Shoreline Property Owners Virtual Public Engagement for CLEAR Initiative Thursday September 23rd

Virtual Public Engagement for CLEAR Initiative Throughout September

The NYS Department of State will be hosting its second public engagement sessions for the Coastal Lakeshore Economy and Resiliency Initiative (CLEAR) throughout the month of September. The meetings will be place-based for each planning region (shoreline communities along the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and St. Lawrence River), and will be held virtually, as follows:

The purpose of the public engagement is to engage communities in the CLEAR planning process to help conceptualize the potential impacts from future changes and identify opportunities to enhance connections and access to the water while increasing resiliency to potential stressors.  Questions can be addressed to

Regional Dry-Down Day in Seneca County on 9-3-21

The Cornell Cooperative NWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team will be working with Keystone Mills in Romulus, NY to put on a Dry-Down Day on September 3rd, 2021 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Farmers in the local area are encouraged to cut a bundle of 3 stalks from each corn field that they would like to be tested for dry matter, and bring them to the mill between 10:00am and 2:00pm on that day.

What:  Seneca County Regional Dry-Down Day
When:  September 3, 2021
Time:  10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Keystone Mills
1975 State Route 336
Romulus, NY 14541

CCE NWNY team members will be there with a wood chipper to chip down the stalks and several drying options to determine the current dry matter of whole corn plants.  Based on the dry matter percentage of your corn stalks, we will be able to provide you with an estimate of your optimal harvest date.  There will not be a formal presentation, though information on best management practices for 2021 Corn Silage Harvest will be provided.  You do not have to wait around to get your results, but feel to take advantage of the opportunity to ask your questions and have some refreshments.  There is no cost for this program, and all are welcome to attend.

Sampling details:  Sample corn stalks should be from a representative area in the field, and should be cut the morning of September 3rd at the height you plan to set your chopper.  If you are unable to bring your stalks to the mill during the dry down timeframe, please reach out to Margaret Quaassdorff (585-405-2567) to make a plan before the 3rd to get your samples picked up.

Free coffee and baked goods will be provided by Keystone Mills.


Wayne County Youth Derby Awards Ceremony August 15th

Please join the District and the Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs on August 15th for the Wayne County Youth Derby McDonald’s Awards Ceremony at the Sodus Point Fire Hall. Noon – 2:00 P.M. Everyone is invited. Walt Crum will be there, along with the NYS DEC and the Finger Lakes PRISM folks. This year we have 6 young anglers that won the Al Shultz Memorial Challenge ( Ages 4-7), six anglers age 4 will receive the Captin’ Larry award and two anglers won the Merchant’s Challenge. In the Species Challenge, anglers in places 1-10 will receive an award.

Hotdogs and chips, 50/50, Donated baskets, and special recognition for one youth angler. Even if you did not catch any fish you can still win. We have lots of prizes. Congrats to all!

We would like to thank ALL of the Merchants, Businesses, Clubs, and Individuals who help make this event happen each year! Fish are an indicator of good water quality and this year we had over 180 fish caught!

Nancy Wilkes of McDonald’s  Lyons National Bank, Franklin House Tavern, Fishin’ Magician Charters, Zip N’ Zin Charters, Lyons Veterinary Clinic, Sodus Rotary,  PJ Unisex Salon, Katlynn Marine, Rubinos on the Bay, Ashley Insurance,  Clingerman Taxidermy, Dynalec Corporation, Patons Sodus Market, Fowler’s Marina, Krenzer Marine, Hughes Marina and Campground, 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,  Sodus Bay Sportsman Club, Jarvis Bait Farm, Davenport Bait and Livery, Bay Bridge Sport Shop, Country Max Ontario and Country Max Palmyra, Plano Fishing, Wayne County Tourism, Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District, Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club in the Sodus Point volunteer fire department  for allowing them to use their fire hall

#waterquality #conservation #fishing

2021 Lake Ontario Fruit Program Summer Fruit Tour – Registration Required

Williamson, NY — The 2021 Lake Ontario Fruit Program Summer Fruit Tour will take place on Thursday, August 12, 2021. The tour will include lunch and sponsor visits at Williamson Town Park, 3773 Eddie Road, and Williamson, with a focus on the Marion and Williamson areas. Note: Pre-registration is required to take the tour. Especially important for lunch counts / seats and contact tracing. NO Carry-Ons Accepted. The registration link is as follows. Pre-registration required:

Note: If you would like to call to register yourself or someone else in your organization, please call or email Kim Hazel (585-798-4265, ext. 26).

See also “Cornel Outdoor Conference Policy” at the bottom of this post please dress according to the weather and walking, and bring sunscreen, a hat, an umbrella, a chair, etc.

2.5 hours of DEC recertification credits are available on the tour. Please bring your DEC pesticide sprayer license. If you need DEC credits, arrive on time, sign the roster, and Will stay all day.. DEC does not allow partial credit.

Follow the Cornell Fruit Event Sign!

Hosts Morgan Farm, Stops 1-3 – Farm – Ben Nev Leather and Magdaleno Cervantes, Morgan Farm. Stop Leader-Mark Wilt Burger.
Stop 1-Warner Road Farm, 3905 Southwest of Warner Road, Marion, NY 14505

8:00 Registration / check-in and DEC re-authentication credit sign-in. Please bring your DEC ID card!

8:30 Welcome – LOF Team Leader Craig Kahlke.

8:35 Introducing Morgan Farm – Mark Wilt Burger. Mark explains the background of the Morgan Farm business and the three places to visit today. He introduces two farm managers, Ben Nevresin and Magdaleno Cervantes.

Orchard Walk-Mark Wilt Burger. At each location, visit processes of different ages and planting densities and fresh blocks. Mark reviews the history and performance of each block and discusses “lessons learned” with Ben and Magdaleno.

8:40 Established Warner Road Farm Site – Mark Wiltberger. Overview of the establishment of the Warner Road Farm Site.

8:45 Idared / Crispin Block – Mark Wilt Burger. An overview of the Idared / Crispin block by Ben Nevlezer and Magdaleno Cervantes.

8:50 Experience of fire blight in mature orchards for the past few seasons – – Janet van Zoeren, Ben Nevlezer, Isabella Yannuzzi, Dr. Kerik Cox (Cornell University).. In this presentation, Janet presents a regional background on how fire blight emerged this season. Kerrick and Isabella will follow recommendations for the rest of the season and beyond, including updates on streptococcal resistance.

9:15 Scarf Skin Management – ​​Dr. Kerrick Cox and David Strickland (Cornell University). Brief updates on PGR studies for managing scarf skins in the rainy season of sensitive varieties.

9:20 Fuji Block-Mark Wilt Burger. An overview of the Fuji block by Ben Nevlezer and Magdaleno Cervantes.

9:25 NY2 (RubyFrost ™) Block – Mark Wilt Burger. An overview of Ruby Frost ™ blocks by Ben Nevlezer and Magdaleno Cervantes.

9:30 Master Class Program – Cornell University, Nicole Waters. With Magdaleno Cervantes. Nicole discusses this class available on farms in the LOF area to train employees for leadership positions.

9:35 Trip to Morgan Farm Stop 2 – Ball Road Farm, 3990 Ball Road Northwest (5 minutes).

Morgan Farm Stop 2 – Ball Road Farm
10:00 Ball Road Farm Site Overview – Mark Wilt Burger.

10:05 Taylor Roma / Jonagold Block – Mark Wilt Burger. An overview of the Taylor Roma / Jonagold block by Ben Nevlaser and Magdaleno Cervantes.

10:10 NY674 (Autumn Crisp ™) Block – Mark Wilt Burger. An overview of the NY674 (Autumn Crisp ™) block by Benneb leather and Magdaleno Cervantes.

10:15 New Planting-Golden Delicious High Density Block-Mark Wilt Burger. Mark confirms the specifications of this high-density 12’x3′ processing block and some of the investment costs involved in its establishment.

10:25 Designing Processed Orchards for the Future – Dr. Terence Robinson of Cornell University. Terence discusses the optimal design for processing orchards for productivity and profit.

10:45 Travel Stop to Morgan Farm 3 – Corey Corners Road Farm, East Planting (“Siberia”) (10 minutes).

Morgan Farm Stop 3 – Corey Corners Road Farm
11:15 Overview of Cory Corners Road Farm site (“Siberia”) – Mark Wiltberger (5 minutes).

11:20 Underground Contribution to Block Reduction in High Density Orchards – Dr. Awais Khan, Cornell University. The newly funded USDA-SARE project will characterize the roots and viruses of two major rootstocks in a high-density orchard system in three regions of New York State. The results are critically analyzed to limit the role of roots in rapid decline and identify short-term, medium-term, and long-term management solutions.

11:40 Move to B. Foreman Park, 4507 Lake Rd, Williamson, NY 14589. (20 min).

Stop 4 – Lunch Stop – B.Foreman Park
12:00 B. Lunch and sponsor visit at Foreman Park.

1:30 Go to Hermenet Fruit Farm, 7017 Bear Swamp Rd, Williamson. (10 minutes).

Stop 5 – Hermenet Fruit Farm-Host Mark Hermenet. Stop Leader-Mario Miranda Sazo.
2:00 Fine-tuning new alternatives to fruit growth models and chemical thinning using Metamitron and ACC – Dr. Terence Robinson, Dr. Luis Gonzalez (Cornell University), Polyana Franceskat (Valent Biosciences), Mario Miranda Sazo.

2:15 Apply ATS Spray at Flowering / Use ACC as Rescue Treatment for Mature Gala Blocks Guided by Pollen Tube Growth Model (PTGM) – Dr. Terence Robinson, Mario Miranda Sazo, Mark Hermenet.

2:30 B.9 sophomore honeycrisp and NY-1 tree establishment, training and nutrition management.Trees produced by grower hosts and planted at 2x11ft.. In addition, there will be a brief discussion and demonstration of using the Huron platform and developing an automated steering system in collaboration with Ridge Automation LLC. – – Dr. Terence Robinson, Dr. Lyrian Chen, Mario Miranda Sazo, Mark Hermenet.

2:45 M.9 M.9 rootstock (5×13 ft planting) using Macoun, AceyMac, and Red Delicious to migrate from fresh blocks to processing blocks. – Dr. Terence Robinson, Mario Miranda Sazo, Mark Wiltberger, Mark Hermenet.

3:00 Electric mowers and precision atomizers – the future of orchard weed management? – Janet van Zoeren

3:30 Tour summary, receipt of DEC certificate.

Cornell Outdoor Conference Policy

Based on the latest guidance from Forward New York and the CDC for improved COVID-19 infection and vaccination rates, Watkins said the CCE Regional Ag Team’s outdoor field meeting (including outdoor well-ventilated barns) guidelines. We are supporting the revision. At this time. Beginning June 1, 2021, field meeting size limits will be increased from 25 to 500 in accordance with NYS and CDC guidelines. Masks are only required for unvaccinated participants and should also maintain a social distance of 6 feet during the event. The “honor system” is used to determine who needs to wear a mask and maintain social distance. All participants must sign in and provide contact information. I need a follow-up contact trace. There is no time limit for the event and meals may be served.

This is Batty – August 6th Bats of New York


Photo Courtesy: Montezuma Audubon Center

Join Shannon Dermody, from the Department of Environmental Conservation and Horticulture at Finger Lakes Community College. Shannon will be leading participants through an educational evening of learning all about the bats that call New York State their home. You will learn what they eat if they migrate or hibernate, and that bats are not an animal to be afraid of.

Friday, August 6
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Montezuma Audubon Center
2295 NY-89, Savannah, NY 13146

Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $30/family.

Shannon has been studying bats for the last six years with various agencies, nonprofits, and educational institutions, and will be sharing her expertise with us. 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.

To register, visit

-Space is limited and pre-paid online reservations are required.

Rain Barrel Workshop July 27 2021

Join the Ontario-Wayne Stormwater Coalition and the Ontario County Soil & Water Conservation District for a rain barrel workshop. We will start with a short presentation with a demo on how to build your barrel. We will then help you build your own 55-gallon rain barrel. Installing a rain barrel is an easy way to protect our environment and save money.

A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains or streams. The water from your barrel can be used for watering gardens and lawns, washing cars, cleaning outdoor furniture, and the list goes on.

To register, contact Alaina at 585-396-1450 or email

Volunteer at Marsh Workdays!

MARSH! is part of a larger effort to restore, protect, and enhance wildlife habitat on nearly 50,000 acres in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. This VOLUNTEER program supports the habitat restoration efforts of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Montezuma Audubon Center and other partners at Montezuma. This group works on controlling invasive species in grassland, shrubland, forest, marsh and river. The work is hands-on as we monitor, cut and pull invasive species & replant and monitor natives that will be more beneficial to wildlife & less harmful to Montezuma habitats overall!

MARSH is part of a larger effort to restore, protect, and enhance wildlife habitat on nearly 50,000 acres in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.
MARSH! workdays run 9:00AM to 1:00PM.

YOU MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE before noon on the day before work day
For Refuge/Seneca Meadows workdays, call 315-568-5987 or email
For MAC/DEC work days, call 315-365-3588
You can download a flyer here

Wayne County Youth Fishing Derby June 19th-July 31st 2021

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Federation of Sportsmen Clubs are pleased to announce the 22nd Wayne County Youth Fishing Derby for anglers ages 4-16. The event runs June 19th-July 31st, 2021and 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.


New this year, Jarvis Bait in Wolcott along with the Ontario and Palmyra County Max stores 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. 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 for the grand prize.
• 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,  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,  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 15th, 2021 at the Firehall 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

Audubon for All Guided Birding Hike – Saturday, June 19

Saturday, June 19
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Join the Montezuma Audubon Center for a fun and inclusive birding walk with a Montezuma Audubon Center environmental educator during this month’s celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community. Enjoy a leisurely 1-mile walk through the grassland and forest while learning about the many birds that live there. This nature walk is for anyone who appreciates community, adventure, and wants to get outdoors to explore. We welcome those who identify as LGBTQIA+, allies, families, and anyone looking for a fun, educational, and inclusive outdoor experience. Facial coverings will be required, and we will follow physical distancing guidelines. This tour is funded in part through the generous support of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Please note: This hike will depart from the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY).

-Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family.
-Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to get checked in and use the restroom.
-Space is limited and pre-paid online reservations are required.
-Call 315.365.3588 or email with questions.

Registration is required.

Wayne County Coastal Lakeshore Economy And Resiliency initiative (CLEAR)

Thursday, June 10th at 5:00 is a presentation on the Wayne County Coastal Lakeshore Economy and Resiliency (CLEAR) initiative including information on public survey #1. A recording of the presentation will be made available after the event.
        Join the Zoom webinar June 10th 5:00-5:45 pm
Or by Telephone: +1 301 715 8592 or
+1 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 845 5617 4596
For more information, please visit: