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 spectacular night sky of January. The winter sky provides a wonderful array of zero and first magnitude stars (the lower the magnitude, the brighter the star!). We will explore constellations including Orion, Gemini and Taurus; the magnificent asterism known as the winter circle; and the open star cluster, the Pleiades.  If we’re lucky, we might get a glimpse of the most distant object you can see with the naked eye, Andromeda.  

Please note, this program will take place entirely outside, so dress for the weather and bring a chair so that you don’t have to sit on frozen or snowy ground. Binoculars are optional. The program is free, but registration is limited to 30, and all participants are required to use a cloth face covering and observe social distancing guidelines. Register here.  

Why Zoning Shouldn’t Be Taboo 
Tuesday, January 19, 5-6:30pm, Zoom 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more critical than ever to thoughtfully plan how communities are designed. Join OCCA Environmental Planner Danny Lapin, AICP to learn how zoning can be utilized to design communities that promote density without compromising public health. Register Here.  Any questions can be directed to Danny Lapin, AICP at planner@occainfo.org.  

GJGNY Energy Study for Small Business and Not-for-Profit 

Thursday, January 21, 11am, Zoom 

Presenter, Adam Boese, The Daylight Savings Company 

Come learn about low-cost energy audits for businesses with less than 100 employees and not-for-profits of any size from the folks who do the audits. Learn about the process, see what’s in the report, hear about your options for improving your building. Energy audits identify ways to reduce your energy costs while increasing occupant health and safety as well as building durability. Our presenter is Adam Boese, Professional Engineer and Principal at The Daylight Savings Company. Adam has been working on building energy for 3 decades and has audited thousands of buildings. He brings his deep bench of knowledge to this presentation which includes a 30-minute presentation followed by 15-20 minutes for Q&A. Participation is free but requires registration.  Register Here.  

Heat Smart Mohawk Valley Office Hours 

Have questions about clean heating and cooling for your home or business? Heat Smart Mohawk Valley Campaign Director, Bennett Sandler has answers! Every Tuesday and Thursday from noon until 2pm, Bennett will have virtual office hours to address your questions. To schedule your free appointment. Register Here.   

Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem Informational Webinar 

Wednesday, January 27, 3:30-4:30pm; also Tuesday, February 2, 3:30-4:30pm 

The Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem is a new program launched by OCCA that aims to increase student understanding of local watersheds, ecosystem functions, and issues that impact them. The program will prepare teachers to develop and implement Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) with their students. School administrators are invited to learn about MWEEs, how their students can benefit from them, and how they can support their teachers who are interested in this special webinar. To join in on Jan 27th register here.   To join the Feb 2nd register here.  

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org


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