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New York’s Draft Great Lakes Action Agenda 2030 Public Comment Period is Open Until November 25th

The public comment period for New York’s Draft Great Lakes Action Agenda 2030 (GLAA) has been extended until November 25th. Feedback can be provided by emailing greatlakes@dec.ny.gov.

Public webinars to review the GLAA and discuss it with NY Great Lakes basin stakeholders were held on October 25th and November 14th. The presentation slides and recording from the October webinar can be found here. A recording of the November 14th webinar is available upon request.

Wayne County Electronics Recycling Event

Shopping Black Friday for a new TV? Have some Holiday Lights that don’t work? Bring them to the District’s Electronics Recycling event in Lyons, on December 15th and 16th. Wayne County Residents ONLY. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, visit https://waynecountynysoilandwater.org/recycle/.

Online Short Course: Farming with Soil Life – Soil Animals and Microbial Processes – New York/Northeast Region

Xerces Society is holding an online short course intended for NRCS staff, Soil and Water Conservation staff, Extension Educators, farmers and other agricultural professionals in the northeastern region of the US. This course is free to attend, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Presenters are Stephanie Frischie, Agronomist & Native Plant Materials Specialist; Jennifer Hopwood, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist – Midwest; and Kelly Gill, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist – Northeast/Mid-Atlantic, and guest presenter Kyle Wickings, Associate Professor of Entomology at Cornell University, for this online course about soil animals and their role in governing microbial processes in agricultural soils.

Participants will learn about common soil invertebrates, their ecology and roles in soil health, scouting methods, and management strategies to increase beneficial soil animal populations.

In Dr. Wicking’s talk, he will review the primary pathways by which soil animals influence crop residue decomposition and organic matter cycling, first discussing recent research on the different ways invertebrates interact with microbial processes in soil. Second, he will talk about the impact of agricultural management practices on invertebrates and the processes they drive. Next, we’ll discuss how invasive earthworms muddy the concept of soil health. Lastly, we’ll explore how even plant-feeding insect pests can impact carbon and nitrogen cycling in soil.

BAT WEEK -OCTOBER 24 – 31

Bat Week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature

Bats have been on earth for more than 50 million years! With more than 1,400 species, they are the second largest order of mammals, and are widely dispersed across six continents. Globally, bats provide vital ecosystem services in the form of insect pest consumption, plant pollination, and seed dispersal, making them essential to the health of global ecosystems. Over 70% of all bat species feed on insects and as such play an important role in controlling insect numbers. No, they do not suck your blood – but they will help clear the air of bloodsucking mosquitoes!

Here are some youth activities for Bat Week.

https://www.batcon.org/about-bats/games-and-activities/

Why do bats hang upside down?

Almost all species of bats hang upside down. When bats are relaxed, their feet are automatically in a clenched position, making it easy for them to grab on to a surface. Hanging upside down allows them to let go and quickly fall to gain momentum for flight. Unlike birds that have hollow bones, bats have solid bones like all other mammals, which is why they have more need for the extra momentum gained from falling. What is really interesting is why bat’s blood doesn’t all rush to their head while hanging upside down! There are valves in their veins AND arteries to keep blood flowing in the right direction, while most mammals only need valves in their veins.

Read more FAQ’s here: https://www.batcon.org/about-bats/faq/

Montezuma Audubon Free birding walks, Registration Required

Montezuma Audubon Center is partnering again with NYS Canal Corporation and leading FREE birding walks every Saturday from October 15 – December 17. Join them for a 1-mile walk to experience the autumn bird migration and learn how Montezuma’s habitats are managed.

Sandhill Crane. Photo: Ed Mattis/Audubon Photography Awards

Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour

Apple Growers and Wayne County Tourism, invite the public to come out to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour! Throughout the month of October, take a self guided tour along Wayne County’s Apple Trail to experience the scenic country roads and amazing fall foliage.

This year, there are twelve stops along the tour where you can pick fresh apples, admire the fall colors, and enjoy time together. With activities ranging from corn mazes and tractor rides to wine and cider tastings, this is a month-long event that the whole family will love!
October 7-10 is the special Tasting Weekend with extra events and activities. Follow this event on Facebook or appletastingtour.com to get the details.

Visit these 12 stops throughout October:
Apple Town Farm Market
Doyle Farms Market Café & Creamery
Lagoner Farms & Embark Craft Ciderworks
Long Acre Farms & JD Wine Cellars
Morgan’s Farm Market
Orbaker’s Farm Market
Stonegoose Market & Cidery
Rootstock Ciders & Spirits
The Apple Farm Stand at Stone Goose Farms
The Apple Shed & Old Goat Cidery
Young Sommer Winery
Youngman Orchards Farm Market
Hours may vary, please check with each stop for current hours.

Please note that the location listed is the office location that coordinates the tour. Tour stop addresses can be found on appletastingtour.com

Muck Race – 25th Annual September 9-10th, 2022

The Muckrace is a “Big Day” birding competition within the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.Teams of some of the best birders as well as novice birders from across New York State and beyond, compete in the 24-hour event to see how many species they can identify. In addition to providing some good fun and excitement, the Muckrace raises money to support avian research and conservation within the Montezuma Wetlands complex.

For more information and registration visit: https://friendsofmontezuma.org/projects-programs/muckrace/

Bats of New York Friday, August 26th 7 PM – 9 PM

Bats of New York Friday, August 26th 7 PM – 9 PM
To register: https://act.audubon.org/a/bats-new-york
NYSDEC Wildlife Biologist Christina Hoh will be leading us through an educational evening of learning all about the bats that call New York State their home. We’ll learn what they eat if they migrate or hibernate, and that they’re not an animal to be afraid of. The program will begin indoors with a presentation detailing the nine species of bats found in NY. Once darkness falls, we’ll head outside for a short hike and demonstration of some of the technical equipment used to survey different bat species. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent! Long sleeves and pants may be desired as well.
-Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $30/family.
-Suitable for all ages!
Space is limited and pre-paid online reservations are required.
Call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with questions.

Audubon continues to take necessary precautions to reduce COVID spread, but no public activity can be 100 percent safe. We ask anyone who is feeling unwell or who has had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 to not participate in any in-person program until the risk for infection has passed.
Program Cancellation/Reimbursement Policy:
If the MAC cancels an event, we will initiate a full reimbursement.
If you need to cancel registration for an event, you must call or email the MAC at (315) 365-3588 or montezuma@audubon.org
If you cancel more than a week before the event, we will initiate a reimbursement minus a 10% administrative fee, or credit you for a future event.
No reimbursements are issued for cancellations received less than a week before the date of the event.
Bats flying at night. Photo: Stuart Anthony/Flickr

Conservation Farm of the year – Youngman Farms

CONSERVATION FARM OF THE YEAR 2022

 WHEREAS, Youngman Farms, operated by the Youngman Family, as a fourth generation family-owned and operated farm in the Towns of Butler and Wolcott where the farmstead is located on VanVleck and Smith Roads have been named the 2022 Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Conservation Farm of the Year.  This 450 acre farm (300 owned – 150 rented) was originally started in 1946  by Gordon and Barbara Youngman and is now run by their son Allen and his wife Kimberly, along with their son Shawn and his wife Tasha and their children with extra special assistance from Uncle Art; and

 WHEREAS, Youngman Farms began as a fruit farm, then evolved into a dairy operation before transiting into its current beef operation where they focus on all-natural high quality beef. The farm has between a 225 to 250 head of cattle, which consists of Angus, Hereford, Hereford/Angus crosses and some Charolais. The cattle graze on almost 100 acres of pasture that the animals rotationally graze during the season. The farm strives to produce all of the animal’s feed needs on the farm; and

 WHEREAS, Youngman Family have been working strategically to build an operation that provides quality food for their community while addressing water quality as part of the Wolcott Creek Watershed of Port Bay through active planning, management and implementation of conservation systems which include but are not limited to a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan, Prescribed Rotational Grazing System, Livestock Heavy Use Area Runoff Management Systems, Silage Leachate Control and Treatment System, Access Control/Stream Crossing System and Cover Cropping; and

 WHEREAS, Youngman Farms have continued to be stewards and partners within the agricultural community working with both United States Department of Agriculture and Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District through the New York State Agriculture Environmental Management Program for crop production and management of other natural resource issues; and

 WHEREAS, the Youngman’s’ are very community oriented family, having used the farm for Pasture Walks and other demonstrations on the conservation practices they have implemented on the farm as well as having a store on the farm to sell their products. They are constantly looking for ways to improve the farm environmentally, maintain sustainability and still be financially viable. Their stewardship and enthusiasm are infectious and have been a joy to work with; now, therefore, be it

 RESOLVED, that the Wayne County Board of Supervisors acknowledges and congratulates the Youngman Family as the 2022 Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Conservation Farm of the Year because of their dedication and commitment to protect and conserve the natural resources within our community through the New York State Agricultural Environmental Management Program. 

Wayne County Youth Fishing Derby June 17th-July 29 2022


Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen Clubs are pleased to announce the 25th Wayne County Youth Fishing Derby for anglers ages 4-16. The event runs June 17th-July 29th, 2022 and covers the waters in Wayne County. 

Responsible local conservation recreation is a crucial part of continuing to help New Yorkers stay active and a great way to spend time with immediate household and family members while building lasting memories of having that “FISH ON”. Social distancing and masks encouraged.

REGISTER FOR THE YOUTH DERBY

New this year, Jarvis Bait in Wolcott along with Grantley Bait and Tackle in Ontario will be weigh in stations. ALL stores sell bait are a perfect way to expand fishing opportunities on the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario west. Other stations are Krenzer Marine, Hughes Marina, Davenports, and Bay Bridge bait shops.

The Youth Derby is designed as three tournaments in one.
• AL SHULTZ MEMORIAL CHALLENGE is for youth ages 4-7 years of age. Anglers compete to catch the most pan-fish; Blue Gill, Perch, Rock Bass, Sun Fish, Largemouth bass OR smallmouth bass. Although the fish, other than perch do not need to be weighed anglers must complete a fish entry form.
• MERCHANTS CHALLENGE is for youth anglers ages 8-16 and is considered the “Grand Slam” – Catch all 5 of shallow-water species Perch, Walleye, Largemouth bass, Northern pike & Smallmouth bass. The angler’s cumulative weight of all five wins.
• SPECIES CHALLENGE is open to all entrants. In this derby, anglers compete to catch the largest fish in any of the 5 species: Perch, Walleye, Largemouth, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass

The entry fee is $5.00. Prizes will consist of merchandise and trophies. The prize structure is based on the number of registered entrants.

The District will be accepting payments by cash or check, registrations are being taken online and paid using any major credit card. The entrant’s registration number is generated at checkout. ( click here to register online)

Thank you to all the businesses and clubs in Wayne County that support this great youth fishing opportunity: Nancy Wilkes of McDonald’s in Wayne County,  PJ Unisex Salon, Lyons National Bank, Franklyn House Tavern, Zip N’ Zin Charters, Lyons Veterinary Clinic, Sodus Rotary, Katlynn Marine, Rubinos on the Bay, Ashley Insurance, Fowler Marine, Clingerman Taxidermy, Dynalec Corporation, Patons Sodus Market, Humbert Farms, KC Baily Orchards, Johnson Forest Management, V&C Development, Lake Breeze Orchards, Farm Bureau of Wayne County, Ely & Leene Insurance, JJs Hot Dogs, Mack’s Auto Joey’s Northside Grocery, Termatec Molding Inc, Cornerstone Reality, Finger Lakes Aquaculture, David and Sue Williamson, Sodus Bay Sportsman Club, Wayne County Tourism, Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District, Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen Clubs, and of course, all the bait and weigh stations.

Participants will enter fish personally caught only in the Wayne County, NY in the waters of Lake Ontario (1/2 mile west of Ginna Plant and east to Blind Sodus Bay) and its embayments; the waters of the Erie Canal and streams located in Wayne County, NY in accordance with all NYS Department of Conservation Fishing Rules and Regulations. Participants must have a valid NYS fishing license unless exempt by law.
The Derby Awards Banquet, sponsored by McDonald’s of Wayne County is on August 7th, 2022 at the Sodus Bay Sportsmen Club in Sodus Point, where prizes and trophies will be awarded. The Federation of Sportsmen Club and the District are working out ways to practice social distancing but still provide awards and prizes to youth anglers.

To register for the Youth Derby visit https://waynecountynysoilandwater.org/youth-derby/