ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 14 – November 1, 2021

We are only 29 days away from #GivingTuesday2021! 
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back. At OCCA, we’re focusing our #GivingTuesday around expanding our public education and outreach. It is our mission at OCCA to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through research, education, advocacy, planning and resource management and practice.

We do our best work when we’re connecting with you: our donors, volunteers, and supporters through public programs like Invasive Species pulls, Highway Clean ups, educational and exciting walks and paddles, webinars, and so much more!

Please share our work to keep the momentum going!

Stay informed on our social media, website, and future Eco-bulletins for links to our live donation page, which will officially launch on November 15th. 

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
Trailer 2021.mov (vimeo.com)
WATCH PARTIES
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 5th 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 (occainfo.org)

Mile-a-minute Pull with CRISP
Saturday, November 6th – 9:00 to 3:00pm

Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) is once again looking for volunteers to help pull mile-a-minute, a highly invasive weed, from a site in Davenport on Saturday, November 6 from 9am-3pm.

If you are interested in helping out, email CRISP Field Projects Manager, Dan Snider-Nerp at dsnider-nerp@catskillcenter.org.

Thus far volunteers have cleared over ¾ of an acre, removing 34 contractor bags full of weeds from the 3.6-acre infestation site.

As a part of the Glimmerglass Film Days event, Jeff will be hosting an insightful walk through the Clark Tower Trail from 9-10:30 on November 11th. 

Join us for a wonderful morning!
Forests from the Ground Up – OCCA – Otsego County Conservation Association (occainfo.org)

November 15 is #AmericaRecyclesDay, a nationally recognized day, dedicated to bringing awareness to and energizing recycling across the United States. As we move into the holiday season, we hope everyone will use this day to dedicate themselves to recycling right, and reducing waste in general.

Start by taking the #BeRecycled pledge at:
Take The #BERECYCLED Pledge! (kab.org)
#RecycleRightNY

Perspectives

November is Native American Heritage Month

We must always recognize, remember, and honor the sacrifices, impact, and achievements of Indigenous Peoples. This month, focus on honoring Native Americans by:

1. Safely visit a reservation or museum. Reservations are not tourist attractions, and must be respected.
Some Nations welcome visitors. For example, Oneida Indian Nation is host to two centers:
Shako:wi Cultural Center – Oneida Indian Nation, and
Oneida Heritage Center – Oneida Indian Nation.

   2. Attend an educational event or webinar. Visit National Native American Heritage Month for a full calendar of virtual events available. 

3. ‘Decolonize’ your Thanksgiving dinner by incorporating native dishes to your meal (think Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash), and putting away Native American tropes. 

4. Support Native-owned businesses and charities. Support local shops in our region, and shop online for local businesses throughout the country.

5. Find out what land you’re on at Native-Land.ca | Our home on native land. In Otsego County, we are on Haudenosaunee land. 

HeatSmart Mohawk Valley
Introduction to Clean Heating & Cooling 

WINE DOWN WEDNESDAYS @ 6pm
November 3, 10, 17, 24

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: https://meet.google.com/hpr-bnqe-zmf
If you have any questions beforehand, you may contact us at:
— Campaign Coordinator, Anna: coordinator@heatsmartmv.org
or
— Outreach Specialist, Natalie: outreach@heatsmartmv.org

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

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! director@occainfo.org or call at 607-547-4488 

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 (occainfo.org)

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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