March 20, 2020 Update

As our lives continue to change rapidly in response to COVID-19, we wanted to update you on things here at the Otsego County Conservation Association.
As of right now, we have closed the office to visitors and will be working from home until further notice.  We are in the process of forwarding our telephones but until that time, we are checking messages regularly and will get back to you as soon as we can.

Here is what is happening with our upcoming events:  

  • April 21st: The Hidden Tower Nature Walk offered in conjunction with Adirondack Mountain Club is cancelled. We fully expect to do another walk with ADK in the future and will let you know when that is.
  • May 9th: Early Morning Birds: After consulting with trip leader, Becky Gretton, we have decided to postpone this until late May or early June at the latest, depending on the overall situation. Watch our calendar and EcoBulletins for updates.
  • June 14th: Butternut Creek Fun Paddle: As of now, this program is still on schedule! Register early (it’s free), especially if you will need to reserve space in one of our canoes.
  • June 7-13: Invasive Species Awareness Week: There are several programs in the planning stages set for Invasive Species Awareness Week that have not yet made it to our calendar—as of now, these programs will take place as planned. Watch for updates on our website and in the Ecobulletin.

Earth Festival Update: 
As you know, Earth Festival is scheduled for April 18th. Sadly, with the current situation, we will be unable to have Earth Festival in our traditional way as an IN-PERSON group event. We are extremely disappointed to have to cancel the in-person event; however, the Earth Festival planning committee is putting on their thinking caps and is working hard to bring us together digitally, for earth-centered information and learning about local resources, vendors and services in our area.  If you have already signed up to be a vendor or exhibitor, we will be reaching out to you very soon. More to come on this event in the near future.
We have also been working on some great ONLINE information that is free to anyone and is full of great information:
Here are some of upcoming webinars and online events in the near future:

Heat Smart Otsego goes online!

Join us from the comfort of your home on Thursday, March 26 for a lunchtime Introduction to Clean Heating and Cooling for your home and business.  The presentation will be hosted by Bennett Sandler, Campaign Director for Heat Smart Otsego.  His presentation includes a description of each technology, real world savings data from local installations, a current list of incentives available to purchase these systems, and where to find local installers.  This program will repeat each Thursday between March 26th and April 30th from noon to 1:00 pm using Zoom video conferencing software.  The presentation is free, but registration is required.  Register at

Campaign Director Bennett Sandler will also be available to speak with you about clean heating and cooling for your home or business during new, online office hours.  Call in or login for one-on-one time with Bennett to talk about renewable energy systems, energy audits, efficiency upgrades, occupant comfort, and energy savings! Digital Office Hours will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm starting next Tuesday, March 24 and continuing until the end of April.  Contact Bennett at (607) 435-1364 or register for an online appointment at

Municipal Planning Webinars:

Join our Environmental Planner, AICP, Danny Lapin for an online “Intro to SEQR: Where to Start” program.

Come learn what municipal leaders need to know about the State Environmental Quality Review Act. This is an interactive learning experience, and you will be able to ask questions and participate in discussion.

Please pre-register in advance:
 April 1, 2020 02:00 PM (EST): Register Here 

April 14, 2020 02:00 PM (EST): Register Here 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Environmental Education Webinars:

Invasive Species Do’s and Don’ts:  Join our program manager, Jeff O’Handley for an educational webinar on identifying and removing common invasive species of our region.

Please pre-register in advance:
April 8, 2020 11:00 AM (EST) Register Here
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

More Online programming to come in our next Eco-Bulletin.  Keep an eye out for information on Earth Festival, our online Earth Day Celebration and much more.

As we are all trying to keep our social distance, remember it does not mean we have to distance ourselves from nature.  Stay Healthy! 

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