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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

8 - 11 – 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.

 

ALLIGATORS: During the past two weeks two alligators have captured by NYSDEC personnel in the Tioughnioga River near Whitney Point. It’s believed they were someone’s pet but became too large to safely keep. The two alligators were between 3 – 4 feet. If identified the responsible person could face fines as high as $1,000. It is illegal to possess an alligator as a pet in New York without a permit. Exceptions for possession are generally only authorized for zoological and research facilities. 

The NYS Environmental Conservation Law ( sections 11-0511, 11-0512, 11-035, and 11-0536) prohibit aspects of possession, transportation, sale , transfer, exchange, importation,  and release of wild animals; including alligators, Caiman, and Crocodylia.  In part, the above are regulated in cases where DEC finds that possession, transportation, importation or exportation of a species of wildlife or fish would present a danger to the health or welfare of the people of the State or an indigenous fish or wildlife population.

Any information regarding the release of the two, now captured, alligators into the Tioughnioga or any other alligator release can be reported to DEC Division of Law Enforcement (DEC ECOs) at 1-877-457-5680. 

 

KUDOS: Freshwater Drum Record Broken (Again)

For the second time in a year and fourth time in 12 years, the freshwater drum record has been broken. The new record which weighed 36 lbs. was caught by Jason Bair of Macedon, NY, from Oneida Lake on a Jigging Rapala®. It smashed the previous record caught from Lake Champlain by more than 6 pounds. Congratulations, Jason!

  

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Boat Patrol on Lake Ontario - Monroe County

On July 23 and 29, ECOs George Scheer, Brian Shea, and Gary Wilson were assigned to a marine patrol on Lake Ontario in Monroe County. This patrol was part of a statewide detail for Division of Law Enforcement officers to enforce Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Executive Order for vessels to stay 600 feet from shore when operating at speeds greater than five mph due to high water conditions on Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Region 8 ECOs utilized one of the Division's newest vessels - a 27-foot SAFE Boat, "ENCON A14." While on patrol, the ECOs fielded questions about fishing and navigation laws. Most of the boaters encountered over the two days were in compliance with the Navigation and Conservation Laws, although four tickets were issued and more than a dozen verbal warnings given for other minor infractions.


                                           Patrol Vessel A14 in Monroe County

Big Bear in the City - Steuben County:

In the early morning hours of July 17, ECO Matthew Baker received a call from the Hornell Police Department requesting assistance with a black bear within the city limits. ECO Baker responded and spoke with a Hornell City Police Officer, who was standing by monitoring the bear from about 30 feet away as it was resting under a tree. Officer Baker contacted Lt. Matthew Lochner and DEC biologists for assistance with the bear, as he determined it would need to be tranquilized to safely remove it from city limits. ECO Baker and Hornell PD stood by, keeping the public away from the bear until the biologists arrived. The bear was successfully darted and tagged and weighed in at an impressive 340 pounds before being moved and released at a nearby state forest property.


                                  ECO Baker and the tranquilized bear

 

 

BECOME A CITIZEN SCIENTIST FOR BLACK BEAR RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT IN NEW YORK: iSeeMammals is a new citizen science project of DEC and the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Cornell University. It collects 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 from more areas than researchers can 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 hiking 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

Access photo galleries of iSeeMammals data as photos are submitted

Get information on bear ecology and bear management in New York

See extras like quizzes, contests, and giveaways

Training workshops and seminars may be available; inquire via their contact form.

 

STATE HUNTING AND TRAPPING EDUCATION COURSES ARE GEARING UP: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminded all new hunters and trappers planning to go afield this season must first complete a mandatory hunter, bowhunter, or trapper education course before obtaining the appropriate sporting license or hunting privilege.

With state licenses now on sale, first-time hunters and trappers are encouraged to sign up for courses as they fill quickly. Each year, more than 45,000 New Yorkers take DEC's hunter and trapper education courses.

DEC works closely with thousands of dedicated DEC-certified instructors statewide to provide these training courses free of charge. Courses are offered for Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, Trapper Education, and Waterfowl Hunter Education.

DEC's online registration system makes it easy to view a list of all available courses with the student's proximity to course locations. Students can register from any device - smartphone, tablet or computer - 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Courses are added continuously throughout the year, so those interested should regularly check the on-line system to find a local course. To locate a nearby hunter or trapper education course, visit DEC's website or contact a local DEC office for assistance.

All courses require students to review course materials and complete a homework sheet prior to attending the classroom and field session. The homework portion of the course provides an introduction to the subject and enhances the students' understanding of the course material. Proof of the completed homework is required to attend the course. Students should register for the course well in advance of the course date in order to allow time to complete the homework requirement, which takes approximately three hours. All courses will require successful completion of an in-person field day to earn certification for the course.

Access to the homework materials and online homework options can be found on DEC's website or follow the guidelines listed in the various course announcements when you register for a particular course.

Actual course manuals and homework sheets are always available from DEC wildlife offices and sportsman education instructors.

Education courses produce results in hunter safety

New York's hunter education courses are highly effective in fostering safe hunters. Approximately 500,000 licensed hunters spend an estimated 10 to 15 million days afield each year. Reports on the number of hunting-related shooting incidents indicate that in 2016 only 13 hunting-related shooting incidents occurred - the lowest number on record since DEC began compiling hunting-related shooting statistics in 1958. These low numbers are achieved through training and the regulations governing hunting activities in New York State. DEC's Sportsman Education Program is designed to teach and promote safe and effective hunting principles, practices and strategies. The program has been extremely successful over its 66 years of existence. Details on last year's hunter safety record can be found on DEC's website.

 

 

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

AUGUST 2017

11-12 – Cattaraugus County Trappers Association’s Sportsman’s Rendezvous at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, Route 353, Little Valley, NY. (Parking - $5.00/car) Supplies, demos, tailgaters, auction and food. (For information call Matt 716-359-5141 or Kevin  716-474-7251)

11-27 - Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic at the Bass Pro Shop store, 1579 Clark Street Road, Auburn, NY. During the Fall Hunting Classic, professional hunters, local pros and outdoorsmen and women conduct seminars, answer questions and help hunters make the most of their fall hunting season. Many sportsmen and women look forward to the event all year long.  Check local listings at www.basspro.com/classic. Free seminars include: August 19 - 11 a.m.: Archery Insights: Improving your aim; 2 p.m.: Stealth and Scent Control: Scent control and scent products to give you the edge; 4 p.m.: Bag a Bigger Buck: Tips and tactics.  August 20 - 11 a.m.: Hone the Harvest: Archery fine tuning; 2 p.m.: From the Field to the Freezer. The first 25 seminar attendees ages 18 or older on August 19 will receive a free LED Outdoor Light; the first 25 attendees on August 20 will receive a free Bass Pro Shops beverage bottle. Other special events include: August 19 - Women’s Hunting Workshop - Women are invited to this free seminar at 3 p.m. to learn hunting tips and how-to information for gearing up for the hunt and more. The first 25 women ages 18 or older will receive a free Bass Pro Shops tumbler.  August 11 – 20: Bow, crossbow and optics trade-in - Hunters can trade in bows, crossbows and optics for a coupon worth up to $100 off the purchase price of a new bow, crossbow or optics (excludes longbows or recurves and spotting scopes).  August 19 – 27: Game camera and hunting boot trade-in - Hunters can trade in game cameras for a coupon worth up to $100 off the purchase price of a new game camera; or trade in hunting or rubber boots for a coupon worth up to $40 off the purchase of new hunting boots. The game cameras, boots, bows, crossbows and optics are donated to local nonprofit organizations to help with outdoor education programs. August 26 & 27: Next Generation Weekend - Next Generation Weekend is a family-friendly, free event that includes a free craft, giveaway, photo download and activities. Check local listings for more information on Next Generation activities.  It is vitally important that today’s youth get involved in the outdoors so they can become the stewards and conservationists of tomorrow to insure the maintenance and well-being of our natural resources. Bass Pro Shops is proud to take part in inspiring the next generation of conservationists by providing easy, fun, accessible ways for families to discover and enjoy the outdoors.  (For information call 315-258-2700 or email Manager_Finger_Lakes_NY@basspro.com)
12 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Route 14N, Geneva, NY (9:30 am) Shotguns, rifles, handguns, military, decoys, knives, mounts, fishing, ammo and swords. (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.com)

12 - Webster Pond Free Fishing Clinic at Webster Pond, Syracuse, NY. (8:00 am – 5:00 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. Rain date is 8/19/17. (For information/register call Chad Norton, Anglers Association of Onondaga at 315-727-2922)

12 - Girl Scout Day at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) Calling all Brownie and Junior Scouts! Are you looking to stay involved with Girl Scouts over the summer but don't know how? The Montezuma Audubon Center is the perfect place for that! Come enjoy the summer sunshine with a variety of outdoor activities, including badge work, hiking, and nature exploration.  Please pack a lunch and stay afterwards for a picnic. Each scout must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee:  $8/Scout.)  (For more information, call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org.)

12 - Game-Camera Basics at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (11:00 am - 12:00 pm) There's nothing that will get you more fired up for hunting season quicker than seeing a Monster Buck in full detail on your trail camera.  Let's talk about the advanced features and benefits of our full line of trail cameras, and how they can significantly increase your odds of tagging your next big trophy. (For information call 716-608-4770)

12 - Cabela's S.A.F.E Archery Range at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) Test your skills at our Cabela's S.A.F.E. Archery Range.  We'll go over shooting form basics and how to properly draw and release a recurve bow.  It's fun for all ages! (For information call 716-608-4770)

12 – Wildlife Identification at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (12:00 – 1:00 pm) It's always fun to slow down your hike, take a closer look at the ground below and see what animal activity is in the area.  Check out wildlife tracks with your young adventurers and see how many you can identify together! (For information call 716-608-4770)

12 – Three Steps to a Comfortable Backpack at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (1:00 – 2:00 pm) If you plan on hiking more than a few blocks, this seminar is for you. We will show you how to correctly fit, load and hoist your backpack in less than an hour.  Stick around for free backpack fittings. (For information call 716-608-4770)

12 – Fishing This Fall at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (1:00 – 2:00 pm) Enjoy more elbowroom on the water this fall when the hunters head to the woods and the kids hit the books. Our experts will share the hottest tackle to ensure you are successful on your next trip. (For information call 716-608-4770)

13 - KTBA Bass Club Double Shot 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 )

14-18 - Cumming Nature Center – Archaeology at Cumming Nature Center, Naples, NY (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) Campers, ages 9 - 11, get in touch with their wild side in the great outdoors. Experiences at the 900-acre preserve include hiking, forest exploration, survival skills and more. Bus transportation is provided from the Rochester Museum and Science Center. (Cost: $285.00) (For camp offerings by week, full camp descriptions and to register, visit RMSC.org/Camps or call 585-697-1942.)

14-18 - Cumming Nature Center – Eco Investigators at Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) Campers, ages 9 - 11, get in touch with their wild side in the great outdoors. Experiences at the 900-acre preserve include hiking, forest exploration, survival skills and more. Bus transportation is provided from the Rochester Museum and Science Center. (Cost: $285.00) (For camp offerings by week, full camp descriptions and to register, visit RMSC.org/Camps or call 585-697-1942.) 

14-18 - Cumming Nature Center – Survivor at Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) Campers, ages 12 – 15, get in touch with their wild side in the great outdoors. Experiences at the 900-acre preserve include hiking, forest exploration, survival skills and more. Bus transportation is provided from the Rochester Museum and Science Center. (Cost: $285.00) (For camp offerings by week, full camp descriptions and to register, visit RMSC.org/Camps or call 585-697-1942.)

15 - Start of Dog Training on Small Game (>4/15/15)

16 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Wheelin Sportsmen Guns & ZomBBQ at Turkey Trot Acres, 188 Tubbs Hill Road, Candor, NY (2:00 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 Andrew Munson  amunson@stny.rr.com   607-722-0572 )

16 - Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Workshop for Forest Landowners (Oswego County) at the West Monroe Town Hall, 46 County Rte. 11, West Monroe, NY. (6:00 – 8:00 pm) The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets announced today that the agencies are offering two workshops on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) for forest landowners in Oswego and Oneida counties. EAB is a small but destructive beetle that infests and kills North American ash tree species. (For more information contact Glen Roberts, Forester, (315)376-3521 or email information.R6@dec.ny.gov.) 

17 - Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Workshop for Forest Landowners (Oneida County) at the Boonville Town and Village Office Building, 13149 NY-12, Boonville, NY. (6:00 – 8:00 pm) The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets announced today that the agencies are offering two workshops on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) for forest landowners in Oswego and Oneida counties. EAB is a small but destructive beetle that infests and kills North American ash tree species. (For more information contact Glen Roberts, Forester, (315)376-3521 or email information.R6@dec.ny.gov.)

17 - Upstate New York PVF Dinner at the Lockport Town and Country Club, 717 East Ave., Lockport, NY. (5:30 pm) Tom King, executive director of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and NRA Board Member, will be the keynote speaker. King has been a champion of the shooting sports in the state and a protector of Second Amendment rights. Seating is limited and deadline to register is August 8. (For information/register to attend contact Brenda Leder at 518-272-2654.)

17 - Kids Summer Day Camp at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Summer Break is almost over but the fun is still here! Kids ages 5-12 will enjoy a summer adventure program that includes outdoor games, nature exploration, and nature crafts. Come for the day (bring a lunch) or just the morning or afternoon sessions.  (Fee: $30/whole day, $18/half day.) (For more information, call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org.)

18 – 2nd Annual Realin for a Cure Ladies Fishing Tournament at Krull Park (6:00 am – noon) Fishing at Wilson and Olcott Harbors. (For information please call Stephanie Pierleoni 716-481-6388)

18 - Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (4:30 -8:00 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. www.MyLegalHeat.com   877-252-1055 We look forward to seeing you for a great class! (This class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any ny counties yet.

18-20 - 70th Annual Woodsmen's Field Days at the Oneida County Fair Grounds, Route 294, Boonville (For information and schedule go to http://www.starinfo.com/woodsmen/boonvil1.html)

18-9/4 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Fall Trout and Salmon Derby - The $25,000 Grand Prize is part of the over $50,000 in cash that will be offered for this event.  (For information go to www.loc.org or call 888-733-5246.)

19 - 4th Annual King of the Oak Tournament - This is the third leg of the 4 part series to crown the King of the Oak. (For information contact Paul Czarnecki at 716-309-0085/ tri0900@gamil.com or Rick Hajecki at 585-704-7996/ crazyyankeesportfishing@yahoo.com.)

19 - Amphibians and Reptiles - Mysterious and Misunderstood at the Pfeiffer Nature Center, 1974 Lillibridge Road, Portville, NY. (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) Join us at Pfeiffer Nature Center as we explore the lifestyles and habits of some of our most mysterious and misunderstood wildlife friends – amphibians and reptiles! This event is packed with all kinds of fun for children and adults. Meet Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Karen Moran as she shares her first-hand experiences rehabilitating these amazing creatures. Spend time with Pfeiffer Nature Center volunteers as they share natural history and cool facts about our native frogs and salamanders. Enjoy hands-on herpetological arts and crafts. Visit the cabin at 10:30 am and enjoy a “talk” by local conservation biologist Robin Foster where she will discuss the hellbender, our largest salamander and “living fossil”. Come along for a hike led by Robin and fellow biologist Adam Haines to explore the trails of the Lillibridge preserve in search of snakes, frogs, and salamanders. This event is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the biology and importance these animals play in our local ecosystem and how we can help support and protect them.  (For information/register (by the 17th) call 716-933-0187.)

19 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop - Adirondack Byway: A Raquette River Paddle at Tupper Lake, NY (Cost: $65.00 plus option of canoe/kayak rental) (For information/register contact Adirondack Foothills Guide Service, LLC  518-359-8194  adkfoothills@yahoo.com  or go to www.adkfoothills.com)  

19 – Early Season Archery for Whitetails at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (11:00 am – noon) Archery Season is an amazing time of the year.  Our Outfitters will share field-tested tips that will make your whitetail archery hunt a memorable one this season. (For information call 716-608-4770)

19 – Backcountry First-Aid and Survival at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (11:00 am – noon) Let us help you stay safe when you're out enjoying the backcountry. This workshop covers basic wilderness first-aid, along with some helpful tips that just might come in handy should you ever find yourself in a precarious situation. (For information call 716-608-4770)

19 – Hunting Big Game With Broadheads at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (1:00 – 2:00 pm) Choosing a broadhead can be a very challenging decision.  Start practicing today with the broadhead you'll be shooting this season. Check out the flight patterns along with some broadheads with proven results so you too can be confident heading into the woods. (For information call 716-608-4770)

19 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Crossroads Women In The Outdoors Day at Mendon Ponds Park, 95 Douglas Road, Honeoye Falls, NY. (For information contact Dannielle Schmitt at 585-472-2139 or email schmitty181126@hotmail.com)

19 – Fall Salmon Fishing at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (1:00 – 2:00 pm) Fall is the best time to fish salmon. Our skilled Outfitters will demonstrate top gear picks and outline techniques to land these ferocious fighters. (For information call 716-608-4770)  

19-27 - 40th Annual Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey - Eligible waters include those within Orleans, Niagara and Erie Counties as well as those portions of Lake Erie and Ontario, Categories include Salmon, Rainbow/Brown trout, Lake trout, Smallmouth bass, Carp and Walleye. All have a chance to win the Grand Prize. (For information call 877-FALLSUS or visit www.fishodyssey.net.)

20 - KTBA Bass Club Tournament on Otisco 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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8 - 4 – 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.

 

Public Information Session on Habitat Management Plan for Stid Hill Multiple Use Area in Towns of Bristol and South Bristol: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public information session to provide information and answer questions about a recently completed habitat management plan for Stid Hill Multiple Use Area (MUA) located in the towns of Bristol and South Bristol, Ontario County. The session will take place on Tuesday, August 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the South Bristol Town Hall, 6500 Gannett Hill Road, in South Bristol (just off State Route 64 in the hamlet of Bristol Springs). An open house will take place from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a formal presentation at 7 p.m. This MUA is currently managed to provide a diversity of wildlife habitats, including extensive forest on the hilltop and steep hillside, small grasslands and shrublands near the valley bottom, and natural wetlands along Mud Creek. DEC will continue active management on the MUA to benefit wildlife abundance and diversity, promote best management practices for targeted wildlife and habitats, and provide opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation, such as hunting and bird watching. Planned management activities include timber harvests to manipulate forest habitat diversity, mowing to maintain fields, and the control of invasive plant species.

The meeting will include a presentation about the history of management on the MUA, specific activities and locations for the planned management actions, a brief overview of DEC's Young Forest Initiative, and a question and answer period.

The habitat management plan for Stid Hill MUA can be found on DEC's website. (For more information about this event please contact DEC Biologist Michael Palermo at 585-226-5383.)

 

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO MINIMIZE RISK OF CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE TO NEW YORK DEER AND MOOSE HERDS: A draft New York State Interagency CWD Risk Minimization Plan has been released for public comment. The plan describes proposed regulatory changes and actions that DEC will take to minimize the risk of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) entering or spreading in New York. It was designed to protect both wild white-tailed deer and moose, as well as captive cervids including deer and elk held at enclosed facilities.

DEC biologists worked with New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets veterinarians and wildlife health experts at Cornell University to craft a comprehensive set of steps that are the most advanced CWD prevention strategies in the nation.

Disease prevention is the only cost-effective way to keep CWD out of New York. Together with the State Department of Agriculture and Markets, New York is using cutting-edge science and common sense to ensure that everything possible is done to protect the state's wild deer and moose and captive deer and elk herds from CWD.

CWD, an always fatal brain disease found in species of the deer family, was discovered in Oneida County wild and captive white-tailed deer in 2005. More than 47,000 deer have been tested statewide since 2002, and there has been no reoccurrence of the disease since 2005. New York is the only state to have eliminated CWD once it was found in wild populations. In North America, CWD has been found in 24 states and two Canadian provinces including neighboring Pennsylvania and Ohio.

CWD was first identified in Colorado in 1967 and is caused by infectious prions, which are misfolded proteins that cannot be broken down by the body's normal processes. They cause holes to form in the brain. Prions are found in deer parts and products including urine and feces; they can remain infectious in soil for years and even be taken up into plant tissues. CWD is in the same family of diseases, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, as "mad cow" disease in cattle. Millions of cattle were destroyed because of mad cow disease in England and Europe in the 1990s and the disease also caused a fatal brain condition in some humans that ate contaminated beef products. Although there have been no known cases of CWD in humans, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that no one knowingly eat CWD-positive venison.

The proposed plan would streamline operations between DEC and the State Department of Agriculture and strengthen the state's regulations to prevent introduction of CWD. Some examples of the proposed changes include:

*Prohibit the importation of certain parts from any CWD-susceptible cervid taken outside of New York. Require that these animals be deboned or quartered and only the meat, raw hide or cape, and cleaned body parts, such as skull cap, antlers, jaws, and teeth, or finished taxidermy mounts be allowed for import into the state.

*Prohibit the retail sale, possession, use, and distribution of deer or elk urine and any products from CWD-susceptible animals that may contain prions, including glands, or other excreted material while allowing New York captive cervid facilities to continue to export deer urine outside of New York State.

*Maintain and reinforce the prohibition on the feeding of wild deer and moose in New York State.

*Provide DEC Division of Law Enforcement the necessary authority to enforce Department of Agriculture and Market's CWD regulations.

*Explore possible penalties or charges to defray costs associated with the removal of escaped cervids from the environment or the response to disease outbreaks.

*Require all taxidermists and deer processors (people who butcher deer for hire) to dispose of cervid waste and waste byproducts in compliance with 6 NYCRR Part 360, such as in a municipal landfill.

*Promotion of improved fencing methods for captive cervids to further prevent contact with wild deer or moose.

*Partner with the State Department of Agriculture and Markets to enhance captive cervid testing while continuing DEC's rigorous surveillance testing in hunter-harvested deer.

*Improve record keeping and data sharing between departments through joint inspections of captive cervid facilities, electronic reporting, and animal marking.

*Improve handling requirements, record keeping, and disease testing of wild white-tailed deer temporarily held in captivity for wildlife rehabilitation.

*Develop a communication plan and strategy to re-engage stakeholders, including captive cervid owners and the public, in CWD risk minimization measures and updates on CWD research.

The New York State Interagency CWD Risk Minimization Plan has had extensive outreach and vetting by sporting groups in the state to address the concerns of myriad stakeholders while maintaining the strength of purpose to protect the public and the environment. The plan updates reporting requirements, improves communication to stakeholders, and simplifies regulations to reduce confusion while protecting our natural resources.

The draft plan is available for public review on the DEC website. Written comments on the draft plan will be accepted through September 1, 2017. Comments can be submitted by e-mail (wildlife@dec.ny.gov, subject: "CWD Plan") or by writing to NYSDEC, Bureau of Wildlife, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754.

 

KUDOS TO SEAN DRUM: Dedication of Sean Drum’s Accessible Bird Blind Eagle Project for Trail Works, Inc. at the Trail of Hope at the Lyons Community Center, 9 Manhattan Street, Lyons, N.Y. He completed the Blind in Summer 2016. We will also be dedicating accessibility picnic tables built by Andy Gaylord of Lyons, N.Y. for his Eagle project at the Trail of Hope.



FISHING PARTICIPATION INCREASED 1.5 MILLION: The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation says fishing participation has increased by 1.5 million over the previous year. The RBFF said in its newly released 2017 Special Report on Fishing that fishing is still the number two adult outdoor activity but it's gaining ground on jogging, and that 2.5 million participants tried fishing for the first time in 2016.
"These findings energize us and provide some validation for the work we are doing on a daily basis," said RBFF president and CEO Frank Peterson in a statement. "Our efforts to recruit new audiences and bring families to the water are certainly paying off. 60 in 60 is off to a great start, and effective R3 — recruitment, retention and reactivation — programs will only grow the participant base and secure funding for conservation programs for years to come."
New participants accounted for 5.3 percent of the total participant base, and tended to be young and female.
rbff3The RBFF's campaign focused on the Hispanic population, Vamos a Pescar, has also been gathering traction — last year, 3.8 million Hispanics participated in fishing, an 11-percent increase over the year prior; Hispanic anglers go on six more outings per year than their general market peers.
Youth participation in fishing increased three percent to 11 million total participants. Americans took 855 billion total fishing trips, equating to 18.8 trips per participant.

"Research shows that fishing is an essential piece of America's outdoor tradition, and it often leads children to pursue outdoor activities and healthy living into adulthood," said Ivan Levin, deputy director of the Outdoor Foundation in a statement. "This report aims to help the fishing industry, and the entire outdoor industry, understand fishing participation in order to engage even more people in recreational fishing and create the next generation of lifelong anglers and outdoor enthusiasts."
The Special Report on Fishing is the product of a partnership between RBFF and the Outdoor Foundation and looks into participation trends, barriers to entry, motivating factors and preferences of key groups of anglers.

 

NSSF LAUNCHES ALL-NEW WEBSITE: The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the launch of its completely redesigned website, www.nssf.org.
The all-new home page sports a clean division of assets that both industry members and consumers will find to be highly user-friendly, connecting them directly to the information they need.
Top-of-page menu items are streamlined to direct content intended for industry member categories — retailers, ranges, manufacturers and media. Below these headings is a selection of consumer- and industry-relevant topics, such as Safety, Government Relations and Compliance, as well as three consumer-specific menu choices, Where to Shoot, Where to Hunt and a brand-new Where to Buy section.
A variety of impactful industry communications, event listings, social media links, current industry research, trending information and other news round out the site's sleek homepage, which is supported by images and streaming graphics that provide a modern, engaging appeal and encourages frequent visitation.
About NSSF - The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, visit
www.nssf.org.

 

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

AUGUST 2017

4 - National Wild Turkey Federation – New York’s Finest Hunting Heritage Banquet at Casa Larga, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, 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 Huber Marty  mhuber@nwtf.net   716-479-9276 )

4-6 - The Northern Chautauqua County Conservation Club’s 13th Annual Walleye Derby in the New York waters of Lake Erie. Limited to 100 boat field, 3-day tourney, top 3 fish weighed each day, 2 to 4 anglers per boat, $100 entry fee, cash prizes, tackle/gear prizes. (For information call Zen Olaw at 716-640-2776.)

5 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $125 - $150 per person depending on the number of women on the boat.) Pre-registration is required. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

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

5 - Ribbit, Slither, Croak! at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Discover snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders as we explore the ponds and forests at Reinstein Woods. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

5 - Birding and Boating on the Clyde River meeting at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (1:00 – 3:30 pm) Join us for a canoe/kayak paddle on the quiet and calm Clyde River to explore the late summer bird migration. Migrating raptors, shorebirds, and songbirds can be seen in the trees, soaring high over the river and strolling along the shoreline. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one from us. (Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental) (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). Pre-paid reservations are required. (For more information, call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org.)

5-20 - Orleans County Rotary Derby - This long time favorite offers a $4,000 Grand Prize and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Lake Ontario waters from the Niagara River to the Genesee River are the eligible waters for this Trout and Salmon Derby. (For information call 585-589-9881 or go to  www.orleanscountyfishingderby.com)

6 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Waneta/Lamoka Lake Fishing Derby – Launch Location: Between the Lakes (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920    sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

6 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $125 - $150 per person depending on the number of women on the boat.) Pre-registration is required. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

7-11 - Cumming Nature Center – Friends of the Forest at Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) Campers, ages 6 – 8, get in touch with their wild side in the great outdoors. Experiences at the 900-acre preserve include hiking, forest exploration, survival skills and more. Bus transportation is provided from the Rochester Museum and Science Center. (Cost: $285.00) (For camp offerings by week, full camp descriptions and to register, visit RMSC.org/Camps or call 585-697-1942.)

7-11 - Cumming Nature Center – Wilderness Adventures at Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) Campers, ages 9 – 11, get in touch with their wild side in the great outdoors. Experiences at the 900-acre preserve include hiking, forest exploration, survival skills and more. Bus transportation is provided from the Rochester Museum and Science Center. (Cost: $285.00) (For camp offerings by week, full camp descriptions and to register, visit RMSC.org/Camps or call 585-697-1942.)

7-11 - Cumming Nature Center – Archaeology at Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) Campers, ages 12 – 15, get in touch with their wild side in the great outdoors. Experiences at the 900-acre preserve include hiking, forest exploration, survival skills and more. Bus transportation is provided from the Rochester Museum and Science Center. (Cost: $285.00) (For camp offerings by week, full camp descriptions and to register, visit RMSC.org/Camps or call 585-697-1942.)

8 - 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)

9 - Women’s Wednesdays Level 3 Kayak Skills Session at Gallagher Beach, Buffalo, NY (5:30 – 7:30 pm) Quality instruction to suit your needs aimed at the intermediate who has some formal instruction, can forward paddle, steer the kayak, move sideways and backwards  maintaining a course in wind, can self-rescue and peer rescue in flat water, prevent capsize in flat water, and can paddle 6-8 miles in a sheltered environment. 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)

9 - Kids Outdoor Adventure Series: Salamanders at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Salamanders are secretive and elusive but quite abundant at Montezuma if you know where to look. Children ages 5-12 will explore Montezuma's habitats to learn all about our salamanders! We’ll explore the upland woods, lowland forests, and wetlands in search of the best salamander hiding spots! Each child must be accompanied by an adult. (Fee: $8/child.) (For more information, call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org.)

10 - Annual Lake Ontario Friends of the NRA Banquet at Eagle Vale Golf Club, 4344 Nine Mile Point Road, Fairport, NY (5:00 pm) Half of the proceeds raised comes back into the area for grant programs involved with the shooting sports. (Cost - $50.00/ticket) (For information call Ed Stevens at 585-342-9168 or email ed@numzaan.com)

10 – Open House For Public Input On A Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Onondaga Unit at the Camillus Town Hall, 4600 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13219 (6:30 – 8:30 pm) The Onondaga Unit is located in Central New York, the Onondaga Unit includes Camillus Forest and Split Rock Unique areas, covering approximately 384 acres in Onondaga County. The UMP will update the previously published Camillus Forest Unique Area UMP, adding the 34-acre Split Rock Unique Area. DEC Forestry staff will provide a brief presentation on the UMP process, background on the unit, and review the wildlife habitat and recreational improvements that have been successfully implemented over the last 10 years. After the presentation, DEC Forestry staff be available to meet and receive comments or ideas. If mailing or emailing comments/ideas you have to October 10, 2017 for the draft UMP to. Mail goes to NYS DEC, Division of Lands and Forests, Attn: Onondaga UMP, 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045. Emails go to R7.UMP@dec.ny.gov. Additional information about Camillus Unique Area is available on DEC's website. The current Camillus Forest Unique Area Unit Management Plan is also available on DEC's website.

11-12 – Cattaraugus County Trappers Association’s Sportsman’s Rendezvous at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, Route 353, Little Valley, NY. (Parking - $5.00/car) Supplies, demos, tailgaters, auction and food. (For information call Matt 716-359-5141 or Kevin  716-474-7251)

11-27 - Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic at the Bass Pro Shop store, 1579 Clark Street Road, Auburn, NY. During the Fall Hunting Classic, professional hunters, local pros and outdoorsmen and women conduct seminars, answer questions and help hunters make the most of their fall hunting season. Many sportsmen and women look forward to the event all year long.  Check local listings at www.basspro.com/classic. Free seminars include: August 19 - 11 a.m.: Archery Insights: Improving your aim; 2 p.m.: Stealth and Scent Control: Scent control and scent products to give you the edge; 4 p.m.: Bag a Bigger Buck: Tips and tactics.  August 20 - 11 a.m.: Hone the Harvest: Archery fine tuning; 2 p.m.: From the Field to the Freezer. The first 25 seminar attendees ages 18 or older on August 19 will receive a free LED Outdoor Light; the first 25 attendees on August 20 will receive a free Bass Pro Shops beverage bottle. Other special events include: August 19 - Women’s Hunting Workshop - Women are invited to this free seminar at 3 p.m. to learn hunting tips and how-to information for gearing up for the hunt and more. The first 25 women ages 18 or older will receive a free Bass Pro Shops tumbler.  August 11 – 20: Bow, crossbow and optics trade-in - Hunters can trade in bows, crossbows and optics for a coupon worth up to $100 off the purchase price of a new bow, crossbow or optics (excludes longbows or recurves and spotting scopes).  August 19 – 27: Game camera and hunting boot trade-in - Hunters can trade in game cameras for a coupon worth up to $100 off the purchase price of a new game camera; or trade in hunting or rubber boots for a coupon worth up to $40 off the purchase of new hunting boots. The game cameras, boots, bows, crossbows and optics are donated to local nonprofit organizations to help with outdoor education programs. August 26 & 27: Next Generation Weekend - Next Generation Weekend is a family-friendly, free event that includes a free craft, giveaway, photo download and activities. Check local listings for more information on Next Generation activities.  It is vitally important that today’s youth get involved in the outdoors so they can become the stewards and conservationists of tomorrow to insure the maintenance and well-being of our natural resources. Bass Pro Shops is proud to take part in inspiring the next generation of conservationists by providing easy, fun, accessible ways for families to discover and enjoy the outdoors.  (For information call 315-258-2700 or email Manager_Finger_Lakes_NY@basspro.com)
12 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Route 14N, Geneva, NY (9:30 am) Shotguns, rifles, handguns, military, decoys, knives, mounts, fishing, ammo and swords. (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.com)

12 - Webster Pond Free Fishing Clinic at Webster Pond, Syracuse, NY. (8:00 am – 5:00 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. Rain date is 8/19/17. (For information/register call Chad Norton, Anglers Association of Onondaga at 315-727-2922)

12 - Girl Scout Day at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) Calling all Brownie and Junior Scouts! Are you looking to stay involved with Girl Scouts over the summer but don't know how? The Montezuma Audubon Center is the perfect place for that! Come enjoy the summer sunshine with a variety of outdoor activities, including badge work, hiking, and nature exploration.  Please pack a lunch and stay afterwards for a picnic. Each scout must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee:  $8/Scout.)  (For more information, call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org.)

13 - KTBA Bass Club Double Shot 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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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 SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON MANAGEMENT OF PROTECTED LANDS IN SALMON RIVER CORRIDOR:  Two public meetings are scheduled to accept input on the management of state lands in the Salmon River corridor. Meetings will be held on Tuesday, August 1, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., and Thursday, August 3, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., at the Pulaski High School Auditorium at 4624 Salina Street, Pulaski, New York. The Lower Salmon River Restoration and Recreation Enhancement Plan is under development for the newly created Lower Salmon River State Forest

DEC recently acquired 2,825 acres of land along the Salmon River, an internationally acclaimed fishing destination, as a result of a settlement agreement with National Grid. Approximately 1,700 acres of the acquisition are located adjacent to the lower Salmon River and have been designated as the Lower Salmon River State Forest. This acquisition assures public access to the world-renowned fisheries for Lake Ontario-spawning run trout and salmon, serves as an economic engine for the local area, and provides opportunity for river restoration projects and fishing infrastructure creation and enhancement Details are under development in DEC's Lower Salmon River Restoration and Recreation Enhancement Plan. DEC is seeking public feedback and ideas to guide the agency's efforts as the planning process commences.

Eastern Lake Ontario Unit Management Plan (UMP) Draft available for review

Lands included in the Eastern Lake Ontario Unit are Altmar, Chateaugay, Sandy Creek, and Trout Brook State Forests along with Conservation Easement lands along the Salmon River. The unit also includes lands from a recent acquisition with National Grid Power Company. The size of the unit is 6,126 acres of state lands within the Oswego County towns of Albion, Boylston, Orwell, Richland, and Sandy Creek. The Draft UMP addresses management activities on these state forests.

DEC's policy is to manage state lands for multiple benefits to serve the people of New York State. The proposed UMP will help maintain healthy, sustainable and biologically diverse ecosystems for fish and wildlife while providing continued opportunities for forest product sales, recreational use, and environmental education.

The state lands covered by the proposed plan offer many recreational opportunities including: nature observation, fishing, hunting, trapping, snowmobiling, camping, and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) access for people with mobility impairments (a permit is required). New or major changes to existing recreational facilities and opportunities proposed in the plan include:

Potential approval of a one mile ATV connector trail on Chateaugay State Forest;

Development of a new snowmobile trail on Chateaugay State Forest;

Creation of a foot trail leading from the Salmon River Falls to Dam Road; and

Enhancement of wildlife-related recreation opportunities by using active and passive forest management strategies to provide a diversity of wildlife habitats.

The UMP also contains proposed maintenance projects for roads and boundary lines. In addition, a detailed schedule of other activities such as natural resource inventories, forest product sales, planned acquisitions, and survey requests are included in the UMP.

Opportunity for Public Input on Protected Land in the Salmon River Corridor

Everyone with an interest in the Salmon River Corridor is invited to attend one of the meetings to express their ideas and opinions about the plans. Formal presentations about the Lower Salmon River Restoration and Recreation Enhancement Plan currently under development for the newly created Salmon River State Forest and the Draft Eastern Lake Ontario Unit Management Plan will be given followed by an opportunity to ask questions and provide input. Public comments may also be submitted in writing to: NYSDEC, Division of Lands and Forests, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY 13302, or by email to: R7.UMP@dec.ny.gov. Comments are being accepted until October 2, 2017.

A copy of the Draft Eastern Lake Ontario Unit Management Plan is posted on DEC's website. The plan is also available for public review at the following locations during business hours:

DEC Region 7 Headquarters, 615 Erie Blvd. West, Syracuse;

DEC Salmon River Fish Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar; and

DEC Region 7 Cortland Sub-Office, 1285 Fisher Ave., Cortland.

Copies are also available in digital format on compact discs and may be requested by calling (607) 753-3095 ext. 217.

Information on the Lists of State Forests included in the plan can be found on DEC's website.

 

PARTICIPANTS WANTED FOR SUMMER WILD TURKEY SURVEY: New Yorkers are encouraged to participate in a survey for wild turkeys and help state biologists better understand this iconic bird. Since 1996, DEC has conducted the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to estimate the number of wild turkey poults (young turkey born this year) per hen statewide. Weather, predation, and habitat conditions during the breeding and brood-rearing seasons can all significantly impact nest success, hen survival, and poult survival. This index helps DEC to gauge reproductive success and predict fall harvest potential.

During the month of August, survey participants record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys observed during normal travel.

Those interested in participating can download a Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey form along with instructions and the data sheet directly on DEC's website. Survey cards can also be obtained by contacting a regional DEC office, calling (518) 402-8883, or by e-mailing wildlife@dec.ny.gov (type "Turkey Survey" in the subject line). Participants can also submit observations on-line. Visit the link above and click "Summer Wild Turkey Sighting On-line Report."

Additional information available on the DEC website:

 

 

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Illegal Culvert Installation - Erie County: On June 29, ECO Mark Mazurkiewicz and DEC Fisheries staff inspected an improperly installed culvert on Little Buffalo Creek, a protected trout stream in the town of Holland. They found a 2,000-gallon fiberglass gasoline storage tank with the ends cut off had been used for the culvert without proper permits. The landowner will be required to have the culvert removed and replaced with a properly sized culvert installed in accordance with DEC guidelines. ECO Mazurkiewicz cited the property owner with non-permitted disturbance of a protected stream, returnable to the Town of Holland Court, where the charge could result in a criminal fine up to $10,000, and/or up to a year in jail, and a civil penalty up to $5,000.

Wellsville Bear - Allegany County: On July 5, ECOs Russ Calanni and Jason Powers and Lt. Don Pleakis and Division of Wildlife staff worked to safely remove a bear that had climbed a tree in a residential neighborhood in the village of Wellsville after being hit by a car. Although it was not seriously injured, the bear jumped a fence and took cover in a tree. It started to draw attention from the neighbors, and the decision was made to tranquilize the bear and remove it from the village. ECOs Calanni and Powers, members of DLE's Chemical Immobilization Team (CIT), darted the bear and safely removed it from the tree. The Wellsville Police Department stopped traffic along busy State Route 417 while the tranquilization and removal took place. After loading the bear into a trap, it was transported to Coyle Hill State Forest, where the bear was examined, tagged, monitored, and then released.

Airshow on the Lake - Chautauqua County: On July 1 and 2, in honor of Independence Day, the city of Dunkirk held the Dunkirk Lakeshore Airshow on Lake Erie near Dunkirk Harbor. ECOs Darci Dougherty and Kevin Budniewski were part of a multiagency security detail along with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, New York State Police, U.S. Coast Guard, and Dunkirk Police and Fire Departments. The purpose of the detail was to maintain the security of the exclusion zone. The ECOs ensured that boat traffic from within the harbor did not enter the 1000-foot buffer zone allowing the airshow to continue without interruption. There were no major incidents during the show.

 


A P-51 Mustang flying low over Dunkirk Harbor.

 

 

FIRST INFESTATION OF HEMLOCK WOOLLY ADELGID IN ADIRONDACKS: A minor infestation of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae) was confirmed on Forest Preserve lands in the town of Lake George in Warren County. This is the first known infestation of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) in the Adirondacks. A small cluster of early stage HWA was detected on one branch of an old-growth Eastern hemlock tree on Prospect Mountain during a field trip by a Senior Ecologist from the Harvard Research Forest.

DEC immediately dispatched a HWA survey crew to the site and was joined by staff from Cornell University's New York State Hemlock Initiative. HWA was located and confirmed on a number of branches on the tree by a Cornell scientist and later by DEC's DEC Diagnostic Lab. The mature tree had no visible sign of crown thinning.

The crews spent 72 person hours surveying 250 acres of forest and found only one other tree, a small Eastern hemlock near the original infested tree, that contained one branch with a small cluster of early stage HWA.

This is the first recorded infestation of this invasive, exotic pest in the Adirondacks. Previously, it has been detected in 29 other counties in New York, primarily in the lower Hudson Valley and, more recently, in the Finger Lakes region. Seventeen other states along the Appalachian Mountain range from Maine to Georgia also have HWA infestations. HWA is a listed prohibited species under DEC's invasive species regulations (6 CRR-NY 575.3).

DEC is evaluating means to eradicate this infestation and prevent it from spreading. This will not include cutting down trees, which is not an effective means for controlling HWA as it is with other invasive forest pests.

The most effective treatment method for control of HWA is the use of insecticides. The insecticide is applied to the bark near the base of the hemlock tree and are absorbed and spread through the tissue of the tree. When HWA attaches itself to tree to feed, it receives a dose of the pesticide and is killed.

In the past three years DEC has treated infested hemlock trees with insecticides at a few select locations where the control is likely to slow the spread of HWA, or where the hemlocks provide a significant public value. New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation has treated many hemlocks trees at a number of State Parks. Both chemical and biological control options are important in the long-term fight against HWA.

Dispersal and movement of HWA occur primarily during the first life stage ("crawler") as a result of wind and animals that come in contact with the sticky egg sacks and crawlers. Isolated infestations and long-distance movement of HWA, most often occur as the result of people transporting infested nursery stock.

DEC monitors the distribution and spread of HWA by annual aerial and ground surveys as well as reports from partners and the general public. DEC has been involved in biological control efforts against HWA since the 1990s, and has released several approved natural enemies of HWA at locations in the Finger Lakes and Catskills regions.

Recently, DEC has provided funding for the development and operation of a biological control laboratory at Cornell University associated with the New York State Hemlock Initiative, in order to enhance the production and release of these biological controls in New York.

HWA, a tiny insect from East Asia first discovered in New York in 1985, attacks forest and ornamental hemlock trees. It feeds on young twigs, causing needles to dry out and drop prematurely and causing branch dieback Hemlock decline and mortality typically occur within four to 10 years of infestation in the insect's northern range.

Damage from the insect has led to widespread hemlock mortality throughout the Appalachian Mountains and the southern Catskill Mountains with considerable ecological damage, as well as economic and aesthetic losses. HWA infestations can be most noticeably detected by the small, white, woolly masses produced by the insects that are attached to the underside of the twig, near the base of the needles.

Eastern hemlock trees, which comprise approximately 10 percent of the Adirondack forest, are among the oldest trees in New York with some reaching ages of more than 700 years. They typically occupy steep, shaded, north-facing slopes and stream banks where few other trees are successful. The trees help maintain erosion control and water quality, and the hemlock's shade cool waters providing critical habitat for many of New York's freshwater fish, including native brook trout.

Survey efforts by DEC and Cornell's New York State Hemlock Initiative will continue to determine if other infestations are present in the surrounding area. As the closest known infestation of HWA is 40 miles away in Schenectady County, DEC is asking hikers, campers, boaters, sportsmen, and others recreating on or along forestlands in northern Schenectady, Saratoga, and southern Warren counties to check Eastern Hemlock trees and report any HWA infestations.

New York is particularly vulnerable to invasive species due to its rich biodiversity and role as a center for international trade and travel. Rapid response and control is a critical line of defense in minimalizing the establishment, and ultimately permanently removing, an invasive population. To support this effort, under Governor Cuomo's leadership, the FY 2017 Budget included an additional $5.5 million in the Environmental Protection Fund targeted specifically for invasive species control.

More information on HWA, including identification, control techniques, and reporting possible infestations can be found at Cornell's New York State Hemlock Initiative (link leaves DEC's website) or DEC's website. You can also call DEC's toll-free Forest Pest Information Line at 1-866-640-0652 to ask questions and report possible infestations.

 

 

BOOK A FINGER LAKES VACATION AT THE COTTAGES AT SAMPSON: Beautifully appointed new waterfront cottages were unveiled on the shores of Seneca Lake at Sampson State Park. The $2.9 million project created 10 contemporary one- and two-bedroom cottages with a kitchenette, bathroom, covered outdoor deck, and comfortable furnishings and lighting. The cottages rest on a slope overlooking Seneca Lake, near the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.

State Parks will host an open house August 1 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. for the community. The Cottages at Sampson will be available for rent beginning at 9 a.m., Wednesday August 2. Weeklong reservations are required through Labor Day and will be taken at the Sampson Park Office or can be made by calling 315-585-6392. Cottages will be available from May - October each year. Encompassing just over 2000 acres on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, Sampson State Park features camping and boating as the primary recreational activities. The marina has just over 100 boat slips and a large multiple launch site. Activities include tennis, horseshoes, basketball and volleyball, a sandy swimming beach, playgrounds, and a scenic lake trail. Read more . 

 

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

 

DEC ANNOUNCES FALCONRY, WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR, AND LEASHED TRACKING DOG EXAMINATIONS: Examinations for individuals seeking a license to practice the sport of falconry, become a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator, or use leashed tracking dogs to find wounded or injured big game animals are scheduled for Friday, August 11, 2017.

The exams are offered at most DEC regional offices across the state and start at 10 a.m. and end at noon. The list of Regional Offices can be found on DEC's website. Due to construction at DEC's Region 7 office in Cortland, that office will not host the exams. The Syracuse office in Region 7 will host the exams. The deadline for registering to take any of these exams is Friday, July 21. Exam Registration Forms can be found on DEC's website. There is no charge to take any of the written exams.

Apprentice Falconry License

Falconry has a rich history and tradition throughout the world. Falconry is a demanding sport that requires a significant commitment of time and effort. Novice falconers must be prepared to accept the responsibilities that are part of the sport. Apprentices are limited to possessing one bird, either an American kestrel or a red-tailed hawk.

A falconry study guide and examination manual are available at no cost on DEC's website. The cost of a five-year falconry license is $40.

To qualify, applicants must: score 80 percent or higher on the written exam; be at least 14 years of age; possess a valid New York State hunting license, which authorizes the hunting of small-game; and maintain DEC-approved facilities for housing falconry raptors.

Wildlife Rehabilitator License

Wildlife rehabilitators care for injured, sick and orphaned wild animals in order to return rehabilitated animals to the wild. Prospective applicants are encouraged to gain experience by serving as an assistant to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. A wildlife rehabilitator study guide and examination manual are available at no cost on DEC's website.

To qualify, applicants must: score 80 percent or higher on the written exam; be at least 16 years of age; submit two character references along with their application; and be interviewed by DEC regional wildlife staff.

Leashed Tracking Dog Handler

Leashed tracking dog handlers use their dogs to track and recover dead, wounded or injured big game. Leashed tracking dog handlers provide an invaluable service in aiding hunters in locating wounded big game that otherwise may go unrecovered. A leashed tracking dog study guide is available at no cost on DEC's website. There is a $50 license fee for the five-year license, and a $25 non-refundable application fee.

To qualify for a Leashed Tracking Dog Handler License, applicants must: score 80 percent or higher on the written exam; and possess a valid New York State hunting license which authorizes the hunting of big-game.

To apply for these exams, visit the NYSDEC Special Licenses Unit website and complete an exam registration form. Mail, fax or email the completed form to: NYS DEC Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4752 Phone: 518-402-8985, Fax: 518-402-8925, Email: SpecialLicenses@dec.ny.gov.

 

DEC REVISING PERMIT REQUIREMENT FOR BOBCAT HUNTING AND TRAPPING: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is adopting a regulatory proposal to revise the special permit requirement for bobcat hunting and trapping. 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 also 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 allows 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 and the special permit is no longer needed. Hunters and trappers who pursue bobcats in the HEA are still required to have a hunting or trapping license and to have the animal pelt sealed.

Bobcat hunting and trapping regulations can be viewed on DEC's website and the Notice of Adoption for the revised regulation can be viewed in the New York State Register.

 

$200,000 FOR GREAT LAKES RESILIENCE PROJECT GRANTS: New York Sea Grant and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced the availability of up to $200,000 in grants for Great Lakes resilience projects. Up to $25,000 per project is available from the New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program administered by New York Sea Grant in partnership with DEC.

Eligible projects must use a complete ecosystem-based approach rather than a single issue or single species focus, incorporate stakeholder participation, and address key priorities in the New York Great Lakes Action Agenda to enhance community resiliency and ecosystem integrity through restoration, protection, and improved resource management. Stated goals include conserving and restoring native fish and wildlife biodiversity and habitats to achieve and sustain resilient ecosystems and vibrant economies

Not-for-profit organizations, county and local government or public agencies, municipalities, regional planning and environmental commissions, and educational institutions, including, but not limited to, public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities are eligible to apply.

New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program application instructions are online. Webinars to help applicants will be available on July 19 and August 16. Proposals must be submitted by September 22, 2017. For more information and webinar registration, contact New York Sea Grant at 315-312-3042.

The New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program is funded through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund and Article 14 of Environmental Conservation Law.

 

INPUT SOUGHT ON DRAFT ONONDAGA UNIT MANAGEMENT PLAN: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is requesting public input on a draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Onondaga Unit. Located in Central New York, the Onondaga Unit includes Camillus Forest and Split Rock Unique areas, covering approximately 384 acres in Onondaga County. The UMP will update the previously published Camillus Forest Unique Area UMP, adding the 34-acre Split Rock Unique Area.

Camillus Forest Unique Area is located in the town of Camillus and currently has more than five miles of designated hiking trails that provide access to 40 acres of sugar maple and beech old forest. Split Rock Unique Area is located on the boundary of the towns of Camillus and Onondaga. This small area includes a steep limestone bank with a population of American Hart's Tongue fern, a state and federally listed endangered plant monitored by DEC in collaboration with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Unit Management plans assess the natural, physical, social, and recreational resources of the landscape and provide a solid foundation for the development of long-term land management goals, objectives, and actions. The public is encouraged to share ideas about the UMP development during the comment period, which runs from August 10 to October 10, 2017

The public can share feedback on the plans by:

1. Attending an open house on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at:

Camillus Town Hall, 4600 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13219

DEC Forestry staff will provide a brief presentation on the UMP process, background on the unit, and review the wildlife habitat and recreational improvements that have been successfully implemented over the last 10 years. After the presentation, DEC Forestry staff be available to meet and receive comments or ideas;

2. Mailing written comments/ideas by October 10, 2017 for the draft UMP to: NYS DEC, Division of Lands and Forests, Attn: Onondaga UMP, 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045

3. Emailing comments/ideas by October 10, 2017 to R7.UMP@dec.ny.gov; or

4. Calling Senior Forester Matt Swayze at (607) 753-3095 ext. 220 to leave comments by October 10, 2017.

Additional information about Camillus Unique Area is available on DEC's website. The current Camillus Forest Unique Area Unit Management Plan is also available on DEC's website.

 

NEW/UPDATED PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE FROM DEC:

Guide To Freshwater Fishing In New York State
Anglers should be excited to learn that DEC has updated this popular guide/map that provides in depth fishing, boating and local information for 158 streams and rivers and 320 lakes, ponds and reservoirs from Montauk to Buffalo. The waters included in the publication were selected by DEC staff as the best fishing locations in New York State.
Contact DEC for a free copy.

Chautauqua Lake – A Warmwater Anglers Paradise
During netting operations on
Chautauqua Lake this past spring, DEC biologists handled the largest number of muskies since the netting program began in 1978. Of the 472 fish captured, 95 were over the 40 inch minimum size limit and 2 were over 50 inches in length. Given the abundance of trophy muskies in the lake, its ranking as one of the top 100 bass waters in the country and the resurgence of the walleye fishery, Chautauqua Lake can't be beat for those seeking a memorable warmwater fishing experience. To learn more, contact the DEC Region 9 office.

 

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

JUNE 2017

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.)

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)

5-16 - The 27th Erie Canal Fishing Derby will be held on the Canal from the Niagara River to Albion. Over $20,000 in prizes will be up for grabs, including a boat package supplied by Brobeil Marine of Buffalo for the Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize is determined through a special drawing at the Awards Ceremony of all first place winners of the seven species categories – bass, walleye, northern pike, bullhead, carp, sheepshead and catfish. There’s a family registration for just $25. Adults can register for $15; kids 14 and under can register for $10. A cash bash is also available for $5. There are six registration outlets and five weigh stations along the canal. In addition there will be 50 tagged fish worth some $10,000 in prizes. For more information, check out www.eriecanalderby.com.

9 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $125 - $150 per person depending on the number of women on the boat.) Pre-registration is required. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

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

10-8/4 - The Montezuma Audubon Center Youth Sportsman Summer Camps at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Girls and boys ages 11-15 are invited to the Montezuma Audubon Center for up to four weeks of sportsman education and wildlife adventure summer camps. Youth will earn their hunter safety, waterfowl ID, bow safety, and trapper safety certificates in two weeks with hands-on learning and outdoor experiences!  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. Camp schedule: Week 1 – Hunter Safety/Waterfowl ID – July 10-14; Week 2 – Bow Safety/Trapper Safety Camp – July 17-21; Week 3 – Fisheries Camp – July 24-28 and Week 4 -  Wildlife Adventure Camp - July 31-August 4. (Fee per camper: $150/week.) Space is limited and registration is required. (Call 315-365-3588 or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma to download the summer camp registration forms.) (For more information, call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org.)

11 - Creek Critters At Amherst State Park at Amherst State Park. (10:00 am) Discover what amazing animals are lurking underwater on this hike along Ellicott Creek.

Note: this program takes place at Amherst State Park. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov) 

11 - 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) 

11 - Nocturnal Creatures at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (8:30 pm) Join former Naturalist Intern Matt Nusstein to search for creatures of the night on this guided walk. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

14 - Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (4:30 - 8:00 pm) 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 class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any NY counties yet. (Reservations can be made at www.MyLegalHeat.com or by calling 877-252-1055.)

15 – Start of Snapping Turtle Season (>9/30)

15 -  Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop - The Complete Hiker – Fun and Safety in the Wildlands 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)     

15 - The Search For Monarchs at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Learn about the monarch butterfly’s life cycle and search for eggs, caterpillars and adult butterflies. For adults and children ages 10 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)  

15 - Fishing for a Cure for Juvenile Diabetes. (7:00 am registration deadline/Weigh-in closes at 3:00 pm) You will be able to fish out of either Point Breeze or Bald Eagle Marina but the weigh-in will take place at Ernst’s Lake Breeze Marina. Best 3 fish format. The entry fee is $50.00 cash with half going to the prize structure and half to Juvenile Diabetes research.  

15-16 - 2017 Outdoor State Archery Championships at the Allied Sportsmen of Western New York Club facilities, 12846 Clinton St., Alden, NY.  This annual shoot, sponsored by the New York State Archery Association, allows for shooting for ages from 6 to 70-plus. All disciplines are included: recurve, compound, barebow and crossbow. Fees are $30 for adults, $25 for Junior Olympic. Friday allows for practice from 2-5 p.m. Opening ceremonies begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. Applications can be found at www.nysaa.org. (For information contact Dave Hoffman at 716-440-1582.) 

19 – Public Meeting On Proposed Boat Launch For Otisco Lake at at the Amber Fire Department, 2223 Amber Road, Marietta, NY (6:30 pm) DEC will host a public meeting to provide information and answer questions about its proposal to develop a DEC Boat Launch Site on Otisco Lake, located in the town of Spafford, Onondaga County. The meeting will include a presentation about the anticipated Otisco Lake Boat Launch Site project schedule, in addition to facility design and operation. DEC staff will be available to answer questions following the presentation.

19 - Birding 101: Class #7 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (6:00 pm) Search for summer birds, such as gnatcathcers, kinglets, titmice and vireos. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov) 

19 - Going Batty! at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (8:00 pm) Bats are amazing animals but are often misunderstood. Separate fact from fiction, and learn about the only true flying mammals. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov) 

21 - Registration Deadline for DEC Falconry, Wildlife Rehabilitator And Leashed Tracking Dog Examinations Scheduled for August 11: Examinations will run from 10:00 am to noon at most DEC regional offices across the state. The list of DEC Regional offices can be found on the DEC website. Exam Registration Forms can be found on the DEC website. There is no charge to take any of the written exams. To apply for any of these exams, visit the DEC Special Licenses Unit and complete an exam registration form. Completed forms can be sent by mail, fax or email to: NYS DEC Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4752, Fax: 518-402-8925, Email: SpecialLicenses@dec.ny.gov.   

22 - The 7th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye SHOOTOUT will take place with more than 100 teams competing for this 100% cash back tournament. This is a 1-day tourney with an optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Limited to 85 boat field, $500 entry fee, teams of 2 to 5 anglers per boat, 6-fish bag weigh-in. (7:00 am - 3:30 pm/5:00 pm weigh-in at Cabana Sam’s) up to $100,000 in cash and prize awards. Part of Lake Erie King-Of-The-Lake Series (http://www.kotl.ca/walleye.html). (For information call Don Ruppert at 716-498-7770 or Bob Rustowicz at 716-830-6394 or go to https://walleyeshootout.com/.)

22 - Jewels Of The Sky at Billy Wilson Park, Amherst.(10:00 am) We will search for ebony jewelwings and tiger swallowtails as well as other dragonflies and butterflies. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)                                  

22 - 4th Annual King of the Oak Tournament - this is the second leg of the 4 part series to crown the King of the Oak. (For information contact Paul Czarnecki at 716-309-0085/ tri0900@gamil.com or Rick Hajecki at 585-704-7996/ crazyyankeesportfishing@yahoo.com.)

22 - Tackl'n the Basics: Free Fishing Clinic at Chestnut Ridge County Park, Orchard Park, NY. (8:30 am – 2:00 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 EMPact America of New York, Megan McCulloch at 716-435-7873)

22-23 - Onondaga Cup & LakeFest  on Onondaga Lake, at Onondaga Lake Park, Willow Bay, NY. Two full days rowing, kayak and paddleboard competition, food, water entertainers, and music amidst an onshore festival. Athletes will compete in a nostalgic regatta – master & juniors rowers in a USRowing Registered Regatta, plus corporate teams, individual kayakers and paddle-boarders and new to the event Dragon Board races. Live mermaids, on-water entertainment, cooking competitions, live music, a kids zone with rides, yoga, barre & hit exercise classes, a “Crew-Fest”- craft beer tasting event, entertainers and more, all in a free, relaxed, shady, lakeside venue. (For information go to http://www.onondagalakefest.com/)

23 -  BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $125 - $150 per person depending on the number of women on the boat.) Pre-registration is required. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

23 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Conesus Lake Fishing Derby – Launch Location: State Launch (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920   sliderwrom@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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7 - 7 - 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.

 

NEW RECORD ESTABLISHED FOR NEW YORK’S BREEDING BALD EAGLES: Bald eagles are thriving in historic numbers across New York and the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reports the highest number of nesting pairs, a record-breaking estimated 323 breeding pairs, since the agency undertook a restoration effort in 1976. 

While exact estimates will be determined over the course of the breeding season as biologists compile ground reports and surveys, the current breeding bald eagle population is estimated to be 323 breeding pairs, which would set a new record. A record number of 53 new nesting territories were verified in 2016, increasing the total number of breeding territories in New York State to 442. Nesting territories are areas known to be occupied by bald eagles and are the locations included in DEC survey and monitoring efforts. Of these 442 territories, 309 (70 percent) were confirmed to host breeding pairs of eagles last year.

This is an increase from the previous record high in 2015, when across 389 territories, 264 (68 percent) nesting pairs of eagles were documented. The number of territories has been steadily increasing each year. Since 2010, DEC has documented at least 20 new territories a year.  

Bald eagles, once found throughout the state, were nearly eliminated by the late 1960s, primarily due to the effects of DDT on nesting success and habitat loss along the shorelines of New York’s lakes and rivers. In 1970, the state hosted a single unproductive bald eagle nest on Hemlock Lake in Livingston County. To reestablish a small breeding population in New York State, DEC started a “hacking” program in 1976, which involves hand rearing and releasing older nestlings in the absence of parent birds. New York was able to obtain nestlings from healthy populations of bald eagles in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Alaska.

Over a 13-year period, 198 bald eagle nestlings were collected from areas with healthy populations, raised to independence with minimal human contact, and released in New York. The hacked eagles flourished and many of them returned to New York to nest and breed. The hacking program concluded in 1988 after surpassing its original goal of 10 nesting pairs of bald eagles in New York. The program was so successful that 16 other states and the Province of Ontario followed New York’s lead and instituted their own hacking programs to restore the species. Although New York’s bald eagle restoration program ended in 1989, the State’s 's eagle population has continued to grow.

New York State’s 2016 Bald Eagle Conservation Plan identifies and outlines strategies to address current threats facing New York’s bald eagle population. The plan includes actions to conserve bald eagles, summarizes current monitoring and management efforts, and proposes future techniques. This plan serves as a guide for landowners, resource managers, local government agencies and other stakeholders to manage and perpetuate this species and its habitat in New York State.

Public reports also play a crucial role in assisting DEC to assess the status of this iconic species. Current aerial survey routes cover approximately 50 percent of known territories and allow DEC to rapidly determine the nesting activity from more than 200 nesting locations. These surveys follow the same route from year to year, allowing DEC to track the presence of nesting eagles at territories across the state and detect changes in the breeding eagle population over time. Additional data comes to DEC from a network of volunteers who provide reports on the status of observed nests. This input allows DEC to develop an overall count of nesting pairs.

DEC encourages the public to continue to chronicle the conservation success story of bald eagles in New York. Members of the public that have found a new nesting pair of eagles or can provide updates on the status of a nesting pair, should contact DEC at (518) 402-8957 or by email at fw.information@dec.ny.gov. Reports from the public will help DEC keep track of where eagles are and how those eagles are doing.

For more information on bald eagles and how DEC manages the species, please visit the DEC website to view the Conservation Plan for Bald Eagles in New York State at http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/nybaldeagleplan.pdf

 

A bald eagle’s nest (DEC, 2017)

 

 

BIRD CONSERVATION GROUPS WIN FIGHT AGAINST GREAT LAKES WIND PROJECT:
The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) have won their campaign to stop a planned wind turbine in a major bird migration corridor close to the shores of Lake Erie. In response to a lawsuit by ABC and BSBO, the Ohio Air National Guard (ANG) has announced that it has not approved or authorized plans to install a large turbine at its Camp Perry facility in Ottawa County, Ohio, and that it has no plans to do so. As a result, ABC and BSBO filed a motion today in U.S. District Court to dismiss the lawsuit.
Located less than a mile from Lake Erie, the Camp Perry turbine would have presented an extremely high risk to migrating songbirds, including the federally Endangered Kirtland's Warbler (shown). Other birds likely to be harmed by such projects include migrating songbirds, Bald Eagles, and other raptors, and waterfowl.
The victory sets an especially important precedent because many other wind energy projects are currently being planned around the Great Lakes, which could threaten the future of millions of migratory birds and bats. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has recommended that no turbines be built within 3 miles of the Great Lakes shoreline. Based on FWS's advanced radar studies showing vast numbers of birds and bats migrating through this area and flying within the rotor-swept area of wind turbines, ABC recently sent a letter to FWS suggesting that this setback be expanded to at least five miles.
American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.
Black Swamp Bird Observatory is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit whose mission is to inspire the appreciation, enjoyment, and conservation of birds and their habitats through research, education, and outreach.
(http://www.birdingwire.com/releases/407657/)

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Lake Ontario Flooding:

During the ongoing high water and flooding along Lake Ontario that began in May, ECOs have added boat patrols focused on identifying public safety concerns, investigating complaints, and helping support other agencies and municipalities. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced ramped up efforts to enforce no wake zones along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline this weekend Multiple state agencies are deploying additional resources to assist with local enforcement efforts, including a total of 20 watercraft and 42 law enforcement officers from the Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Division of Military and Naval Affairs, and State Police. As part of ongoing enforcement efforts, local municipalities may issue tickets carrying fines of up to $250 per infraction to recreational boaters violating the 5 mph speed limit within 600 feet of shore, which was announced by the Governor in May. ECOs have investigated reports of raw sewage discharges and unpermitted work being conducted in regulated areas. They have also assisted in deploying emergency materials and equipment, such as construction of temporary dams and pumps. ECOs have provided information and guidance to businesses and homeowners suffering from the record-setting high water levels. Monroe County is one of the most heavily impacted areas with ECO boat patrols concentrated in the town of Greece and city of Rochester. Staff from DEC's bureaus of Habitat, Permits, Water, and Spills have also provided support over the last several weeks.

Injured Falcon - Monroe County: On June 21, ECO John Lutz was dispatched to a reported injured falcon along Seth Green Drive in the city of Rochester. Upon arrival, ECO Lutz located a juvenile Peregrine Falcon, an endangered species in New York, hopping back and forth unable to fly and attempting to push its head through a chain link fence. ECO Lutz successfully captured the injured falcon and wrapped it in a blanket without causing further injury before transporting it to Eastridge Animal Hospital for evaluation. It was determined that the falcon had no broken bones, but had suffered soft tissue damage. DEC's Division of Wildlife staff will transfer of the falcon to a rehabilitator. A complete recovery and a return to the wild are anticipated.

 

 

 

NEW YORK WATERS IN BASSMASTER’S TOP 100: Bassmaster Magazine has crowned the publication’s 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings. Four New York waters have made the list.
Mille Lacs Lake, a 132,516-acre natural lake located 100 miles north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, soared to the No. 1 spot after months of research unveiled its unbelievable production of smallmouth bass. Mille Lacs was ranked No. 6 in the nation last year.
This year, the rankings highlight the Top 12 fisheries in the nation regardless of location. The remaining lakes are ranked within one of four regions (Northeastern, Southeastern, Central and Western), so readers can easily identify the Top 25 lakes nearest them.
Lake Erie, fishing out of Buffalo, N.Y., took top honors in the Northeastern division (No. 7 nationally). Other New York waters ranked for the Northeastern Division were: 3. Thousand Islands (St. Lawrence River), New York; 5. Lake Champlain, New York/Vermont [490 square miles]; 11. Cayuga Lake, New York [38 miles long, 3 1/2 miles wide]; 12. Oneida Lake, New York [79.8 square miles] and 21. Chautauqua Lake, New York [13,156 acres].
Bassmaster’s 100 Best Bass Lakes will be published in an 11-page section of the July/August issue of Bassmaster Magazine. The complete rankings will also be featured on Bassmaster.com.

 

MERGER OF BASS PRO SHOPS AND CABELA’S : The merger of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s has received the green light from antitrust regulators.

Fox Business is reporting the Federal Trade Commission has informed Cabela’s it has concluded its investigation of Bass Pro’s $4.2 billion buyout and has given the deal the official go-ahead. Cabela’s shareholders will vote on the deal July 11.

The two outdoor based retail companies originally agreed to a deal worth around $5.5 billion, but the deal hit a snag after Capital One ran into regulatory hurdles over its plans to buy all of World’s Foremost Bank, a Cabela’s subsidiary.

Here’s text from the official news release:

On July 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) notified Parent and the Company that it had closed its investigation of the proposed Merger. As a result, under the terms of the timing agreement that Parent previously entered into with the FTC, the commitment of Parent and the Company not to close the Merger has expired. The consummation of the Merger remains subject to other closing conditions, including (i) the approval of the Company’s stockholders at the Special Meeting of Stockholders of the Company to be held on July 11, 2017, (ii) the closing of the purchase and sale of substantially all of the business of World’s Foremost Bank, a Nebraska banking corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, pursuant to the Framework Agreement described in Item 1.01 of the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on April 18, 2017 and (iii) other customary closing conditions.

 

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

JUNE 2017

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.)

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  

5-16 - The 27th Erie Canal Fishing Derby will be held on the Canal from the Niagara River to Albion. Over $20,000 in prizes will be up for grabs, including a boat package supplied by Brobeil Marine of Buffalo for the Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize is determined through a special drawing at the Awards Ceremony of all first place winners of the seven species categories – bass, walleye, northern pike, bullhead, carp, sheepshead and catfish. There’s a family registration for just $25. Adults can register for $15; kids 14 and under can register for $10. A cash bash is also available for $5. There are six registration outlets and five weigh stations along the canal. In addition there will be 50 tagged fish worth some $10,000 in prizes. For more information, check out www.eriecanalderby.com.

7-8 - 13th NY Trappers Forum Summer Fur Rondy at Nichols Pond County Park, Town of Fenner, NY. (Approximately 5 miles south of Canastota, NY.) (8:00 am) Numerous trapping and outdoor demonstrations, trapping supplies, a trapper training course, raffles, contests and much, much more. (Cost: Free) (For information contact Tim Evans at 315-247-0285)  

8 - Southern Tier Bassmasters (Points) 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)

8 - Birding and Boating: Cayuga-Seneca Canal at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 2:30 pm) Join us for a canoe/kayak paddle on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal next to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Raptors, shorebirds and songbirds soar over the forests and wetlands adjacent to these tranquil      waters and we’ll help you experience it all. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one from us. Fee: $8/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)

8 – Summer Wildflowers at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Search for seasonal wildflowers, and learn their uses and folklore. For adults and children ages 10 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

8 - Former NHL Hockey Star, Rob Ray’s 3rd Annual Big Dawg Walleye Tournament that will run from Chadwick Bay Marina in Dunkirk Harbor, New York. This is a 1-day tourney, 5 fish/day, with an optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Unlimited boat field, 2 to 5 anglers per boat, $500 entry fee, 100% payback (based on number of entries), 6:00 a.m. take-off. (For information call Mark Mohr at 716-998-9871 email markmohr37@gmail.com or go to https://www.rayzorsbigdawg.com/.)

9 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $125 - $150 per person depending on the number of women on the boat.) Pre-registration is required. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

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

10-8/4 - The Montezuma Audubon Center Youth Sportsman Summer Camps at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Girls and boys ages 11-15 are invited to the Montezuma Audubon Center for up to four weeks of sportsman education and wildlife adventure summer camps. Youth will earn their hunter safety, waterfowl ID, bow safety, and trapper safety certificates in two weeks with hands-on learning and outdoor experiences!  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. Camp schedule: Week 1 – Hunter Safety/Waterfowl ID – July 10-14; Week 2 – Bow Safety/Trapper Safety Camp – July 17-21; Week 3 – Fisheries Camp – July 24-28 and Week 4 -  Wildlife Adventure Camp - July 31-August 4. (Fee per camper: $150/week.) Space is limited and registration is required. (Call 315-365-3588 or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma to download the summer camp registration forms.) (For more information, call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org.)

11 - Creek Critters At Amherst State Park at Amherst State Park. (10:00 am) Discover what amazing animals are lurking underwater on this hike along Ellicott Creek.

Note: this program takes place at Amherst State Park. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov) 

11 - 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) 

11 - Nocturnal Creatures at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (8:30 pm) Join former Naturalist Intern Matt Nusstein to search for creatures of the night on this guided walk. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

14 - Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (4:30 - 8:00 pm) 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 class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any NY counties yet. (Reservations can be made at www.MyLegalHeat.com or by calling 877-252-1055.)

15 – Start of Snapping Turtle Season (>9/30)

15 -  Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop - The Complete Hiker – Fun and Safety in the Wildlands 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)     

15 - The Search For Monarchs at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Learn about the monarch butterfly’s life cycle and search for eggs, caterpillars and adult butterflies. For adults and children ages 10 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)  

15 - Fishing for a Cure for Juvenile Diabetes. (7:00 am registration deadline/Weigh-in closes at 3:00 pm) You will be able to fish out of either Point Breeze or Bald Eagle Marina but the weigh-in will take place at Ernst’s Lake Breeze Marina. Best 3 fish format. The entry fee is $50.00 cash with half going to the prize structure and half to Juvenile Diabetes research.  

15-16 - 2017 Outdoor State Archery Championships at the Allied Sportsmen of Western New York Club facilities, 12846 Clinton St., Alden, NY.  This annual shoot, sponsored by the New York State Archery Association, allows for shooting for ages from 6 to 70-plus. All disciplines are included: recurve, compound, barebow and crossbow. Fees are $30 for adults, $25 for Junior Olympic. Friday allows for practice from 2-5 p.m. Opening ceremonies begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. Applications can be found at www.nysaa.org. (For information contact Dave Hoffman at 716-440-1582.) 

 

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 - 30 - 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.

 

NEW FEDERAL DUCK STAMP:

Canada geese are flying to new heights as the stars of the 2017-2018 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, which is now on sale. Painted by five-time Federal Duck Stamp Contest artist James Hautman of Chaska, Minn., the new stamp will raise millions of dollars for habitat conservation to benefit wildlife and the American people. The Federal Duck Stamp plays an important role in wildlife conservation. Since 1934, sales of this iconic stamp have raised more than $950 million to conserve nearly six million acres of wetlands habitat on national wildlife refuges around the nation.
A current Federal Duck Stamp is also good for free admission to any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee. The Service is responsible for managing more than 850 million acres of lands and waters in the Refuge System, including 566 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts. Refuges offer world-class public recreation, from fishing, hunting and wildlife observation to photography and environmental education.
The 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest to select the 2018-2019 stamp will be held Sept. 15 and 16 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
The new Duck Stamps are available for purchase online, at many sporting goods and retail stores, and some post offices and national wildlife refuges. Find all buying options at
http://www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp/buy-duck-stamp.php.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

No, You Can't Keep a Deer for Six Weeks - Chautauqua County: On June 9, ECO Jerry Kinney received a complaint of an individual in possession of a whitetail deer fawn in the city of Jamestown. ECO Kinney visited the location and interviewed a subject at the residence. The officer discovered a fawn being kept on the second floor of the house. The resident stated he had been told he could keep the fawn for up to six weeks and then release it back into the wild. Unfortunately for the resident, this information is not accurate. ECO Kinney took possession of the fawn and issued a ticket to the resident for Illegal Possession of Protected Wildlife. The fawn was found to be in good health and released back into the wild.

Newfane Elementary Environmental Fair - Niagara County: On June 13, ECOs Tim Machnica and Josh Wolgast attended the Newfane Elementary School Environmental Fair. The officers gave 10 short presentations to approximately 200 third-grade students. The 20-minute presentation included describing the job of an Environmental Conservation Officer, as well as an introduction to hunting, fishing, and trapping regulations. Pelts from a variety of animals were exhibited, allowing the students an up-close examination of local wildlife. The students had a variety of questions and concerns that the officers discussed and answered throughout the presentations.


ECOs Machnica and Wolgast with Newfane Elementary students.

 

VISITORS TO SALMON RIVER FALLS REMINDERED TO FOLLOW REGULATIONS:  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding visitors to the Salmon River Falls Unique Area in the town of Orwell, Oswego County, to follow the regulations in place to ensure public safety and reduce impacts to the natural area located on the Salmon River

Since the state secured ownership of the property in 1993, public day use of the area known as the Salmon River Falls has increased exponentially. The focal point of the Salmon River Falls Unique Area is a 110-foot waterfall located upstream of the Salmon River Fish Hatchery. Injuries can be prevented by following site-specific rules, regulations, and signage.

Salmon River Falls site-specific regulations include:

*Restricted hours - the area is open from sunrise to sunset;

*Prohibited access to restricted areas: within 15 feet of the falls edge, all cliff edges, and falling rock zones, including swimming and wading in the plunge pool;

*Requires pets to be leashed and under control at all times;

*Prohibits camping, open fires, rock climbing, and the possession of alcoholic beverages, glass containers, or paint while on the property;

*Limits parking to designated areas and prohibit off road motor vehicle use (including snowmobiles, cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs);

*Requires the visitors to carry out all trash; and

*Prohibits unauthorized cutting of live trees, building of new trails, throwing projectiles, or causing anything to fall over the gorge.

DEC will continue to consult with local officials and the public to increase public safety and protect this overused resource to provide a safer and more enjoyable experience for all visitors and nearby residents of the town of Orwell.

All visitors are encouraged to stay on designated trails and to wear clothing and footwear appropriate for trail conditions. Additional site-specific information is available on DEC's website directly on the Salmon River Falls Unique Area web page.

 

FROM THE INTERNET: TREATMENT FOR BURNS: Some time ago, I was cooking some corn on the cob and stuck my fork in the boiling water to see if the corn was ready but I
missed and my hand went into the boiling water! A friend of mine, who was a Vietnam vet, came into the house, as I was screaming and asked me if I had some plain old flour? I
pulled out a bag, and he stuck my hand in it. He told me to keep my hand in the flour for 10 minutes. He said, in Vietnam, there was a guy on fire and in their panic, they threw a bag of
flour all over him to put the fire out. Well, it not only put the fire out, but he never even had a
blister! 

Long story short, I put my hand in the bag of flour for 10 minutes, then pulled it out and did not even have a red mark or a blister and absolutely NO PAIN!. 

Now, I keep a bag of flour in the fridge for every time I burn myself and "COLD" flour feels even better than room temperature flour. I use the flour and have never ever had even a red spot or burn mark, or a blister! I even burnt my tongue once, put the flour on it for about 10 minutes and the pain was gone and no burn. Try it . . . Experience a real miracle remedy cure!

Keep a bag of flour in your fridge or freezer, and you will be happy that you did! Many keep it there anyway to prevent weevils.

Flour has heat absorbent property and also has a strong antioxidant property, thus it helps in burn patients if it is applied within 15 minutes.

 

MORE FROM THE INTERNET: ZIP LOCK BAG FLY CONTROL: We went with friends to a restaurant on Sunday for lunch and sat in the patio section beside the store. We happened to notice zip lock baggies pinned to a post and a wall. The bags were half filled with water, each contained 4 pennies, and they were zipped shut. Naturally we were curious!
The owner told us that these baggies kept the flies away! So naturally we were even more curious! We actually watched some flies come in the window, stand around on the window sill, and then fly out again. And there were no flies in the eating area! This morning I checked this out on Google.

Below are comments on this fly control idea. I'm now a believer!

#1 Says: I tried the zip lock bag and pennies this weekend.. I have a horse trailer. The flies were bad while I was camping. I put the baggie with pennies above the door of the LQ. NOT ONE FLY came in the trailer. The horse trailer part had many. Not sure why it works but does!

#2 Says: Fill a zip lock bag with water and 5 or 6 pennies and hang it in the problem area. In my case it was a particular window in my home. It had a slight passage way for insects. Ever since I have done that, it has kept flies and wasps away. Some say that wasps and flies mistake the bag for some other insect nest and are threatened.

#3 Says: I swear by the plastic bag of water trick. I have them on porch and basement. We saw these in Northeast Mo. at an Amish grocery store & have used them since. They say it works because a fly sees a reflection & won't come around. 

#4 Says: Regarding the science behind zip lock bags of water? My research found that the millions of molecules of water presents its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them it's like a zillion disco balls reflecting light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are prey for many other bugs, animals, birds, etc., they simply won't take the risk of being around that much perceived action I moved to a rural area and thought these "hillbillies" just yanking my city boy chain but I tried it and it worked immediately! We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he didn't hang around long.

 

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

JUNE 2017

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)

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

5-16 - The 27th Erie Canal Fishing Derby will be held on the Canal from the Niagara River to Albion. Over $20,000 in prizes will be up for grabs, including a boat package supplied by Brobeil Marine of Buffalo for the Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize is determined through a special drawing at the Awards Ceremony of all first place winners of the seven species categories – bass, walleye, northern pike, bullhead, carp, sheepshead and catfish. There’s a family registration for just $25. Adults can register for $15; kids 14 and under can register for $10. A cash bash is also available for $5. There are six registration outlets and five weigh stations along the canal. In addition there will be 50 tagged fish worth some $10,000 in prizes. For more information, check out www.eriecanalderby.com.

7-8 - 13th NY Trappers Forum Summer Fur Rondy at Nichols Pond County Park, Town of Fenner, NY. (Approximately 5 miles south of Canastota, NY.) (8:00 am) Numerous trapping and outdoor demonstrations, trapping supplies, a trapper training course, raffles, contests and much, much more. (Cost: Free) (For information contact Tim Evans at 315-247-0285)  

8 - Southern Tier Bassmasters (Points) 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)

8 - Birding and Boating: Cayuga-Seneca Canal at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 2:30 pm) Join us for a canoe/kayak paddle on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal next to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Raptors, shorebirds and songbirds soar over the forests and wetlands adjacent to these tranquil      waters and we’ll help you experience it all. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one from us. Fee: $8/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)

8 – Summer Wildflowers at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Search for seasonal wildflowers, and learn their uses and folklore. For adults and children ages 10 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

8 - Former NHL Hockey Star, Rob Ray’s 3rd Annual Big Dawg Walleye Tournament that will run from Chadwick Bay Marina in Dunkirk Harbor, New York. This is a 1-day tourney, 5 fish/day, with an optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Unlimited boat field, 2 to 5 anglers per boat, $500 entry fee, 100% payback (based on number of entries), 6:00 a.m. take-off. (For information call Mark Mohr at 716-998-9871 email markmohr37@gmail.com or go to https://www.rayzorsbigdawg.com/.)

 

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 - 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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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.

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

 

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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)