The Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend!

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations.
The 22nd annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 15, through Monday, February 18, 2019.

If you have never participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count or any other Cornell Lab citizen-science project, or have not participated in the GBBC since 2013. If you already created an account for the GBBC in the past, or if you’re already registered with eBird or another Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you can use your existing user name and password.

Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day, for each new location, or for the same location if you counted at a different time of day. Estimate the number of individuals of each species you saw during your count period.

Start by registering here:

Owl Prowl Jan. 26 Saturday at Montezuma Audubon

Photo courtesy Dave Spier

Jan. 26, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Owl Prowl

Get up close to live owls during an indoor presentation by KrittrKris to find out what special adaptations these birds have that allow them to survive the winter season and be successful hunters of the night. Then, join our staff for a short walk to search for the endangered Short-eared Owls and other birds of prey. It will be a real hoot! Fee: $6/child, $8/adult, $25/family.

Registration required. Call 315.365.3588 or email

First Day Hike at Montezuma Audubon Center

Join the NYS DEC and the folks at the Montezuma Audubon Center for a first day of the new year hike.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM

Montezuma Audubon Center
2295 State Route 89, Savannah, New York 13146

Pollinator Workshop December 6th Newark

Join Kelly Gill, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for this full day workshop that will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and farm practices that support pollinators, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators.

December 6th, 2018
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Newark, NY

Click here to register

This full day workshop will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and farm practices that support pollinators, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators.

Introductory topics include the principles of pollinator biology and integrated crop pollination, the economics of insect pollination, basic bee field identification, and evaluating pollinator habitat. Advanced modules will cover land management practices for pollinator protection, pollinator habitat restoration, incorporating pollinator conservation into federal conservation programs, selection of plants for pollinator enhancement sites, management of natural landscapes, and financial and technical resources to support these efforts. Throughout the short course these training modules are illustrated by case studies of pollinator conservation efforts across the country.

Registrants will receive the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Toolkit which includes Xerces’ book, Attracting Native Pollinators. as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.

The Xerces Society is offering similar Pollinator Conservation Short Courses, as well as Conservation Biological Control Short Courses across the country.

Soil Health Workshop

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding a free ‘Soil Health’ workshop on Wednesday, November 28th at the Fairville Fire Department – 2963 NY-88, Newark, NY.

This workshop will count as two CCA credits.

This workshop is geared toward small farms, diversified organic, hobby farms and producers participating in NYS Grown and Certified program. The workshop information will give ag producers a better understanding of soil testing results and how to use the data to make informed management decisions. Attendees will also learn more about other diversified methods for obtaining good soil health such as tarping and the use of permanent beds.

Agricultural producers know that good soil health is increasingly important. Good soil management needs to be adaptive and can be progressively achieved through education and implementation of Best Management Practices. Wayne County farmers know that having an understanding of soil along with the use of sound management practices to improve soil health, yields an increase in productivity and profitability along with sustainable results for generations to come.

Registration begins at 8:30. A.M. Refreshments and breakfast snacks will be served. Speakers begin at 9:00 A.M. with Thomas Bjorkman from the Cornell Horticulture Department. Tom’s session is “Interpreting the Cornell Soil Health Test for Small Scale Producers and Prescriptions for Soil Health Issues. Farmers are encouraged to bring soil sample results.

Ryan Maher of Cornell Small Farms Program will follow with a talk on the use of permanent beds and tarps for reducing tillage on a small-scale.

Registered attendees will receive a copy of: Building Soils for Better Crops, a SARE publication, valued at $20. Each segment will include a discussion and Q&A.

To register for the workshop, please RSVP by email or online by Monday, November 24th. For more information, visit or contact Ian Priestley, AEM Specialist at 315-946-7200

The workshop is being sponsored by Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM), NYS Department of Natural Resources (NYSDEC), NYS Department of Ag and Markets (NYSDAM) and Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District.

October 27: Huckleberry Swamp Hike – 10am to 1pm.

Participants will learn about one of Wayne County’s hidden treasures. Enjoy a leisurely walk along an elevated board walk through the swamp and explore the birds and other wildlife that live there. The foliage will be beautiful too! Binoculars and field guides will be provided. For more information and to register call Montezuma Audubon Center at (315) 365-3588.

Catchpole Road
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Happy Owl-ween at Montezuma Audubon Center

Jean Soprano, of Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation will have live owls on display during her presentation about the silent hunters of the night. Then, join the Montezuma Audubon Center staff for a hike through the forest and grassland to explore the night sights and sounds. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 315-365-3588 or email

Workshop – Easy Steps to Black Gold

Composting Workshop “Easy Steps to Black Gold” with Master Gardener, Barb – our Composting Queen!

Leaves, garden debris, veggie scraps and more…a few easy steps will turn these into “black gold” for your plants! This workshop will provide instruction on how to be successful with home composting, including troubleshooting problems, what can be composted, container types, and composting with worms (vermicomposting). Plus question and answer session.

What: Composting Workshop for Consumers – “Easy Steps to “Black Gold”
When: Sept. 22nd, 9am to 11am
Cost: $3.00 and pre-registration is required
Where: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne Co. 1581 Rte. 88 North, Newark NY 14513
Save the date: Sept. 22nd 9am-11am.

Registration is $3.00 per person and is required by Sept. 18th. To register, stop by our office or mail your payment along with your phone number and/or Email to CCE Wayne County, 1581 Rte. 88 N. Newark, NY 14513. Limited spaces available. Registration will be confirmed via phone call or e-mail, so please remember to include your phone number or e-mail with your registration. Registration Deadline Tuesday, September 18th.

For more information contact: 315-331-8415

Do you have a valid NY Fishing License? Free Entrance to State Fair

You can get FREE admission to the The Great New York State Fair on August 23rd and 26th if you own a valid New York State Sporting License.

DEC’s #IFISHNY staff will also be holding free family #fishing clinics at those days from 10am-2pm. You can participate even if you don’t have a New York State fishing license. Rods and bait will be provided and DEC staff will be on hand to assist.

Interested in purchasing a NYS Sporting License:


Wayne County Fair

Join us at the Wayne County Fair on August 13-18th. We are in the Ag building. Register for a chance to win prizes, learn about Invasive Species, Ag Best Management Practices, Soil Health and more!

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District
7312 RT 31 Lyons, NY 14489