ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 18 – November 15, 2022

Otsego Schools Film Plastic Recycling Challenge is Underway! 

Otsego County Schools can sign up between now and November 30 to participate in the Otsego County Schools Film Plastic Recycling Challenge. During the challenge, participating schools collect film plastic, such as grocery bags, bubble wrap, and package overwrap, weigh and report the amount of film plastic collected, and return it to a participating retailer for recycling. The school that collects the most plastic by weight, per capita wins the challenge! Schools that would like to register for the challenge can visit the Otsego County Solid Waste Department’s website at They can also contact Jeff O’Handley at OCCA, (607) 282-4087. Since the challenge began in 2019, schools have collected over 10,000 pounds of film plastic for recycling! 

OCCA Homeschool Nature Group
November 18, 2022, 12-2pm, Robert Riddell State Park
Join OCCA educator Shelby MacLeish at Robert Riddell State Park on Friday, November 18th, from 12-2 pm. On the 18th, we will explore parts of the Mud Lake trail.  In November, we might be hiking in snow or mud, but regardless of the surroundings, the group will have lots to investigate and explore along the way. Dress for the weather and be prepared for mud.  

The program is free and open to everyone!! For more information or to sign up for the program, contact Education Specialist Shelby MacLeish at  We will meet at the main parking lot for Robert Riddell State Park, located ff of Rt. 28 in Davenport.  

Walk it Off! Black Friday Family Hike 
November 25, 2022, 1-3pm, Franklin Mountain Hawkwatch 
Want to avoid the insanity of Black Friday shopping? Feel the need to get up and move after too much turkey? Join OCCA Education Specialist, Liz Brown and the #optoutside movement as we explore the forests and grasslands of Franklin Mountain, just outside Oneonta. Observe signs of transition in nature from autumn to winter as the plants and animals around us prepare for the cold months ahead.  Franklin Mountain Hawkwatch is managed by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society and is located at Grange Hall Road Spur, Oneonta. Free. 

Otsego Hemlock Hunters Volunteer Training 
December 10, 2022, 9am-noon 
Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is moving into our area! HWA is an invasive insect that feeds on eastern hemlock trees, a tree that is ecologically significant, economically important, and beautiful to look at. OCCA and Mohican Farm/The Clark Foundation are teaming up to train volunteers to search for and document HWA infestations in the region. During this training you will learn about the importance of hemlock trees; understand the impact and life cycle of hemlock woolly adelgid; and learn how to survey for HWA and report your findings. This training will be indoors and outdoors and we will be putting together teams to conduct surveys beginning in January, 2023. Training is free, but pre-registration is required. Visit Otsego Hemlock Hunters Volunteer Training to register. 

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