ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 16, No. 7 – May 2, 2022

THANK YOU to everyone who played a part in our April 23 Drive-Thru, Drop-Off recycling event at Brewery Ommegang. Almost 150 participants recycled 7,387 pounds of material. A special thank you to Tim Holmes and the team at Ommegang who provided us with an excellent space, great support, and Tap House Cafe coupons for each participant. We are already talking about next year’s event and are working on developing a list of items we’ll accept so you can save them throughout the year. 

We are still looking for vendors, exhibitors, and sponsors for our new event, the SHEC Eco-Fair on July 9, 2022. You can learn more about the event and register using this link.

Rotary District 7170 Susquehanna River Paddles. Our friends at Rotary District 7170 are sponsoring four paddling events on the Susquehanna River this spring! On May 14 and 15, paddle from the Crumhorn Launch at Susquehanna State Forest to Goodyear Lake. On May 21 Paddle #3 is further afield, from Appalachin to Owego. Paddle #4 on Mays 22 is a long one, from Owego to Sayre, Pennsylvania. For details, visit https://rotarydistrict7170.org/events.
 
Early Birds at Mohican. Spring bird migration is underway! Join OCCA and Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Co-President, Becky Gretton for an easy walk around Mohican Farm’s fields, woodlands and shorelines in search of our newly-returned migrants, as well as the birds that are here year-round. All levels of expertise are welcome. Binoculars are helpful. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that can handle dew-covered grass. Attendance is limited to 20, so hurry up and register for this free program at https://occainfo.org/calendar/morning-birding-at-mohican-2/.

Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Sweeps Film Plastic Challenge! Gilbertsville-Mount Upton took the top spots in both elementary and middle/high school divisions of the annual Otsego County Film Plastic Recycling Challenge. Students at GMU and the larger community collected a total of 1,517 pounds (959 pounds, elementary; 558 pounds, middle/high school). The challenge, co-sponsored by OCCA and the Otsego County Department of Solid Waste, ran between November and December. Six schools in all participated, collecting over 3,000 pounds of bags, bubblewrap, packaging, and more. Way to go, GMU, and cheers to everyone who participated. Keep it going, because recycling is a year-round challenge!

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