ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 13 – October 15, 2021

2021 Upper Susquehanna Coalition: Watershed Wednesdays
Continue checking in to Watershed Wednesdays! 
A coordinated effort of the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, OCCA, and Choose Clean Water Coalition. These mini-sessions are each Wednesday of the month, beginning at 9:00am.  
Zoom Link: https:/ 
Running through the month of October, you’ll have many chances to learn from the best, regarding projects in the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. 

October 20: Black Rural Lives Matter: Stores of Black Rural Landowner Stewardship with Kristina Ferrare and Shorna Allred, Cornell University  
October 27: Chesapeake Capacity Builders Project with Drew Robinson, Choose Clean Water Coalition
For the rest of the month of October, tune into the webinar series hosted by the Adirondack Research Consortium and Paul Smith’s College.
Register for access & recordings: Webinar Registration – Zoom
Mile-a-Minute Pull
Tuesday, October 19, from 9am to 2pm

Mile-a-minute (Persicaria perfoliata), a highly invasive terrestrial plant, has been found in the Town of Davenport. This aggressive plant is aptly named: capable of growing 6 inches a day, it can quickly overtake and smother native vegetation, including trees and shrubs. The Catskills Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) is seeking volunteers to help pull vines on the 19th from 9-2pm.

If you are interested and available, email Dan Snider-Nerp, Field Projects Manager, CRISP at For more information on this problematic plant, visit Mile-a-Minute – New York Invasive Species Information (
Ride and Walk: Lackawanna Trail Park
October 23 @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Enjoy a train ride and a trail walk with OCCA and the Utica, Chenango and Susquehanna Valley Railroad Company.
To participate you must purchase tickets ($15/adult, $8/child) through the UC&SV Railroad. Advance tickets are available at Lackawanna Trail Park Train Tickets. To participate in the guided walk you must purchase tickets for the 1pm train on October 23 only.

Get all the details here!
Ride and Walk: Lackawanna Trail Park – OCCA – Otsego County Conservation Association (
NYS DEC Presents:
Uninvited: The Spread of Invasive Species

This 55-minute documentary educates the viewer on invasive species and highlights some of the species directly impacting New York’s environment and economy. Viewers will benefit from learning of the innovative ways NYS is combatting these threats. 

The documentary premiers on YouTube on November 1st. There will be watch virtual parties hosted throughout the state until November 7th. Take a look at the links below for access to the trailer & see which watch party you can join!
Trailer (
Invasive Species Education & Outreach Initiatives – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Experience Glimmerglass Film Days
November 4 – 11
Presented by Otsego 2000, Glimmerglass Film Days is curated by artistic director Margaret Parsons and programmer Joey Katz.

View trailers, check out the full schedule of all 26 films,
and buy your tickets at Glimmerglass Film Days
Join OCCA for an evening of star gazing on November 5 at Mohican Farm in Springfield. The Milky Way will be wonderfully positioned for spectacular viewing. After sky orientation and review of constellations we hope to get a nice view of planets Jupiter and Saturn.

Use the link below for further details, and the registration link!
We can’t wait to see you. 
Naked Eye Astronomy: The Autumn Sky – OCCA – Otsego County Conservation Association (

HeatSmart Mohawk Valley
Introduction to Clean Heating & Cooling 


Come join our Campaign Coordinator, Anna and our Outreach Specialist, Natalie every Wednesdays at 6PM EST for fun discussions about the HeatSmart Mohawk Valley program and other environmental sustainability conversations! 🙂
We hope to see and meet you there.

Online location: Google Meet
Link to webinar:
If you have any questions beforehand, you may contact us at:
— Campaign Coordinator, Anna:
— Outreach Specialist, Natalie:

Next week (10/20) join Anna, Natalie, and special guest Erik Stengler. Erik is a professor at SUNY Oneonta’s Cooperstown Graduate Program and recently went through the geothermal heat pump installation process. He’ll be available to answer questions and talk about his experience with heat pumps. 

Otsego Outdoors
Fall Octet Challenge 

Fall is a great time to get out and explore Otsego County’s hiking trails, bike routes, waterways, villages, and towns. See our list of Fall Octet activities, which includes some favorites as well as some new to Otsego Outdoors! Complete 8 of the 20 featured activities, and you can earn the Fall edition of the Otsego Outdoors patch! Remember, wear blaze orange or other bright colors while hiking.

For information and a registration form, visit Fall Challenge – Otsego Outdoors

Garage Sale (ongoing)
As part of OCCA’s mission to reduce our carbon footprint we will be holding our traditional “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Garage Sale” digitally.  You will still have the benefit of donating items to OCCA, getting some GREAT deals, and knowing that you are keeping things out of the landfill.

If you are interested in any of the items we have listed OR if you have items to donate, please email us.
Garage Sale Items – OCCA – Otsego County Conservation Association (

Community Resilience
OCCA continues to serve part of the Clean Energy Communities and Climate Smart Communities team for the Mohawk Valley. If you are interested in how to get your community involved in Clean Energy, Climate Resiliency and planning for the future, then contact Amy today to see how to get started! or call at (607) 547-4488.

How You Can Help Protect Our Local Environment

Donations provide the foundation for our work throughout Otsego County. By becoming a supporter of OCCA, you become a part of a unique countywide environmental organization whose mission is to protect local natural resources for the benefit of all. 


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