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:

NYS Invasive Species Awareness Week

New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week #NYISAW begins Sunday, June 6!

Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) is a program established to raise public awareness of the economic and ecological impacts of invasive species to prevent their spread. New York State is particularly vulnerable to invasive species due to its role as a center for international trade and travel.

Invasive species are harmful to our natural resources; fish, wildlife, plants and overall ecosystem health. They can disrupt natural communities and their ecological processes by outcompeting native species for food and habitats and sometimes even cause their extinction.

Managing invasive species is a long-term effort. Public awareness and vigilance are key components to preventing the establishment and spread of invasive species. You can take action in your backyard.

Multi-flora Rose

During ISAW week, take the Invasive to Native gardening challenge by finding a patch of invasive species and replanting with native plants. Many local garden centers can help. One common invasive, multiflora rose is showing up right now, (May – June.) These drought tolerant fast spreading plants are full of white flowers, but don’t let these panicles of white fool you.

The multi-flora rose crowds out native plants and reduces biodiversity and can quickly grow up to 12 feet. Since multiflora rose is not easily controlled, the goal has become to eradicate it. The best method for getting rid of this plant is through a combination of mechanical and chemical techniques. Mowing is a first action to take. It prevents seedlings from further development. For a fully developed plant, digging, pulling, and cutting the bush to a stump is effective if you treat the stump with an herbicide.

Virginia rose

Once the area is cleared, plant the native Virginia rose (Rosa virginiana) in its place. Their pretty pink fragrant flowers in June- August attract butterflies. The rose hips or fruit is rich in vitamin C and can be eaten. They also make delicious jams and can be steeped to make rose hip tea.

Free public events and invasive species challenges are being offered including:

For more information and other tips on Invasive to Native, visit Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District at or the Finger Lakes PRISM for a full list of regional events.

Birding and Boating: Howland’s Island 5/26/21

Registration is required. Wednesday, May 26  5:00 PM – 7:30 PM 

What better way to enjoy a beautiful spring evening than by taking a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle to explore the birds, other wildlife, and their habitats in the NYSDEC Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area? Paddle approximately 3 miles along the Seneca River to explore a variety of songbirds, shorebirds, and birds of prey including the Bald Eagle and Osprey. Facial coverings will be required when entering and exiting the water and we will follow physical distancing guidelines. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from Montezuma Audubon. This tour is funded in part through the generous support of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Please note: We will meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY) to check in, and then will caravan to the boat launch.

-Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child).
-Space is limited and pre-paid reservations are required.
-Call 315.365.3588 or email with questions.

3-mile hike at Howland’s Island with Montezuma Audubon

Join the Montezuma Audubon for a guided 3-mile hike at Howland’s Island. Step back in time as we discuss the historical uses of the island while looking for migratory songbirds. Most of the route will be on old gravel roads but some lesser-used grassy trails will be utilized as well. Wear sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting a little muddy, dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, and a bottle of water if you like. This tour is funded in part through the generous support of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Space is limited.

Howland’s Island Parking Lot
Saturday, May 22, 2021
10 AM EDT – 12:30 PM EDT
Registration Required:
Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family.

Please note: This hike will depart from the Howland’s Island parking area which is accessible via Carncross Road, Savannah, NY (43°04’43.6″N 76°41’23.1″W). The parking area is on the island itself.-Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family.
-Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to get checked in.
-Space is limited and pre-paid online reservations are required.
-Call 315.365.3588 or email with questions.

Master Gardeners Plant Sale

Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 8, 2021, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Join the Cornell Master Gardeners for some great plants for your gardens and home landscapes. Plants available for purchase are a combination of shrubs, perennials, herbs, annual vegetables and flowers that are provided by local nurseries and from Master Gardener’s private collections. We sell out quickly so don’t delay!

Proceeds help support the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Community Horticulture program.

For more information call 315-331-8415.

1581 Route 88 North
Newark, NY 14513

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 26th 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.

New this year, the Ontario and Palmyra County Max stores will be weigh in stations. Both stores sell bait are a perfect way to expand fishing opportunities on the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario west. Other stations are Jarvis Bait Farm, 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. For those without WIFI, the Jarvis Bait Shop, Ontario Country Max and Palmyra County Max will all have WIFI enabled tablets available for online registrations starting on June 12th.

According to Maxine Appleby, Conservation Specialist” No angler will be left behind.” The District will provide opportunities to any youth between the ages of 4-16 that does not have the means to enter the derby.

Special arrangements can be made by calling the office M-F at 315-946-7200 by July 3.

Thank you to McDonald’s of Wayne County for their continued support along with  PJ Unisex Salon, Lyons National Bank, Sodus Rotary, Katlynn Marine, Rubinos on the Bay, Sodus Point Pit Stop, Martin’s Tideside Marine, Ashley Insurance, Lyons Veterinary Clinic, Clingerman Taxidermy, Dynalec Corporation, Fishin Magician Charters, Patons Sodus Market, Humbert Farms, KC Baily Orchards, Farm Bureau of Wayne County, Dobbin’s Drugs, Ely & Leene Insurance,  Hughes Marina, Joey’s Northside Grocery, Fowler’s Marina, Key’s Energy, Krenzer Marine, Port Bay RV Park and Campground, the Steger Haus, Termatec Molding, Wayne County Tourism, Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District, Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen Clubs, Sodus Bay Sportsman Club 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 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

Crescent Beach REDI PROJECT Public Meeting Announced

Wayne County invites you to a virtual meeting to provide residents and stakeholders with more in-depth explanation of the REDI project and objectives. Links have been distributed to residents – via email and mail to landowners within the property boundaries, and also by email and social media to the landowner’s associations – email  for  the link  to  the  meeting.

Are you a Hiker? FL-PRISM is looking for Volunteer Invasive Species Detectives On Your Favorite Trails

The Finger Lakes PRISM (Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management ) is looking for VOLUNTEERS to help them search for invasive species while you hike your favorite trail.

Invasive species lead to IRREVERSIBLE economic, environmental, and cultural damage. Some invasive species that you might be familiar with include the Spotted Lanternfly, Brown Marmorated Stinkbug, Japanese Knotweed, and Garlic Mustard.

HOW can you help? – Well.. it’s pretty simple, all you have to do is hike a trail and note the invasive species you see about every 50 feet. Upload what you see to the iMapInvasives app on your phone (, and keep checking every 50 feet along the trail.

HOW do you start?  – Start by registering for “Terrestrial Surveying” here”: . By registering the Finger Lakes PRISM can send updates on invasive species to watch out for.

Also, join the Facebook group, where photos can be shared and identified and questions can be asked.

PRISM will be hosting training sessions in May to teach you how to IDENTIFY invasive species, SURVEY along the trail, and REPORT what you found using the iMapInvasives App.

As this is a volunteer program, there is no commitment to how often you need to survey, or what you need to look for, or where (although we will have suggestions if you’re unsure!).

Spotted Lanternfly & Tree-of-heaven: NY needs your help! Training Workshop

Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive pest from Asia that feeds on a variety of plants including grapes, hops, and maple trees, posing a severe threat to NYS forests and agriculture (more info). SLF’s preferred host plant, Tree-of-heaven (TOH), is already found in much of the state. SLF was first found in PA in 2014, and several populations have since been found in NYAgencies and conservation partners across the state are working to protect our state resources from these invasives, and we are requesting help from volunteers to complement these efforts.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Register for the webinar below

Volunteers needed: SLF management actions are more effective and regions can better prepare for the impacts of this insect when new infestations are found early.

New York State is seeking volunteers like you to look for SLF and TOH in your area. You can supplement NYS efforts to prevent negative impacts from invasive species by knowing what to look for and how to report observations to New York’s official invasive species database, iMapInvasives.

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation have identified 1km grid squares across the state where volunteer survey efforts would be most helpful. These may be close to known infestations, along major pathways, and/or near important commodities that could be harmed by SLF. Use the interactive map below to sign up for a grid square and survey one or two areas within that are publicly and safely accessible.

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