ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 17, No. 6 – May 1, 2023

Drive-Thru, Drop-Off-2023

On April 29th, OCCA hosted our popular drive-thru drop-off recycling event at Brewery Ommegang.  Thanks to many dedicated volunteers, we collected recycling from 181 cars.  Staff and volunteers were surprised at the volume of VHS and audio tapes dropped off (see below), along with many other hard to recycle items.

Trail Volunteer Training

On Saturday, April 22 a dozen people participated in OCCA’s first Trail Volunteer Training session at Basswood Pond State Forest in Burlington. Training focused on rules, techniques and tools for conducting routine maintenance on hiking trails in Otsego County. Seven people signed up to adopt a portion of trails in Basswood Pond and Arnold Lake State Forest. If you are interested in trail volunteer work, contact Program Director Jeff O’Handley at A big thanks to volunteer, Tom Walsh for his expertise and enthusiasm, as well as Peg Odell from Otsego 2000/Otsego Outdoors, and Luke Van Der Veur and Alex Cooley from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.”

Check back soon for a full schedule and to purchase tickets!

Upcoming Events:

Homeschool Nature Walk-Glimmerglass State Park

May 12, 2023. 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Join OCCA educator Shelby MacLeish for a seasonal walk and pond study on the Beaver Pond and Covered Bridge Trails. Our group will examine the wetlands, beaver ponds, and shadow brook for nesting waterfowl, macroinvertebrates, and signs of local animals. We will talk about adaptations, plant ID, and the park’s natural history.  

Get the kids out- An evening Stroll at Glimmerglass State Park

May 13, 2023.  7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Have you ever wanted to explore the park after dark? Join OCCA educator Shelby MacLeish for an evening walk along the beach and the beaver pond trail, where we will experience the sights and sounds, we do not get to experience during the day.

Morning Birds at Mohican

May 20 @ 7:00 am to 9:00 am

What will be flitting and flying about the woods and fields at Mohican Farm in Springfield? Join us and find out! Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Co-President, Becky Gretton leads this bird walk at The Clark Foundation’s Mohican Farm. The varied habitats of the farm attract a surprising array of avian life. Suitable for all skill levels, from beginners to experts.

Water chestnut pull–Goodyear Lake

June 4 @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Kick of New York’s annual Invasive Species Awareness Week by getting an early start on controlling invasive water chestnut at Goodyear Lake’s “stump lot.” Bring your own watercraft or reserve a space in ours by using the form below. Meet at the New York State Fishing Access Site on NY State Route 28 in Portlandville.

Mohican Meet and Mingle-Mohican Farm

June 9, 2023, 4:00 pm- 10:00

The OCCA staff are excited to host our community picnic once again.  Join us on the evening of June 9th for local food, drinks and good conversation about our mission, upcoming projects. More information and ticketing links coming soon.  We hope to see you there!

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