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conservation chatter corner

with ron schroder

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YOUR IN ON THE OUTDOORS FOR WESTERN NEW YORK
www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com

 

6 - 23 - 17

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

 

UPDATE ON STATUS OF LAKE ERIE AND NIAGARA RIVER FISHERIES:  A meeting to update the public about the status of the Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River Fisheries is scheduled for June, 27, 2017.

"DEC is committed to sound management of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries to maintain high-quality angling opportunities and associated economic benefits," DEC Regional Director Abby Snyder said. "This event provides an excellent opportunity for anglers to hear directly from the biologists who study and manage Great Lakes fisheries."

The free seminar will take place at Woodlawn Beach State Park's Lodge on Tuesday, June 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and will begin with an informal discussion and poster exhibits. This will be followed by a series of presentations on Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River fisheries topics, including an opportunity for angler input on a variety fisheries management activities such as a newly released steelhead management plan. The meeting will conclude with questions and an open discussion.

Key members of Lake Erie and Niagara River's fisheries management and research community will present on Lake Erie fisheries management and assessment activities for steelhead, walleye, and muskellunge, and discuss research initiatives and habitat improvement projects. This seminar is sponsored by DEC's Lake Erie Fisheries Unit and Region 9 Fisheries offices. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this free event and registration is not required.

The Lake Erie and the upper Niagara River rank among New York State's top fishing destinations, especially for walleye, smallmouth bass and steelhead. The 2007 statewide angler survey estimated more than 800,000 angler days spent on these waters and the estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $22 million to the local New York economy.

For further information contact Don Einhouse, Lake Erie Unit Leader, (716) 366-0228.

 

WHITE-TAILED DEER FAWN SURVIVAL IN A SUBURBAN LANDSCAPE WITH HUNTING by Martin Feehan, Graduate Research Assistant, Cornell University is the next Wildlife/Outdoor Seminar coordinated by the American Wildlife Conservation Foundation. The presentation is slated for June 28, 2017, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Fort Drum Natural Resources Outreach Facility, Building S-2507, Fort Drum.

 

Over-abundant white-tail deer herds are an increasing issue throughout the country, and particularly in urban/suburban areas where hunting is usually restricted.  There are ecological risks due to over-browsing, and health/safety risks from vehicle collisions and Lyme disease.  A growing number of communities are considering suburban hunting programs to lower these risks. However, there has been far less research in these areas due to land access constraints.  This study analyzes fawn survival and population dynamics within the suburban cantonment area of Fort Drum, which has a long standing suburban hunting program. See how scientists track deer, find newborn fawns, and study how deer survive in northern New York State.

Anyone interested in deer is welcome to attend and it is FREE.

 

NEW YORK STATE FIRST-TIME CAMPER PROGRAM:  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) announced that New York State will provide free First-Time Camper weekends throughout the summer in 2017. Families that have never camped before will have the opportunity to see if they enjoy sleeping under the stars before investing in their own gear by registering for a fully stocked campsite at select state campgrounds one weekend from July 7 through August 25, 2017.

Long-time campers know the enjoyment and rewards of sleeping under the stars, but for those who have never slept in a tent before, spending the night outdoors can be an unfamiliar adventure. New York State's First-Time Camper program will make trying camping for the first time easy by providing a turnkey camping experience for families, especially those from underserved communities that have never camped before.

The new campers will be provided with a family tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, camp chairs, lantern, and even firewood. A Camping Ambassador will meet families at the campsite and help them get camp set up with a camping 101 lesson. Bathrooms and hot showers are a short walk from the campsites. To make the weekend getaway even more enjoyable, campers will have an opportunity to learn from experts how to fish, hike, bird watch, paddle and more, all while having fun and making memories that last forever.

Campgrounds are available throughout the state to give all New Yorkers an opportunity to participate. Campground locations are listed and linked below:

7/7-7/9 - North South Lake (Catskills)

7/14-7/16 - Wellesley Island State Park (link leaves DEC website)

7/21-7/23 - Paradox Lake (Adirondacks)

7/28-7/30 - Schodack Island State Park (link leaves DEC website)

8/4-8/6 - Kenneth L Wilson (Catskills)

8/11-8/13 - Green Lakes State Park (link leaves DEC website)

8/18-8/20 - Hearthstone Point (Adirondacks)

8/25-8/27 - Hamlin Beach State Park (link leaves DEC website)

Reservations are required and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis starting May 17, 2017 from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. by calling 518-474-6718. For more information on the First-time Camper Weekend Program, visit DEC's website.

 

SWIMMING NEAR BOAT DOCKS CLAIMS MORE LIVES: 6 TIPS TO PREVENT A TRAGEDY: The fatalities of an 11-year-old girl in New Jersey and 19-year-old young man in Ohio are bringing scrutiny to an age-old summer ritual that’s common on waterfronts across America: swimming near boat docks. Initial reports say the youngster died when touching a dock’s electrified boatlift, and the Ohio teen died as a result of dangerous electrical current in the water while trying to save his father and family dog that also appeared to be stricken by the electrical current. The BoatUS Foundation, the boating-safety arm of the nations’ largest recreational boat owners group, has some tips to prevent an electrocution tragedy.

While swimming deaths due to electricity fall into two categories, electrocution and electric shock drowning (ESD), both can be prevented the same way. Electrocution can happen in fresh- or saltwater when swimmers make contact with energized metal dock fittings, boats or other structures due to faulty alternating current (AC) wiring.

ESD occurs when AC gets into freshwater from faulty wiring and passes through a swimmer, causing paralysis or even sudden death. Unlike electrocution, with ESD a swimmer does not need to be touching a boat or dock structure, and even minute amounts of electricity can be incapacitating and lead to drowning.

The risk of ESD is greatest in fresh- or brackish water, so some areas such as estuaries or rivers may only be in the danger zone after heavy rains. In saltwater, electrical current takes the path of least resistance, bypassing swimmers. Unlike a drowning swimmer, who typically can’t yell out for help because their mouth is mostly underwater, an ESD victim is often confused about what is happening, may be able to shout, and will feel numbness, tingling, pain and paralysis. Tingling in the swimmer’s body is one of the early warning signs of ESD.

What can you do to prevent an electrocution or ESD fatality? Here are 6 tips:

     1. Never Swim around boat docks that use electricity.
     2. Post “no swimming” signs.
     3. Have a qualified electrician with experience in dock electrical service inspect your private dock annually.
     4. Install ground-fault protection on your boat and private dock.
     5. Ask your marina if they have installed ground-fault protection, and if the electrical system is inspected and tested annually-just in case someone falls overboard. No one should ever swim in a marina
     6. Periodically test your boat for electrical leakage into the water.

What do you do if you see a distressed person in the water near a boat dock? A drowning victim often looks “playful,” while an electric shock drowning victim looks “distressed.” It may be difficult, however, to immediately determine either, so play it safe by not jumping in. The first task is to shut off power to the dock at the breaker panel, and if equipped, disconnect any power cable to the vessel. If power cannot be shut down, follow the “reach, throw, row, but don’t go” mantra by using an oar, boat hook or throw a floatation device to reach the stricken person.

For more information, parents, dock owners, boaters, and marina and boat club operators can go to the BoatUS Electric Shock Drowning Resource Center at www.BoatUS.com/Seaworthy/ESD.

 

SUMMER 2017 OAK WILT MANAGEMENT ACTIONS IN NEW YORK STATE: NYSDEC announced plans to manage the spread of the invasive species that causes oak wilt disease and confirmed that the 15 trees infected by oak wilt in New York during 2016 have been removed. DEC is continuing to monitor for additional infection sites in cooperation with state and local partners, including the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic (PDDC) at Cornell University, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM). The public is encouraged to report oak trees losing leaves in July and August.

DEC identified potential infection sites, collected samples, and submitted them to Cornell University for analysis. Cornell's PDDC staff conducted tests to confirm or rule out the presence of oak wilt. The funding for this work was provided by DAM through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. PDDC will continue to test submitted samples throughout the 2017 growing season while working to streamline and testing procedures.

In January 2017, at a site in Ontario County, DEC regional staff dug a trench and installed a root graft barrier to prevent the spread of oak wilt through the infected tree's roots to other oaks. In March 2017, DEC contractors removed an infected tree and seven at-risk oaks close enough that their roots may have already been grafted.

DEC is dedicating four additional staff to oak wilt this summer. Crews will monitor trees in the protective zones near infection centers and watch for oak wilt symptoms to track the spread of oak wilt in the areas where it was detected last year. DEC will also be conducting aerial surveys in July and September over the protective zones, in the lower Hudson Valley, and the Southern Tier to look for symptomatic trees. DEC staff will visit symptomatic trees detected in aerial surveys and by landowners to determine if a sample should be taken. DEC plans to take 200 oak wilt samples this year, which will be sent to Cornell for processing. DEC is also working with partners to plan a public oak wilt symposium for this fall.

Invasive species are detrimental because of their ability to reproduce quickly, outcompete native species, and adapt to new environments. Because invasive species did not evolve with the other species in their new location, they often do not have natural predators and diseases that would normally control their population within their native habitat. Economists estimate that invasive species cost the United States more than $120 billion in damages every year.

Oak wilt is a serious tree disease in the eastern United States, killing thousands of oaks each year in forests, woodlots, and home landscapes. Oak wilt is caused by a fungus, Ceratocystis fagacearum, which grows in the water conducting vessels of host trees, plugging up these vessels and preventing water transport. As water movement within the tree is slowed, the leaves wilt and drop off.

DEC is encouraging the public to be on the lookout this summer for oak trees that suddenly lose all or most of their leaves during the months of July or August. These occurrences should be reported to DEC's Forest Health Information Line toll-free at 1-866-640-0652, or via email foresthealth@dec.ny.gov. Submitting pictures of oaks showing symptoms of oak wilt is highly encouraged.

For more information about oak wilt or the emergency orders, visit DEC's website.

 

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page)

JUNE 2017

24 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop - Become Skilled with Map & Compass at Tupper Lake, NY (Cost: $50.00) (For information/register contact Adirondack Foothills Guide Service, LLC  518-359-8194 

adkfoothills@yahoo.com  or go to www.adkfoothills.com)  

24 - Southern Tier Bassmasters (Points) Tournament on Silver Lake at the State Launch (ENTRY FEE: -$25/Angler --$5/optional lunker) (For information Call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

24 - Free Kids Fishing Tournament at Celoron Park , Chautauqua Lake sponsored by master fishing guide Mike Sperry with Chautauqua Reel Outdoors and the Affinity One Federal Credit Union. (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Visit either sponsor location by June 20 to sign up. Open to kids 12 and under. (For information call 716-763-2947, 716-483-2265, 716-483-2798 or Email: chautauquareeloutdoors@windstream.net.

24 - Teach-Me-To-Fish Clinic at Chestnut Ridge County Park, Orchard Park, NY. (9:30 am – 1:00 pm) Participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. (For information/register call Michael Todd, NYS DEC at 716-851-7010)

24 - Fishing Contest at Community Fellowship Church, 3146 Johnson Creek Road, Middleport, NY (5:00 – 10:00 am) There is a fee of $14 for adults, kids 12 and under $8. (For information contact Dave at 585-638-6461 or John at 585-628-7342.)

24 – Boating Safety Course at the Ashville Flasher, 5338 Stow Road, Ashville, NY (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) This course is sponsored by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 34. (For information/register, call Judy at 716-785-2198.)

24 - Birding and Boating: Howland’s Island at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 2:30 pm) Join us for a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle to explore the Seneca River around Howland’s Island and the largest population of breeding Cerulean Warblers in NY. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee: $10/child with-out rental, $18/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). Pre-paid reservations are required. (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

24 - Birding 101: Class #6 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Which woodpecker am I? Learn how to identify the different woodpeckers found in Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

24-25– FREE FISHING WEEKEND in New York State. No license required.

24-25 - Hooked on Fishing Tournament  at Gateway Harbor, North Tonawanda, NY. (7:00 am) Presented by the Boys and Girls Club of the Northtowns. Over $3,000 in prizes.  Register June 23 from noon to 6 p.m. or any time after 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. (For more info visit bgcnt.net or call 873-9842 Ext. 211.)

24-7/23 - The Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp at  The camps feature free fun games for kids, activities and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures together. During the Family Summer Camp event, free workshops, which are conducted by store experts, will be held from 12 noon to 3 p.m. every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The entire family will enjoy learning the basics of camping, fishing, shooting and archery. Other workshops include hiking and backpacking, water safety for boating and kayaking, and learning about animals in the wild. All workshops are approximately 20 minutes in length and kids will get a free lanyard and then earn a free, collectible pin for every workshop completed. When kids have finished all six workshops they will receive a completion pin (while supplies last). Families can participate in the following workshops: Thursdays - Noon – Fishing—freshwater/saltwater; 1 p.m. – Animals in the Wild—identifying animals; 2 p.m. – Water Safety—boating/kayaking; 3 p.m. – Trek and Prep—shelter, maps, tools. Saturdays - Noon – Fishing—freshwater/saltwater; 1 p.m. – Shooting/Archery—hunting and recreational; 2 p.m. – Camping/Hiking—fire safety, supplies; 3 p.m. – Animals in the Wild—identifying animals. Sundays - Noon – Shooting/Archery—hunting and recreational; 1 p.m. – Water Safety—boating/kayaking; 2 p.m. – Trek and Prep—shelter, maps, tools; 3 p.m. – Camping/Hiking—fire safety, supplies. In addition, kids can try free craft activities such as coloring a camp bag, creating a wooden camp photo frame, planting grass seeds in a decorative pot, and painting a duck track magnet and a wiggle fish. A different craft activity will be featured each week. At the stores, kids can enjoy several free hands-on activities including: • Casting buckets challenge; • Archery shooting arcade; • Daisy BB gun ranges; • Souvenir photo download; • Catch and Release Pond* opportunity is available at select stores only, Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2 only, from noon-5 p.m.  For information call 315-258-2700 or email Manager_Finger_Lakes_NY@basspro.com or visit www.basspro.com/summercamp.)

25 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Irondequoit Bay Fishing Derby – Launch Location: State Launch – North End (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920   sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

25 - KTBA Bass Club Oswego River Tournament at Phoenix Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com ) (Members Only)

27 – State of Lake Erie and The Upper Niagara River at Woodlawn Beach State Park's Lodge (6:30 – 9:30 pm) A meeting to update the public about the status of the Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River Fisheries. DEC is committed to sound management of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries to maintain high-quality angling opportunities and associated economic benefits. This event provides an excellent opportunity for anglers to hear directly from the biologists who study and manage Great Lakes fisheries. The free seminar will begin with an informal discussion and poster exhibits. This will be followed by a series of presentations on Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River fisheries topics, including an opportunity for angler input on a variety fisheries management activities such as a newly released steelhead management plan. The meeting will conclude with questions and an open discussion. Key members of Lake Erie and Niagara River's fisheries management and research community will present on Lake Erie fisheries management and assessment activities for steelhead, walleye, and muskellunge, and discuss research initiatives and habitat improvement projects. The Lake Erie and the upper Niagara River rank among New York State's top fishing destinations, especially for walleye, smallmouth bass and steelhead. The 2007 statewide angler survey estimated more than 800,000 angler days spent on these waters and the estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $22 million to the local New York economy. (For further information contact Don Einhouse, Lake Erie Unit Leader, 716-366-0228.)

27-29 - Children in the Stream Conference: at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, NY. A conference to educate school teachers and other adult mentors interested in starting a youth fly fishing program. Fishing is the answer to a lot of people’s questions. It should come as no surprise that fly fishing is being used as a foundation for investigating science, math, English language arts, visual arts and community outreach through a “Children of the Stream” program. This unique interdisciplinary approach will be under the tutelage of Dr. Mike Jabot and Alberto Rey. “Children in the Stream” is the brainchild of Rey, a program he has been involved with for 18 years molding the anglers of tomorrow. (Cost: $350) Registration includes instruction in the classroom and in the field; fly rod outfits, fly tying kits and publications. (For information visit www.childreninthestream.com.)

28 - Birding and Boating: Cayuga Lake Sunset Paddle. Meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (6:00 – 8:30 pm) Join us for a relaxing, sunset canoe/kayak paddle to explore the birds and habitats at the north end of Cayuga Lake. This is a great opportunity to see Bald Eagles and Osprey that are nesting in the area. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee: $10/child without rental, $18/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). Pre-paid reservations are required. (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

28 - White-tailed Deer Fawn Survival in a Suburban Landscape with Hunting by Martin Feehan, Graduate Research Assistant, Cornell University at the Fort Drum Natural Resources Outreach Facility, Building S-2507, Fort Drum, NY. (1:00 – 3:00 pm) The Seminar is coordinated by the American Wildlife Conservation Foundation. Over-abundant white-tail deer herds are an increasing issue throughout the country, and particularly in urban/suburban areas where hunting is usually restricted.  There are ecological risks due to over-browsing, and health/safety risks from vehicle collisions and Lyme disease.  A growing number of communities are considering suburban hunting programs to lower these risks. However, there has been far less research in these areas due to land access constraints.  This study analyzes fawn survival and population dynamics within the suburban cantonment area of Fort Drum, which has a long standing suburban hunting program. See how scientists track deer, find newborn fawns, and study how deer survive in northern New York State. (Anyone interested in deer is welcome to attend and it is FREE.) (For further information contact Ron Schroder  585-334-0183 or email rlschrod@frontiernet.net.)

29–7/1 – B.A.S.S. Northern Division Open on Oneida Lake  

30 - WNY Heroes Fishing Tourney for Military Vets, Chadwick Bay, Free to veterans, Fishing from 7am - 1pm, competition among veterans, lunch provided at Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club from 2-4pm. Coordinator: Captain Jim Steel, 716-481-5348; email: info@innovative-outdoors.com, or visit: https://lakeeriewalleyetournament.com/.  The Mission of WNYHeroes is to provide veterans, members of the armed services, and the widows and children of deceased veterans with access to essential services, financial assistance and resources that support their lives and sustain their dignity.

30–8/11 - Cumming Nature Center Forest School at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naplels, NY. Forest School recognizes the intrinsic relationship between children and nature. Our mission is to provide children with the space to nurture this relationship through unstructured play, curiosity-driven exploratory learning, hands-on projects and outdoor skills development, all within a physically safe and emotionally supportive environment. Through forest school, students learn to be resilient, self-reliant and confidently inquisitive. Semester-long Forest School meets weekly throughout the summer. Please note that transportation to the Cumming Nature Center is not provided. For children ages 4 -12. (Cost: Non-member – 1 child-$200/2nd child-$180/3rd child-$160::Member – 1 child-$180/2nd child-$160/3rd child-$140) (For information call 585-374-6160.)

30-7/30 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Trout and Salmon Derby - Grand prize will be $12,500 for the biggest Salmon. (For information go to www.loc.org or call 888-733-5246.)

 

JULY 2017

 

1 – Start of Dog Training on raccoon, fox, coyote and bobcat (>4/15/17)

1 - Southern Tier Bassmasters Open Tournament on Conesus Lake at the State Launch (ENTRY FEE: -$25/Angler --$5/optional lunker) (For information Call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

 

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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6 - 16 - 17

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.

 

UPDATE ON STATUS OF LAKE ERIE AND NIAGARA RIVER FISHERIES:  A meeting to update the public about the status of the Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River Fisheries is scheduled for June, 27, 2017.

"DEC is committed to sound management of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries to maintain high-quality angling opportunities and associated economic benefits," DEC Regional Director Abby Snyder said. "This event provides an excellent opportunity for anglers to hear directly from the biologists who study and manage Great Lakes fisheries."

The free seminar will take place at Woodlawn Beach State Park's Lodge on Tuesday, June 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and will begin with an informal discussion and poster exhibits. This will be followed by a series of presentations on Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River fisheries topics, including an opportunity for angler input on a variety fisheries management activities such as a newly released steelhead management plan. The meeting will conclude with questions and an open discussion.

Key members of Lake Erie and Niagara River's fisheries management and research community will present on Lake Erie fisheries management and assessment activities for steelhead, walleye, and muskellunge, and discuss research initiatives and habitat improvement projects. This seminar is sponsored by DEC's Lake Erie Fisheries Unit and Region 9 Fisheries offices. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this free event and registration is not required.

The Lake Erie and the upper Niagara River rank among New York State's top fishing destinations, especially for walleye, smallmouth bass and steelhead. The 2007 statewide angler survey estimated more than 800,000 angler days spent on these waters and the estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $22 million to the local New York economy.

For further information contact Don Einhouse, Lake Erie Unit Leader, (716) 366-0228.

 

WHITE-TAILED DEER FAWN SURVIVAL IN A SUBURBAN LANDSCAPE WITH HUNTING by Martin Feehan, Graduate Research Assistant, Cornell University is the next Wildlife/Outdoor Seminar coordinated by the American Wildlife Conservation Foundation. The presentation is slated for June 28, 2017, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Fort Drum Natural Resources Outreach Facility, Building S-2507, Fort Drum.

 

Over-abundant white-tail deer herds are an increasing issue throughout the country, and particularly in urban/suburban areas where hunting is usually restricted.  There are ecological risks due to over-browsing, and health/safety risks from vehicle collisions and Lyme disease.  A growing number of communities are considering suburban hunting programs to lower these risks. However, there has been far less research in these areas due to land access constraints.  This study analyzes fawn survival and population dynamics within the suburban cantonment area of Fort Drum, which has a long standing suburban hunting program. See how scientists track deer, find newborn fawns, and study how deer survive in northern New York State.

Anyone interested in deer is welcome to attend and it is FREE.

 

LEGISLATION PROPOSED TO ALTER CFAB: The New York State Conservation Council, Inc. is urging its members to call their state Senate and Assembly representatives to voice their opposition to bill numbers S3327 and A6519. This legislation would make optional the requirement that all members of the Conservation Fund Advisory Board possess a valid hunting, trapping or fishing license. These bills are an overt attack against the sporting traditions that we hold dear. Anti-hunting groups would like nothing better than to be seated on the state's Conservation Fund Advisory Board in a blatant attempt to dismantle our wildlife management programs.

Hunting, fishing and trapping activities are fundamental to sporting traditions and New York's outdoor heritage. The Conservation Fund plays an important role in providing the Department of Environmental Conservation with funds used to manage our fish and wildlife programs and to create and maintain the habitat that is so vital to the state's fish and wildlife populations.

The Conservation Fund relies HEAVILY on the monies generated by the sale of hunting, fishing, trapping and sporting licenses, as well as the state's apportionment of excise taxes collected from the sale of sporting equipment and distributed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the federal Pittman-Robertson and Wallop-Breaux Acts. 

It is inconceivable that someone - indeed anyone - would be extended the privilege of sitting on the Conservation Fund Advisory Board who is not vested in the solvency of the fund. The purchase of a sporting license turns a by-stander into a stakeholder. This is very little to ask of anyone who claims to be committed to the management and conservation of this state's fish and wildlife resources.

It is imperative that every sportsperson in the State of New York, from Montauk Point to Mount Marcy to the Niagara Frontier, call the Chairs of the Senate and Assembly Environmental Conservation Committees and ask that these bills not be reported out of committee.  

Contact:

Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chairman, Environmental Conservation Committee

Telephone: 518-455-4804

To contact online:http://nyassembly.gov/mem/Steve-Englebright/contact

Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chairman, Environmental Conservation Committee

Telephone: 518-455-2091

To contact online: https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/thomas-f-omara/contact

 

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Caught on Camera - Steuben County: On the morning of May 20, ECO Matthew Baker received a 911 call about trespassing in the town of Cohocton. ECO Baker responded and spoke with the complainant about turkey hunters trespassing on posted land. The complainant said his friend had been turkey hunting and saw two other individuals hunting turkey on the property. The trespassers shot at a turkey close to where the friend was hunting and when the trespassers realized they were caught on camera, they took off running and left their car in the woods. ECO Baker, with help from State Police, tracked down the owner of the car. Upon being interviewed, both individuals admitted to trespassing and shooting at a turkey. ECO Shawn Dussault and K-9 Ski were called in to assist with locating evidence and successfully detected the wad cup near where the shot was taken. Tickets were issued for attempted illegal take of turkey and trespassing on posted property.

Replacing an Eagle's Nest - Cortland County: On May 19, a day after thunderstorms with damaging winds passed through the town of Preble, ECO Tom Fernandes responded to a call of a bald eagle's nest on the ground. Expecting to recover carcasses due to the 60-foot fall, ECO Fernandes was surprised to find two unscathed eaglets very much alive. He contacted Bonnie Parton from the Division of Wildlife and together the two devised a plan to attach a large wicker basket as high as possible in the nesting tree to serve as a replacement nest. DEC's Division of Operations brought a long ladder and helped secure the basket in the tree. The eaglets were banded and placed in the basket to await the return of the adult eagles.


Rescue: Town of Italy, Yates County: On June 6, Ontario County 911 contacted Forest Ranger Patrick Dormer reporting a 32-year-old female stranded but uninjured in Clark's Gully in the High Tor Wildlife Management Area. The subject had climbed up to a popular waterfall and could not descend the steep, slippery shale terrain. Ranger Dormer and a rope rescue team from Ontario County responded to the subject's location, approximately a half-mile from the Sunnyside Road trailhead. Ranger Dormer helped coordinate access and organization, while rescue personnel were able to get a rope and harness to the subject to safely belay her to the bottom of the gully. The subject was uninjured and all personnel were clear of the scene by approximately 8:30 p.m.

Ruffed Grouse Crossing - Cattaraugus County:

On June 2, ECO Jerry Kinney and Darci Dougherty were on patrol in the town of South Valley, Cattaraugus County, when the ECOs observed a female ruffed grouse with eight to 10 newly hatched chicks crossing the road. The ECOs were able to stop oncoming traffic so the ruffed grouse could safely cross the road with her babies.

 

NEW YORK: LAKE STURGEON RESTORATION IN CAYUGA LAKE SHOWING PROGRESS:

Lake sturgeon in Fall Creek

DEC fisheries biologist Emily Zollweg-Horan visited Fall Creek in Ithaca, NY, a tributary of Cayuga Lake. There she saw several 5 to 6 foot long lake sturgeon congregating near the Lake Avenue Bridge in what we hope may be a regular spawning run. DEC has been periodically stocking sturgeon fingerlings into Cayuga Lake since 1995 in an attempt to re-establish a population there. This is the first time staff have detected sturgeon in Fall Creek, and fish may have been helped by the unusually high water this year. The visit followed reports by anglers observing spawning sturgeon there. Lake sturgeon is a NY State threatened species and fishing for them is prohibited.
You might be able to see these giants in the creek from shore during the next few days. There are trails adjacent to the bridge that offer viewing opportunities.

 

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page)

JUNE 2017

16 – Close of Special Season on Lake Erie and Tribs for Black Bass
16 – Close of Statewide and Finger Lakes Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Black Bass
17 – Start of Statewide Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (11/30)
17 – Start of Finger Lakes Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (3/15/18)

17 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season (11/30)

17 – Start of Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season (12/15)

17 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Cayuga Lake Open Fishing Derby – Launch Location: Union Springs (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920   sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

17 -  Chip Holt Nature Center Free Fishing Clinic at Vitale Park at Chip Holt Nature Center (Conesus Lake), Lakeville, NY. (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. (For information/register call Matthew Sanderson 585-243-1904)

17 - Saturday Kayak Skills Sessions & Tours at the Buffalo River DEC launch at Ohio Street (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Kayak skills and safety training. (Cost: $60.00) (For information call 716-392-2708 or email seabird.ava@gmail.com)

17 -  Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (9:00 am - 1:00 pm) Cabela’s has partnered with Legal Heat, the Nation’s Leading Firearms Training Firm to provide concealed carry classes to meet the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Utah and Arizona concealed carry permits in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These permits will allow combined carry reciprocity in approximately 30+ states. Legal Heat's concealed carry class covers firearms safety, handling, transportation, storage, ammunition, self-defense and firearms laws, concealed carry techniques and much more. Legal Heat’s firearm training instructors are all NRA and Utah BCI certified, insured and among the most highly experienced in the industry and can answer your CCW questions. This course typically runs approximately 4 hours. This Legal Heat course does not have a test?or range requirement. The Utah and Arizona permits are open to residents of any state and can be applied for by mail. You do NOT have to reside in the state of UT or AZ to qualify to apply for their concealed carry permits. Register TODAY for this fun and informative class. Seating may be limited. (For information/register go to www.MyLegalHeat.com/Cabelas or call 855-GUN-CLASS)

17 -  Nature of Montezuma Lecture Series: The Bear Facts at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 2:00 pm) Jean Soprano, wildlife rehabilitator at the Kindred Kingdoms Rehabilitation Center, is dedicated to the care and release of injured black bears in Central and Northern NY. Jean will give a fascinating  presentation about how she cares for bears and provides them with the best chance of survival when they are released.  (Fee: $4/child, $6/adult, $20/family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

17 - The Great Lakes Experience Festival at the Memorial Park, Route 5, Dunkirk, NY. (11:00 am – 5:00 pm) The Festival will focus on the environment and ecology of the Great Lakes and the heritage of our region. There will be family entertainment, environmental exhibitors, food vendors, and lots of information about habitat, science, recreation, tourism, and fun! A variety of organizations are involved and will have educational forums and displays featuring birds, reptiles, and primates.  Many exhibitors will offer educational programs such as waterlife, fish types and species, and the formation of the Great Lakes and rock and soil formations.  

17 – Boating Safety Course at the Paddle Sports America at CNRC Center (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) This course is sponsored by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 34. (For information/register, call Judy at 716-785-2198.)

17 - Turtle Talk at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day by discovering their freshwater relatives here at Reinstein Woods. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

18 - Niagara Frontier - Alexander Gun Show at the Alexander Fireman’s Rec Hall, 10708 Alexander Road (Route 98)  Alexander, NY (9:00 am – 4:00pm) 100 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (100 Tables) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.com)

18 - KTBA Bass Club Tournament on Onondaga Lake (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com )

19 - Pollinator Power at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Help us kick off Pollinator Awareness Week as we create an outdoor exhibit on the value of local pollinators. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

21 - Women’s Wednesdays Level 1 Kayak Skills Session at 18 Mile Creek and Lake Erie. (5:30 – 7:30 pm) Quality instruction to suit your needs aimed at the beginner, new to kayaking and want to learn. Minimum boat size is 12 feet. (Cost: $60.00 for 2 hours/Boat Rental $25.00) Bring refreshments, sunscreen, personal medications and spare clothing. Wear clothing suitable for getting wet (synthetics as cotton doesn’t dry quickly) and shoes without laces as they can get trapped. (For information call 716-392-2708 or email seabird.ava@gmail.com)

22 - Free Teach-Me-To-Fish Clinic at the Chestnut Ridge County Park (Erie County) (9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) This family-friendly event will offer free instruction on basic fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques to anglers of all ages. Sponsored by the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Erie County Department Parks, Recreation and Forestry and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Adult supervision is required for all children participating in the fishing clinic. Participants can bring their own fishing equipment, but fishing equipment and bait will also be available to borrow. (For information/registration Michael Todd of DEC's Fisheries Division at 716-851-7010)

22 - A Public Comment Session And Additional Open House Reference Onondaga Lake Restoration at Syracuse Community Connections – Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave., Syracuse, NY 13204, in the Clover Corner room. (5:00 pm) During the open house portion beginning at 5:00 p.m., posters of projects outlined in the draft plan will be available for viewing and representatives from DEC and the USF&WS will be on hand to answer questions and explain the natural resource damage assessment and restoration process. The public comment session will begin at 6:00 p.m. and all persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies that may be affected by the proposed project are encouraged to comment on the proposed projects to restore wildlife habitat and recreation on Onondaga Lake. (For information contact Erica Ringewald  518-402-8000.)

24 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop - Become Skilled with Map & Compass at Tupper Lake, NY (Cost: $50.00) (For information/register contact Adirondack Foothills Guide Service, LLC  518-359-8194 

adkfoothills@yahoo.com  or go to www.adkfoothills.com)  

24 - Southern Tier Bassmasters (Points) Tournament on Silver Lake at the State Launch (ENTRY FEE: -$25/Angler --$5/optional lunker) (For information Call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

24 - Free Kids Fishing Tournament at Celoron Park , Chautauqua Lake sponsored by master fishing guide Mike Sperry with Chautauqua Reel Outdoors and the Affinity One Federal Credit Union. (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Visit either sponsor location by June 20 to sign up. Open to kids 12 and under. (For information call 716-763-2947, 716-483-2265, 716-483-2798 or Email: chautauquareeloutdoors@windstream.net.

24 - Teach-Me-To-Fish Clinic at Chestnut Ridge County Park, Orchard Park, NY. (9:30 am – 1:00 pm) Participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. (For information/register call Michael Todd, NYS DEC at 716-851-7010)

24 – Boating Safety Course at the Ashville Flasher, 5338 Stow Road, Ashville, NY (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) This course is sponsored by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 34. (For information/register, call Judy at 716-785-2198.)

24 - Birding and Boating: Howland’s Island at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 2:30 pm) Join us for a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle to explore the Seneca River around Howland’s Island and the largest population of breeding Cerulean Warblers in NY. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee: $10/child with-out rental, $18/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). Pre-paid reservations are required. (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

24 - Birding 101: Class #6 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Which woodpecker am I? Learn how to identify the different woodpeckers found in Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

24-25– FREE FISHING WEEKEND in New York State. No license required.

25 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Irondequoit Bay Fishing Derby – Launch Location: State Launch – North End (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920   sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

25 - KTBA Bass Club Oswego River Tournament at Phoenix Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com ) (Members Only)

 

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

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6 - 9 - 17

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.

 

DEC ANNOUNCES STATE OF THE FISHERIES OF KEUKA LAKE MEETING: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 8 Fisheries Management Unit will present recent sampling results from Keuka Lake at a June 12 public meeting. This public forum on the state of Keuka Lake fisheries provides an opportunity for DEC fisheries scientists to share their knowledge about fishery resources and an opportunity for interested anglers to interact with the managers studying these fisheries. The Finger Lakes and their tributaries support thriving populations of fish, including a variety of trout and salmon, bass, walleye, yellow perch, and panfish. Keuka Lake comprises more than 11,500 acres. A statewide angler survey conducted in 2007 estimated 178,340 angler days were spent on Keuka Lake making it the 16th most fished water in the State. The estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $2.9 million to the local New York economy.

The meeting will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017: 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Room 109 in Hegeman Hall at Keuka College, 141 Central Ave., Keuka Park, (Yates County). Ample parking is available. For directions and a campus map visit https://www.keuka.edu/visitors-guests

DEC fisheries biologists will provide updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries, warm water fish, fishing regulations, and DEC's Angler Diary Program. There will be time allotted at the end of the scheduled program for the audience to interact with the presenters.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Duck Family Relocation - Onondaga County: On May 15, ECO Don Damrath responded to a call reporting a family of ducklings stuck in a storm drain at the corner of Harrison and Townsend streets in the city of Syracuse. ECO Damrath arrived at the scene within minutes, and with the help of a resident Good Samaritan, Syracuse Police Officers, and workers from the Syracuse Department of Public Works, they rescued 12 ducklings and their mother from the storm drain. ECO Damrath placed all of the animals in one transport container. He then traveled to Onondaga Lake Park and safely released the mother and her ducklings.

Wildlife Week - Chautauqua County: During the week of May 15, ECO Jerry Kinney received several complaints of wildlife in need of assistance in Chautauqua County. One call came from the town of Carroll reporting an injured duck. However, ECO Kinney found that the duck was actually a newly hatched and motherless duckling. The duckling was kept in a warm environment overnight until it could be transported to a wildlife rehabilitator the following day. The second call was from the town of Pomfret. The caller stated that a fawn had come out of a ditch next to State Rt. 20 and proceeded to lay down in the middle of the roadway. A Good Samaritan removed the fawn from the roadway and took it home. A neighbor called ECO Kinney to explain what happened and the officer arrived at the residence a short time later to take possession of the fawn, which he transported to a rehabilitator that specializes in deer.

 

ONONDAGA LAKE RESORATION: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS) announced additional opportunities for public input on proposed projects to restore wildlife habitat and recreation on Onondaga Lake to provide the public with more time to provide feedback on this important proposal.

The initial six-week public comment period on the draft plan, originally scheduled to end on June 2, 2017, has been extended 45 days to July 17, 2017. In addition, to supplement the four public information sessions recently held in April and May, a public comment session and additional open house are scheduled for Thursday, June 22, at Syracuse Community Connections – Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave., Syracuse, NY 13204, in the Clover Corner room.

During the open house portion beginning at 5:00 p.m., posters of projects outlined in the draft plan will be available for viewing and representatives from DEC and the USF&WS will be on hand to answer questions and explain the natural resource damage assessment and restoration process. The public comment session will begin at 6:00 p.m. and all persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies that may be affected by the proposed project are encouraged to comment on the proposed projects to restore wildlife habitat and recreation on Onondaga Lake.

The public comment session is a forum for DEC and USF&WS to receive unsworn statements from the public. It is not necessary to file a written request in advance to speak at the public comment session Written and oral statements and comments on the proposed projects to restore wildlife habitat and recreation on Onondaga Lake are encouraged, and any statements and comments may be filed prior to, or at the public comment session but no later than the deadline for written comments, which is July 17, 2017. The Administrative Law Judge may limit the time available for oral comments to three minutes per person to ensure that all persons have an opportunity to be heard. A court stenographer will be present making a written record of all comments made at the public comment session. Comments made earlier in the comment period do not need to be resubmitted.

Individuals needing special accommodations should contact the DEC Office of Hearings and Mediation Services by June 15, 2017 at: NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, First Floor, Albany, New York 12233-1550.

DEC and USF&WS are considering a series of projects to restore and protect wildlife habitat and water quality and increase recreational opportunities at Onondaga Lake, as outlined in a draft restoration plan and environmental assessment released for public comment. The draft plan and additional information on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process may be found online at https://www.fws.gov/northeast/nyfo/ec/onondaga.htm.

As part of the Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration process, DEC and USF&WS assessed contaminant-related injuries to natural resources such as waterfowl and turtles, and quantified the lost use of natural resources to the public, such as fishing. The agencies then solicited restoration project ideas from stakeholders to identify the types and scale of restoration needed to compensate for those injuries. The ultimate goal of the process is to replace, restore, rehabilitate, or acquire the equivalent of injured natural resources and resource services lost due to the release of hazardous substances—at no cost to the taxpayer.

The agencies analyze 20 restoration projects in the draft restoration plan and environmental assessment. These projects, in total, include the following benefits:

Extension of the Erie Canalway Trail from Camillus to the Loop the Lake Trail (3.2 miles) and from the Honeywell Visitor Center to Harbor Brook (1.2 miles);

Preservation, habitat restoration and public access to over 1,400 acres along Ninemile and Onondaga Creeks in the Onondaga Lake watershed, including public fishing rights and parking areas;

Installation of structures within over 275 acres of Onondaga Lake to provide habitat for fish, amphibians and invertebrates;

Fifteen years of funding for the identification and removal of invasive species within about 1,700 acres of wetlands, lake/river littoral zone and riparian habitat;

Restoration of wetland and fish habitat at Onondaga County parklands;

100 acres of warm season grassland restoration;

Deepwater fishing pier on Onondaga Lake;

Enhancement of jetties at the Onondaga Lake outlet to improve access for all;

Boat launch to be developed along the Seneca River;

Transfer of the Honeywell Visitor Center to a public agency; and

Future Restoration Projects Fund.

While these projects have not targeted Onondaga Creek, trustees have explored and continue to invite feedback on projects in lower Onondaga Creek that meet criteria in the draft restoration plan.

Comments on the draft plan may be submitted through July 17 by mail to Anne Secord, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 3817 Luker Road, Cortland, New York 13045, by email to anne_secord@fws.gov, or phone at (607) 753-9334. Verbal and written comments will also be accepted at the June 22 Public Hearing. All comments received will receive equal considerations. After the comment period closes, feedback will be carefully reviewed and any necessary changes made to a final document identifying the chosen restoration. To date, the public has made valuable contributions to the plan solicited through a variety of means.

Under federal law, federal and state agencies and Native American tribes are authorized to act as trustees on behalf of the public for natural resources they own, manage or control. In this role, trustees assess and recover damages or implement restoration projects to compensate for injuries to natural resources due to hazardous substance releases (e.g. mercury).The natural resource damage assessment regulations encourage the participation of potentially responsible parties (PRPs) in the assessment process, and Honeywell agreed to cooperatively assess natural resource damages and identify restoration projects at Onondaga Lake with the trustees. Read more information on this process at https://www.fws.gov/northeast/ecologicalservices/nrdar.html.

  

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page)

MAY 2017

4-10 - NATIONAL FISHING WEEK

9 - 9th Condor Memorial Derby - This popular event serves as a practice day for the new Oak Orchard Open event and is also the 1st event for the King of the Oak Derby series. (For information contact Bob Songin @ 585-621-7878 or e-mail at reelxite@rochester.rr.com.)

9 - Grape Country Coonhunters Association Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Williams Hill Road, Branchport, NY (8:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Josh Wood at 315-729-4773)

9 - Home School Nature Series: Leaping with Frogs at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)  Spring is here and Montezuma is booming with frogs!  Homeschooled children ages 5 to 12 will explore the resident frogs and toads to learn how these wonderful animals survive and serve as a critical part of wetland habitats. Children will get up close to tadpoles, frogs, and toads so please bring water boots. (Fee: $8/student.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

10 -  Girl Scout Conservation Day at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Girl Scouts from Daisies to Ambassadors will participate in conservation projects that will improve habitats for birds, other wildlife, and people in our community. Scouts will remove invasive plants and ensure that newly planted seedlings are thriving. Each scout must have a leader, chaperone, or parent in attendance. (Fee: $5/Scout.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

10 - 20th Annual Genesee Valley Chapter Of The Adirondack Mountain Club Outdoor Expo at Mendon Ponds- Hundred Acre Pond parking lot, Mendon, NY (Monroe County) (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Demonstrations, discussions and activities will be offered all day on a wide variety of outdoor related topics. More than 70 workshops on various aspects of outdoor activities. Attendees also view and inspect outdoor gear and try out canoes and kayaks on the Hundred Acre Pond. ADK, other local outdoor clubs, and local outdoor retailers present all of the events. (For information call 585-224-0912 or go to http://www.gvc-adk.org/) 

10 - Orleans County Houndsmen And Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Phipps Road, Albion, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Purina Event - $20.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Purina Event - $30.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)

10 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Springville Strutters Women in the Outdoors Event at the Erie County Conservation Club, Miller Avenue, Chaffee, NY (9:00 am) (For more information contact Becky Werchowski   viewofcountry@yahoo.com   716-942-6858)

10 - Wild About Nature at the Pfeiffer Nature Center Eshelman Property, 1420 Yubadam Road, Portville, NY (10:00 am – Noon)  Let us continue to explore Eshelman’s many natural treasures as we meander through the fields and woods with naturalist Barb Busack. This guided stroll is bound to please all outdoor enthusiasts. (Fee: Free for members, $5 for non-members and free for children 13 and under. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.) (For information and register (by June 8) call 716-933-0187)

10 - Get Outdoors! Community Day at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (11:00 am - 3:00 pm) Join us for a day of outdoor fun! Learn a new skill, such as archery, birdwatching, geocaching or orienteering. Kids can enjoy face painting, nature play stations and old-fashioned games. Nature walks, food trucks, basket raffle and more! (For more information, visit reinsteinwoods.org or call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov.)

10 - Family Outdoor Adventure Day at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (10:00 am - 2:00 pm) Come experiance the BB Gun range, the Archery inflatable range and Backyard Bass fun in our parking lot.  Come join the fun! (For information call 716-608-4770) 

10 - Power Sports Open House at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (9:00am-1:00pm) Just because it's snowing outside doesn't mean you can't start thinking about that new fishing boat.  Stop in to Cabela's this weekend for our Power Sports open house.  Check out some of the new 2017 models we have in stock and chat with our fishing Pro-Staffers on the best ways to outfit your boat for the upcoming fishing season. 

-->Recieve a $1,000 Cabela's Gift Card with the purchase of a 2016 or older new boat

-->Alumacash Red Tag Sale up to $1,500 rebates on select models

-->Cabela's Pro-Staff will be on site to answer your fishing questions

-->Cabela's Power Sports Service Team will be available for questions in our service department and you will receive 10% off coupons for service

-->FREE Food and refreshments through out the day

-->Boats on display from Alumacraft, Lowe, and Ranger

(For information call 716-608-4770)

10 - Musky Fishing 101 at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (1:00 - 2:00 pm) Come meet our local outfitter "Musky Bob."

Learn from one of the best local anlers around.  Learn about specific gear techniques for catching one of these monster freshwater fish.  Our local angler "Musky Bob", an avid Muskey fisherman will cover both trolling and casting methods. (For information call 716-608-4770)

10 - Free Teach-Me-To-Fish Clinic at Ellicott Creek County Park (Erie County) (9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) This family-friendly event will offer free instruction on basic fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques to anglers of all ages. Sponsored by the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Erie County Department Parks, Recreation and Forestry and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Adult supervision is required for all children participating in the fishing clinic. Participants can bring their own fishing equipment, but fishing equipment and bait will also be available to borrow. (For information/registration Michael Todd of DEC's Fisheries Division at 716-851-7010) 

10 -  Youth Outdoorsmen Fishing Day at Lakeside Park (Chautauqua Lake), Mayville, NY. (9:30 am – 12:30 pm) Participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. (For information/register call Philip Chimera, Ripley Rod & Gun Club 716-969-8344.)    

10, 17, 24 – Beginner Fly Tying Classes at the Buffalo Orvis Store, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsburg, NY. (8:00 – 10:30 am Saturdays) (For details go to www.orvis.com/ buffalo or call 716-276-7200.)

10-11 - 5th Annual Oak Orchard Open Tournament - After a very successful and improved 4th  year of this event which introduced a new format with 5 Salmon and 5 Trout making up the legal catch, and  no communications, this year should be even better. (For  information contact Rick Hajecki at 585-704-7996/ crazyyankeesportfishing@gmail.com or Bob Songin at 585-704-5829/ reelxite@rochester.rr.com.)

10-18 - 33rd Annual Southtowns Walleye Association Walleye Tournament. In this 9-day/1-fish, tournament, the single biggest fish wins. That means any lucky angler can win! There are cash awards for the top 200 places, the top 10 places win big money, with the top prize as much as $8,000 in cash plus prizes. In-person registration ends June 10. Boat field is not limited, $35 entry fee. (For information call Bob Fessler/Don Mullen at 716-462-9576 or go to www.southtownswalleye.org.)

12 – State of the Fisheries of Keuka Lake at Room 109 Hegeman Hall at Keuka College, 141 Central Ave., Keuka Park, NY. (Yates County). (6:30 – 9:00 pm) DEC fisheries biologists will provide updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries, warm water fish, fishing regulations, and DEC's Angler Diary Program. There will be time allotted at the end of the scheduled program for the audience to interact with the presenters. Ample parking is available. For directions and a campus map visit https://www.keuka.edu/visitors-guests. (For information call DEC Region 8 Fisheries at 585-226-2466)

13 - Medicinal Herb Walk at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (11:00 am) Learn about the medicinal values of the herbs that grow in the Woods. For adults and children ages 12 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

15 – Start of Frog Season (A fishing or small game hunting license may be used) (>9/30)

16 – Close of Special Season on Lake Erie and Tribs for Black Bass
16 – Close of Statewide and Finger Lakes Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Black Bass
17 – Start of Statewide Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (11/30)
17 – Start of Finger Lakes Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (3/15/18)

17 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season (11/30)

17 – Start of Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season (12/15)

17 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Cayuga Lake Open Fishing Derby – Launch Location: Union Springs (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920   sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

17 -  Chip Holt Nature Center Free Fishing Clinic at Vitale Park at Chip Holt Nature Center (Conesus Lake), Lakeville, NY. (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. (For information/register call Matthew Sanderson 585-243-1904)

17 - Saturday Kayak Skills Sessions & Tours at the Buffalo River DEC launch at Ohio Street (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Kayak skills and safety training. (Cost: $60.00) (For information call 716-392-2708 or email seabird.ava@gmail.com)

17 -  Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (9:00 am - 1:00 pm) Cabela’s has partnered with Legal Heat, the Nation’s Leading Firearms Training Firm to provide concealed carry classes to meet the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Utah and Arizona concealed carry permits in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These permits will allow combined carry reciprocity in approximately 30+ states. Legal Heat's concealed carry class covers firearms safety, handling, transportation, storage, ammunition, self-defense and firearms laws, concealed carry techniques and much more. Legal Heat’s firearm training instructors are all NRA and Utah BCI certified, insured and among the most highly experienced in the industry and can answer your CCW questions. This course typically runs approximately 4 hours. This Legal Heat course does not have a test?or range requirement. The Utah and Arizona permits are open to residents of any state and can be applied for by mail. You do NOT have to reside in the state of UT or AZ to qualify to apply for their concealed carry permits. Register TODAY for this fun and informative class. Seating may be limited. (For information/register go to www.MyLegalHeat.com/Cabelas or call 855-GUN-CLASS)

17 -  Nature of Montezuma Lecture Series: The Bear Facts at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 2:00 pm) Jean Soprano, wildlife rehabilitator at the Kindred Kingdoms Rehabilitation Center, is dedicated to the care and release of injured black bears in Central and Northern NY. Jean will give a fascinating  presentation about how she cares for bears and provides them with the best chance of survival when they are released.  (Fee: $4/child, $6/adult, $20/family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

17 - The Great Lakes Experience Festival at the Memorial Park, Route 5, Dunkirk, NY. (11:00 am – 5:00 pm) The Festival will focus on the environment and ecology of the Great Lakes and the heritage of our region. There will be family entertainment, environmental exhibitors, food vendors, and lots of information about habitat, science, recreation, tourism, and fun! A variety of organizations are involved and will have educational forums and displays featuring birds, reptiles, and primates.  Many exhibitors will offer educational programs such as waterlife, fish types and species, and the formation of the Great Lakes and rock and soil formations.  

17 – Boating Safety Course at the Paddle Sports America at CNRC Center (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) This course is sponsored by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 34. (For information/register, call Judy at 716-785-2198.)

17 - Turtle Talk at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day by discovering their freshwater relatives here at Reinstein Woods. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

18 - Niagara Frontier - Alexander Gun Show at the Alexander Fireman’s Rec Hall, 10708 Alexander Road (Route 98)  Alexander, NY (9:00 am – 4:00pm) 100 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (100 Tables) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.com)

18 - KTBA Bass Club Tournament on Onondaga Lake (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com )

 

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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6 - 2 - 17

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

 

AVOID SPAWNING LAKE STURGEON WHILE FISHING IN NEW YORK WATERS: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking anglers to avoid spawning lake sturgeon in New York's Great Lakes waters, Great Lakes connecting channels, and tributaries of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, Finger Lakes, and Oneida Lake. Typically during this time of year, DEC receives multiple reports of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) caught by anglers fishing for walleye and other species.

Lake sturgeon are listed as a threatened species in New York. Therefore, there is no open fishing season and possession is prohibited. Anglers are likely to encounter sturgeon during the spring when the fish gather to spawn on clean gravel or cobble shoals and in stream rapids. Sturgeon spawn in New York State in May and June when water temperatures reach 55 to 64°F. Anglers should not intentionally target these protected fish. If an angler catches a sturgeon, they should fish another area or change fishing gear to avoid catching another. Anglers who unintentionally hook one should follow these practices to ensure the fish are returned to the water unharmed:

*Avoid bringing the fish into the boat if possible;

*Use pliers to remove the hook. Sturgeon are almost always hooked in the mouth;

*Always support the fish horizontally. Do not hold sturgeon in a vertical position by their head, gills, or tails;

*Never touch their eyes or gills; and

*Minimize their time out of the water and return the fish to the water immediately once freed from fishing gear.

Stocking is a key strategy in lake sturgeon recovery. DEC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have periodically stocked young sturgeon into various waters of New York's Great Lakes drainage since 1995. Adult lake sturgeon are captured in the St. Lawrence River and their fertilized eggs are reared at DEC's Oneida Hatchery and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Genoa National Fish Hatchery. These fish are raised to a size of about six inches before stocking, which dramatically increases their chances of survival in the wild. Lake sturgeon are New York's largest freshwater fish and can grow up to seven feet long and weigh more than 200 pounds.

"Lake sturgeon stocked in the 1990s are just beginning to contribute to the natural reproduction," said Lisa Holst, Rare Fish Unit Leader for DEC. "Restoration of rare species takes time, but due to good science, patience and partnerships these great fish are making a comeback."

In the wild, male lake sturgeon take eight to 12 years to mature, and females take 14 to as many as 33 years. In 2016, field biologists from DEC and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service captured lake sturgeon of wild origin from five different year classes from the Oswegatchie River. In addition, research biologists from Cornell's Biological Field Station on Oneida Lake captured three wild lake sturgeon from two different year classes in 2016. They had previously captured a single wild sturgeon in 2013. "All of these captures indicate to us we are on the right track," said Ms. Holst.

An update to the lake sturgeon recovery plan is projected to be finalized in late 2017.

For more information on lake sturgeon, visit DEC's website, the U.S. Fish and wildlife site at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/sturgeon/ (leaves DEC's website) or contact DEC's Rare Fish Unit Leader, Lisa Holst at (518) 402-8897.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Distressed Loon - Cattaraugus County: On May 2, ECO Nate Mead received a call stating that a Common Loon had been found on a road in the town of East Otto. While en route to the area, ECO Mead contacted a local wildlife rehabilitator for assistance. The rehabilitator advised that loons sometimes confuse wet roadways with bodies of water and may have landed on the road by accident, thinking it was a pond. ECO Mead arrived to find that the Loon appeared to be perfectly healthy. ECO Mead took a towel and placed it over the bird to calm it down so he could transport it. After waiting several minutes, ECO Mead was able to pick up the bird and place it in a box. The Loon was transported to a local pond a short distance away and, once in the water, took off paddling and dove under the water.

The Saga of the "Bucket Head" Bear - Broome County: On April 24, ECO Andrew McCormick received a call from a concerned citizen in Kirkwood who said she had a black bear in her yard with a bucket stuck on its head. More calls came in that day from people claiming to have seen the same bear. ECO McCormick contacted wildlife biologist Courtney LaMere, who suggested a bear trap be brought to the area to catch the bear. DEC staff placed two bear traps in the area, and over the next three weeks, three different bears were captured, but none turned out to be the "Bucket Head" bear. Calls continued to come in reporting sightings of the bear in the area. ECOs and DEC wildlife staff continued the search over the next several weeks. On May 19, a resident contacted the DEC Kirkwood office and said the "Bucket Head" bear was in their backyard. ECO McCormick and wildlife biologists immediately responded to the location, but by the time they arrived, the bear was gone. Over the next six hours they tracked the bear and located it in a backyard on Haskins Road. The bear was successfully tranquilized and the plastic food container was removed. The bucket turned out to be a clear container used to hold bulk pretzels or cheese puffs. ECO McCormick and staff carried the bear out of the woods and placed it in a trap to recover overnight. The following morning, ECO McCormick and Bureau of Wildlife employees successfully released the bear. The bear made a full recovery and shot out of the trap like a cannonball, seeming no worse for wear.

 

 

NEW YORKERS SHOULD LEARN ABOUT HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS AS WARM WEATHER STARTS:  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) encourages New Yorkers to learn about Harmful Algal Blooms, or "HABs," as DEC's 2017 HABs notification season starts on May 26, and the weather becomes warmer.

To help educate the public about HABs, also known as blue green algae, DEC released a new brochure explaining how to detect, avoid and report HABs, as well as the health risks of HABs.

Most algae are harmless, but exposure to toxins and other substances from harmful algal blooms can make people and animals sick. HABs can impact drinking water and recreation, and cause unpleasant odors.

HABs vary in appearance from scattered green dots in the water, to long, linear green streaks, pea soup or spilled green paint, to blue-green or white coloration. People, pets and livestock should avoid contact with water that is discolored or has algal scums on the surface. If a bloom is present, do not use the water and inform the DEC HABs Program at HABsInfo@dec.ny.gov. Any symptoms or health concerns related to HABs should be reported to the NYS Department of Health at harmfulalgae@health.ny.gov.

HABs have been detected in nearly 300 water bodies since 2012. To address HABs, DEC works with the NYS Department of Health, NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and other state and local partners.

While the exact cause of HABs is not fully understood, blooms occur most often in waters high in phosphorus and/or nitrogen. New York State has many programs and activities to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen from entering the water from surrounding lands, including stormwater permitting programs, funding for water quality improvement projects, and a nutrient law that restricts the use of phosphorus lawn fertilizer.

DEC has also released a new Program Guide that details how the DEC HABs Program works with partners to identify, track and report HABs throughout the state, and communicate health risks to the public.

For more information about HABs, including bloom notifications, which are updated each week during the summer and fall, visit DEC's Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) web page. The HABs brochure and program guide, which includes information and links to resources regarding bloom prevention, management, and control, can also be downloaded from the DEC website. Visit the Department of Health's HAB guidelines, "Know, Avoid, Report" (leaves DEC website) web page for more information.

 

2015 CORMORANT MANAGEMENT AT ONEIDA LAKE: For the sixth consecutive year DEC Fish and Wildlife staff from both Regions 6 and 7 conducted a cormorant management program on Oneida Lake. The primary goal of the program is to reduce the number of cormorants on the lake in order to limit their impact on the lake’s sportfish populations. Effort was increased again in 2015 to address the recent trend of increased cormorant numbers in the spring and

summer months and also to limit cormorant nesting activity. Department staff began hazing and egg oiling in late April and continued hazing and culling activities through the end of September. Counts and/or hazing took place from April 29th through October 7th on a total of 30 days. The highest count of the early season occurred on April 29 when a total of 279 cormorants were observed. Cormorant numbers declined during the month of May (average 175 birds: range

122-249) and remained near the target population level of 100 birds during June (86 birds: range 74-103) and July (116 birds: range 94-142). Cormorant numbers from August through October increased dramatically relative to 2014. Despite a similar level of hazing effort, the August average count of 408 was over a third higher than August 2014 while the September 2015 average count of 650 cormorants was more than double the September 2014 average. Cormorant hazing efforts ceased with the onset of duck season in October. To reinforce the hazing efforts and to collect data on diets, a total of 179 cormorants were culled. Of these, 160 were submitted to Cornell researchers for diet analysis. Diets consisted of a mix of species

which included gizzard shad, yellow perch, emerald shiners, and walleye, among others. Recently established round goby accounted for 12% (by number) of the cormorant’s diet but much of this came later in the year as the goby population increased. Yellow perch and walleye

again comprised a significant portion of the diets, particularly when considered by total volume. Without doubt, Department hazing efforts in 2015 once again saved large numbers of Oneida Lake sportfish from cormorant predation. (From DEC’s 2015-2016 Bureau of Fisheries Annual Report.)

 

BECOME A CITIZEN SCIENTIST FOR BLACK BEAR RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT IN NEW YORK: iSeeMammals is a new citizen science project of the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Cornell University and DEC. It seeks to collect data to help researchers and DEC biologists study the distribution and size of the black bear population in New York.  iSeeMammals will help researchers collect data over more areas that what researchers could cover in the field.

Participation is open to all. iSeeMammals collects information about where and when users identify bears or bear signs (scat, tracks, hair, markings) while on hikes or on their personal trail cameras. Photographs of observations, repeat hikes, and trail cameras set up for multiple months are strongly encouraged. An app for data collection and submission is available for free download in Apple and Android stores.

Visit iseemammals.org to learn more about the project, to access photo galleries of iSeeMammals data as photos are submitted, for information on bear ecology and bear management in New York, and for fun quizzes, contests, and giveaways.

Training workshops and seminars may be available; inquire via the contact form at iseemammals.org

 

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page)

JUNE 2017

2 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Salmon Rivers Strutters Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at The Elms Golf Club, 2 Country Club Lane, Sandy Creek, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact William Wilbur   wwilbur551@aol.com   315-440-4351)

2 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Event Water Race - $12.00/7:30 pm – Coonhound Bench Show - $12.00/9:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $15.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129 or John Marshall 607-345-5366)

3 - NATIONAL TRAILS DAY

3 - Free Take a Kid Fishing Clinic at Dunkirk Memorial Park/Dunkirk Yacht Club (Lake Erie) sponsored by the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club and others. (8:00 – 10:30 am) (For information call Gene Pauszek, 716-467-2079)

3 - The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Take-A-Kid-Fishing Day at the club, (10:00 am – Noon) Applications for attending this event are now available at the Con Club. New kids get a free fishing rod & reel, and all youths 15 years of age and under receive a T-shirt, grab bag of fishing gear, a morning of fishing and hands on activities. Picnic cuisine is also served for all who attend and help. There is a $10 fee to offset the cost, but the smiles and memories are priceless! All kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (For information call 716-366-1772 and leave a name and phone number and a time you can be reached.)

3 - Boy Scout Conservation Day at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)  What are invasive species and why do they need to be removed?  Boy Scouts from Bobcats to Eagle Scouts will learn about invasive species management while participating in habitat restoration projects and exploring the birds and other wildlife that benefit from this important work. Each scout must have a leader, chaperone, or parent in attendance. (Fee: $5/Scout.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

3 - Educator Workshop: Growing Up Wild at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (9:00 am – Noon) Participants receive an activity guide filled with standards-based, interdisciplinary, hands-on lessons for young children. For educators of students ages 3-7. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

3 - Smoker Madness at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (12:00 - 1:00 pm) There is nothing like the incredible smells that come from a smoker.  Come see some of the best smokers available to backyard gourmets, and learning just how easy it is to create mouthwatering dishes that will have your friends and family begging for more. (For information call 716-608-4770)

3-4 - Orleans County Houndsmen Beaglers Beagle Event at 3199 Maltby Road, Oakfield, NY. (6/3 6:30 am – Beagle Event Hunt - $25.00/6/3 6:30 am Beagle Event Bench Show - $20.00/6/4 6:30 am – Beagle Event Hunt - $25.00/6/4 6:30 am Beagle Event Bench Show - $20.00/) Highest scoring double cast wins or 1 cast win and your score with plus points will be State Champion. King and queen from Saturday will go head to head with Sunday's king and queen for State Show Champion.  (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)     

4 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Seneca Lake Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Seneca Lake Duck Hunters Club, Route 14, Dresden, NY (4:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Dale Lane
dalejmt@yahoo.com   315-374-0017)

4-10 - NATIONAL FISHING WEEK

9 - 9th Condor Memorial Derby - This popular event serves as a practice day for the new Oak Orchard Open event and is also the 1st event for the King of the Oak Derby series. (For information contact Bob Songin @ 585-621-7878 or e-mail at reelxite@rochester.rr.com.)

9 - Grape Country Coonhunters Association Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Williams Hill Road, Branchport, NY (8:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Josh Wood at 315-729-4773)

9 - Home School Nature Series: Leaping with Frogs at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)  Spring is here and Montezuma is booming with frogs!  Homeschooled children ages 5 to 12 will explore the resident frogs and toads to learn how these wonderful animals survive and serve as a critical part of wetland habitats. Children will get up close to tadpoles, frogs, and toads so please bring water boots. (Fee: $8/student.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

10 -  Girl Scout Conservation Day at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Girl Scouts from Daisies to Ambassadors will participate in conservation projects that will improve habitats for birds, other wildlife, and people in our community. Scouts will remove invasive plants and ensure that newly planted seedlings are thriving. Each scout must have a leader, chaperone, or parent in attendance. (Fee: $5/Scout.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

10 - 20th Annual Genesee Valley Chapter Of The Adirondack Mountain Club Outdoor Expo at Mendon Ponds- Hundred Acre Pond parking lot, Mendon, NY (Monroe County) (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Demonstrations, discussions and activities will be offered all day on a wide variety of outdoor related topics. More than 70 workshops on various aspects of outdoor activities. Attendees also view and inspect outdoor gear and try out canoes and kayaks on the Hundred Acre Pond. ADK, other local outdoor clubs, and local outdoor retailers present all of the events. (For information call 585-224-0912 or go to http://www.gvc-adk.org/) 

10 - Orleans County Houndsmen And Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Phipps Road, Albion, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Purina Event - $20.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Purina Event - $30.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)

10 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Springville Strutters Women in the Outdoors Event at the Erie County Conservation Club, Miller Avenue, Chaffee, NY (9:00 am) (For more information contact Becky Werchowski   viewofcountry@yahoo.com   716-942-6858)

10 - Wild About Nature at the Pfeiffer Nature Center Eshelman Property, 1420 Yubadam Road, Portville, NY (10:00 am – Noon)  Let us continue to explore Eshelman’s many natural treasures as we meander through the fields and woods with naturalist Barb Busack. This guided stroll is bound to please all outdoor enthusiasts. (Fee: Free for members, $5 for non-members and free for children 13 and under. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.) (For information and register (by June 8) call 716-933-0187)

10 - Get Outdoors! Community Day at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (11:00 am - 3:00 pm) Join us for a day of outdoor fun! Learn a new skill, such as archery, birdwatching, geocaching or orienteering. Kids can enjoy face painting, nature play stations and old-fashioned games. Nature walks, food trucks, basket raffle and more! (For more information, visit reinsteinwoods.org or call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov.)

10 - Family Outdoor Adventure Day at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (10:00 am - 2:00 pm) Come experiance the BB Gun range, the Archery inflatable range and Backyard Bass fun in our parking lot.  Come join the fun! (For information call 716-608-4770) 

10 - Power Sports Open House at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (9:00am-1:00pm) Just because it's snowing outside doesn't mean you can't start thinking about that new fishing boat.  Stop in to Cabela's this weekend for our Power Sports open house.  Check out some of the new 2017 models we have in stock and chat with our fishing Pro-Staffers on the best ways to outfit your boat for the upcoming fishing season. 

-->Recieve a $1,000 Cabela's Gift Card with the purchase of a 2016 or older new boat

-->Alumacash Red Tag Sale up to $1,500 rebates on select models

-->Cabela's Pro-Staff will be on site to answer your fishing questions

-->Cabela's Power Sports Service Team will be available for questions in our service department and you will receive 10% off coupons for service

-->FREE Food and refreshments through out the day

-->Boats on display from Alumacraft, Lowe, and Ranger

(For information call 716-608-4770)

10 - Musky Fishing 101 at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (1:00 - 2:00 pm) Come meet our local outfitter "Musky Bob."

Learn from one of the best local anlers around.  Learn about specific gear techniques for catching one of these monster freshwater fish.  Our local angler "Musky Bob", an avid Muskey fisherman will cover both trolling and casting methods. (For information call 716-608-4770)

10-11 - 5th Annual Oak Orchard Open Tournament - After a very successful and improved 4th  year of this event which introduced a new format with 5 Salmon and 5 Trout making up the legal catch, and  no communications, this year should be even better. (For  information contact Rick Hajecki at 585-704-7996/ crazyyankeesportfishing@gmail.com or Bob Songin at 585-704-5829/ reelxite@rochester.rr.com.)

10-18 - 33rd Annual Southtowns Walleye Association Walleye Tournament. In this 9-day/1-fish, tournament, the single biggest fish wins. That means any lucky angler can win! There are cash awards for the top 200 places, the top 10 places win big money, with the top prize as much as $8,000 in cash plus prizes. In-person registration ends June 10. Boat field is not limited, $35 entry fee. (For information call Bob Fessler/Don Mullen at 716-462-9576 or go to www.southtownswalleye.org.)

 

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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5 - 26 - 17

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.

 

VIRAL HEMORRHAGIC SEPTICEMIA LINKED TO CAYUGA LAKE FISH KILL: Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) has been connected to a fish kill involving thousands of round gobies in Cayuga Lake. VHS can cause hemorrhaging of fish tissue, including internal organs, and can cause the death of infected fish. It does not pose any threat to human health.

Cornell University confirmed VHS was present in fish samples collected by DEC on May 12. VHS is a deadly and persistent virus of fresh and saltwater fish that has been causing disease issues in the Great Lakes and connected waters since 2003. It was first documented in New York in 2006. VHS has not been linked to a fish kill in the Finger Lakes in almost a decade and this is the first discovery of the presence of this virus in Cayuga Lake.

VHS is currently responsible for an ongoing fish kill in Lake St. Claire in Michigan and western Lake Erie.

Water temperatures have been optimal for the virus this spring as it replicates prominently in water temperatures between 50 and 58 F. Mortalities usually continue until the water warms above that range. VHS can be spread through a variety of means, including the moving of potentially infected fish from one waterbody to another. This can be done by stocking or the use of bait fish.

To help prevent the spread of VHS, anglers and boaters should:

*follow baitfish regulations developed to prevent the spread of harmful fish diseases;

*only release baitfish into the waterbody it was taken from;

*not discard unused bait purchased commercially into any body of water;

*ot move fish from one water body to another;

*not dispose of fish carcasses or by-products in any body of water; and

Inspect, Drain and Dry and Disinfect boats and gear before moving to another water.

DEC routinely collects and tests fish from approximately 30 waters annually to screen for VHS and other harmful diseases. People can help DEC monitor the health of New York's fish populations by reporting any large number of dead or dying fish (usually 100 or more) to the nearest DEC regional office (ask for the Bureau of Fisheries) or the Rome Fish Disease Control Unit at (315) 337-0910.

For further information visit the DEC VHS in New York web page or contact Andrew Noyes or Geofrey Eckerlin, Rome Fish Disease Control Unit, (315) 337-0910.

 

STILL OPENINGS AT MONTEZUMA CAMPS: Montezuma Audubon Center Youth Sportsman And Wildlife Adventure Summer Camps (July 10 to August 4) at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily) For girls and boys ages 11-15. Spaces are limited and fill up fast! Register for one, two, three or all four weeks. Youth will earn their hunter safety, waterfowl ID, bow safety, and trapper safety certificates in two weeks with hands-on learning and outdoor experiences!  These camps will be taught as home study courses to maximize our time in the field.  Campers will be given the course manual and workbook prior to camp. Fisheries Camp participants will learn safe fishing practices with hands-on and fun experiences while fishing for trout, panfish, salmon, bass and more around the Finger Lakes Region. Wildlife Adventure Camp participants will explore the Montezuma Wetlands Complex’s habitats and wildlife through hiking, canoeing, navigating and other outdoor activities.

Schedule:

Week 1:  Hunter Safety / Waterfowl ID Camp   July 10-July 14 Fee: $150 

Week 2:  Bow Safety / Trapper Safety Camp   July 17 –July 21 Fee: $150 

Week 3:  Fisheries Camp   July 24-July 28 Fee: $150 

Week 4:  Wildlife Adventure Camp   July 31-August 4 Fee: $150 

Registration is required! (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma )

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Illegal Turkey Taken in Broad Daylight - Seneca County: On May 13, ECO Shea Mathis responded to a shots-fired complaint near the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in the town of Romulus. Witnesses believed someone had shot a turkey from a white pickup truck and fled the area. ECO Mathis, with the help of a State Trooper, quickly located and stopped the vehicle. One of the three hunters in the vehicle admitted to shooting the turkey on posted property without permission and failing to have his hunting license or turkey tags in his possession. In addition, the driver of the truck admitted to hunting turkeys earlier in the day without a valid turkey permit. The two were issued a total of five tickets for charges including trespass on posted property, failure to tag a turkey, failure to carry a license while hunting, and hunting turkeys without a permit. The mature tom turkey that had been shot in the original complaint was seized as evidence.
State Land Arrests - Town of Chautauqua, Chautauqua County:
On May 19 at approximately 11 p.m., Forest Rangers patrolling Chautauqua Gorge State Forest spotted approximately 30 parked cars. The Rangers hiked into the woods and observed approximately 30 to 40 people, a large bonfire, alcohol, and garbage scattered around the area. Rangers contacted Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies for assistance and determined that most of the partygoers were under 21 years of age. The alcohol at the scene was collected and disposed of. Approximately one pound of marijuana was also seized. A number for summonses were issued and the marijuana was turned over to the Sheriff's Department, which arrested one individual.

Too Much Mud, Even for a Jeep - Broome County: On May 6, ECO Andy McCormick received a complaint of a Jeep stuck on a DEC Flood Control easement in the town of Union. He requested a New York State Trooper to respond, as well, and upon arrival found the Jeep stuck in a large pond area. ECO McCormick contacted a towing company to remove the Jeep. With heavy rain still falling, the recovery required two hours and two tow trucks, as the first tow truck became mired in mud. The driver of the Jeep stated he had observed the signs that motor vehicles were not allowed on the flood wall and drove around a locked gate to access the ponding area. ECO McCormick issued him a ticket for operating a motor vehicle on a flood control easement.

 

 

NY SEA GRANT, CORNELL UNIVERSITY TO SURVEY HIGH WATER IMPACT: New York Sea Grant has awarded rapid response funding to Cornell University to develop and conduct a standardized high water impact survey in the areas along southern and eastern Lake Ontario.
This effort is in response to stakeholder requests for a standardized method to collect data on the impacts of high water levels on waterfront properties.
The information collected will be used to identify areas that are most vulnerable to high water levels in the future and to inform future community flood risk planning.
The survey was pilot tested in the Sodus Bay area of Wayne County, NY, and will be made available through municipality email lists and New York Sea Grant social media to property owners in communities along southern and eastern Lake Ontario. Survey responses will be

accepted through August 31, 2017.
Anyone interested in taking the survey may access it at
https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6RNKD5WAM0hz3U1 or contact Mary Austerman at 315-331-8415 or mp357@cornell.edu.

TURTLE TIME:  Our native turtles are on the move in May and June seeking sandy areas or loose soil to lay their eggs.  In New York, thousands of turtles are killed each year when they are struck by vehicles as they migrate to their nesting areas.  It may take more than 10 years for a turtle to reach breeding age, and they lay just one small clutch of eggs each year, so the loss of a breeding female can have a significant effect on the local population.  All eleven species of land turtles that are native to New York are declining.

What can I do to help?

*If you see a turtle on the road, please try to avoid hitting it with your car. Do not swerve suddenly or leave your lane of travel, but take care to avoid hitting turtles while driving.

*Be on the lookout for turtles and slow down, especially on roads near rivers and marshy areas.

*If you see a turtle in the road or shoulder and you can safely stop your vehicle, please consider moving it to the shoulder on the side of the road in the direction it is facing.

*Picking the turtle up by its tail may frighten or injure it. Most turtles can be picked up by the side of its shell.

*Use extreme caution when moving snapping turtles; either pick her up at the rear of the shell near the tail using two hands, or slide a car mat under the turtle to drag her across the road.

*Do not take the turtle home. All native turtles are protected by law and cannot be collected without a permit.

 

 

  

TIPS FOR WATCHING WILDLIFE AT NIGHT: The best time to witness nocturnal wildlife is about 30 minutes after sunset. Follow these tips to maximize your nighttime wildlife watch:
-Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers or running shoes so that you can walk around quietly.
-Check which direction the wind is blowing and sit downwind so that the animals won't be able to smell you.
-Bring a blanket—it gets cold sitting on the ground.
-Place a piece of red cellophane paper over your flashlight and secure it with a rubber band. The red light allows your eyes to adjust to the darkness better, and you won't disturb the animals as much as with a bright white flashlight.
-Pick an area where there are a lot of night-flying insects—near water, flood lights or street lights. Certain animals feed on insects, and insects are attracted to light and water.
-Use binoculars to get a close view of animals; binoculars enable you to see animals better from a respectable and safe distance.
-Don't feed the animals!

(NYSDEC Outdoor Discovery)

                                                        Night Wildlife Watching You

 

 

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page)

MAY 2017

17-6/14 – Cumming Nature Center Forest School for Ages 12–15 Pilot at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naplels, NY. (10:00 am – 3:30 pm daily) In this five-week pilot program students continue fostering a deep, personal relationship with nature as they grow into their role as citizen scientists. Instructors facilitate a variety of experiences that empower students as we: tune into the intricate cycles of nature by studying its patterns; develop a personal philosophy about how to live in nature without causing its degradation; and push our physical and emotional limits as we fully embrace the elements. Previous attendance of CNC Forest school is not required, and all outdoor experience levels are welcome. A basic comfort level with the outdoors will be helpful. (Cost: Non-member $145.00/Member $132) (For information call 585-374-6160.)

26 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Event Water Race - $12.00/7:30 pm – Coonhound Bench Show - $12.00/9:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $15.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129 or John Marshall 607-345-5366)   

27 - Start of Statewide Muskellunge Fishing Season (>11/30)

27 - Birding 101: Class #6 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Learn why some birds stay just for the summer and which species to look for during the summer. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

27-29 - 53nd Annual National Lake Trout Derby On Seneca Lake. Fishing will be from 6 a.m. Saturday to noon Monday, and participants can take their catches to one of three weigh stations – in Geneva, Sampson State Park in Romulus and Watkins Glen. The derby is open to adults and youth 5 and older. The main prizes will be: Grand Prise - $7,500; 1st place lake trout:$3,000 and 1st place brown, rainbow and llS: $1,500. (For information contact: Colin Morehouse, 67 John Street. Geneva, NY 14456  (315) 789-8634)

28 - The 13th annual “Teach Me to Fish” Day at the Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY. (2:00 – 5:00 pm)  The event is for kids 15 years of age and under, who would like to learn about fishing. There will be numerous hands-on learning stations, free prizes hand outs and Sahlen hotdogs. The event is free.

31 - Close of Spring Turkey Hunting Season 

JUNE 2017

1 - Birding and Boating: Cayuga Lake Sunset Paddle. Meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (6:00 – 8:30 pm) Join us for a relaxing, sunset canoe/kayak paddle to explore the birds and habitats at the north end of Cayuga Lake. This is a great opportunity to see Bald Eagles and Osprey that are nesting in the area. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee: $10/child without rental, $18/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). Pre-paid reservations are required. (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

2 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Salmon Rivers Strutters Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at The Elms Golf Club, 2 Country Club Lane, Sandy Creek, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact William Wilbur   wwilbur551@aol.com   315-440-4351)

2 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Event Water Race - $12.00/7:30 pm – Coonhound Bench Show - $12.00/9:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $15.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129 or John Marshall 607-345-5366)

3 - NATIONAL TRAILS DAY

3 - Free Take a Kid Fishing Clinic at Dunkirk Memorial Park/Dunkirk Yacht Club (Lake Erie) sponsored by the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club and others. (8:00 – 10:30 am) (For information call 716-366-1772)

3 - The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Take-A-Kid-Fishing Day at the club, (10:00 am – Noon) Applications for attending this event are now available at the Con Club. New kids get a free fishing rod & reel, and all youths 15 years of age and under receive a T-shirt, grab bag of fishing gear, a morning of fishing and hands on activities. Picnic cuisine is also served for all who attend and help. There is a $10 fee to offset the cost, but the smiles and memories are priceless! All kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (For information call 716-366-1772 and leave a name and phone number and a time you can be reached.)

3 - Boy Scout Conservation Day at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)  What are invasive species and why do they need to be removed?  Boy Scouts from Bobcats to Eagle Scouts will learn about invasive species management while participating in habitat restoration projects and exploring the birds and other wildlife that benefit from this important work. Each scout must have a leader, chaperone, or parent in attendance. (Fee: $5/Scout.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

3 - Educator Workshop: Growing Up Wild at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (9:00 am – Noon) Participants receive an activity guide filled with standards-based, interdisciplinary, hands-on lessons for young children. For educators of students ages 3-7. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

3 - Smoker Madness at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (12:00 - 1:00 pm) There is nothing like the incredible smells that come from a smoker.  Come see some of the best smokers available to backyard gourmets, and learning just how easy it is to create mouthwatering dishes that will have your friends and family begging for more. (For information call 716-608-4770)

3-4 - Orleans County Houndsmen Beaglers Beagle Event at 3199 Maltby Road, Oakfield, NY. (6/3 6:30 am – Beagle Event Hunt - $25.00/6/3 6:30 am Beagle Event Bench Show - $20.00/6/4 6:30 am – Beagle Event Hunt - $25.00/6/4 6:30 am Beagle Event Bench Show - $20.00/) Highest scoring double cast wins or 1 cast win and your score with plus points will be State Champion. King and queen from Saturday will go head to head with Sunday's king and queen for State Show Champion.  (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)     

4 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Seneca Lake Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Seneca Lake Duck Hunters Club, Route 14, Dresden, NY (4:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Dale Lane
dalejmt@yahoo.com   315-374-0017)

4-10 - NATIONAL FISHING WEEK

 

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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5 - 19 - 17

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.

 

2016 DEER HARVEST ESTIMATES:  Hunters in New York State harvested an estimated 213,061 deer during the 2016-17 hunting seasons, an estimated five percent increase over 2015-16 levels. The 2016 deer take included 106,055 antlerless deer and 107,006 antlered bucks. Statewide, this represents a 7.5-percent increase in buck harvest from 2015, reflecting modest population growth following the losses experienced during the harsh winter of 2014-15. Antlerless harvest was similar to 2015 (a 2.6-percent increase), as managers sought increased antlerless harvests in certain parts of the state and reduced harvests in others.

Regionally, hunters in the Northern Zone took 24,674 deer, including 16,495 adult bucks. In the Southern Zone, hunters took 188,387 deer, including 90,511 adult bucks.

DEC's 2016 Deer Harvest Summary report (PDF 3.75 MB) provides a suite of tables, charts, and maps detailing the statewide deer harvest. Past harvest summaries are available on DEC's website.

Last year, DEC kicked off a campaign to encourage hunters to voluntarily pass up shots at young bucks in an effort to grow the population of larger bucks across the state. In areas where hunters had the freedom to choose what type of buck to take, nearly half of the adult bucks taken this past year were 2.5 years or older. Yearling bucks were plentiful, a result of strong survival rates through the 2015-16 winter, yet many hunters voluntarily chose restraint.

DEC also confirmed that bucks of all ages across the state were in good condition, with larger antlers, more mass, and fewer spike-antlered bucks.

2016 Deer Harvest Summary & Comparison:

                                          2016                    2015                    Change             5-Year Ave.

Total Take                      213,061             202,973             5.0%                    231,306

Adult Male                     107,006             99,572                 7.5%                    110,306

Adult Female                 78,288                 75,157                 4.2%                    84,569

Antlerless                      106,055             103,401             2.6%                    120,928

DMP Issued                   588,430             626,389             -6.1%                   617,591

DMP Take                      81,507                 76,928                 6.0%                    91,612

DMAP Take                   9,134                   10,847                 -15.8%                 11,405

Muzzleloader                 15,369                 11,570                                             14,834

Bowhunting                   46,735                 37,697                                             36,458

Crossbow                      9,439                   7,469                   26.4%                  NA

Youth Hunt                    1,162                   1,222                   -4.9%                   1,273

 

Notable Numbers:

54,099 --- estimated number of bucks taken in 2016 that were 2.5 years old or older. Only 49 percent of bucks taken statewide were yearlings (54 percent in units without mandatory antler restrictions).

16.2 and 0.5 --- number of deer taken per square mile in the unit with the highest (WMU 8N) and lowest (WMUs 5C and 5F) harvest density.

65 percent --- proportion of eligible junior hunters that participated in the 2016 Youth Deer Hunt.

14,085 --- number of hunter-harvested deer checked by DEC in 2016.

186,110 --- number of hunting hours recorded by 3,805 bowhunters that participated in the annual Bowhunter Sighting Log. Participating bowhunters reported 120,067 deer sightings, for an average of 64.5 deer seen per 100 hours hunted. The Bowhunter Sighting Log provides useful data on regional sighting trends for deer, moose, turkey, and a variety of furbearer species.

2,447 --- deer tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in 2016-17; none tested positive. DEC has tested more than 40,000 deer for CWD since 2002.

56.5 percent --- proportion of successful deer hunters that ignored their responsibility to report their harvest as required by law. DEC Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) have increased enforcement of non-compliance with the mandatory reporting requirements.

Deer harvest data are gathered from two main sources: harvest reports required of all successful hunters and DEC's examination of more than 14,000 harvested deer at check stations and meat processors. Statewide harvest estimates are made by cross-referencing these two data sources and calculating the total harvest from the reporting rate for each zone and tag type. A full report of the 2016-17 deer harvest, as well as past deer and bear harvest summaries, is available on DEC's website.

 

NY STATE EXPANDS EMERALD ASH BORER QUARANTINE: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) announced that eight existing Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Restricted Zones have been expanded and merged into a single Restricted Zone in order to strengthen the State's efforts to slow the spread of this invasive pest.

The new EAB Restricted Zone includes part or all of Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chenango, Chemung, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Genesee, Greene, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Wayne, Westchester, Wyoming, and Yates counties. The EAB Restricted Zone prohibits the movement of EAB and potentially infested ash wood. The map is available on DEC's website.

Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) or "EAB" is a serious invasive tree pest in the United States, killing hundreds of millions of ash trees in forests, yards, and neighborhoods. The beetles' larvae feed in the cambium layer just below the bark, preventing the transport of water and nutrients into the crown and killing the tree. Emerging adult beetles leave distinctive D-shaped exit holes in the outer bark of the branches and the trunk. Adults are roughly 3/8 to 5/8 inch long with metallic green wing covers and a coppery red or purple abdomen. They may be present from late May through early September but are most common in June and July. Other signs of infestation include tree canopy dieback, yellowing, and browning of leaves.

EAB was first discovered in the U.S. in 2002 in southeastern Michigan. It was also found in Windsor, Ontario the same year. This Asian beetle infests and kills North American ash species (Fraxinus sp.) including green, white, black and blue ash. Thus, all native ash trees are susceptible.

EAB larvae can be moved long distances in firewood, logs, branches, and nursery stock, later emerging to infest new areas. These regulated articles may not leave the Restricted Zone without a compliance agreement or limited permit from the Department of Agriculture and Markets, applicable only during the non-flight season (September 1 - April 30). Regulated articles from outside of the Restricted Zone may travel through the Restricted Zone as long as the origin and the destination are listed on the waybill and the articles are moved without stopping, except for traffic conditions and refueling. Wood chips may not leave the Restricted Zone between April 15th and May 15th of each year when EAB is likely to emerge.

For more information about EAB or the emergency orders, please visit DEC's website. If you see signs of EAB attack on ash trees outside of the Restrictive Zone, please report these occurrences to the DEC's Forest Health Information Line toll-free at 1-866-640-0652.

 

DEC ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR VOLUNTEER FIRE ASSISTANCE GRANTS: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting applications for federally funded "Volunteer Fire Assistance" grants. The deadline for application is May 31.

The grant program, funded by the U.S. Forest Service and administered by DEC, gives selected fire departments the chance to receive 50/50 matching funds up to $1,500 to help pay for equipment that aids in firefighting. Last year, the program provided $1,500 grants to 289 fire departments across the state. This year, DEC has received a federal appropriation of $402,268 in grant money.

Only expenses directly related to fire suppression efforts are eligible for funding, including purchases such as portable pumps, hand tools, hoses, light-weight fireproof clothing, hard hats, portable radios, generators, and dry hydrants. Expenditures not directly related to firefighting, such as search and rescue, acquisition of land, construction of buildings and facilities, major apparatus purchases, and maintenance are not eligible for funding.

Eligible fire departments include those that serve a single town with a population under 10,000; those that serve multiple communities, one of which is a rural town of less than 10,000 residents; and fire departments in towns with a population of 10,000 or more that meet the requirements listed on the application. Fire departments that receive a grant award must complete all required grant paperwork by Oct. 31, 2017.

For applications or further information about the grant program, contact DEC at (518) 402-8839, or write to NYSDEC, Division of Forest Protection, 625 Broadway 3rd Floor, Albany, NY 12233-2560 or, visit the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants web page on DEC's website.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Youth Turkey Hunt - Yates County: On April 22 and 23, Lt. Matt Lochner and ECOs Josh Crain and Kevin Thomas participated in the Eighth Annual Yates County Youth Turkey Hunt. This year's event began with a dinner presentation at the Seneca Lake Duck Hunter's Club during which ECOs Crain and Thomas discussed hunting ethics and firearm safety. The 27 youth hunters received a turkey vest, hat, gloves, facemask, turkey calls, gun case, and Dead Ringer peep sights. The Mossy Oak and Lynch Mob Turkey Calls Pro staff put on a turkey calling seminar to teach the kids how to use the slate calls that Lynch Mob Turkey Calls generously donated to each youth participating in the hunt. After the Sunday morning hunt, during which an impressive 15 turkeys were taken, everyone met up for a picnic lunch. All of the young hunters received prizes ranging from calls and turkey decoys to a lifetime hunting license donated by Eagle Eye Outfitters.

 

Good Training and Quick Thinking Saves a Life - Oswego County: On April 28, ECO David Thomas responded to a 911 call reporting a distressed individual at the intersection of State Rt. 49 and Depot Road in the town of Constantia. ECO Thomas was the first police officer to arrive on the scene. A crew from Southern Oswego County Volunteer Ambulance Corps arrived and together they located a 22-year-old woman unresponsive in the passenger seat of a parked vehicle. A quick evaluation indicated that the victim was likely suffering from an opioid drug overdose. ECO Thomas administered an initial dose of naloxone (Narcan) issued to all Division of Law Enforcement members. A second dose was administered about 10 minutes later after the initial dose failed to sufficiently reverse the opioid effects. The victim was revived by the combined doses and transported by ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse for further treatment.

 

ADDITIONAL CWD CASES DETECTED IN PENNSYLVANIA-WILD-DEER: The Pennsylvania Game Commission tested 5,707 deer and 110 elk for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) during 2016. Twenty-five wild deer tested positive for CWD. All of the wild CWD-positive deer were in or near Disease Management Area 2 (DMA 2) (parts of Bedford, Blair, Somerset, Fulton, Cambria, and Huntingdon counties), the only area of the state where CWD has been detected in the wild. These 25 deer more than doubled the number of CWD-positive deer detected in DMA 2 from 2012 to 2015. Through 2016, 47 wild deer have tested positive for CWD in DMA 2.

Each year, the Game Commission collects CWD samples from hunter-harvested animals, road-kills, escaped captive cervids, and any cervid showing signs of CWD.

Since 2002, the Game Commission has tested over 61,000 deer for CWD. Although samples are collected from across the state, efforts were increased within the three Disease Management Areas (DMAs), which are areas in the state where CWD has been identified in wild and/or captive deer.

The 25 new CWD-positive wild deer were part of 1,652 deer samples collected within DMA 2 during 2016. CWD-positive deer included 13 road-killed deer, 10 hunter-harvested deer, and two deer showing signs consistent with CWD. No CWD positive wild deer were detected in the remainder of the state in 2016 or in any previous year.

CWD not only is a threat to Pennsylvania’s deer, but also the elk herd; however, no positives have been detected in our elk herd to date. During 2016, 110 wild elk were tested for CWD, including hunter-harvested animals and elk exhibiting clinical signs consistent with CWD.

  

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page)

MAY 2017

15 - Start of Bowfishing for Carp Season (A fishing or small game hunting license may be used) Water must be legal for fishing and discharge of a bow. (>9/30)

17-6/14 – Cumming Nature Center Forest School for Ages 12–15 Pilot at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naplels, NY. (10:00 am – 3:30 pm daily) In this five-week pilot program students continue fostering a deep, personal relationship with nature as they grow into their role as citizen scientists. Instructors facilitate a variety of experiences that empower students as we: tune into the intricate cycles of nature by studying its patterns; develop a personal philosophy about how to live in nature without causing its degradation; and push our physical and emotional limits as we fully embrace the elements. Previous attendance of CNC Forest school is not required, and all outdoor experience levels are welcome. A basic comfort level with the outdoors will be helpful. (Cost: Non-member $145.00/Member $132) (For information call 585-374-6160.)

19-21 - The 33rd Annual Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament will be held out of the ports of Wilson and Olcott. The Pro Division will be going back to the old format of best 12 tournament fish each day with a total score for three days earning the top prize. In the Amateur Open contest, best three fish each day is the focus. Each single day is a contest by itself. Best two scores combined earn a special Cup and an extra cash prize. Deadline to register is May 15 at 5 p.m. You must sign up online at www.lakeontarioproam.net.

20 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Grand Slam Gobblers Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Wolcott Elks Club, 6161 W. Port Bay Road, Wolcott, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Chris Reed,   jmc604@hotmail.com  315-730-24360)

20 - Saturday Kayak Skills Session at the Olean, NY, Linn Launch, Steam Valley Road, Portville, NY (11:30 am – 1:30 pm) Kayak skills and safety training. (Cost: $80.00) (For information call 716-392-2708 or email seabird.ava@gmail.com)

20 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop - Stalking the Adirondack Ostrich: Ferns, Flowers & Trees of the Adirondacks at Tupper Lake, NY (Cost: $50.00) (For information/register contact Adirondack Foothills Guide Service, LLC  518-359-8194  adkfoothills@yahoo.com  or go to www.adkfoothills.com) 

20 – Grape Country Coonhunters Association Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Williams Hill Road, Branchport, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $12.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $15.00) (For information call Josh Wood at 315-729-4773)

20 - Cattaraugus County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 10491 Route 240, West Valley, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Joel Nicholas 716-378-1832)

20 - Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (9:00 am - 1:00 pm) Cabela’s has partnered with Legal Heat, the Nation’s Leading Firearms Training Firm to provide concealed carry classes to meet the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Utah and Arizona concealed carry permits in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These permits will allow combined carry reciprocity in approximately 30+ states. Legal Heat's concealed carry class covers firearms safety, handling, transportation, storage, ammunition, self-defense and firearms laws, concealed carry techniques and much more. Legal Heat’s firearm training instructors are all NRA and Utah BCI certified, insured and among the most highly experienced in the industry and can answer your CCW questions. This course typically runs approximately 4 hours. This Legal Heat course does not have a test or range requirement. The Utah and Arizona permits are open to residents of any state and can be applied for by mail. You do NOT have to reside in the state of UT or AZ to qualify to apply for their concealed carry permits. Register TODAY for this fun and informative class. Seating may be limited. (For information/register go to www.MyLegalHeat.com/Cabelas or call 855-GUN-CLASS)

20 - Birding and Boating: Howland’s Island Meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:30 – 4:00 pm) Join us for a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle to explore the Seneca River around Howland’s Island. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the largest population of breeding Cerulean Warblers in NY. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. (Fee: $10/child with-out rental, $18/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental) (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). Pre-paid reservations are required. (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

20 - Ray’s Kids Day at Reinstein Woods and Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (9:00 am) For youngsters between the ages of 9 and 15 interested in learning more about the art of fly fishing, the Lake Erie Chapter of the International Federation of Fly Fishers will be holding its annual event. Named in honor of the group’s founder, Ray “Marks” Markiewicz, this is an all-day instruction on fly tying, fly casting, entomology and even some fly fishing using the flies you tied! There is a limit of 36 students and each student must have a chaperone age 21 or older. Cost is just $20. There are only a few openings left. (If you are interested call Dave Rosner at 716-675-4766.)

20 – Vessel Examination by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-1 at the Fort Niagara Boat Ramps (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call Tom Chiappone at 716-772-7242.)

20-21 - Spring Public Black Powder Shoot at the Alabama Hunt Club, Lewiston Road, Alabama, NY.  (Start 8:30 am)

21 – Chautauqua Lake Bassmasters Crappie Tournament at the Lakewood launch. (6:00 am to 1:00 pm) Ten crappie, 9-inch minimum. (For information contact Trevor at 720-6498)

21 – The Annual Chautauqua Lake Team Crappie Tournament at the Lakewood Community Park and Boat Launch sponsored by the  Chautauqua Lake Bassmasters. (6:00 am – 1:00 pm) Open to the public, the team entry fee of $50 will be used for the cash prize payout to the top three finishers and the big fish prize; 10-fish team bag; live fish weigh-in.  Visit chaut-lakebassmasters for an entry application, Trevor Graham is the tournament director (716-720-6498). 

26 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Event Water Race - $12.00/7:30 pm – Coonhound Bench Show - $12.00/9:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $15.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129 or John Marshall 607-345-5366)   

27 - Start of Statewide Muskellunge Fishing Season (>11/30)

27 - Birding 101: Class #6 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Learn why some birds stay just for the summer and which species to look for during the summer. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

27-29 - 53nd Annual National Lake Trout Derby On Seneca Lake. Fishing will be from 6 a.m. Saturday to noon Monday, and participants can take their catches to one of three weigh stations – in Geneva, Sampson State Park in Romulus and Watkins Glen. The derby is open to adults and youth 5 and older. The main prizes will be: Grand Prise - $7,500; 1st place lake trout:$3,000 and 1st place brown, rainbow and llS: $1,500. (For information contact: Colin Morehouse, 67 John Street. Geneva, NY 14456  (315) 789-8634)

28 - The 13th annual “Teach Me to Fish” Day at the Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY. (2:00 – 5:00 pm)  The event is for kids 15 years of age and under, who would like to learn about fishing. There will be numerous hands-on learning stations, free prizes hand outs and Sahlen hotdogs. The event is free.

31 - Close of Spring Turkey Hunting Season

 

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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5 - 12 - 17

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.

 

GANDER MOUNTAIN GOING OUT OF BUSINESS, ALL 126 STORES TO CLOSE: Gander Mountain, the fishing, hunting, and outdoor retailer, which has been a staple in 26 states over the last 57 years, is shutting its doors for good. An announcement on the retailer’s website states that all 126 stores nationwide are going out of business and will be liquidating all inventory. According to the website announcement, ‘Everything Must Go’ and gift cards will only be honored until May 18.

 

CROSSBOW BILL S1386A NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT: The Senate Environmental Conservation Committee  approved S1386A Tuesday May 9 at the committee meeting. This is a major step toward Crossbow Full Inclusion. This bill will now go before the entire Senate for a floor vote. We will update everyone when that date is announced but it can happen as soon as next week. We need to be prepared for the Senate Floor Vote. Please call, write and email your Senator and ask they vote "YES" on S1386A. 
Thank you everyone for your continued support. 

(From the New York Crossbow Coalition - info@nycrossbowcoalition.com.)

2017-18 Waterfowl & Migratory Game Bird Seasons: (All dates are not final until published in the Federal Register in mid-summer. Please check this website prior to going afield this fall.)

Waterfowl Hunting Seasons:

Species                Daily Limit / Possession Limit             Western Zone

Youth Days                                                                          Oct 14 – Oct 15                         

Ducks, Coots & Mergansers 6* / 18 (Coot 15/45)          Oct 28 – Dec 6   /  Dec 26 – Jan 14 

Snow Geese                                25 / No Limit                  Oct 1 – Apr 15

Brant                                                    2 / 6                           Oct 1 – Nov 29

* The daily limit of 6 ducks includes all mergansers and sea ducks (scoters, eiders and long-tailed ducks) and may include no harlequin ducks and no more than 4 mallards (2 of which may be hens), 3 wood ducks, 2 black duck, 1 pintail, 2 scaup, 2 redheads, 2 canvasback, 4 scoters, 4 eiders, 4 long-tailed ducks or 2 hooded mergansers. For all other duck species found in New York, the daily limit is 6.

Canada Geese:

West Central Zone

Sep 1 – Sep 25 (15/day)   Oct 28 – Nov 26 (3/day)   Dec 26 – Jan 14 (3/day)

South Zone

Sep 1 – Sep 25 (15/day)   Oct 28 – Dec 17 (5/day)   Dec 26 – Jan 14 (5/day)   Mar 2 – Mar 10 (5/day)

East Central Zone

Sep 1 – Sep 25 (15/day)   Oct 28 – Nov 17 (3/day)   Nov 23 – Dec 21 (3/day) 

 

NEW RECORD FOR CHANNEL CATFISH:  Using just a nightcrawler, Eric Scordo of Watertown caught a 35-pound, 3-ounce channel catfish measuring 38 ¼ inches in Lake Ontario in Jefferson County on April 29. The fish broke the previous state record caught from Brant Lake (Warren County) in 2002 by nearly 2½ pounds.

Channel catfish are the largest members of the catfish species that live in New York and can be found statewide. They feed primarily on the bottom and are most easily caught using live bait such as worms or baitfish. When hooked, catfish can provide a challenge for even the most experienced anglers. They are also one of the tastiest freshwater fish.

Mr. Scordo submitted details of his winning catch as part of DEC's Angler Achievement Awards Program, which tracks state record fish. Through this program, anglers can enter freshwater fish that meet specific qualifying criteria and receive official recognition of their catch and a distinctive lapel pin commemorating their achievement. Three categories make up the program: Catch & Release, Annual Award, and State Record.

For more information about the Angler Achievement Awards Program, including a downloadable application form, go to DEC's website. Program details and an official entry form can also be found in DEC's current Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Right Place, Right Time - Chautauqua County: On April 16, ECOs Darci Dougherty and Jerry Kinney were on patrol in the town of Charlotte when they noticed a pick-up truck with a trailer attached parked near a large pile of construction and demolition debris that did not appear to come from the property. The officers spoke with the property owner who stated the waste had come from another property he owned in North Collins and that he intended to burn the waste. The ECOs found painted wood, plywood, plastic, and floor molding in the pile. The property owner was ticketed for the illegal disposal of solid waste, returnable to the Town of Charlotte Court on May 2.

Way Over the Limit - Erie County: On April 17, ECO Jamie Powers assisted with trout stocking in the town of Sardinia at five locations along Cattaraugus Creek. After the stocking was complete, ECO Powers observed three individuals catching and keeping fish. Two of the fishermen were observed taking fish up to their car, while the third continued to catch fish. ECO Powers approached the fishermen. Initially, the fishermen denied catching more than a few fish but quickly admitted to keeping more than was allowed. One of the individuals caught 11 brown trout and the other two had caught seven trout each. All three individuals were issued summonses for taking more than the daily limit of trout, returnable to the Sardinia Town Court.

Construction and Demolition Fire - Niagara County: While on patrol on April 17 in the town of Hartland, ECO Josh Wolgast observed a house that appeared to be under renovation and a large fire burning with several black plastic construction bags in it. ECO Wolgast stopped and interviewed two individuals on site. One admitted to starting the fire to burn lath from the renovation. However, the fire contained construction debris and trash of all kinds including insulation, particle board, plastics, paint cans, and used motor oil. Several mattresses and a couch meant to go into the fire were piled nearby. ECO Wolgast issued two tickets for unlawful disposal of solid waste and the open burning of garbage, both returnable to the Town of Hartland Court.

 

DEC AND GREAT LAKES RESEARCH CONSORTIUM AWARD $136,591 IN RESEARCH GRANTS: Projects will focus on harmful algal bloom, invasive species, mercury, fish microbiome, endangered plovers, and emerging contaminants.
The Great Lakes Research Consortium, in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Great Lakes Program, announces the award of $136,591 for six research projects that address priority areas in the Great Lakes Action Agenda for New York State. Funding for the grants is provided by the state's Environmental Protection Fund to the Great Lakes Research Consortium via an agreement with the College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
The 2017 small research grants are as follow; details of each project are posted on the Consortium website at
www.esf.edu/glrc:
Assessing the Role of Nitrogen in Harmful Algal Blooms in the Great Lakes Basin (Honeoye Lake): $25,000, Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY; collaborator: Wright State University, Dayton, OH;
Economic Value of Controlling Aquatic Invasive Species in New York State: $22,500, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY;
Mercury Mobilization from Wetlands Along the Upper St. Lawrence River in Support of Ecosystem-Based Management: $20,338.00, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY; collaborators: St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY; New York Power Authority, Massena; St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada;
Influence of Spawning and Nursery Habitat in Shaping the Northern Pike Gut Microbiome, $22,500, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY; Thousand Islands Biological Station, Clayton, NY;
Informing Restoration of the Endangered Piping Plover to Lake Ontario, $21,751.00, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY; collaborators: Audubon New York, Troy, NY; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Onondaga Audubon Society, Syracuse, NY; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Screening and Risk Assessment of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Onondaga Lake-Three Rivers System: $24,502.00, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY; collaborator: Upstate Freshwater Institute, Syracuse, NY.
The Great Lakes Small Grants Research Program is administered by the Great Lakes Research Consortium in cooperation with the DEC and New York Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council. The GLRC, based at SUNY ESF, is a consortium representing 18 colleges and universities in New York State plus nine affiliates campuses in Ontario, Canada. The goal of this small grant research program is to provide seed funding for new, cooperative projects that improve our understanding and management of New York's Great Lakes resources. EPF funding is allocated for the New York Ocean-Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act and New York Great Lakes Action Agenda.
Contacts: Great Lakes Research Consortium Director Dr. Gregory L. Boyer, 315.470.6825
DEC: Megan Gollwitzer, 716.851.7201,
region9@dec.ny.gov
GLRC Publicist Kara Lynn Dunn, 315.465.7578,
karalynn@gisco.net

(http://www.theoutdoorwire.com/story/14939425233sq3eceax0e)

 

LIPPING BASS MAY BE HARMFUL: Black bass Micropterus spp. support popular freshwater sport fisheries in North America. Bass anglers commonly adopt catch and release as a conservation practice, and frequently over 75% of angled black bass are released back into the water. If fish survive the angling event, the practice of catch and release as an alternative to harvest reduces direct mortality, but it has the potential to affect the postrelease feeding behavior and survival of the fish. The act of lifting black bass for handling, hook removal, and photograph opportunities may cause stress and injury, and the degree of injury sustained could be influenced by fish size. Holding fish in a tilted grip by the jaw has raised concern among anglers about potential damage to jaw musculature and tendons, as they may not support the fish's body weight out of water, particularly for trophy bass. We conducted an experiment with Florida Largemouth Bass M. salmoides floridanus to evaluate the relative differences in survival, jaw mechanics, and feeding success after the use of three common handling treatments: (1) a vertical hold using a lip-grip device (vertical treatment); (2) a tilted, one-handed grip using only the lower jaw (horizontal treatment); and (3) two-handed support to the lower jaw and body (support treatment). The time taken by fish to regain equilibrium and resume normal swimming behavior after handling differed among the three treatments; the recovery period was shortest for fish in the support treatment (mean ± SD = 7 ± 10 s; vertical treatment: 33 ± 74 s; horizontal treatment: 12 ± 16 s). Minor injuries (e.g., abrasions and sores) and diseases (e.g., tumors and fungus) tended to increase after handling across the entire sample. Results suggested no evidence of handling-specific differences in fish feeding behavior, jaw adjustments, and mortality after release. However, based on our results, we recommend that anglers use two-handed support to handle Florida Largemouth Bass, thus minimizing the mean amount of time for an individual fish to regain equilibrium after an angling event.

(By Jordan Skaggs, Yasmín Quintana, Stephanie L. Shaw, Micheal S. Allen, Nicholas A. Trippel & Michael Matthews - Read the full report in North American Journal of Fisheries Management here:)

 

IF YOU CARE, LEAVE IT THERE: New Yorkers should keep their distance and not to disturb newborn fawns or other young wildlife as many animals are in the peak season for giving birth, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) cautioned.

 

It is not unusual to see a young bird crouched in the yard or a young rabbit in the flower garden, both apparently abandoned. Finding a fawn deer lying by itself is also fairly common. Many people assume that young wildlife found alone are helpless and need assistance for their survival, however, in nearly all cases this is a mistake and typically human interaction does more damage than good. Those that see a fawn or other newborn wildlife should enjoy their encounter but keep it brief, maintain some distance and do not attempt to touch the animal.

Young wildlife quickly venture into the world on shaky legs or fragile wings. While most are learning survival from one or both parents, some normally receive little or no care. Often, wild animal parents stay away from their young when people are near. For all of these young animals, the perils of survival are a natural part of life in the wild.

White-tailed deer fawns present a good example of how human intervention with young wildlife can be problematic. Most fawns are born during late May and the first half of June. While fawns are able to walk shortly after birth, they spend most of their first several days lying still. During this period a fawn is also usually left alone by the adult female (doe) except when nursing. People occasionally find a lone fawn and mistakenly assume it has been orphaned or abandoned, which is very rare. Fawns should never be picked up. If human presence is detected by the doe, the doe may delay its next visit to nurse.

A fawn’s best chance to survive is by being raised by the adult doe. Fawns nurse three to four times a day, usually for less than 30 minutes at a time, but otherwise the doe keeps her distance. This helps reduce the chance that she will attract a predator to the fawn. The fawn’s protective coloration and ability to remain motionless all help it avoid detection by predators and people.     

By the end of its second week, a fawn begins to move about more and spend more time with the doe. It also begins to eat grass and leaves. At about ten weeks of age, fawns are no longer dependent on milk, although they continue to nurse occasionally into the fall. During August, all deer begin to grow their winter coat and fawns lose their spots during this process.

Should you find a fawn or other young wildlife, If You Care, Leave It There. In nearly all cases that is the best thing for the animal. DO NOT consider young wildlife as possible pets. This is illegal and is bad for the animal. Wild animals are not well suited for life in captivity and they may carry diseases that can be given to people. Resist the temptation to take them out of the wild. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about young wildlife, visit the DEC website at: www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6956.html.

 

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page)

MAY 2017

5-14 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Spring Trout and Salmon Derby 2017. 1st of 3 LOC Derbies offering over $30,000 in cash and prizes with a grand prize of $15,000 for the largest overall Salmon caught. (For more information call 888-733-5246 or visit their website at www.loc.org.)

6 - Start of Statewide Fishing Season for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge, and Walleye (>3/15/18)

6 - Start of Fishing Season for Muskellunge in the Susquehanna River (Tioga County), the Chemung River and Tributaries and Tioga River (Chemung County) (>3/15/18)

6 - Start of Special Season on Lake Erie and Tribs for Black Bass (must 20 inches +) (>6/16)

12 - Canandaigua Lake DU Sportsman's Night Out at the Gorham Fire Department, 4676 Kearney Road, Gorham, NY (6:00 – 9:00 pm) (Cost: $35 - Adult Kids 12 & Under Are Free!!) Join us for some great bbq, drinks, raffles for guns, gear and ducks unlimited merchandise all afternoon to raise funds for wetlands conservation. (For information contact Brian Danish 585-746-5766   danishb393@gmail.com   or Taylor Barnes   585-944-8904.)

12 -  Home School Nature Series: Aquatic Critters at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)   How can small aquatic critters be an indicator of environmental quality? Homeschooled children ages 5-12 will use microscopes to identify pond and marsh macroinvertebrates and learn how important they are to wetland habitats. Bring your water boots and be prepared to have fun and get wet! (Fee: $8/student.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

13 - Orleans County Houndsmen And Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Phipps Road, Albion, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $15.00/8:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)

13 - Chemung County Coon Hunters Association Inc Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Rumsey Hill Road, Van Etten, NY. (3:30 – Coonhound Event Water Race $15.00/5:00pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial - $15.00/6:30pm – Coonhound Bench Show – $15.00/8:00pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Herschel Burt at 570-596-2149)

13 - Southern Tier Cha Inc. Coonhound Event at the clubhouse at 7359 Rood Road, Sinclairville NY (4:00 pm – Coonhound Event Bench Show-Poor Boy - $10.00/6:00 pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial-Poor Boy - $10.00/6:00 pm –Coonhound Event Water Race-Poor Boy - $10.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Kevin Noody at 716-595-2053 or 716-679-8783)

13 - Birding By Ear at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (9:30 am) Who’s that singing in the forest or up in the trees? Learn to identify birds by their calls and songs. For adults only. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

13 - Edible And Medicinal Wild Plants Walk at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:00 pm) Learn to identify local wild plants that can be used as food and medicine, and sample some dishes featuring wild foods. (Materials fee: $5; $3 for Friends of Reinstein Woods members.) For adults and children ages 12 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

13 - Ladies' Archery 101 at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) Learn the basics and much more from our local outfitters. (For information call 716-608-4770)

13 - Ladies' Shotgun101 at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) Come learn the basics to shoot shotgun from our local outfitters. (For information call 716-608-4770)

13/14 - Fishing Basics for Mom and Kids at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (Sat. 11:00 am - 5:00 pm/Sun. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Come join Pro Staffer Joe Fonzi and his lovely wife Diane for some Mother's Day fun, the outdoors way...

Joe and Diane will teach basics fishing techniques to anyone that would like to learn.  What a great opportunity for all moms to learn how to fish with their kids. (For information call 716-608-4770)

14 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Summer Slam Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at The Hornell American Legion Post #440, 72 Seneca Street, Hornell, NY (3:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Mike Valentine   mvalentine@stny.rr.com   607-661-8709)

15 - Start of Bowfishing for Carp Season (A fishing or small game hunting license may be used) Water must be legal for fishing and discharge of a bow. (>9/30)

17-6/14 – Cumming Nature Center Forest School for Ages 12–15 Pilot at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naplels, NY. (10:00 am – 3:30 pm daily) In this five-week pilot program students continue fostering a deep, personal relationship with nature as they grow into their role as citizen scientists. Instructors facilitate a variety of experiences that empower students as we: tune into the intricate cycles of nature by studying its patterns; develop a personal philosophy about how to live in nature without causing its degradation; and push our physical and emotional limits as we fully embrace the elements. Previous attendance of CNC Forest school is not required, and all outdoor experience levels are welcome. A basic comfort level with the outdoors will be helpful. (Cost: Non-member $145.00/Member $132) (For information call 585-374-6160.)

18 - Public Meeting on Proposed Projects Restoring Wildlife Habitat and Recreation on Onondaga Lake at the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center, 280 Restoration Way, Syracuse, NY (5:00 pm) The Onondaga Lake Community Participation Working Group (CPWG) meeting is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. All CPWG meetings are open to the public, as such the community is welcome to join all or part of the meeting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are considering a series of projects to restore and protect wildlife habitat and water quality and increase recreational opportunities at Onondaga Lake, as outlined in a draft restoration plan and environmental assessment released for public comment through June 2, 2017. The draft plan and additional information on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process may be found online at https://www.fws.gov/northeast/nyfo/ec/onondaga.htm. (For more information: DEC Contact:  Sean Mahar 518-402-8000 /  USFWS Contact: Meagan Racey 413-253-8558)

19 - Public Meeting on Proposed Projects Restoring Wildlife Habitat and Recreation on Onondaga Lake at the City Hall Commons Atrium located at 201 E. Washington Street, Syracuse, NY (Enter through side doors to the Atrium via Warren Street.) (7:30 – 8:45 am) The Onondaga Lake Community Participation Working Group (CPWG) meeting is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. All CPWG meetings are open to the public, as such the community is welcome to join all or part of the meeting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are considering a series of projects to restore and protect wildlife habitat and water quality and increase recreational opportunities at Onondaga Lake, as outlined in a draft restoration plan and environmental assessment released for public comment through June 2, 2017. The draft plan and additional information on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process may be found online at https://www.fws.gov/northeast/nyfo/ec/onondaga.htm. (For more information: DEC Contact:  Sean Mahar 518-402-8000 /  USFWS Contact: Meagan Racey 413-253-8558)

19 - Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (4:00 - 8:00 pm) Join Legal Heat as they lead a Concealed Carry Course. (Reservations can be made at www.MyLegalHeat.com or by calling 855-GUN-CLASS.)

20 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Grand Slam Gobblers Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Wolcott Elks Club, 6161 W. Port Bay Road, Wolcott, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Chris Reed,   jmc604@hotmail.com  315-730-24360)

20 - Saturday Kayak Skills Session at the Olean, NY, Linn Launch, Steam Valley Road, Portville, NY (11:30 am – 1:30 pm) Kayak skills and safety training. (Cost: $80.00) (For information call 716-392-2708 or email seabird.ava@gmail.com)

20 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop - Stalking the Adirondack Ostrich: Ferns, Flowers & Trees of the Adirondacks at Tupper Lake, NY (Cost: $50.00) (For information/register contact Adirondack Foothills Guide Service, LLC  518-359-8194  adkfoothills@yahoo.com  or go to www.adkfoothills.com) 

20 – Grape Country Coonhunters Association Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Williams Hill Road, Branchport, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $12.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $15.00) (For information call Josh Wood at 315-729-4773)

20 - Cattaraugus County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 10491 Route 240, West Valley, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Joel Nicholas 716-378-1832)

20 - Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (9:00 am - 1:00 pm) Cabela’s has partnered with Legal Heat, the Nation’s Leading Firearms Training Firm to provide concealed carry classes to meet the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Utah and Arizona concealed carry permits in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These permits will allow combined carry reciprocity in approximately 30+ states. Legal Heat's concealed carry class covers firearms safety, handling, transportation, storage, ammunition, self-defense and firearms laws, concealed carry techniques and much more. Legal Heat’s firearm training instructors are all NRA and Utah BCI certified, insured and among the most highly experienced in the industry and can answer your CCW questions. This course typically runs approximately 4 hours. This Legal Heat course does not have a test?or range requirement. The Utah and Arizona permits are open to residents of any state and can be applied for by mail. You do NOT have to reside in the state of UT or AZ to qualify to apply for their concealed carry permits. Register TODAY for this fun and informative class. Seating may be limited. (For information/register go to www.MyLegalHeat.com/Cabelas or call 855-GUN-CLASS)

20 - Birding and Boating: Howland’s Island Meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:30 – 4:00 pm) Join us for a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle to explore the Seneca River around Howland’s Island. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the largest population of breeding Cerulean Warblers in NY. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. (Fee: $10/child with-out rental, $18/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental) (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). Pre-paid reservations are required. (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

21 – The Annual Chautauqua Lake Team Crappie Tournament at the Lakewood Community Park and Boat Launch sponsored by the  Chautauqua Lake Bassmasters. (6:00 am – 1:00 pm) Open to the public, the team entry fee of $50 will be used for the cash prize payout to the top three finishers and the big fish prize; 10-fish team bag; live fish weigh-in.  Visit chaut-lakebassmasters for an entry application, Trevor Graham is the tournament director (716-720-6498). 

 

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.

What Do You Think? Have something for other sportspeople? Let us know HERE.

 

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5 - 5 - 17

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

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Vulture - Genesee County: On April 2, ECO Gary Wilson received a call from Genesee County Dispatch stating that a concerned motorist had reported an injured Turkey Vulture standing on State Rt. 5 in the town of Stafford. The vulture had been hit by a vehicle and was at risk of being struck again. ECO Wilson responded to the location, found the bird, collected it in a five-gallon pail, and promptly transported it to a local wildlife rehabilitator.

Bobcats are Not Pets - Jefferson County: On March 29, ECOs Kevin Holzle and Peter Jackson were contacted regarding a complaint of a subject in possession of a live bobcat. It is illegal to possess a bobcat without a permit. When the ECOs arrived at the residence, vehicles were parked in the driveway but there was no sign of movement inside. The officers spoke with a neighbor, who stated that the subject was home and that the bobcat was locked in a shed outside of the residence. The subject eventually came out and admitted to keeping a live bobcat in his possession. He claimed that the bobcat was struck by a vehicle three weeks prior and he was caring for the animal. The ECOs, with the help of Lt. Steve Bartoszewski, seized the bobcat and released the uninjured animal back into the woods. The subject was charged with illegal possession of wildlife and is due to appear in Town of Theresa Court in late April.

Prescribed Fire - Town of Rush, Monroe County: On April 26 and 27, DEC conducted a 50-acre prescribed burn at Rush Oak Openings Unique Area. DEC Forest Rangers, staff from divisions of Lands and Forests and Fish and Wildlife, and Fire Wardens worked with the U.S. Forest Service to conduct the burn. The first day's burning operations focused on the eastern portion of the property near the Five Points gate called the Sand Knoll area. The large fields were treated on the second day of burning. The primary purpose of the prescribed burn was to maintain the open character of the land and inhibit the growth of woody stemmed species. In addition to filling required positions on the fire management team, additional positions were filled with trainees working toward certification. An Excelsior Corps crew was integrated into the operations to complete the field exercise portions of their Wildland Fire Suppression courses

Search - Town of Lysander, Onondaga County: On April 29 at about 5:47 p.m., Forest Rangers were notified by Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Don Damrath of an attempt to locate a suicidal subject in Labrador Hollow Unique Area on the border of Onondaga and Cortland counties. Forest Rangers responded and contacted Onondaga County 911 for additional details. ECO Damrath responded, as well. Ranger Scott Jackson made contact with an Onondaga Sherriff's Deputy who stated that the subject was believed to be at the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area. At 6:55 p.m., Onondaga County 911 advised that the subject had been located in good condition. All DEC resources were released.

 

DEC ACCEPTING PUBLIC COMMENTS ON REGULATORY PROPOSALS FOR DIAMONDBACK TERRAPINS AND BOBCATS: 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that the agency is accepting public comments on two regulatory proposals. One proposal is for the closure of the diamondback terrapin season; the other revises the special permit requirements for bobcat hunting and trapping.

The Diamondback terrapin is an aquatic turtle that lives within the brackish waters of the lower Hudson River, Long Island Sound, New York Harbor, and the south shore of Long Island. There is currently an open season for taking the species under a commercial license from August through April. Declines in terrapin populations from harvest and habitat loss has now prompted states to ban the commercial harvest of Diamondback terrapins

A single season of intensive harvesting has the potential to endanger this species in New York. Therefore, DEC is proposing to close the harvest of diamondback terrapins and to give the species the same protections as other native turtles in New York.

Upon completion of the Bobcat Management Plan in 2012, regulations were adopted to establish a hunting and trapping season in select Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in central and western New York, referred to as the "Harvest Expansion Area" (HEA). In areas open to bobcat hunting and trapping, individuals are required to have a license and to have the animal "pelt sealed" (i.e., have a plastic tag affixed by DEC staff) after harvest.

However, to hunt or trap bobcats in the HEA, licensed hunters and trappers were required to obtain a free "special permit" from their regional wildlife office. This requirement allowed biologists to collect information on participation, harvest, harvest pressure (e.g., number of days afield, number of traps set) through a diary or "log", and to collect biological samples. This robust data set allowed biologists to assess the status of the bobcat population and evaluate harvest.

After three seasons of data collection, sufficient information on harvest pressure and take has been collected such that the special permit is no longer needed. If the regulation is adopted as proposed, hunters and trappers that pursue bobcats in the HEA will still be required to have a hunting or trapping license and to have the animal pelt sealed.

The Notices of Proposed Rulemaking can be viewed on DEC's website and in the New York State Register. The public comment period will be open through June 9, 2017.

Comments must be submitted in writing to:

Proposed Bobcat Regulation: Michael Schiavone, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754

Proposed Terrapin Regulation: Kathy O'Brien, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754

Or e-mail comments to:wildliferegs@dec.ny.gov; subject line "Bobcat Regulation" or "Terrapin Regulation."

 

FROM THE EMAIL: VETERAN FACES 21 YEARS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF PISTOL MAGAZINES: (By Michael Filozof)  Simeon D. Mokhiber, a Niagara Falls, N.Y. Army veteran, was convicted April 21 on three felony counts of possessing “large capacity ammunition feeding devices” under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act.
Mokhiber served nine years in the U.S. Army and participated in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He subsequently worked as an armed private security contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was formerly licensed as an armed security guard in New York. He is the father of an eight-year-old with disabilities, and had no prior criminal record.
Mokhiber was pulled over for speeding in April 2016. Although Mokhiber had not been drinking, police performed field sobriety tests. When Mokhiber requested that officers turn on body cameras, he was arrested and his vehicle was searched without a warrant.
Police found three 17-round Glock handgun magazines in a locked container that was opened without Mokhiber’s consent. Although Mokhiber was the owner of a licensed and registered handgun, no gun was present in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop – only the magazines.
Under New York law, possessing an “ammunition feeding device” capable of holding more than 10 rounds is a felony carrying a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.
If Mokhiber is sentenced consecutively, he could face up to 21 years in state prison for possession of the magazines.
While New York is busy prosecuting combat veterans of Operation “Iraqi Freedom,” Gov. Cuomo has been actively sympathizing with left-wing criminals. Last December, Cuomo commuted the sentence of Judith Clark, making the avowed communist revolutionary eligible for a parole hearing. Clark was serving a 75-to-life sentence for her role in a 1981 Brink’s robbery that involved the murder of a security guard and two police officers.  (Cuomo, who personally visited Clark in prison prior to commuting her sentence, was quoted as saying “She made a mistake” and “Jesus would pardon her.”)
And the governor’s state budget, passed two weeks ago, appropriated $10 million of taxpayers’ money to provide legal counsel to illegal aliens facing deportation.

 

CAMPING WORLD GROUP WINS GANDER MOUNTAIN BANKRUPTCY AUCTION: The largest U.S. recreational vehicle dealer, Camping World Holdings Inc., and a group of liquidators won a bankruptcy auction for St. Paul-based Gander Mountain Co., according to a bankruptcy court filing. The value of the winning bid for the sporting goods retailer was about $390 million, according to people familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to discuss the details of the auction results.

The Camping World-led group bested a going-concern bid for Gander Mountain from rival Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc., the sources said.

Camping World, which is run by Marcus Lemonis, a star on CNBC TV’s reality show “The Profit,” plans to operate at least 17 Gander Mountain stores as a going concern, the sources said. An auction for Gander Mountain’s remaining more than 100 leases will be conducted later, the sources said.

The consortium also won all of Gander Mountain’s intellectual property and its Overton’s boating business, the sources said.

Gander Mountain declined to comment, and Lincolnshire, Ill.-based Camping World did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The auction results will require final approval from a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge.

Gander Mountain filed for bankruptcy in March with a plan to quickly sell itself after struggling with excess inventory and seeing its approximately 160 stores underperform. It listed assets and liabilities each worth up to $1 billion.

(By Jessica DiNapoli , Reuters - April 29, 2017)

 

“WORRY CALLS”: The annual increase in “worry” calls is underway, as people see animals out at odd times of the day and in odd areas. The cause is either the wind down of that urge of nature we call sex (this is the end of the mating season for many of the medium sized mammals such as skunks, raccoons and woodchucks) or the start up of selecting a birth site and finding food for young.

Several Springs ago, I was lucky to have a pair of red fox den in a brush pile 100 feet behind my house. It was a real treat to watch six pups as they started life outside the den. The adults were constantly hunting for food making them more exposed then at other times of the year. As a wildlife biologist, this was pure enjoyment. To others, however, this scenario might be seen as a

threat to their safety. Still others fear damage to their property when they see wildlife. A raccoon moves into the chimney or squirrels invade an attic to raise young. These people want the animal gone. What happens next? People can either call a Nuisance Wildlife Control Agent licensed by New York State or they can do it themselves.

A friend, Barry Ganzhorn from Caledonia, also a Nuisance Wildlife Control Agent, once commented to me about the problem with do-it-your-selfers. “I noticed that more and more folks are buying animal traps and trying to take care of their wild animal problems themselves. There is more to wild animal trapping then buying a trap and a jar of peanut butter. Wild animal trapping has a ton of rules and regulations that the common person doesn’t know about. These rules and regulations have a purpose.” Barry continued, “So you have, what you think is a woodchuck hole in your back yard. You go and buy a live trap from the local hardware and a jar of peanut butter and set up, hoping to get "Woody" the Woodchuck. The next morning you and the kids run out to see if your first venture in trapping has produced good results. You can’t believe what you see. "Peppie-la-Pew" (a very unhappy Skunk) is in the trap. What do you do now? What happened to the woodchuck? Panic sets in and all of a sudden you find yourself calling for help. Things get worse when you find out that it will cost $100 and up for a certified trapper to come and take care of the problem. So then what? The law states that you, as the home owner, have the option to dispatch or release the animal yourself. If you dispatch it you have to bury it on your own property. This is a very complicated decision as contact, with this animal may result in the spread of the rabies virus, if the animal is infected. If you decide to release the skunk, don*t forget that getting sprayed is a very good possibility. If you have never been sprayed, you are in for a treat!! The regulations go on and on, so as you can see, maybe it’s best to just fill in the hole, or call an agent, and forget about trying the art of trapping.”

I, personally had a call very similar to Barry’s example. A man set his neighbor’s cage trap for a woodchuck and caught a skunk. Not knowing what to do, he decided to let it die in the trap. My call came five days later. The skunk was still very much alive and not to happy. When you do anything without knowing what you are doing, problems are going to happen. Knowledge of animal habits, proper types and sizes of traps available, where to set traps and what to do with animals captured is essential to eliminate problems and prevent needless suffering for the wild or domestic animal. Remember also, the trip to the park with the pesky squirrel could cost you a hefty fine if you are caught. It is illegal to move wildlife without a permit.

 

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page)

MAY 2017

5-14 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Spring Trout and Salmon Derby 2017. 1st of 3 LOC Derbies offering over $30,000 in cash and prizes with a grand prize of $15,000 for the largest overall Salmon caught. (For more information call 888-733-5246 or visit their website at www.loc.org.)

6 - Start of Statewide Fishing Season for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge, and Walleye (>3/15/18)

6 - Start of Fishing Season for Muskellunge in the Susquehanna River (Tioga County), the Chemung River and Tributaries and Tioga River (Chemung County) (>3/15/18)

6 - Start of Special Season on Lake Erie and Tribs for Black Bass (must 20 inches +) (>6/16)

6 - Steuben County Coon Hunters, Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 4082 Depot Street, Cameron, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Roger Barney at 607-695-9024)

6 - Annual Wildlife Festival at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) Highlights at the Wildlife Festival will be live animal presentations, delicious food, live music, children’s games, crafts and activities, guided bird watching hikes and canoe trips, a native plant sale, a garlic mustard pulling contest, and over 40 vendors and exhibitors. (Fee: FREE for children under 5, $2/school-aged child, $4/adult.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

6 - Warblers For Beginners at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Join us as we learn about and look for migrating warblers, often called the butterflies of the bird world. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

6-7 – 39th Annual Walleye Fishing Derby on Oneida Lake sponsored by the Chittenango Lions Club, Headquartered at Oneida Shores County Park, 9400 Bartell Road, Brewerton, NY (Awards 5/7 at 3:00pm)(Entry fee $15.00) (For information call Carol at 315-699-3187 or email info@lionswalleyederby.org)

8 -  From PA to Africa: Chickadees in Forest Fragments & House Sparrows in Africa by Dan Ardia, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Franklin and Marshall College at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY (7:30 – 9:00 pm) Sponsored by the Cayuga Bird Club. Dan will discuss two projects likely to change how you watch local birds. The first looks at movement and survival of Carolina Chickadees in forest fragments in central Pennsylvania. The second project studies how invasive House Sparrows spread across Africa. Two field expeditions (Kenya and Senegal) reveal interesting differences in which birds are at the leading edge of the expansion and how they differ in behavior. (For information email pel27@cornell.edu)

11 - Educator Workshops - Project WILD Workshop at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga). (4:00 - 7:00 pm) Project WILD (Wildlife in Learning Design) - Helping educators prepare students to develop problem-solving skills in exploring responsible human actions toward wildlife and the environment. For educators of students in grades K-12. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

12 - Canandaigua Lake DU Sportsman's Night Out at the Gorham Fire Department, 4676 Kearney Road, Gorham, NY (6:00 – 9:00 pm) (Cost: $35 - Adult Kids 12 & Under Are Free!!) Join us for some great bbq, drinks, raffles for guns, gear and ducks unlimited merchandise all afternoon to raise funds for wetlands conservation. (For information contact Brian Danish 585-746-5766   danishb393@gmail.com   or Taylor Barnes   585-944-8904.)

12 -  Home School Nature Series: Aquatic Critters at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)   How can small aquatic critters be an indicator of environmental quality? Homeschooled children ages 5-12 will use microscopes to identify pond and marsh macroinvertebrates and learn how important they are to wetland habitats. Bring your water boots and be prepared to have fun and get wet! (Fee: $8/student.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

13 - Orleans County Houndsmen And Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Phipps Road, Albion, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $15.00/8:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)

13 - Chemung County Coon Hunters Association Inc Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Rumsey Hill Road, Van Etten, NY. (3:30 – Coonhound Event Water Race $15.00/5:00pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial - $15.00/6:30pm – Coonhound Bench Show – $15.00/8:00pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Herschel Burt at 570-596-2149)

13 - Southern Tier Cha Inc. Coonhound Event at the clubhouse at 7359 Rood Road, Sinclairville NY (4:00 pm – Coonhound Event Bench Show-Poor Boy - $10.00/6:00 pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial-Poor Boy - $10.00/6:00 pm –Coonhound Event Water Race-Poor Boy - $10.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Kevin Noody at 716-595-2053 or 716-679-8783)

13 - Birding By Ear at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (9:30 am) Who’s that singing in the forest or up in the trees? Learn to identify birds by their calls and songs. For adults only. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

13 - Edible And Medicinal Wild Plants Walk at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:00 pm) Learn to identify local wild plants that can be used as food and medicine, and sample some dishes featuring wild foods. (Materials fee: $5; $3 for Friends of Reinstein Woods members.) For adults and children ages 12 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

13 - Ladies' Archery 101 at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) Learn the basics and much more from our local outfitters. (For information call 716-608-4770)

13 - Ladies' Shotgun101 at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) Come learn the basics to shoot shotgun from our local outfitters. (For information call 716-608-4770)

13/14 - Fishing Basics for Mom and Kids at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (Sat. 11:00 am - 5:00 pm/Sun. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Come join Pro Staffer Joe Fonzi and his lovely wife Diane for some Mother's Day fun, the outdoors way...

Joe and Diane will teach basics fishing techniques to anyone that would like to learn.  What a great opportunity for all moms to learn how to fish with their kids. (For information call 716-608-4770)

14 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Summer Slam Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at The Hornell American Legion Post #440, 72 Seneca Street, Hornell, NY (3:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Mike Valentine   mvalentine@stny.rr.com   607-661-8709)

 

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

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

 

HUNTER SHOOTS TWO PARTNERS WHO WERE HIDING BEHIND TURKEY FAN: