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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 5 – May 3, 2021

Our Team is GROWING! We are currently searching for a Full – Time Project Coordinator, so if you know any one who might be interested, please let them know!Check out the Full Job Description here! Earth Festival Success! Between our online programs, nature walks, and Drive

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OCCA is Hiring! FT Project Coordinator

Job Overview:Project CoordinatorOtsego County Conservation Association (OCCA)Salary Range: $40,000-$45,000 a year with experience plus benefits Qualifications Excellent communication and organizational skills required. Intermediate software skills in Microsoft Office and Zoom required. Experience with Podio or other CRM software preferred. One or more years of experience supporting

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Online, In-Person Activities for Earth Festival

Otsego County Conservation Association’s Earth Festival is being held April 22 through 24 with a mix of online webinars, informal talks, in-person nature walks and a trivia night.  Information about all Earth Festival programs can be found at www.occainfo.org/Earth-Festival.   Webinars include “Many Happy Returns” on Thursday at 1pm. This program highlights efforts to restore populations of native species, notably pearly

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Earth Festival “Drive Through, Drop Off” recycling event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 13, 2021Contact: Jeff O’Handley, programdirector@occainfo.org, (607) 282-4087Earth Festival Returns with “Drive Through, Drop Off” Recycling, Other Events (COOPERSTOWN) — Otsego County Conservation Association’s Earth Festival is being held April 22 through 24 with a mix of online webinars, talks, and in-person nature walks. Earth Festival

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 4 – April 1, 2021

Dear OCCA partners and friends, As a local organization, we know that how we present ourselves to the world matters and the increased violence targeting Asian communities have compelled us to reiterate our organizational beliefs: We, the Otsego County Conservation Association, believe in a United States

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 3 – March 4, 2021

What’s included in this months bulletin: Calling All Teachers! Earth Festival is Coming! Spotted Lanternfly Egg Hunt Otsego Octet Winter Challenge Clean Energy Resources for Municipalities Otsego County Waste-Smart Business Certification Heat Smart Office Hours Virtual Clean Water Lobby Day and more! -Amy and the rest

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 2 – February 4, 2021

What’s included in this months bulletin: Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem Informational Webinar Naked Eye Astronomy Get Heat Smart! MWEEs for Teachers GJGNY Energy Study for Small Business and Not-for-Profit Invaders from…Earth? An Introduction to Invasive Species Heat Smart Office Hours Book Recycling Returns! Polystyrene Ban

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OCCA programs for January 2021

Otsego County Conservation has announced a series of programs and activities for the month of January.  Naked Eye Astronomy, Winter Edition—Are You Sirius?  Friday, January 15, 7:00pm, Mohican Farm  Join OCCA Vice President, Jim Hill for an evening of naked eye astronomy as we tour the

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 1 – January 4, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENTS Whats included in this months bulletin: Climate Action Panel Discussion Naked Eye Astronomy, Winter Edition- Are You Sirius? Why Zoning Shouldn’t Be Taboo GJGNY Energy Study for Small Business and Not-for-Profit Heat Smart Mohawk Valley Office Hours Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem Informational Webinar Salt

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 14, No. 12 – December 1, 2020

Today is the day! #GivingTuesday Today is Giving Tuesday and this year and we are doing something a little different. Our goal this year is not around money.  We are focusing our attention on the PEOPLE. We want to grow our OCCA community and include everyone

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 14, No. 11 – November 2, 2020

Whats included in this months bulletin: Aquatic Invasive Species Webinar Get the Kids Out: A’Tree Part’ Series DOAS: Climate Action Webinar Heat Smart Mohawk Valley DOAS: Costa Rica’s Biodiversity webinar Clothing Donation and Textile Recycling America’s Conservation Enhancement Act Online Garage Sale Donations Needed -Amy and

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 14, No. 10 – October 1, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENTS Whats included in this months bulletin: Non-Invasive Species Spotlight HeatSmart Mohawk Valley Launches new website Food Waste Bins Planning for a Changing Climate webinar We’re Hiring: Part-time Assistant Planner Highway Cleanup Leatherstocking Golf Course Nature Walk Trees for Tributaries Civic Engagement as an environmental advocacy

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Otsego County Assistant Planner Job Description

Overview: Founded in 1968, the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in the Town of Springfield, New York. OCCA is  dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through research, education, advocacy, planning and resource management and practice.

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OCCA receives major funding for free training and support for local teachers

The Otsego County Conservation Association announced that it has been awarded funding through NOAA’s Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program for the Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem project. This three-year partnership between the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education & Training Program and OCCA builds capacity for environmental literacy and stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay watershed by building support at the district and

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 14, No. 9 – September 1, 2020

Whats included in this months bulletin: Heat Smart Otsego is expanding! Spotlight on Invasives: Summer Summary Naked Eye Astronomy Butternut Creek Paddle  Household Hazardous Waste: POSTPONED Leatherstocking Golf Course We are Hiring! Civic Engagement as an environmental advocacy tool  For Business Owners: Please lend your voice

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Part Time Curriculum Specialist

OCCA is currently in search of a Curriculum Specialist to join our team for a 3 year grant funded part time position. Job Description  PT Environmental Curriculum Specialist   The Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) is currently has two (2) positions open for Part Time K-12 Environmental Curriculum Specialists for our Chesapeake Bay Educational Ecosystem.  This program builds

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 14, No. 8 – Aug 1, 2020

Announcements This months Eco-Bulletin is jam packed full of great opportunities to join the OCCA Community out and about in a safe, social distance manner or from the comfort and safety of your own home with one of our many online learning sessions.  We hope you

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 7 – July 1, 2020

Spotlight on Invasives: Not so Wild about Parsnip Wednesday, July 8, 12-1pm Wild parsnip has been taking over our roadsides and fields, where it crowds out native plants and poses a threat to our health and safety. Join OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley, for this look at parsnip: where

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Together we can make a change.

As a part of the environmental community, OCCA and its staff express profound grief at the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. Systemic racism remains to be an ongoing blight in our country, and it is incumbent upon all of

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 6 – June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020:  Vol. 14, No. 6 Water Chestnut Pull on Goodyear Lake: Facebook Live Sunday, June 7, around 10:30am. Join the OCCA team for a short trip on the Goodyear Lake “Stump Lot” in search of the invasive plant, water chestnut. In this short, live

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The Power of Planning, During and after the Pandemic

Wednesday, May 20, 1-2pm   The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to fundamentally change how our communities are planned for the future. Communities will have to learn to adapt current planning practices such as holding public meetings, amending zoning codes, and developing comprehensive plans to post-pandemic standards.

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