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Making Tracks and Finding Tracks: Snowshoe Walk, Clark Sports Center 
February 9 – 11am:  Clark Sports Center, 124 County Highway 52, Cooperstown
Strap on the snowshoes and hit the trails at the Clark Sports Center. Look for signs of animal life in the snow-covered woods and enjoy some fresh air. Open to all ages and all skill levels. Meet in the main lobby at the Clark Sports Center. This walk is organized as part of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival. Check the Cooperstown Winter Carnival web page for a full listing of events! ***PLEASE NOTE: You must provide your own snowshoes for this event.****

Presidents’ Day Snowshoe Walk
February 18 – 1pm:  Robert V. Riddell State Park
Forget the sales–celebrate our nation’s history with a walk in Robert V. Riddell State Park with Trish and Steve Kent! The Kents donated the land for the park in 2005 and will share some of the property’s interesting history on an invigorating snowshoe hike on the park’s northern–and more forgiving–side. Bring your own snowshoes, water, and dress for the weather. Meet at the Park’s main entrance on State Route 28, just north of I-88 Exit 17.

Get the Kids Out!
February 20 – 10am:  Robert V. Riddell State Park
Want to have some winter fun? Join OCCA at Robert V. Riddell State Park for a scavenger hunt looking for signs of life, and generally enjoying winter weather. Meet at 10am at the main parking lot of Robert V. Riddell State Park, Route 28, just north if I-88 Exit 17. Dress for the weather.

Be Informed!  Lecture Series:  Ticks and Lyme Disease
February 20 – 630pm:  First United Methodist Church, Embury Room, 66 Chestnut Street, Oneonta
Lyme disease is a serious public health threat spread by the bite of the black-legged (deer) tick, (Ixodesscapularis). Dr. Carmen Greenwood, Associate Professor at SUNY Cobleskill, will discuss the biology and ecology of ticks. Following this, Otsego County Communicable Disease Coordinator, Theresa Oellrich, RN, will discuss the specifics of Lyme disease, including its health impacts, treatment and prevention, and what to do if bitten by a tick.  Park on Church Street or at the NBT bank lot on Wall Street.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Identification and Survey Training
March 9 – 10am-1pm:  Clark Sports Center, 124 County Highway 52, Cooperstown
Hemlock trees are an iconic and valuable part of the Catskills region. Dan Snider, Field Projects Manager for the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnerships (CRISP) will teach us about the hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect that is threatening our native hemlock trees. We will discuss identification of the insect, best treatment practices, and how you can help contribute to scientific projects to manage this invasive pest and preserve hemlocks on our landscape. There will also be a short field component where we will practice surveying hemlocks for hemlock woolly adelgid.  The program is free, but pre-registration is required. You may use our registration form or call OCCA at (607) 547-4488.  This is a joint program offering of OCCA and Mohican Farm/The Clark Foundation.


Plastic Bag Challenge
The first-ever Otsego County plastic bag challenge has started!  Kids at Cherry Valley/Springfield, Cooperstown, Gilbertsville/Mt. Upton, Morris, Oneonta Middle School, Richfield Springs, Unatego, Valleyview Elementary, and Worcester have been hard at work collecting all kinds of film plastic.  After the February 1 weigh in, Gilbertsville/Mt. Upton Elementary School is in the lead.  Help your local win the challenge!! If you have any film plastic you would like to recycle, check with your local school or send in with a neighborhood student.  The challenge seeks to educate students (and teachers and families, too) that bags and film plastic can be recycled through grocery stores and other retailers but not through regular curbside pickup or at the transfer stations.  Winners will be announced at the 2019 Earth Festival on April 13.  Contact OCCA at 547-4488 for more details.

2019 Earth Festival
April 13 – 11am-3pm
Back for its fourteenth year, Otsego Earth Festival will be held on April 13 from 11am to 3pm at Milford Central School. The event will include the popular exhibitor and vendor fair, workshops, a clothing swap, recycling opportunities, and more. Environmental organizations, businesses, and local energy vendors will have products, services and exhibits on display. For more information, or to learn how to be an exhibitor or sponsor, visit http://occainfo.org/earth-festival/.  Keep checking the site for updates!

Spotted Lanternfly Basics Webinar
The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive insect that poses a significant threat to New York’s agricultural and forest health, and has been found in four New York counties (not Otsego). The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center is hosting a series of webinars titled “Spotted Lanternfly Basics.” Each will focus on a different group:

  • Spotted Lanternfly Basics for Hops, Berry, and Vegetable Growers (Feb. 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m.)
  • Spotted Lanternfly Basics for Grape and Apple Industries (Feb. 26, 2019, 1:00 p.m.)
  • Spotted Lanternfly Basics for Christmas Tree Growers (Mar. 4, 2019, 10:00 a.m.)
  • Spotted Lanternfly Basics for Nursery, Greenhouse, and Landscape Industries (Mar. 4, 2019, 1:00 p.m.)

All webinars will follow a similar format that covers spotted lanternfly biology, identification, and hosts, monitoring and management strategies, and a regulatory update. While the content may be relevant to audiences throughout the Northeast, management practices covered will be specific to New York. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions. For information or to register, visit https://www.northeastipm.org/working-groups/spotted-lanternfly/spotted-lanternfly-basics-webinar-announcement/

Otsego 2000 Happenings at the Farmers’ Market
Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause – Join O2K for the Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause this year to close out the Cooperstown Winter Carnival.  Local restaurants share their grilled cheese and soups all for a great cause to help support Otsego 2000’s mission.  See otsego2000.org for details.

Job Opportunities at Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District
The Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District has three job opportunities open for full time employment.  Available opportunities include:  Stream Technician, Conservation District Technician, and a Summer Intern.  Please see their website for job descriptions and application deadlines.  https://www.otsegosoilandwater.com/job-volunteer-opportunities/?fbclid=IwAR0JEaGfOxKWeosdtgHHfoiiEsnjG1sEWCU4mO1kP810vAaROjzOUoiGN_M