Our Environment. Our Home. OUR CHALLENGE.

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Hit the Links

October 2, 800 am – Leatherstocking Golf Course, Cooperstown, NY

Enjoy the Leatherstocking Golf Course without the frustration of trying to hit out of the rough! Golf Course Superintendent Mike O’Neill will lead a tour of the grounds showcasing its beauty and will share projects and management practices designed to keep the links “green” as well as green. In addition to the lush scenery and spectacular views of Otsego Lake, we’ll see sediment retention ponds, lake bank stabilization efforts, and more.  Meet at the golf course maintenance shop.

Get the Kids Out!

October 14, 1000 am – Mohican Farm (Corner of Rte. 80 and Allen Lake Road), Cooperstown, NY

Trees! Need something to do on Columbus Day? Come to Mohican Farm and explore the world of trees. We’ll search the property and learn how to tell different kinds from each other using science and our senses, will understand the role trees play in our world, and we’ll have fun!

Solar System Walk – The Earth as a Peppercorn

October 19, 1000 am – Compton Bridge (County Road 11C, railroad tracks)

Travel from the sun to all the way to Pluto–on foot! Former OCCA board member Bill Ralston leads this thousand-yard walk that models our solar system accurately, and at a scale that makes the reality of our neighborhood in space both understandable and awe-inspiring. Common objects like a bowling ball, walnuts and peppercorns are used to represent the sun and planets in scale. Suitable for adults and children 9 and up, whether you know anything about astronomy or not. Meet at the parking area by the railroad tracks on County Road 11C, Cooperstown, and walk along the railroad right of way. Rain date: 10/20.

Mud Lake Hike

October 27, 100 pm – Robert V. Riddell State Park

Join Steve Kent and OCCA for this vigorous, 4.5-mile walk to Mud Lake—and beyond! —in Robert V. Riddell State Park. Steve will share stories of the land before it was donated to the state by he and his wife, Trish Riddell Kent. Along the way, we’ll pass through beautiful hemlock, maple, and oak forests, stop at a spectacular waterfall, and visit Mud Lake, a fascinating sphagnum bog on top of the hill. Dress appropriately, bring water and a snack.  Meet at the Pine Lake Campus on Charlotte Creek Road, 1894 Charlotte Creek Road, Oneonta.  We will carpool to the starting location and hike back to the meeting location.

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Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum

Tuesday, October 1 at 9:00am, SUNY Binghamton Center of Excellence

SAVE THE DATE!  The Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum moves to SUNY Binghamton this year with a day full of presentations related to how to tackle the next phase of restoring and conserving our portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  The day will include field trips, overviews of the NEW Phase III Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan, and panel sessions on communications, innovative practices, partnerships, research and funding.  To find out more and register, go to: www.occainfo.org/watershedforum.

Hawkwatch Open House

On Saturday, October 5 from 10 AM to 2 PM, the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will host an open house at the DOAS Sanctuary and Hawkwatch on Grange Hall Spur Road, Oneonta. The day will include Live Birds of Prey, Hawk ID Workshop, Bird Mask Making, Trail Walk.  The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. Visit www.doas.us for details.

Hartwick College Water Symposium

Hartwick College and the Global Water Alliance have teamed up for the Water Symposium – Water & Peace, The Art of Sharing Water.  The forum will be held on October 14 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Hartwick College Anderson Center for the Art.  For more information, please contact Godlove Fonjweng at globaleducation@hartwick.edu.

Hartwick Hamlet Sewing Bee

With the ban on grocery store plastic bags beginning on March 1, 2020, many will be looking for reusable bags to purchase.  A sewing bee to teach how to create bags from various feed bags will be offered in Hartwick. The sewing bee will be held on November 5 at 9:30am at the Former O.S. Burch Store at 3097 Co Hwy 11.  Four sewing machines are available for sewers use but you are free to bring your own if you prefer.  All other materials will be provided.  Sewer will own the bag they make.   These bags are made and sold for a fundraiser for the Otsego County Conservation Association.  But knowing how to make these bags is the other purpose of the sewing bee.  Contact Martha Clarvoe for more information and to register (607-293-6654 or martha.clarvoe@gmail.com).

Hartwick Clean Sweep

Saturday, October 5 from 8AM to 2PM, Hartwick Town Hall

Open to residents of the Town of Hartwick, the Clean Sweep is an opportunity for Hartwick residents to dispose of backyard trash, green waste, scrap metal, electronics and more. In addition, a yard sale of second-hand goods will be held in front of town hall beginning at 9am. For information on how to participate, contact Andrea Vazquez, town clerk, at (607) 293-8123. In addition, volunteers are needed to help empty cars, crush glass, sort recyclables, and set up the yard sale. To volunteer, contact Martha Clarvoe at (607) 293-6654 or at martha.clarvoe@gmail.com.

Southern Tier 8 Business Energy Survey

The Southern Tier 8 Regional Planning Commission has embarked upon an energy infrastructure plan for the Southern Tier 8 region.  As part of this planning process, they have asked local businesses to take part in a short survey to determine attitudes, needs and general understanding of the business community in terms of energy. If you are a business owner or know one, please considering taking and sharing this survey.  https://southerntier8.org/businessinfrastructuresurvey/

Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District Seeks Forest Technician

General Duties:  Performs a variety of technical duties related to the establishment of conservation practices concerning forest lands on public and private properties; Develops forest management plans for county tracts; does related work as required. Prepares monthly progress reports for the County Highway Superintendent to provide to the Public Works Committee.  For more information and a link to full job description see: https://www.otsegosoilandwater.com/job-volunteer-opportunities