes for an entertaining and informative hike,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director.

 

Steve and Trish Riddell Kent donated the land for the state park in 2005, which had been in the Riddell family for five generations.

 

Participants will meet at noon at the Pine Lake Campus, 1894 Charlotte Creek Road, Oneonta. From there, the group will carpool to the trail’s starting point on Gersoni Road (Otsego County Route 58), which is just south of I-88 Exit 17. The hike proceeds up and over South Hill and ends at Pine Lake.

 

“The hike is long and there are some moderately steep portions of the trail, but it’s well worth it,” O’Handley said. He added that he expects it to take about four hours to complete.

 

Hikers should wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, and should bring water, a snack, and insect repellent.

 

Participation is free, but pre-registration is required, and can be accomplished by calling O’Handley at (607) 547-4488 or via OCCA’s website (http://occainfo.org/calendar/mud-lake-riddell-state-park/).

 

About OCCA

Founded in 1968, OCCA is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org

COOPERSTOWN—Otsego County Conservation Association, Otsego Land Trust and Mohican Farm are sponsoring a hands-on workshop for forest owners, foresters, and anyone with an interest in Otsego County’s forest lands on Saturday, September 30, from 1 to 4 p.m.Marilyn Wyman, Cornell Cooperative Extension Columbia & Greene Counties, and Rod Jones, certified forester and owner of Northeast Timber Services will present the workshop, which will include lecture in Mohican Farm’s workshop and a field walk in Fetterley Forest, a nearby Otsego Land Trust conservation property. Program is free, but space is limited. For more information or to register, visit occainfo.org, or call (607) 547-4488.

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Groups to partner on forest stewardship program

COOPERSTOWN—Otsego County Conservation Association, Mohican Farm, and the Otsego Land Trust are sponsoring a hands-on workshop for forest owners on Saturday, September 30 at 1 p.m. at Mohican Farm in Springfield. The workshop is aimed at forest owners, foresters, and anyone with an interest in helping conserve Otsego County’s forested land. It is the first in a series of workshops covering forest stewardship.

Marilyn Wyman, of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties will provide an overview of Otsego County’s forest ecosystems and the importance of good forest stewardship. Wyman helped establish the Extension’s Agroforestry Resource Center and the 140-acre Siuslaw Model Forest in Greene Couny, which provides science-based natural resource education and outreach programming.

“Forests are more than a bunch of trees,” said Wyman. “To be a good forest steward, you have to have a basic understanding of the value of and threats to our regional forests.”

In the second half of the program, participants will visit Otsego Land Trust’s Fetterley Forest with local forester Rod Jones. Jones worked with the Land Trust to develop and implement the forest management plan at Fetterley Forest.

“The walk at Fetterley will help people see the on-the-ground results of sustainable forest practices,” said Leslie Orzetti of OCCA.

The program is offered for free, though pre-registration is required. To register, call OCCA at (607) 547-4488 or use the registration form at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.  Upcoming workshop topics include: identification of Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, visit to an actively managed Otsego Land Trust easement forest, and Women and their Woods.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning, and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org

The Mission of The Clark Foundation’s Mohican Farm is to promote broad-based sustainable practices throughout the Clark Foundation, the Village of Cooperstown, and the surrounding region in cooperation with like-minded institutions and organizations.

Otsego Land Trust is a small non-for-profit organization conserving our natural heritage of woodlands, farmlands, and waters that sustain rural communities, promote public health, support wildlife diversity and inspire the human spirit.

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