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Insects to be subject of OCCA walk

(ONEONTA) – SUNY Oneonta professor, Dr. Jeffrey Heilveil leads a family-oriented search for insects at the Oneonta College Camp on Saturday, July 21 at 10am. The walk is part of Otsego County Conservation Association’s nature walk series.

“Insects are an important part of our world,” said OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley. “Dr. Heilveil is passionate about insects and an excellent teacher.”

Participants will take an easy walk through woods and fields, catching, observing and learning about a variety of insects that call Otsego County home. Dr. Heilveil will talk about insect adaptations, distinguishing characteristics of different groups, where to find the species, and some of the astounding life histories of local insects.

The program will take place at the SUNY Oneonta College Camp, located at 119 Hoffman Road, Oneonta. The 276-acre camp is used for educational, recreational and social opportunities for the college community. The program is free and open to the public. To get to the camp, turn off East Street at Hoffman Road, then bear left and follow the road to the camp. The group will meet near the observatory.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.