Project Feeder Watch

The 2021 season of Project Feeder Watch has begun. Turn your love of feeding birds into scientific discoveries. FeederWatch is a survey of birds that visit backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. You don’t even need a feeder! Visit https://feederwatch.org/ to learn more and register.

You can also visit them on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/ProjectFeederWatch/

Give the Gift of Green this Holiday – Gift Certificates Available

Give the gift of Green this Holiday Season. The 2021  Forever Green Tree and Shrub sale catalog and online store will be available in January, 2021 but you can purchase gift certificates for that perfect “green” gift! Each certificate will be made out to the recipient and mailed to you. These vouchers must be used at the 2021 Tree and Shrub sale where there are over 50 items to choose from. Certificates must be redeemed by March 5th, 2021 and orders picked up during the tree sale. Tree sale orders with the gift voucher must be placed by phone. 315-946-7200. Certificates have “No Cash Value” and can only be used for products.

Importance of Trees and Plants
The top benefits are:
Trees increase property values
Trees clean the air
Trees slow water runoff
Trees prevent soil erosion
Trees help buffer noise pollution
Trees cool our homes, streets, and cities
Trees can save you money on energy costs
Trees are beautiful

The Tree sale pick up is located at
7312 Route 31; Lyons, 14489

Questions? You can also send an email to drew@wayneNYSwcd.org or call us at 315-946-7200

Start a New Tradition, Thanksgiving Day Walk in the Woods

Kraai Preserve – woodlands and the stream corridor along the Ganargua Creek, photo credit Trail Works

In keeping with the season’s theme of gratitude, why not start a new tradition? Build some lasting memories by going outside with family and friends for a “Walk in the Woods” on Thanksgiving day.  The fresh fall air along with a trail hike has restorative and stress-relieving power. The joys of nature are the simplest form of gratitude.  Plus, one hour of hiking burns between 430 and 460 calories. Paint a memorable family rock and hide it in the woods and find it again, year after year. Remember to bring the camera.  For added fun, consider an outdoor treasure hunting activity using GPS-enabled devices. There are hundreds of geocaching locations right here in Wayne County. Geocaching is an outdoor activity, where participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” at specific locations marked by coordinates. Pick up a trail passport from the Trailworks at any public library, Wegmans, or visit   https://trailworks.org/category/geocaching/ for Geocaching trails at various locations around Wayne County.

So go ahead – take the dog with you and start a new Thanksgiving tradition, just remember, we’re still in a pandemic so please practice good social distancing, even outside.

The District office will be closed on November 26 and 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Black Friday Hike @ Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve

Photo Credit: Genesee Land Trust – Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve

Join the Trailworks for a Black Friday hike at the Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve in Macedon, NY. The Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve is 56 acres of adjacent land along Ganargua Creek. The trail is managed by Genesee Land Trust in partnership with Macedon Trails. Trails on both east and west sides of Ganargua Creek accessed from three trailheads. Both trail systems offer easy, level walking through meadows following a steep hill descent. West Sides Trails: From the West Side trailhead off Bunker Hill Dr., follow a forested trail down a hill, to a circular trail around the meadow on the west side of Ganargua Creek (1-mile, total). For a level hike, begin at the Wilkinson Road parking area. A 0.3-mile spur takes you through Wayne ARC property, adjacent to Genesee Land Trust’s preserve. This trail joins with the West Side Trail loop. East Side Trail: The East Side Trail takes you on a 0.8-mile walk with two loops that wind their way around two meadows along the east side of the creek.

WHEN: Friday, November 27th
TIME: 10:00 A.M.
WHERE: Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve, Macedon, NY
meet up at the roadside entrance on Bunker Hill Dr./Victor Rd./Wilkinson Rd. Macedon
PASSPORT MARKER: at the base of Bunker Hill, when coming in from the west side

Wayne County Walks Planned by Genesee Land Trust

The Genesee Land Trust has several walks planned for Wayne County and surrounding areas. It’s a chance for a casual hike outdoors in the fresh air surrounded by the beautiful colors of fall. Spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost feelings of happiness and wellbeing and even improve focus. Spending time in nature, looking at plants, water, birds and other aspects of nature gives the cognitive portion of our brain a break, allowing us to focus better and renew our ability to be patient.

Each walk is limited to fifteen people so pre-registration is required.

Genesee Land Trust “Habitat Management Walk” at Macyville Woods, Sodus Point

More information and Registration.

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  • Macyville Woods Nature Preserve
    7474 Seaman Street
    Sodus Point, NY, 14555

Genesee Land Trust “Opt Outside Walk” in Macedon

More information and Registration.

The Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve is made up of an upland area of hardwoods, wildflowers, and shrubs, the winding Ganargua Creek crossing a broad floodplain, and an open meadow where food and cover for birds and other animals are abundant.

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  • Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve
    886 Bunker Hill Dr
    Macedon, NY, 14502

Wayne County, NY Apple Tasting Tour October 1-31st

The 23rd annual Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour is underway. It runs October 1st – 31st and is packed with many new options for visiting orchards and celebrating agriculture in Wayne County and of course, the apple! According to Wayne County Tourism, there are many new virtual experiences that include live apple tastings, an on-line passport with trivia, and NEW features such as curbside pickup at some stops. The tour includes 10 locations, each one unique with a different taste and texture of apples.  This year’s challenge features something brand new, an Apple Tasting Tour app! Use the app to learn about all of the locations on the tour. When you arrive at each location you will be prompted to answer a trivia question and if you answer correctly you will receive a badge. You can even upload photos of the badges page to be entered into weekly prize drawings!

Visit AppleTastingTour.com to use the brand new app and start planning out your picking!

You can also contact Wayne County Tourism at (800) 527-6510 or visit www.waynecountytourism.com

2020 Tire Recycling Event

Thank you, everyone! We have reached our capacity.

We hope to have one more event later this year so keep following this website for more details.

2020 Tire Recycling Event in September

 

Thank you, everyone! We have reached our capacity.

We hope to have one more event later this year so keep following this website for more details.

Birding on the Erie Canal

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The Montezuma Audubon Center is partnering with with Corn Hill Navigation to lead birding tours along the Erie Canal!
Take a tour this summer aboard the Sam Patch Tour Boat in Pittsford, NY  where nearly 100 bird species can be seen including the Great Blue Heron, Baltimore Oriole, Belted Kingfisher, Green Heron and more. This is a very popular event, the  August dates are sold out but there are still dates in September.

Sam Patch to lead this new and unique series of cruises for all types of birders – experienced, novice, and just curious. Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars, though a limited supply of sanitized binoculars will be available for individual use during the cruise. Face masks are required while on board.

You can reserve your seat here. Click here to reserve your seat today!

Tour dates

September 10 @ 5:30 PM

September 24 @ 5 PM

Wayne County Youth Fishing Derby June 19th-July 26th 2020

Click here to view the leader board.

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 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. Prize structure is based on the number of registered entrants.

Due to the COVID-19 safety concerns, the District will not be accepting cash. 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 Bay Bridge Bait Shop, Ontario Country Max and Palmyra County Max will all have WIFI enabled tablets available for online registrations starting on June 16th. 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 August 9th 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 https://waynecountynysoilandwater.org/youth-derby/

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