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April 2, 2020:  Vol. 14, No. 4

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we regret to say that Earth Festival as an in-person event has been cancelled. We’re very disappointed, as Earth Festival is an event we look forward to all year, but the health and safety our community is paramount. We eagerly anticipate seeing all of our friends at Earth Festival in 2021!

Just because we can’t hold a traditional Earth Festival doesn’t mean we can’t hold an Earth Festival. We are pleased to announce that this year’s Earth Festival will be a series of online events taking place over several days. Digital Earth Festival will include webinars, “coffee talks”, demonstrations, and a scavenger hunt, built around this year’s Earth Festival theme: Reduce. Below is the current schedule and we are adding new things all the time! All activities are free.

April 17, 7:30pm: Slogs Through Bogs: Beauty, Loss, and Preservation. Join local botanist (and OCCA Board Member) Dr. Donna Vogler for this exploration of the fascinating world of bogs. This is a program offered by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society. Details and registration information will be available at www.doas.us.

April 18, 2pm: Reducing Energy Webinar. Representatives from Heat Smart Otsego and Delaware River Solar present a variety of ways to save energy in your home.

April 19, 10:30am: Coffee Talk: Reducing Solid Waste. OCCA Executive Director, Amy Wyant hosts this chat with local officials and business representatives sharing tips on how to reduce our output of solid waste and how to keep recycling during a pandemic.

April 20, 6pm: Reducing Food Waste and Grocery Bills. This dinner hour program will include tips on composting, vermicomposting (i.e., using worms to compost food waste), and how to reduce food waste through proper planning and storage, and through creative use of leftovers and odd parts.

April 21, Get Outside: Reduce Your Stress Scavenger Hunt. Enjoy the outdoors (safely) in this all-day digital scavenger hunt. Details still to come.

April 22, 10am: 
Earth Day: The Bigger Picture. In partnership with the Choose Clean Water Coalition and the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, we’ll cover a variety of topics related to our place in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. In addition, we’ll highlight digital Earth Day events happening all over the globe for you to participate in!

Visit occainfo.org/earth-festival for details on how to register! All programs are free and open to all.

Heat Smart Otsego Lunchtime Webinars
Every Thursday through April 30
Noon to 1pm

Join Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director Bennett Sandler from the comfort of your home for an introduction to clean heating and cooling options for your home or business. Learn how air source heat pumps, geothermal, pellet stoves and wood gasification boilers can replace your old fossil fuel heating system, save you money, and make your home more comfortable. Register in advance for the program here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/upcrcuqtqjssj_5RCnsWLmKyqSGeEQ5XlA

Bennett will also have virtual office hours to answer your clean heating and cooling questions every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-2pm. Visit Heat Smart Otsego for details.

Invaders from…Earth??? Invasive Species Dos and Don’ts
April 8
11am-noon

OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley provides an overview of invasive species impacting the our lands and waters. The program will include tips on identifying some common species found in the area, some species of concern that may or may not already be here, and dos and don’ts for helping prevent their spread. This program will take place using Zoom conferencing software. Follow this link to register (it’s free!). 

Introduction to SEQR: Part 2
April 14th
2-3pm

Our Environmental Planner, Danny Lapin will be hosting the second free webinar in his Introduction to SEQR program.  This session will be focusing on notable court decisions related to SEQRA and how these shaped environmental review in New York. Click here to register.

Did you miss Part 1?  No worries: The video will be on our website soon!

Spending time outdoors

In this stressful time, it may be more important than ever to get outside and enjoy nature. We are fortunate here in the Otsego County region to have a wealth of accessible lands and waters, and we encourage you to take advantage of them as often as possible. However, it is important to do so responsibly. Before setting out, be sure to consult with your local, state, or federal guidelines and follow them carefully. Keep in mind that while state parks and forests are still open, their support facilities (restrooms, concessions, visitor centers) are not, so plan accordingly. Only travel with members of your household, and maintain a minium of six feet between you and anyone else. While you’re out, remember to leave nothing but footprints…..

 April 21: The Hidden Tower walk, 10am-noon, Clark Tower Property, Beaver Meadow Rd, Cooperstown–This program has been cancelled.

May 9: Early Morning Birds, 7am-9am, Mohican Farm, Springfield–This program has been postponed. Watch our website for a new date!

June 14: Butternut Creek Fun Paddle.