INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK
June 6-12 is the eighth annual New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (NYISAW) and we’ve got plenty of opportunities for you to participate in activities! The mission of NYISAW is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species and the harm they can cause by engaging citizens in a wide range of activities across the state, and empowering them to take action to help stop the spread. We hope you’ll join us!
Paddle and Pull, Goodyear Lake
Sunday, June 6, 1-4pm
Battling invasives requires a long-term commitment and we’ve been at it in Goodyear Lake since 2005. Join us for an afternoon of searching for and hand-pulling water chestnut (Trapa natans) in the stump lot at Goodyear Lake. Bring your own personal watercraft, or borrow an OCCA canoe. Use https://occainfo.org/calendar/paddle-and-pull-goodyear-lake-7/ to sign up.
Chop & Cheese
Wednesday, June 9, 6-8pm, Mohican Farm
It’s back! Japanese knotweed, that is. Join us for a pleasant evening of cutting and digging up Japanese knotweed at Mohican Farm in Springfield, and then enjoy light refreshments in the beautiful gardens. Share your own experiences with removing this hard to control weed. Visit https://occainfo.org/calendar/chop-cheese/ to sign up to join in the fun.
Frog-bit at Clarke Pond
Friday, June 11, 10am-1pm
A relatively new arrival in Otsego County, European frog-bit currently exists in low numbers in Clarke Pond in Springfield. Prepare yourself for a strenuous—but fun!–slog through mud and water as we work to rid the pond of this noxious invasive and keep it from spreading to other waterbodies—including Otsego Lake. Visit https://occainfo.org/calendar/clarke-pond-frog-bit-pull/ to sign up.
Paddle and Pull, Silver Lake
June 19, 10am-1pm
Not part of ISAW, but close! Join OCCA, the Hoogterp family, and the Silver Lake Association for a day of removing water chestnut and European frog-bit, and then enjoy lunch on the lawn overlooking this lovely, 40-acre lake. Note, only OCCA and locally-owned watercraft are allowed to launch. Reserve your spot at https://occainfo.org/calendar/paddle-and-pull-silver-lake-4/.
These activities all serve to fulfill part of the Otsego Octet Summer Challenge! In addition, be sure to check out some of our pre-recorded invasive species video programs on our YouTube channel!
Otsego Octet Summer Challenge
Otsego Outdoors wants you to hit the trails, waterways, and cycling paths this summer. Complete any eight activities from a list of 16 and you can earn an Otsego Outdoors Summer Octet Challenge patch. The Challenge is open from May 29 to September 6. For information and a registration form, visit www.otsegooutdoors.org.
Otsego County Household Hazardous Waste Day is coming!
After one year off due to the pandemic, our friends at Otsego County Solid Waste Department are happy to announce that the County’s Household Hazardous Waste Day will return for 2021. The dates are August 20, 8-11am at the Unadilla Town Barn, and August 21 from 8am-1pm at the Meadows Office Complex in Cooperstown. Visit https://www.otsegocounty.com/departments/solid_waste/index.php for more details.
Volunteer needed! OCCA will once again be coordinating volunteers to help out with HHW. Volunteers will help direct traffic, unload cars and recycle paint. Shifts from 7-11am and 10am-2pm (or all day, if you’ve got the stamina!). Email Jeff O’Handley (firstname.lastname@example.org ) to sign up.
OCCA currently has two internships available: The Professional Development—Watershed Intern will work with our Curriculum Specialists to develop and deliver a 40-hour professional development program for k-12 teachers later this summer. The Planning Intern will work with our Environmental Planner with updating the Town of Sherburne’s comprehensive plan. For full position descriptions, including how to apply, visit https://occainfo.org/category/news/.
The Southern Tier Chapter of the New York Forest Owners Association (NYFOA) is hosting their “Picnic in the Park” in Maine, NY on June 12. Speakers will cover topics including Regenerate New York, a state reforestation initiative; growing ginseng; and improving bird habitat. This is a free, catered event for Southern Tier NYFOA Chapter members, family and interested folks. Visit https://www.nyfoa.org/events/southern-tier-events/picnic-park-program for details and how to register.
Heatsmart Mohawk Valley: On Demand!
Want to learn more about Clean heating and cooling technology, but can’t make some of our live webinars? Check out our on Demand programs:
Introduction to Cleaner and Greener Heating and Cooling
Energy Studies: The Place to start for any Building
Agricultural Energy Audit
Visit our website for more information: www.heatsmartmv.org
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! email@example.com or call at 607-547-4488