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Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:
HIGHWAY CLEANUP, JUNE 18
LUMBERJACKS IN ONEONTA!
DELAWARE-OTSEGO AUDUBON SOCIETY RELEASES VIDEO ON LEAD POISONING
SUMMER SOLSTICE WALK
WATCH FOR TURTLES!
LAST WEEKEND FOR COOPER TRIBUTE
INCREDIBLE INSECTS WORKSHOP
COMPOST WORKSHOP AND TOUR
OTSEGO LAKE ASSOCIATION BOAT PARADE
TAKE THE PLEDGE TO CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY!
HIGHWAY CLEANUP, JUNE 18: Help OCCA keep Otsego Lake and our roadways clean on Saturday, June 18. Meet at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown at 9 a.m. We’ll provide bags, safety equipment and water. Approximately two hours. Contact Jeff O’Handley at 547-4488 for information, or sign up to help at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.
LUMBERJACKS IN ONEONTA! Stihl Timbersports presents the Oneonta Lumberjack Legacy Competition at Damaschke Field in Oneonta this weekend. Competitors from around the world will be chopping and sawing on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. Visithttp://www.stihlusa.com/stihl-timbersports/schedules/pro-northeast-qualifier/ for more information.
SUMMER SOLSTICE WALK: Biologist and OCCA board member Dr. Donna Vogler leads a hike through Fortin Park, a 95-acre gem tucked away in the east end of the Town of Oneonta. This easy stroll will take in wetlands, woods, fields and more. Meet 5 p.m. at Fortin Park, at the end of Youngs Road in the Town of Oneonta. Free, but pre-registration requested: http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.
DELAWARE-OTSEGO AUDUBON SOCIETY RELEASES VIDEO ON LEAD POISONING: Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society and the American Eagle Foundation have teamed up to create a video on the dangers lead bullets pose to eagles in New York and elsewhere. The 13-minute video, “Lead Ammunition: A Needless Danger to Eagles and Ourselves” features interviews with hunters and their families, as well as with wildlife biologists and rehabilitators, and encourages hunters to switch to non-lead ammunition. The video, part of a wider educational effort on the part of DOAS, can be viewed at http://doas.us/lead-ammunition-a-needless-danger-to-eagles-and-ourselves-video/.
WATCH FOR TURTLES! Late spring/early summer is the time when turtles are on the move, searching for suitable places to lay their eggs. Please keep an eye out and do your best to avoid them.
LAST WEEKEND FOR COOPER TRIBUTE: Henry S.F. Cooper, Jr. was a great friend to Otsego County’s natural environment. “Almost Lost Landscapes” is an exhibit that features landscapes Henry helped save. Sponsored by Otsego 2000, the exhibit is at The Smithy, 55 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown, through Sunday, June 19. Visit www.smithyarts.org for hours and information.
INCREDIBLE INSECTS WORKSHOP: SUNY Cobleskill professor Dr. Carmen Greenwood leads this workshop to identify the insects that live at Parslow Road on Saturday, June 25 at 1 p.m. Contact Sara Scheeren, Otsego Land Trust, for details: email@example.com.
COMPOST WORKSHOP AND TOUR: Cornell Waste Management Institute is sponsoring a two-day workshop and tour. On June 27, a series of workshops and panel discussions focus on the basics of composting and how to set up community composting operations. On June 28, take a tour of four different composting operations to see how it’s done. You may register for either or both days. Contact Lauri Wellin, Cornell Waste Management Institute for details, (607) 255-1187.
OTSEGO LAKE ASSOCIATION BOAT PARADE: On July 3, Otsego Lake Association will hold their third annual “We Love Our Lake” boat parade. Meet in the waters off Three Mile Point and boat on down to Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Visit www.otsegolakeassociation.org for details.
TAKE THE PLEDGE TO CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY! The most effective way to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) is to practice “clean, drain and dry” techniques. Visit our website (http://occainfo.org/ais-campaign/) for more information, and take our online pledge to Clean, Drain and Dry!