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Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:
BIRDS ON THE AGENDA FOR OCCA’S NATURE WALK THIS WEEKEND
ECOART CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
EXHIBITORS, VENDORS, SPONSORS SOUGHT FOR OTSEGO LAKES FESTIVAL
ED SEARCH UNDERWAY!
OCCA RECEIVES AIS SPREAD PREVENTION GRANTS
OCCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO ASSUME NEW ROLE
TAKE THE CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY PLEDGE
ITEMS FOUND AT EARTH FESTIVAL
DATES TO REMEMBER: SPRING FLING
BIRDS ON THE AGENDA FOR OCCA’S NATURE WALK THIS WEEKEND: Becky Gretton, co-president of Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, will lead a hike around the Mohican Farm property in Springfield on Saturday, May 14 at 7 a.m. The program is part of Otsego County Conservation Association’s 2016 Nature Walk Series. “Mohican Farm has a nice variety of birds,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA program director. The 135-acre property, owned and managed by the Clark Foundation, includes cultivated fields, woods, wetlands, gardens, and shoreline. “Becky is a skilled birder and an excellent trip leader,” O’Handley added. “We’re looking forward to an exciting morning.” Participants should bring their own binoculars and field guide. The program is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, visit http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form or call OCCA at(607) 547-4488.
ECOART CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED: The top vote getter in this year’s EcoArt/Trendy Trash contest held at Earth Festival 2016 was Fred Breglia, for his sculpture, “The Gyre.” Created from plaster face molds and pieces of plastic trash under layers of acrylic paint, “The Gyre” is intended to evoke the floating island of marine litter in the central North Pacific Ocean. Breglia’s entry swept all three adult categories, winning Best in Show, People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice. The nod for Best in Show (best overall, both technically and artistically) in the student category went to “Techo-Choked” by Ray Hovis. Rounding out this year’s student awards were “Create” by Emily Amore for People’s Choice (appeals most on a personal level, because of its beauty, humor, cleverness, quirkiness, etc.) andConnor Voulo’s “Pizza Box Solar Oven,” which won Judges’ Choice (best represents the trash-to-treasure challenge). The EcoArt/Trendy Trash contest – a trash-to-treasure challenge to create something practical or artistic from items that have outlived their original purpose – is held annually in conjunction with Earth Festival and is open to both students and adults. Earth Festival is an environmentally-focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, activities, vendors and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. Earth Festival was sponsored in 2016 by Otsego County Conservation Association, the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and Central NY Mobile Marketing, with support from Five Star Subaru.
EXHIBITORS, VENDORS, SPONSORS SOUGHT FOR OTSEGO LAKES FESTIVAL: The 8th Otsego Lakes Festival will be held on Saturday, June 11 from noon to 5 p.m. at Lakefront Park in Cooperstown. 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 all of Otsego County’s lakes – educational exhibits, children’s activities, hands-on workshops, and lake tours will focus on the importance of protecting this county’s waterways and ensuring water quality throughout the region. Good food, music, and art will also help celebrate the importance of Otsego County’s lakes and other water bodies. Activities for kids will include the Cooperstown Art Association’s fish painting station, interactive science displays with SUNY Oneonta’s Biological Field Station, and a lake art station and “juried” art contest. Food and drink will be for sale on site, served up by Pig Dog Food Truck, among others. To learn more about being a sponsor of the Otsego Lakes Festival, see http://occainfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-Lakes-Festival-Fund-Letter-and-Donor-Card.pdf. Click here for the exhibitor/vendor form: http://occainfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-ExhibitorVendor-Information-Form.pdf.The Otsego Lakes Festival is made possible thanks to the OCWQCC, established in 1992 as a sub-committee of the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District. The WQCC is comprised of a diverse group of people representing state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and lake associations. These members have technical expertise and knowledge and are committed to working to improve and maintain the quality of water in Otsego County through the reduction of nonpoint source pollution within its boundaries. Additional support for the Lakes Festival is provided by Five Star Subaru.
ED SEARCH UNDERWAY! OCCA is accepting applications for its executive director position through June 1, 2016. For details, visithttp://occainfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Executive-Director-Position-Posting-Final.pdf. Send materials email@example.com.
OCCA RECEIVES AIS SPREAD PREVENTION GRANTS: In collaboration with the Otsego Lake Association, Canadarago Lake Association, the Village of Cooperstown, and the Town of Springfield, OCCA applied for and has received two grants totaling more than $120,000.00 for aquatic invasive species spread prevention measures on Otsego and Canadarago lakes. To learn more, seehttp://www.thedailystar.com/news/local_news/grants-to-fund-boat-washing-stations/article_70aecf4d-e22e-5b69-9906-85e5a26eecab.html.
OCCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO ASSUME NEW ROLE: On Friday, May 13, Darla Youngs will step down from her position with the Otsego County Conservation Association as executive director to join the staff of the Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board’s nonprofit arm – Tier Information and Enterprise Resources – as that organization’s operations and communications director. TIER, established in 1985 as a 501(c)6, provides services to regional planning and economic development agencies in the eight counties of Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Tioga and Tompkins. Youngs will be based in STE’s Oneonta office. To learn more, see http://occainfo.org/occa-executive-director-assume-new-role-sterpdb/.
TAKE THE CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY PLEDGE: Invasive plants and animals can impact boating, fishing, swimming, and the environment. New statewide regulations require boaters to inspect and remove any visible plant or animal material from their watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, and jet skis, before launch as well as before leaving a water body at the end of the day. This means all parts of the watercraft, as well as the trailer and all equipment or gear. These regulations also require dumping out canoes and kayaks, and draining water from bilges, bait wells, ballast tanks, and so on. You can stop the spread of invasive species. Find out how and take the Pledge to Clean, Drain and Dry at http://occainfo.org/take-the-pledge-ais-campaign/
ITEMS FOUND AT EARH FESTIVAL: Two colorful tins containing items purchased from Gilson’s Native American Crafts were found at Earth Festival. If they belong to you or someone you know, please contact OCCA to identify and claim them. Call 607-547-4488 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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