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with ron schroder

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YOUR IN ON THE OUTDOORS FOR WESTERN NEW YORK
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Welcome to this week’s Conservation Chatter Corner – little bits of happenings concerning our outdoors and you, the sportspeople who enjoy being part of that outdoors.

 

FEEDING DEER IS PROHIBITED IN NEW YORK:

A herd of deer in woodsPeople intentionally feeding white-tailed deer cause unnatural concentrations near the food source, which can lead to ecological damage, damage to property, and an increased risk of transmitting disease between deer.

DEC recently adopted a new regulation to provide a clearer definition of what does and does not constitute illegal feeding of deer or moose. All intentional feeding of deer or moose is prohibited, except for cutting trees and brush for wildlife, growing foods for wildlife or agricultural crops, or activities conducted under permits issued by DEC for research and management purposes. Distributing foods or food products (fruits, vegetables, grains, minerals, powders, liquids) to attract and feed deer or moose is otherwise prohibited statewide and at all times of year.

The regulation clarifies that incidental feeding, such as attracting deer or moose to a bird feeder, will only be considered a violation if DEC has previously issued a written warning to the person responsible for the incidental feeding. This will allow nuisance situations to be appropriately addressed without limiting bird feeding in general.

The regulation also prohibits the sale of retail products packaged for sale as food or edible attractants for wild deer unless the products carry a label clearly stating that such use is illegal in New York.

 

BILL REQUIRES MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION TO BUY FIREARMS: Legislation pre-filed in New York by State Senator James Sanders will require anyone wishing to purchase a firearm to first pass a mental health evaluation. Senate Bill 7065 has been referred to the New York Senate Consumer Protection Committee where it awaits a hearing.

Current New York law requires the use of a licensed firearms dealer and passage of a federal background (NICS) check to transfer any firearm. SB 7065 would require the mental health check prior to initiating the background check. The implementation of a mental health evaluation for firearm transfers constitutes unprecedented government regulation and overreach. The mental health requirement would even apply to a father giving a treasured firearm to his son or daughter.

Violators of the new law would face non-violent Class D felony charges and up to 7 years in prison. Some other non-violent Class D felonies in New York include robbery, burglary and vehicular manslaughter. If you are convicted of any felony, you lose your right to own a firearm and your right to vote.

“In addition to the clear violation of second amendment rights, this legislation unfairly targets the hunting and sport shooting community by creating barriers that limit access to the outdoors,” said Jacob Hupp, associate director of state services for the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “As it becomes more difficult to legally obtain a firearm in New York, it also becomes more difficult to drive participation in hunting and shooting sports.”

Take Action Today! New York sportsmen should call their state senators and ask them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 7065.

 

SCHOOL SEEDLING PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: Are you an educator looking for exciting and hands-on ways to engage young people? DEC is here to help! Receive free trees or shrubs for your school or educational organization and inspire students by participating in DEC’s School Seedling program. Eligible organizations include all schools located within New York State (public, private, vocational, or college) as well as any youth education-based organization.

Applying for the School Seedling program is easy! Simply fill out and submit the School Seedling Brochure and Order Form between January 2nd and March 31st. Each school or school-sponsored organization may apply once per year. The application can be found on our website.

 

FIELD TRIP GRANTS AVAILABLE: Teachers! Take your students on a winter excursion or plan now for spring field trips. The Connect Kids to Parks field trip grants are available throughout the year for trips to state parks and historic sites. For field trip itinerary ideas and to how to apply for a grant visit parks.ny.gov.

 

PENNSYLVANIA TEENS CHARGED WITH FELONIES AFTER VIRAL DEER ABUSE VIDEO:

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is charging 18-year-old Alexander Brock Smith and a 17-year-old juvenile male with multiple felony counts. (The commission does not release the names of minors.)

The first count for each young man is for aggravated animal cruelty and the second is for conspiracy to commit aggravated animal cruelty. Smith was also charged with misdemeanors for cruelty to animals, corruption of minors and tampering or fabricating physical evidence. He was also hit with summary counts for disturbance of game or wildlife, unlawful possession and unlawful devices and methods.

The 17-year-old's additional charges include misdemeanors for cruelty to animals and tampering or fabricating physical evidence. Summary counts for him included disturbance of game or wildlife, unlawful possession and unlawful devices and methods.

Some new details about the case are also emerging with the Game Commission's announcement. Officials are saying the incident happened on November 30 when the two young men were hunting on a property in Jefferson County, in Beaver Township.

As many have already suspected, the deer was shot. Officials are saying the 17-year-old was the one who originally wounded the buck. His follow-up shot missed. After that was when the video of the young men kicking the deer was taken.

This video was subsequently shared through Snapchat. From there, it was shared almost immediately with the Game Commission on Facebook. This is when officials say the investigation began.

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TIPS ON KEEPING YOUR DOG SAFE WHILE ICE FISHING: Our canine c ompanions tag along for a lot of outdoor adventures. With Wyoming ice fishing season taking shape, bringing your dog along for company could be tempting — but also dangerous. A fun activity for you can turn hazardous for a pet; leaving it at home is the best way to make sure your dog is safe. But, if you decide sit on the ice with your best furry friend, follow this advice:

Make sure your dog stays warm. They should wear a neoprene vest — ideally one with extra floatation for extra warmth on the ice and will help keep the dog afloat should it fall through a pressure ridge, thin ice, or go in an open pocket.

Keep its paws free of ice. Iced-up paws can hurt a dog and make it hard for it to walk. Take along a pad or blanket, too, for the dog to stand or lie on.

Watch your dog in the hut. Keep your dog away from ice holes so a paw doesn’t slip in, and watch for a wild tail wagging too close to the heater. Also, because of dogs’ curious nature, be cautious with baited lures and hooks. Colorful and smelly lures can grab a mischievous dog’s attention. Keep lures tucked away in your gear both on the ice and in your vehicle.

Keep it leashed. Even if your pooch is typically well-behaved, the ice is a new and exciting place. Even the best dogs sometimes ignore verbal commands, so leashing it is good for its safety and is a courtesy to other anglers. If a dog is allowed to run on the ice way from its owner, there is a greater likelihood of it falling through a pressure ridge, thin ice or into an open section of water.

If the worst does happen and your dog falls through the ice and can’t get out, don’t attempt to rescue it alone. You are at risk of falling through the ice, too. Find help quickly, preferably a search and rescue team that has experience and proper equipment for ice rescues.

(https://www.thefishingwire.com/releases/b3443039-b6bb-446d-8858-ffc0e982aab5)

 

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

JANUARY 2020

17-19 - The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. In conjunction with that show, the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s Salmon School set for Jan. 18 is now open for registrations at www.lotsa1.org.

18 – Free Fly Tying Class sponsored by the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club at the Club, 433 E Terrace Avenue, Lakewood, NY. (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Free pizzas and beverages will also be provided. Instruction will be provided by the mentors from Kids On the Fly. You are invited. (For information call 716-763-3955.)

18 – Fly Tying 101 at Orvis Buffalo, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY. (10:00 am – noon) (For information/register contact Adam Slavinski at 716-276-7200 or go on line at www.orvis.com/buffalo.)

18 - Our Homes, Their Habitats at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY (11:00 – 12:30 am) Bring the whole family out to The Woods and get acquainted with the critters crawling around in your home. Spiders, insects, and myriapods, oh my! For all ages. (Cost: $6 members; $9 public.) Register for Our Homes, Their Habitats! (For information/register call 315- 673-1350 or email info@baltimorewoods.org)

18 - Introduction to eBird and the New York State Breeding Bird Atlas at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 4:00 pm) Jumpstart your birdwatching adventures by learning about two community science programs. eBird helps you and scientists keep track of birds you’ve seen and in so doing you contribute to a global effort to track bird populations. After a hands-on demo of how to use the eBird app and website, you’ll learn how you can use your new skills for the third New York Breeding Bird Atlas, a five-year community science project that will form the definitive resource to guide bird conservation in New York. Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone and create a free eBird account at ebird.org prior to the event. If you bring a mobile device, please install the free eBird app and make sure you can sign in to your account. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Pre-paid reservations required. (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

18-19 - Niagara Frontier - Akron Gun Show at the Newstead Fire Hall, 5691 Cummings Road, Akron, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm /Sun 9:00 am - 3:00pm) 85 tables. (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email guns@nfgshows.com)

18-19 - Mid Atlantic - Watkins Glen Gun & Knife Show 2020 at the Clute Park Community Center, 521 East 4th Street, Watkins Glen, NY (Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm/Sun 9:00am - 3:00pm) 120 tables. (Cost: $7.00) (For information call 570-280-5450 or email maacpsse@echoes.net)

18&19 - Learn to Snowshoe at Delaware Park, 84 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY Led by NY State Parks. Snowshoes are provided. Snowshoe through Delaware Park and finish at Darwin Martin House for cocoa. (FREE) (For  information/register call 716-549-1050.)

19 – Niagara Region 3D Winter Archery League Shoot at Erie County Conservation Society in Holland, NY. (Sign-in from 7:30 a.m. to noon.) Walk ons are welcome. (For information contact Dan at 716-860-2519.)

19 - Genesee Valley Trappers Association Fur Auction at the Clubhouse, 4462 County Road 32 (3 miles east of Honeoye, south of 20A), Honeoye, NY (6:30 am fur checkin/10:00 am auction) ($10.00 charge for non-members) (For information call Tom Miller, 585-229-4759)

23 - Winter’s Flying Jewels at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY (10:00 – 11:00 am) Birds are busy this time of year, which means it’s the perfect opportunity for birding! We’ll watch the feeder and take a short hike to look and listen for these wintertime gems.  All birding levels welcome; binoculars available to borrow. (For adults Cost: $6 members; $9 public) Register for Winter's Flying Jewels! (For information/register call 315- 673-1350 or email info@baltimorewoods.org)

23 - Cayuga Lake Birding Van Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 2:30 pm) Cayuga Lake is an Audubon designated Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of waterfowl that use the lake during the winter and migration seasons. Hop in our van for an excursion to the northern part of the lake where up to 30 species of ducks, geese and swans can be seen. Bald Eagles and other raptors are a possibility too. Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

24 - Ten X Shooting Club Youth Rifle Shooting Program at the club, 853 Ransom Road, Lancaster NY. (6:00 pm) This program is for ages 9 through 20. New and first-time shooters should arrive at 6 p.m for safety and orientation training. Shooting begins at 6:30 p.m. Membership is not required. (Cost is $3 per night but no shooter is turned away.) (For information call Matt Giansante at 716-622-0705.)

24-26 - New York Sportsman’s Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, NY (Fri - Noon to 7:00 pm/Sat – 9:00 am to 7:00 pm/Sun – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) This year's show will include more than 40 new exhibits, including outfitters from across the globe . The schedule also includes seminars, a kids' trout pond and more. (Admission: $10 ages 13-64; $5 for children 6 – 12; 5 and under no charge. Seniors are $7 and Military/Fire and Police are $7 with ID) (For information go to http://www.newyorksportsmansexpo.com/)

25 – Free Fly Tying Class sponsored by the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club at the Club, 433 E Terrace Avenue, Lakewood, NY. (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Free pizzas and beverages will also be provided. Instruction will be provided by the mentors from Kids On the Fly. You are invited. (For information call 716-763-3955.)

25 - Whitetails Unlimited - Canandaigua, NY/Wine Country Chapter Banquet Deer Camp at the Kings Banquet Center, 4031 Routes 5 & 20, Canandaigua, NY. (5:00 pm) The deadline ticket date is January 19, 2019. Tickets may be ordered online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com or by phone - 1-800-274-5471. (Cost $45.00/$35.00 spouse/youth) Everyone goes home with a Deer Camp Tour 2018 Shirt! (For information contact Bill Bailey  413-244-2304)

25 - Birds, Binocs, and Beers at the Fleur de Lis Brew Works 3630 NY-414, Seneca Falls, NY (12:30 pm – 4:00 pm) Enjoy a guided snowshoe hike through the brewery grounds, then warm up inside the brewery with beer tastings and light snacks. Don’t forget a camera. Must be 21+ to taste.  Krittr Kris and Feathered Friends will wrap up the event with a live bird of prey program. (Fee: w/ snowshoe rental: $30/adult, $20/child. Fee: w/o snowshoe rental: $25/adult, $15/child.  PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

25 - Birding at Fort Niagara State Park with naturalist Tom Kerr (10:00 am - noon.) (For information/pre-registration (required) call 585-457-3228.)

25 – Fly Tying 101 at Orvis Buffalo, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY. (10:00 am – noon) (For information/register contact Adam Slavinski at 716-276-7200 or go on line at www.orvis.com/buffalo.)

25 - Reptile and Amphibian Lecture by Dr. Peter Ducey, distinguished teaching professor at SUNY Cortland, at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St. Syracuse, NY. (10:00 – 11:00 am) The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps sponsors this presentation about the biology of the many amphibian and reptile species found in the Onondaga Lake ecosystem and how the recent restoration efforts have influenced these populations. (For information/register email montezuma@audubon.org with the subject line "Onondaga Lake" or call 315.365.3588 by January 24. Space is limited and registration is required.)

26 – Niagara Region 3D Winter Archery League Shoot at the Wood and Brook in Alden. (7:30 am to noon.) Walk ons are welcome. (For information contact Marty at 716-870-2653.)

26 - The Start Of Online Registration For The DEC's 2020 Summer Camps Program. (10:00 am) Applications should be submitted through the online registration program available through a link from the Summer Camps website. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register early since some of the weeks fill up quickly. Camps for children are: Camp Colby in Saranac Lake (Franklin County); Camp DeBruce in Livingston Manor (Sullivan County); Camp Rushford in Caneadea (Allegany County), and Pack Forest in Warrensburg (Warren County). Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of outdoor adventures and are encouraged to try new things. Activities may include fishing, bird watching, fly-tying, archery, canoeing, hiking, camping, orienteering, and hunter safety education. (For more information visit the DEC's website at www.dec.ny.gov, or call 518-402-8014.)

 

Until our next meeting in the Corner, have a great time in the outdoors. This is Ron Schroder for – “Your In on The Outdoors for Western New York.”

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Welcome to this week’s Conservation Chatter Corner – little bits of happenings concerning our outdoors and you, the sportspeople who enjoy being part of that outdoors.

 

LAKES FUNDING PRE-PROPOSALS DUE FEBRUARY 11TH; In early January, 2020 Sustain Our Great Lakes will solicit applications for funding to restore and enhance habitat in the Great Lakes basin. The Request for Proposals will be available at www.nfwf.org/greatlakes. In 2020, grant funding relevant to NY's Great Lakes will be awarded in the following categories:

> Restore and Enhance Stream and Riparian Habitat

> Restore and Enhance Coastal Wetland Habitat

> Expand Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Great Lakes Communities

> Maintain and Enhance Benefits of Habitat Restoration through Invasive Species Control

Zoar Valley

Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and state, tribal and local governments. Pre-proposals will be due February 11, 2020.

On January 16, 2020 from 11 AM to 12 PM Eastern Time, a webinar will be held to learn about the grant funding opportunity to be offered through Sustain Our Great Lakes. Participants can register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7697648323455167757

Webinar participants will learn about funding priorities and the application process, receive tips for submitting competitive proposals, and have the opportunity to ask questions.

If you have collaborative project ideas that you would like to discuss with DEC's Great Lakes Program staff, please reach out to us at greatlakes@dec.ny.gov.

 

FIELD TRIP GRANTS AVAILABLE: Teachers! Take your students on a winter excursion or plan now for spring field trips. The Connect Kids to Parks field trip grants are available throughout the year for trips to state parks and historic sites. For field trip itinerary ideas and to how to apply for a grant visit parks.ny.gov.

 

YOUTH SHOOTING SPORTS ALLIANCE OPENS 2020 GRANT OPPORTUNITIES:  Beginning immediately, the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA) is offering youth shooting programs an opportunity to receive new and used firearms, archery equipment and accessories on a loan basis for 2020. Program leaders are encouraged to participate in the grant process, available now through January 31, 2020.

“Thanks to generous support from the shooting sports industry, the YSSA will continue to supply or loan shooting equipment for youth programs, many of which have a desperate need for quality equipment,” according to Cyndi Flannigan, YSSA executive director. This marks the thirteenth year YSSA has offered shooting products to youth programs.

In addition to .22 rimfire rifles, pistols, shotguns, BB guns and archery equipment, the YSSA will be adding a small supply of centerfire rifles for hunting programs designed to introduce the sport to boys and girls across the country.

“We are strong advocates of getting children outside to participate in all aspects of the shooting sports,” Flannigan said. “The addition of centerfire rifles to the mix has been requested by youth programs. If you need certain equipment based on the curriculum of the program, we will do our best to acquire those products.”

Grants are approved contingent on the program length, size and product availability. Ensure that your program is registered on the program section of the website: www.youthshootingsa.com. By registering your program on this website, you will become eligible for discounts from certain suppliers when items from YSSA are not available. A list of the products available are listed in the grant application.

All firearms and archery products are available for loan only and returned per the contract agreement, however, some accessory items will be donated.

The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance was founded in 2007, an offshoot of the National 4-H Youth Shooting Sports program. To date, the YSSA has loaned more than $1.5 million in equipment to youth programs across the country, benefitting more than 85,000 youth.

For more information about the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, contact Cyndi Flannigan at: executivedirector@youthssa.com.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Public Outreach: Town of Cheektowaga, Erie County: On Jan. 1, Forest Ranger John Kennedy led a group of approximately 25 people on a hike at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve as part of New York State's "First Day Hike" program. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) and DEC invited New Yorkers to celebrate the New Year at one of the dozens of hikes at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas, trails, and public lands across the Empire State. The focus of the Reinstein Woods hike was to discuss hiking safety and the right gear to carry. One lucky hiker also won a 2020 Empire Pass.

Hikers pose for a group photo at the start of the First Day Hike
Forest Ranger Kennedy and First Day Hike participants at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve

Public Outreach: Town of Birdsall, Allegany County: On Jan. 1, Forest Ranger Justin Thaine organized and led a hike at Jersey Hill State Forest and the adjacent Karr Valley Creek State Forest in the town of Birdsall, Allegany County, as part of the First Day Hike program. The event was attended by 33 participants despite cold and windy conditions. The hike started and ended at the site of the former Jersey Hill fire tower. A short presentation was given before the walk, with Forest Ranger Thaine talking about Ranger duties, his role in state land protection, the history of the fire tower, and Civilian Conservation Corps work done at State Forests. DEC Forester Theresa Draves also answered questions about forest management on the parcels. Fire Warden/Town of Birdsall historian Howard Hann, a former observer in the fire tower, told the attendees about how the fire tower operated and how towers were used to detect wildfires. Forest Ranger Thaine then led a four-mile loop hike.

Forest Ranger gives directions to hikers on their First Day HikeHikers pose for a group photo during their First Day Hike
Hikers during their walk of the Jersey Hill State Forest and adjacent Karr Valley Creek State Forest

Public Outreach: Town of Collins, Erie County: On Jan.1, Forest Ranger Wayne Krulish led 15 hikers down the Holcomb Pond trail on the Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area property as part of New York State's First Day Hikes program. Forest Ranger Krulish led discussions about being a Forest Ranger, the hazards of Zoar Valley, rules and regulations unique to the area, and winter hiking safety and preparedness. DEC Forester Chris Enser also assisted on the hike and discussed current and historic forest management of the area.

 

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ON EMPIRE PASS RENEWALS FOR 2020 SEASON: People who keep their existing Empire Pass card and renew online will save, with the biggest reward going to those who do it early.

Those who renew before January 1, 2020 will get $15 off a single or multi-season pass. Renewals done from January 1 to March 31 will save $10, and renewals done April 1 or later get a $5 discount. Renewals can be done online at parks.ny.gov: Renew My Pass

The Empire Pass program provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to state parks, boat launch sites, arboretums, park preserves and Department of Environmental Conservation forest preserves.

New customers can purchase a one year, three-year, five-year or lifetime Empire Pass all online at Parks Store or by phone 518-474-0458. 

 

DEC ANNOUNCES SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION OPENS  JANUARY 26, 2020: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that online registration for the agency's 2020 Summer Camps program will open Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 1 p.m Applications should be submitted through the online registration program available through a link from the Summer Camps webpage. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register early since some of the weeks fill up quickly.

Now in its 73rd year, the DEC Summer Camps program offers week-long adventures in conservation education for children ages 11-17. DEC operates four residential camps for children: Camp Colby in Saranac Lake (Franklin County); Camp DeBruce in Livingston Manor (Sullivan County); Camp Rushford in Caneadea (Allegany County); and Pack Forest in Warrensburg (Warren County).

In response to parent feedback, DEC revised the schedule to better accommodate families. This year, 14- to 17-year-old campers will have more sessions available earlier in the summer, as children in this age range often have schedule conflicts later in the summer. In addition, DEC updated camp offerings to address the high demand for programming for 11- to 13-year-olds.

Camps Colby and DeBruce will offer one week of programing for children ages 14-17. Camp DeBruce will offer six weeks for ages 11-13. Camp Colby will offer four weeks for ages 11-13. Camp Pack Forest will continue to host children aged 14-17 for six weeks and ages 11-13 for two weeks. Camp Rushford will continue to offer two weeks of programming for children aged 14-17 and five weeks of programming for ages 11-13. The complete schedule of camp weeks and ages is available on the Summer Camps webpage.

Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of outdoor adventures and are encouraged to try new things. Activities may include fishing, bird watching, fly-tying, archery, canoeing, hiking, camping, orienteering, and hunter safety education.

One hunter education program for either gun, bow, or trapping is offered at each camp each week. Class size is limited for hunter education programs and campers must sign up during registration and complete the homework in advance.

Along with adventure experiences, DEC campers engage in fun, hands-on activities and outdoor exploration focused on field, forest, stream, and pond ecological principles. Campers might collect insects in a field, use nets in a stream, investigate soil composition, measure tree sizes, or practice taking field notes and writing in journals. Trips to nearby state lands might include kettle bogs, state parks, fish hatcheries, or nature museums.

Camp Pack Forest will offer "Outdoor Adventure Week" during Week 6 (August 2-7). DEC encourages teens aged 14 to 17 who love being outdoors to sign up for this popular program. During this week, campers will develop hands-on outdoor skills that go above and beyond the traditional camp week. In addition to typical camp activities, campers may be engaged in team- and trust-building activities, forestry, citizen science, conservation science, and more. Guest DEC and natural resource professionals will introduce campers to a variety of career options.

All four camps offer five one-week sessions (Sunday to Friday) beginning Jun. 28, 2020; DeBruce and Rushford are open for seven weeks and Pack Forest operates for eight weeks. Drop-off time is 3 p.m. on Sunday, and the closing ceremony and pick-up time is Friday at 4:30 p.m. One week of camp remains $350 per child for 2020, and includes meals, trips, and a camp t-shirt.

In addition to inviting parents and guardians to register children to participate in the DEC environmental education Summer Camps program, sporting clubs, civic groups, and environmental organizations are encouraged to sponsor one or more children for a week at camp. Groups that deposit funds to sponsor six paid campers in one transaction will receive a scholarship to send a seventh child to camp for free. The seventh camper will use a sponsorship code generated by the Albany Camps administration. Information about becoming a sponsor and managing sponsor accounts is available at on DEC's website.

For more information, please visit the DEC website, call 518-402-8014, visit "NYS DEC Summer Camps" on Facebook, or write to DEC Camps, 3rd Floor, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-5256.

 

DEC NURSERY STOCK NOW AVAILABLE: DEC's Saratoga Tree Nursery spring seedling sale is happening now through May 15! More than 40 native tree and shrub species are available for low prices. Can't decide what you want? Try a mixed species packet like streamside habitat builders, Long Island-specific natives, or pollinator-popular flowering species. DEC strongly urges customers to order by phone at 518-587-1120 so that operators can provide the most up-to-date availability information.

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THIS WEEK’S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

JANUARY 2020

11 - Early Gun, Indian & Military Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Lyons Rd. (Rt. 14 N.), Geneva, NY (9:30 am) Over 200 Guns - Shotguns • Rifles • Handguns • Flintlocks • Percussion • Revolutionary War To Post Civil War - Edged Weapons, Indian Artifacts, Collection Of Powder Horns. (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.com)

11 – Free Fly Tying Class sponsored by the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club at the Club, 433 E Terrace Avenue, Lakewood, NY. (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Free pizzas and beverages will also be provided. Instruction will be provided by the mentors from Kids On the Fly. You are invited. (For information call 716-763-3955.)

11 - Fly Tying Workshop Series at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY. (6:00 – 8:00 pm) The Leon Chandler Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Tompkins County Cooperative Extension 4-H Program offer you (youth and adults) the finest in fly-fishing education, featuring some of the most talented angler/tiers in the state! This Introduction to Fly Tying features nine two-hour sessions (January 11 - March 7, 2020) with several different instructors who will teach you the basics of tying the dry fly, wet fly, nymph and streamer patterns that are the most effective in our area. Tuition includes nine weeks of instruction, all tools, hooks and tying materials. All students receive: complete tying kits (including vises, scissors and related tools); all tying materials necessary to complete the course and practice tying outside of the class (feathers, dubbing, hooks and related materials); as well as a comprehensive introductory text on Fly Tying. Tuition fees are $160 for adults (19 and up), $135 for children (between the ages of 13 and 18) and $235 for a child and adult combination. There are a limited number of partial scholarships available for children between the ages of 13 and 18. A 50% tuition deposit must accompany your application in order for us to hold your place. (for information/register contact Athena Steinkraus, 4-H Administrative Assistant, ahs38@cornell.edu or (607) 272-2292 ext. 139.

11 – Fly Tying 101 at Orvis Buffalo, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY. (10:00 am – noon) (For information/register contact Adam Slavinski at 716-276-7200 or go on line at www.orvis.com/buffalo.)

11 - Nature of Montezuma Lecture Series: The History of Howland’s Island at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Travel back in time with local archaeological enthusiast Christopher Cramer, Town of Montezuma Historian Cheryl Longyear, and Montezuma Audubon Educator Alyssa Johnson as they explore the known history of Howland’s Island during the last 500 years. Native American history to present day NYSDEC ownership will be discussed and illustrated with locally found artifacts, historical maps, and a variety of photographs. (Fee: $5/child, $8/adult, $25/family, *FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org) 

11 - Family Outdoor Time: Climate Watch at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (2:00 – 4:00 pm) Want to use your birding skills to advance our understanding of climate change's impact on birds? Then Climate Watch is for you. This innovative community-science program enlists volunteer birders across North America to count certain bluebirds and nuthatches in the same place (or places) twice each year. By sticking to a scientific protocol and sharing their results, these community scientists help track whether birds are moving in accordance with projections from Audubon's climate models. If there’s snow, plan on snowshoeing.  Fee w/ snowshoe rental:  $7/person, $20/family Fee: w/o snowshoe rental:  $5/person, $15/family. Pre-registration is required as snowshoes are limited. (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

11-12 - The Original Rochester Gun Show at the Roc Dome Arena, 2695 E Henrietta Road, Henrietta, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) No children under 10 allowed and no cameras. (Admission: $8.00) (For information call Karen Lusk at 585-226-6211 or go to http://www.esaca.us.)

11-31 – Antlerless Deer Hunt in the Deer Management Focus Area in Tompkins County. A permit and carcass tags are required. Check out http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/82382.html.

12 - Snowshoe Demo at Monroe County Winterfest at the Evergreen Shelter, Mendon Ponds County Park, 103 County Hwy-31, Canfield Rd, Pittsford, NY. Examine differing types, quality, and sizes of snowshoes. Try a brief walk in our snowshoe samples. WinterFest goes from 11 am - 3 pm at the park, so plan on checking out the activities after.  Please be prepared for winter conditions. It will be cold--forecast for 25 degrees F. Sponsored by the Genesee Valley Chapter Of The Adirondack Mountain Club. (For information call 585-224-0912 or email Chair@adk-gvc.org)

12 – Winter Trap League Start, 3D Indoor Archery League Start and 3D Indoor Archery League Start at the Alden Rod and Gun Club, 12 County Line Road, Alden, NY. Shoot every 2 weeks. 300 bird scratch league, 50 birds per week. Sign up 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (For information call Tom Ess at 716-431-9292.)

12 – Niagara Region 3D Winter Archery League Shoot at Allied Sportsmen, 12846 Clinton Street, Alden, NY. (Sign-in from 7:30 a.m. to noon.) Walk ons are welcome. (For more info contact John at 725-5822.

12 – WNY Environmental Federation Meeting at Hoak’s Restaurant, Route 5, Hamburg, NY.          (1:00 pm) (For information call Dan Tone at 716-655-0975.

13 – End of Canada Goose Hunting Season - Part 2 - in the South Zone of Western New York

13 – Calvary Sportsman’s Association 28th Annual Sportsman’s Night at the Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Gallow Road, Batavia, NY. (Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m.) Guest speaker is Steve Rockey. Free. (Call for reservations at 585-344-1898 or 474-1534.)

14 – Indoor PPC Shooting Start at Allied Sportsmen, 12846 Clinton Street, Alden, NY. (6:30 pm) Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Shoot the league or walk on and try it. 60 rounds per match on 3 different targets for $10.  (For information contact John Floriano at 716-725-5822.

14 – Second Amendment Forever Meeting at the Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson-Cambria Road, Wilson, NY. (7:00 pm) Guest speaker will be Michael Fillicetti, candidate for Niagara County Sheriff. (For information call 716-751-6551.)          

17-19 - The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. In conjunction with that show, the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s Salmon School set for Jan. 18 is now open for registrations at www.lotsa1.org.

18 – Free Fly Tying Class sponsored by the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club at the Club, 433 E Terrace Avenue, Lakewood, NY. (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Free pizzas and beverages will also be provided. Instruction will be provided by the mentors from Kids On the Fly. You are invited. (For information call 716-763-3955.)

18 – Fly Tying 101 at Orvis Buffalo, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY. (10:00 am – noon) (For information/register contact Adam Slavinski at 716-276-7200 or go on line at www.orvis.com/buffalo.)

18 - Our Homes, Their Habitats at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY (11:00 – 12:30 am) Bring the whole family out to The Woods and get acquainted with the critters crawling around in your home. Spiders, insects, and myriapods, oh my! For all ages. (Cost: $6 members; $9 public.) Register for Our Homes, Their Habitats! (For information/register call 315- 673-1350 or email info@baltimorewoods.org)

18 - Introduction to eBird and the New York State Breeding Bird Atlas at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 4:00 pm) Jumpstart your birdwatching adventures by learning about two community science programs. eBird helps you and scientists keep track of birds you’ve seen and in so doing you contribute to a global effort to track bird populations. After a hands-on demo of how to use the eBird app and website, you’ll learn how you can use your new skills for the third New York Breeding Bird Atlas, a five-year community science project that will form the definitive resource to guide bird conservation in New York. Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone and create a free eBird account at ebird.org prior to the event. If you bring a mobile device, please install the free eBird app and make sure you can sign in to your account. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Pre-paid reservations required. (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

18-19 - Niagara Frontier - Akron Gun Show at the Newstead Fire Hall, 5691 Cummings Road, Akron, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm /Sun 9:00 am - 3:00pm) 85 tables. (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email guns@nfgshows.com)

18&19 - Learn to Snowshoe at Delaware Park, 84 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY Led by NY State Parks. Snowshoes are provided. Snowshoe through Delaware Park and finish at Darwin Martin House for cocoa. (FREE) (For  information/register call 716-549-1050.)

19 – Niagara Region 3D Winter Archery League Shoot at Erie County Conservation Society in Holland, NY. (Sign-in from 7:30 a.m. to noon.) Walk ons are welcome. (For information contact Dan at 716-860-2519.)

19 - Genesee Valley Trappers Association Fur Auction at the Clubhouse, 4462 County Road 32 (3 miles east of Honeoye, south of 20A), Honeoye, NY (6:30 am fur checkin/10:00 am auction) ($10.00 charge for non-members) (For information call Tom Miller, 585-229-4759)

 

Until our next meeting in the Corner, have a great time in the outdoors. This is Ron Schroder for – “Your In on The Outdoors for Western New York.”

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Welcome to this week’s Conservation Chatter Corner – little bits of happenings concerning our outdoors and you, the sportspeople who enjoy being part of that outdoors.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!: Now, it’s a new year and time once again to think about resolutions. Hopefully you will make one to be a better sportsperson. This should not only include improving hunting, trapping and/or fishing skills, but more importantly behaving better, helping to create a finer image of your Sport. You might also, consider helping a young person get started - someone who might not have an adult around to teach them about the outdoors. If you do have this desire but no youngster to teach contact your DEC Regional Office and ask about being a mentor hunter or trapper. If fishing is your specialty check with your county 4-H office and ask about working with a club or two, or maybe starting a fishing club. If you want a more formal program check into becoming a certified sportsmen education instructor with DEC’s hunting, archery, trapping and/or waterfowl identification programs.

 

DEC CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY: DEC will host a year-long celebration of its upcoming 50th anniversary in 2020. DEC was established in 1970 on the first-ever Earth Day. To support the celebration of DEC’s anniversary, the agency is releasing a commemorative logo that will be used on the DEC website, in printed materials, and other promotions throughout 2020.

Nelson Rockefeller signing legislationStarting in January, DEC will highlight its history of environmental victories on the agency website, via email, social media channels using the #DEC50 hashtag, and in the Conservationist Magazine and Conservationist for Kids. In addition, beginning in January and continuing throughout the year, DEC will host special anniversary events and announce staff-led service projects across the state.

As part of the anniversary celebration, DEC is also launching a new Geocaching Challenge. DEC will designate 50 properties across the state where geocaching canisters will be hidden with information inside on how to receive a prize.

DEC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will incorporate the DEC 50 logo in the yearly Habitat Access Pin to commemorate the anniversary. The new Habitat Access Pin will be available at license issuing agents statewide beginning in August.