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May 1, 2018:  Vol. 12, No. 5


Save the Date

Ag Plastic Recycling

May 10 and 12 – Northern and Southern Transfer Stations (respectively)
Farmers have two opportunities to drop off their used bale wrap, silage bags, greenhouse film, or bunker cover for free recycling. Plastic needs to be relatively clean, dry, and sorted by type. This program is offered for free through a partnership between OCCA, Otsego County Solid Waste Department, Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Casella Waste Systems. To participate, please contact OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley at (607) 282-4087 for instructions.

Morning Birding at Mohican

May 12 – 7am – Mohican Farm, Springfield

The early birder gets the best birds! Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Co-president Becky Gretton leads this walk around the varied habitat at Mohican Farm. Birds of woodlands, grasslands and shorelines are often seen—sometimes eagles! Space is limited, so sign up early.  Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

Be Informed! Lecture Series

May 16 – 630pm – Clark Sports Center

Come join us to learn about container food gardens!  Learn what plants are best for our climate, when to start your planting, and how to take care of your garden for best results.    Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

Nature Hike

June 2 – 900am – Basswood Pond State Forest

Take a 2-mile walk on the lower loop in Basswood Pond State Forest in Burlington Flats. The forest includes pine and spruce plantations, mixed hardwoods, a beaver pond and wetlands. Enjoy late spring wildflowers and look for signs of the abundant wildlife in the forest. Meet at 9 am at the Day Use area on Conservation Road. While pre-registration is not necessary, you can sign up at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

Highway Cleanup 

June 9 – 8-10am – Mohican Farm

Help keep a 2-mile section of Route 80 in Cooperstown/Springfield looking good! Afterward, enjoy a complimentary coffee and a muffin courtesy of our friends at Sunflower Café in Springfield. Gloves, bags, and equipment provided. Ages 12 and up only.

Water Chestnut Control at Silver Lake

June 22 – 10am – 1pm – Silver Lake, New Berlin

Join OCCA us for our first water chestnut control event of the year at Silver Lake in New Berlin. Learn about water chestnut and other aquatic invasive species and help keep them from spreading to other water bodies. Pull water chestnuts from 10am to 1pm, then enjoy lunch courtesy of the lake’s owner. Space is limited, please sign up using the form at https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/ to reserve a space in an OCCA canoe. No other outside canoes are permitted.

Butternut Creek Paddle

June 30 – Time and Launch locations to be determined

Join OCCA and the Butternut Valley Alliance for a relaxing and informative paddle on Butternut Creek. Bring your own canoe/kayak, or reserve a space in an OCCA canoe. The paddle will take about 2 hours, launch and end points to be announced.



Earth Festival a Great Success!

A great big thank you to all of you who participated in the 2018 Earth Festival.  We had a record amount of vendors, exhibitors, and visitors this year!!!  With great new programming, wonderful partners, fantastic organizing committee and a citizenry dedicated to protecting Otsego County’s natural resources, how could we go wrong?  This year’s festival saw the debut of the Clothing Swap, which was wildly successful and will continue, along with the Friday night movie sponsored by Otsego 2000.  Our special recycling opportunities were also a big hit again this year with volunteers from our recycling committee collecting:  15 pounds of cork, 118 pounds of Teracycle, a 20-foot truck full of Styrofoam, 65 tennis balls, 44 pounds of small electronics, six large boxes of holiday lights, and 6500 pounds of paper shredded paper.  Check out our website over the next couple weeks as we post photos from the event.


OCCA Goes Green with Electronic Garage Sale

The new online green “garage sale” website was unveiled at Earth Festival, and you can get shopping!  You can also find these Items on Craig’s List for those who would like to shop that way.  We still need your items to sell, and will continue accepting items year round! To donate, just call OCCA at 547-4488, snap a photo of your item, and email it to occagaragesale@gmail.com.  We will post your item on our store site, and sell the item for you.  If you would like the items out of your home ASAP, you can bring them to OCCA, and we’ll store them for you.  We hope all our donors and shoppers will still participate in our event and help keep items out of the landfill.  For more information see our website at www.occainfo.org/reduce-reuse-recycle-garage-sale/.

Fly Fishing School

May 12 – 9am-5pm, Hanford Mills Museum

Trout Unlimited, Dave Brandt Chapter is sponsoring an introduction to fly fishing course at the Hanford Mills Museum. The course will include class room instruction on balances fly outfits (rod, reel, line), basic entomology, necessary knots, stream reading and fly fishing paraphernalia.  Hands on casting techniques will be taught on the museum pond. Class is limited to 35 people, costs $50, and pre-registration is preferred by May 8. To register call David Krupa at 607.643.2004.

Otsego Land Trust Spring Clean-Up Days

May 6 & 12 – Brookwood Point and Fetterley Forest

The Otsego Land Trust is looking for volunteers to help with their Spring Clean-Up Days at Brookwood Point (May 6, 1-4pm) and Fetterley Forest (May 12, 10am-2pm).  A range of work is slated for the days including gardening, mulching, raking and trail blazing.  If interested see the Otsego Land Trust page at: http://otsegolandtrust.org/the-news/programs-a-events/411-volunteer-spring-cleanup-days-may-6-may-12


Did You Know?

Spring? As I sit looking out my window at Mohican Farm at the snow falling on April 30th, I am wondering what happened to spring. Time and again this winter, Mother Nature as fooled us with crazy swings in weather from a balmy 60° week in February to a brutal March and an April that has left us wondering….where is spring?  I know some of our readers are on the skeptical side of climate change, and are thinking “really, you call this global warming,” but let us not kid ourselves, these large swings in temperature and precipitation patterns are attributable to global climate change and are becoming the trend, not the occasional Mother’s Day blizzard. I for one, wouldn’t mind a warming trend at this point, so come on Mother Nature, throw us a bone!     …..and a bone indeed is coming this week, so get on out and thank Mother Nature for the beautiful weather week we’re about to get!!!  Happy Spring….finally!