ECO-BULLETIN FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
May 20, 2014: Vol. 7, No. 8
Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:
BIKE TO WORK DAY IS TOMORROW!
WILDFLOWER HIKE KICKS OFF OCCA NATURE WALK SERIES
BIRDS, BRUNCH, BEER SET FOR JUNE 1
VIDEO TAKES IN-DEPTH LOOK AT PLASTIC POLLUTION
PANEL TO EXPLORE RENEWABLE ENERGY FUTURE
SAVE THE DATE: OTSEGO LAKES FESTIVAL
BLIGHT RESISTANT CHESTNUT TREES A REALITY
‘BEE’ A PART OF THE BEE ACTION CAMPAIGN
SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING VIDEO
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
BIKE TO WORK DAY IS TOMORROW! Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates’ Sixth Annual Bike to Work Day for Otsego County will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, May 21 with check-in sites countywide. BTWD 2014 is sponsored by the Inn at Cooperstown, with support from Five Star Subaru. Both riders and walkers can register at the following check-in locations for BTWD 2014: Bassett Healthcare, Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown Elementary School, Cooperstown High School, Edmeston Central School, Greater Plains Elementary School, HealthLinks at FoxCare, Laurens Central School, Milford Central School, Morris Central School, the New York State Historical Association, Oneonta Middle/High School, Richfield Springs Central School, Riverside Elementary School, Schenevus Central School, Valley View Elementary School, and Woodland Cycles.Local bicyclists can also participate in the National Bike Challenge,https://nationalbikechallenge.org, to record miles ridden throughSeptember 30. ORCA is a committee of the Otsego County Conservation Association. ORCA’s mission is to promote bicycling and walking in the Otsego County region as an enjoyable, healthy, safe, and environmentally friendly activity for people of all ages and abilities. OCCA is a private, non-profit environmental membership organization dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning. To learn more about Bike to Work Day and ORCA, visithttp://www.occainfo.org/ORCA.htm.
WILDFLOWER HIKE KICKS OFF OCCA NATURE WALK SERIES:OCCA’s 2014 Nature Walk Series officially begins this Saturday, May 24 with a “Spring Wildflower Hike” led by OCCA Board member Donna Vogler. This excursion through beautiful Greenwoods Conservancy, co-sponsored by OCCA and the Otsego Land Trust, begins at 10 a.m. Greenwoods is located on Zachow Road in the Town of Burlington. Participants will be guided through its diverse ecology systems by Dr. Vogler, a professor of biology and wetland plant identification and delineation at SUNY Oneonta, as she identifies and talks about the many native wildflowers that call this region home. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Marcie Foster at (607) 547-2366 firstname.lastname@example.org. Next up for OCCA’s 2014 Nature Walk Series is the “County Line Hike” in South Hill State Forest, Maryland, with OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley. To learn more, visit http://www.occainfo.org/EnviroEventsCal.htm or contact O’Handley at email@example.com or (607) 282-4087.
BIRDS, BRUNCH, BEER SET FOR JUNE 1: Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will host its second Birds, Brunch & Beer event at Brewery Ommegang on Sunday, June 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will include a morning bird walk, coffee, raffle and silent auction, brunch, and workshops at a cost of $30 per person. For registration information, call Eleanor Moriarty at (607) 435-2054 or visitwww.doas.us.
VIDEO TAKES IN-DEPTH LOOK AT PLASTIC POLLUTION: Algalita Marine Research Institute is dedicated to the protection and improvement of the marine environment and its watersheds through education and research on the impact of plastic pollution. Algalita’s goal is a global environment that is healthy, sustainable and productive for all living creatures, free from plastic pollution. This video provides an informative, sometimes alarming look at the effect of plastics on the environment:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHg291KeFls.
PANEL TO EXPLORE RENEWABLE ENERGY FUTURE: Sustainable Otsego will sponsor a panel discussion on the 100% Renewable Energy Plan for New York State on Monday, June 2 at 7 p.m. in the County Courthouse, 197 Main Street, Cooperstown. Jannette Barth, economist and a co-author of the 100% Renewable Energy Plan for NYS, and Jessica Azulay of the Syracuse-based Alliance for a Green Economy, will make a joint presentation summarizing the plan and exploring its implications. Lou Allstadt, retired Mobil Oil executive vice-president and member of the Citizens Climate Lobby, will offer commentary. This promises to be an important opportunity to assess the feasibility of a transition from fossil and nuclear fuels to renewables, something of vital concern to all of us, both locally and globally. The 100% Renewable Energy Plan for NYS by Jacobson, et al is, so far, the only systematic attempt to outline how this might happen on a large scale. A chance to hear the plan summarized and discussed should be compelling to everyone concerned about the prospects of solving our energy crisis and moving to a sustainable ecological, economic, social, and political future. This event is free and open to the public.
SAVE THE DATE: The seventh Otsego Lakes Festival will be held this year on Saturday, July 12 at Lakefront Park in Cooperstown fromnoon to 5 p.m. Organized under the aegis of the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, the Lakes Festival offers residents and visitors alike a day full of fun and festivities celebrating our lakes – educational exhibits, children’s activities, hands-on workshops and lake tours will all focus on the importance of protecting our waterways and ensuring water quality throughout our region. OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs serves as WQCC facilitator and on the Lakes Festival Planning Committee. To make a financial contribution toward the Lakes Festival, or to register as an exhibitor or vendor, please contact Youngs at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 547-4488.
BLIGHT RESISTANT CHESTNUT TREES A REALITY: The American Chestnut Foundation, a non-profit organization, has worked successfully with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to produce a blight resistant chestnut tree. Over the next few years, they will continue to produce as many of these trees as possible for a quick start toward restoration once the trees are approved by government regulators via a rigorous scientific review process. To learn more about the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project, visit http://www.esf.edu/chestnut/resistance.htm. For information on The American Chestnut Foundation’s New York chapter, see http://www.acf.org/Chapters_ny.php.
‘BEE’ A PART OF THE BEE ACTION CAMPAIGN: According to Friends of the Earth, there are five ways you can help save the bees. See the attached to learn more.
SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING VIDEO: Several OCCA members have inquired recently as to how items are sorted during the single stream recycling process. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKbf5arBVZA#t=16 to see, from entry to exit, how the single-stream facility in Utica works.
OTHER UPCOMING OCCA EVENTS:
- June 7: County Line Hike in South Hill State Forest led by OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley.
- June 21: Walk on the Flat Side. Patricia Riddell Kent and Steve Kent lead an easy, 1.5 mile hike in the northern portion of Robert V. Riddell State Park.
- July 9: Water chestnut hand pulling, Goodyear Lake.