Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:
OCCA, COMMUNITY BANK PARTNER ON E-WASTE RECYCLING EFFORT
REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 23 FOR MICROPLASTICS PRESENTATION
SNOWSHOE HIKE IS THIS SATURDAY AT RIDDELL
EARTH FESTIVAL, SPRING GARDEN DAY SET FOR APRIL 9
ERIE CANAL BIKE TOUR SET FOR JULY 10-17
WEBINARS HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANCE OF INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS
THIRD ANNUAL SPRING FLING DATE SET
POLLINATOR CONSERVATION THE TOPIC OF MARCH LECTURE
SAVE THE DATE: OCCA GARAGE SALE
OCCA, COMMUNITY BANK PARTNER ON E-WASTE RECYCLING EFFORT: Otsego County Conservation Association is teaming up with Community Bank, N.A. of Cooperstown on a combination recycling/fundraising effort. “We’re installing collection bins at both Community Bank locations in Cooperstown,” said Darla Youngs, OCCA’s executive director. “People can drop off used inkjet cartridges and small electronics. We’ll send them to Planet Green Recycle and earn money to help support our work.” Planet Green provides fundraising for organizations, individuals, and businesses through recycling and remanufactures cartridges, keeping tons of plastic, metal, and toxic compounds out of the landfill. E-waste that can be deposited in the Community Bank bins include but are not limited to inkjet cartridges, cell phones, GPS units, radar detectors, calculators, e-readers and tablets, iPods, iPads, and MP3 players. They can be in good working order or damaged. Toner cartridges are not accepted as part of this collection. Recycling bins are located at Community Bank’s two Cooperstown locations, 62 Main Street and 5378 State Highway 28, and can be accessed during normal business hours. In addition to the proceeds raised by recycling, OCCA can also earn money from customers who purchase remanufactured inkjet and toner cartridges directly from Planet Green, said Youngs. For the full list of ink jet cartridges, cell phones and small electronics accepted by Planet Green Recycle, visit https://planetgreenrecycle.com/what_we_pay_plain_noSubmit.php?purl=ShopEco.
REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 23 FOR MICROPLASTICS PRESENTATION: Microplastics and recent SUNY Oneonta studies showing the effect of microplastics on algae will be the topic of discussion at the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee meeting on Wednesday, February 24. Kiyoko Yokota will discuss the role of microplastics as an aquatic pollutant, the definition and sources of microplastics, legislative actions at state and federal levels to ban microplastics in personal care products, the results of a study to characterize these microplastics and their effect on certain algae, and how microplastics affect other types of organisms in aquatic ecosystems. Yokota is an assistant professor of biology in the SUNY Oneonta Biology Department and at the Biological Field Station in Cooperstown, teaching courses in lake management, limnology (the study of lakes) and freshwater phycology (algae). The WQCC meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. in Classroom A of The Meadows Office Building, 140 County Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown, is hosted by the Otsego County Planning Department. This event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required by Tuesday, February 23. Those interested in attending should e-mail WQCC Secretary Darla M. Youngs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (607) 547-4488. This event is made possible thanks to the Otsego County WQCC which, in order to better satisfy the educational component of its mission, has restructured its monthly meetings to include public information sessions. The OCWQCC was established in 1992 as a sub-committee of the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District. It 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. For more information on the WQCC, visit www.otsegosoilandwater.com/waterqualitycc.html.
SNOWSHOE HIKE IS THIS SATURDAY AT RIDDELL: Otsego County Conservation Association’s 2016 Nature Walk Series continues on February 20 at 1 p.m. Join Trish Riddell Kent and Steve Kent for a snowshoe hike in the northern portion of Robert V. Riddell State Park. The Kents, who donated the land for the park, will share the rich history of the area on this easy, 1.5-mile hike, which is appropriate for all skill levels. Participants must bring their own snowshoes. If there is not enough snow, the hike will proceed on foot. Bring water and wear weather-appropriate clothing. Meet at the main entrance to Robert V. Riddell State Park on State Route 28, just north of I-88 exit 17. The walk is free, but pre-registration is requested by calling (607) 282-4087 or online at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/. OCCA has organized and/or co-sponsored nature walks on local trails since 2001 and Program Director Jeff O’Handley is currently working to finalize this year’s schedule. Founded in 1968, OCCA is a 501(c) 3 membership group dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning. For the last 48 years, OCCA has played a key role in initiating and carrying out programs designed to improve and/or protect Otsego County’s air, land, and water, representing more than 800+ members and volunteers. Visithttp://occainfo.org/ for more information.
EARTH FESTIVAL, SPRING GARDEN DAY SET FOR APRIL 9: Earth Festival enters its second decade this year and will be held on Saturday, April 9 at Milford Central School in conjunction with Spring Garden Day. The traditional information and vendor fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gymnasium – kicking off the day will be the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society’s popular pre-festival bird walk. Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties will return with Spring Garden Day, featuring classes on a wide variety of gardening topics suitable for those both new and experienced to gardening. Barbara Melera, president and CEO of the D. Landreth Seed Company – the oldest seed house in America – will speak at 1 p.m. Her presentation, titled “Sustaining Plant Biodiversity with Heritage and Native Species,” is free and open to the public. Again this year, in keeping with the earth-friendly theme, event organizers invite attendees to drop off Styrofoam (clean, white only), bubble wrap, empty inkjet cartridges, cell phones, eyeglasses, reusable shoes, tennis balls, natural cork, and used nylon monofilament fishing line and more. Empire Recycling will return with the free Confidata Shredder service and pellet bags will be collected for recycling. The EcoArt/Trendy Trash Contest and expanded children’s activities will also be featured and the TREP$ Marketplace – a unique, flea-market style event comprised exclusively of Milford Central School eighth-grade vendors who will launch their own “Go Green” businesses for the day – will return as well. Earth Festival is an environmentally-focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, activities, vendors and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. Financial contributions are most welcome, and an open invitation to earth-friendly exhibitors, food, and retail vendors is extended. Earth Festival 2016 is presented by Otsego County Conservation Association and Central NY Mobile Marketing in collaboration with the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. To sign up or donate, use the registration form at http://occainfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/EarthFestivalFebruaryMailing2016-3.pdf. Call (607) 547-4488 or e-mail email@example.com to learn more.
ERIE CANAL BIKE TOUR SET FOR JULY 10-17: Parks & Trails New York has announced the dates for its annual “Cycle the Erie Canal” bike tour. The 400-mile supported bicycle tour along the legendary Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany will be held July 10-17. According to PTNY, three quarters of this scenic and historic ride takes place on mostly flat, traffic-free trail. Guided canal, history, and museum tours will be featured, along with evening entertainment and presentations. Visithttp://ptny.org/cycle-the-erie-canal/annual-bike-tour for details.
WEBINARS HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANCE OF INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS: National Invasive Species Awareness Week isFebruary 21-27. A series of free webinars hosted by the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils will explore “hack and squirt” plant treatments, the importance of volunteers in early detection and rapid response, and the treatment of firewood to prevent the spread of forest pests, among other topics. To learn more, or to register, seehttp://www.nisaw.org/meetings/2016/2016-webinar/.
THIRD ANNUAL SPRING FLING DATE SET: Vendors of food, drink, and arts and crafts, area businesses, and local community groups will share the spotlight as Railroad Avenue is transformed on Saturday, May 21 for the Rotary Club of Cooperstown’s third annual Spring Fling Street Fair. The street fair will run from noon to 5 p.m. Merchants, artists, farmers, craftspeople and non-profit organizations are invited to participate in this community-building event. Live music and a silent auction will also be featured during this celebration of spring, and train rides on the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad will be offered, including a round-trip excursion from the C&CVRR station in Milford plus shuttle trains carrying festival goers from the Cooperstown Gateway Center to Glen Avenue. For more information on craft, business and non-profit vending, contact Karen Katz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 434-3418. Food vendors with trucks or trailers should contact Melanie Boyer email@example.com or (607) 547-2555, ext. 250. Those wishing to learn more about the silent auction should contact Margaret Savoie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-547-5622 or 607-437-0651. Rotary International’s main objective is service – in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The Rotary Club of Cooperstown was founded in 1924. OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs serves as a Club director.
POLLINATOR CONSERVATION THE TOPIC OF MARCH LECTURE: On Thursday, March 3, the SUNY Cobleskill 7th Generation Centennial Lecture Series will feature a presentation by Dr. Carmen Greenwood titled “Native Pollinator Conservation.” Native bees, flies, beetles and butterflies that pollinate our crops and forests are imperiled and in decline. Learn who these pollinators are and how we can help. This presentation – set for 7 p.m. in the Bouck Auditorium – is free and open to the public. Future talks include: March 10, 7 p.m., “PlantPure Nation,” a documentary followed by discussion; and, March 31, 7 p.m., “Feeding the World: Challenges and Solutions” by Dr. Robert L. Thompson. For more information, visit http://www.cobleskill.edu/sustainability/.
SAVE THE DATE: OCCA’s annual “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Garage Sale will take place Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market space. Donations of merchandise will be accepted April 25-28.
OCCA RELIES ON YOUR SUPPORT. Got a minute? Visit our website and look at everything OCCA is doing – and please consider an online donation whenever you can. Click on www.occainfo.org and look for the Network for Good logo on the home page to make a donation today.
TAKE THE PLEDGE TO CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY, AT http://occainfo.org/take-the-pledge-ais-campaign/. Signatures equal leverage for grants, funding support and legislation!
Darla M. Youngs, Executive Director
Otsego County Conservation Association, Inc.
Secretary, Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee
7207 State Highway 80, PO Box 931
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-4488; (607) 282-4087
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