Audubon’s 120th Christmas Bird Count December 14, 2019 through Sunday, January 5, 2020.

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program. of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds.  As the CBC enters its 119th year, join us as we count the birds wintering throughout the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.  For more information, please call Chris Lajewski at (315) 365-3588 or email

Space is limited. Registration required.  Call 315-365-3588 or e-mail

iMapInvasives Webinar on October 30th 2019

The NYSDEC and iMapInvasives team are holding a training webinar for people interested in becoming Certified iMapInvasives Trainers on October 30th, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Join the iMapInvasives Certified Trainers Network! Are you interested in training others to report invasive species to the New York invasive species database, iMapInvasives? Each training webinar will last approximately two hours with time for discussion throughout. The training will include a walk-through of the iMapInvasives website, observation database and steps for hosting a training. Registration is required. Webinar registration is limited to create a more inclusive environment.

For more information and to register, email

More information can be found at the Certified Trainers Network at

Tire Recycling Event October

Pre-Registration is Required – Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District and Ontario Wayne Stormwater Coalition are providing a tire recycling event at no charge for Wayne County residents. You must register by calling 315-946-7200 or at the website below.

Participants may drop off tires on Thursday, October 24th 2019, from 8 am to noon at the Wayne County Highway Barn, 1700 Daansen Road Macedon, NY 14522.

There is a limit of 4 tires per drop-off. This is an opportunity for people to remove used tires from their property and help to eliminate potential disease-causing mosquito breeding sites.

Event restrictions:
• Sign-up is required by contacting WCSWCD at 315-946-7200. Be prepared to provide your name, residence address and the number and type of tires you plan to recycle
• Only tires from Wayne County residents will be accepted.¬
• Tires must be removed from the metal rim and free of water, mud and other debris.
• Tires accepted are limited to light truck, passenger and smaller sized tires.
• 4 tires per drop-off.
• Other types of recyclable materials will not be accepted.

Visit the District’s website at to view the event flyer and register, or call 315-946-7200.

Holiday Greens Workshop

Presented by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County Master Gardeners

What could be better than spending a Saturday morning creating wonderful holiday decorations out of evergreen boughs? Start the holiday season off with our workshop on selection and use of holiday greens to decorate your home! During the three hour session, participants make a fresh wreath, an evergreen swag, and a tabletop centerpiece to take home and enjoy through the holiday season. Please bring small pruners & gloves.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7th from 9:00 AM – Noon at the Town of Ontario Recreation Lodge, Casey Park, and Knickerbocker Road, Ontario.

Attendees: Bring garden gloves and hand pruners if you have them and plan to arrive around 8:30 so you are ready to start at 9 am.

A registration fee of $40.00, to cover materials, is required. This class fills up fast and class size is limited to first 45 paid participants. Registration opens October 1st.

Cornell can not accept any early registrations. To register mail your payment to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, 1581 Rte. 88 North, Newark, NY 14513 or bring it to  their offices between 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. M-F.

Please include your phone number and e-mail address, if you have one, with your payment. If you have any questions please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension 315-331-8415.

For special needs please contact us two weeks prior to this event. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

SUNY Morrisville Hosts 4R Nutrient Management Field Day!

You are cordially invited to attend the 2019 4R Technical Field Day at SUNY Morrisville.

4R is an approach to agricultural nutrient management and soil and water stewardship that emphasizes using the Right Source of Nutrients at the Right Rate and Right Time in the Right Place for the protection of New York’s waterways

But it’s more than just a catchy buzz phrase. The approach provides a science-based framework for plant nutrition management and sustained crop production while considering specific individual farms’ needs.

The 2019 4R Field Tech Day will highlight existing 4R Programs and technologies. The 4R Field day counts towards required 4R Training as required by 4R NY Nutrient Stewardship Certification and offers 5.5 hard-to-find CCA credits. Plus Free lunch!

Date: October 15, 2019
Location: SUNY Morrisville Campus, Morrisville, NY
Address: 80 Eaton St, Morrisville, NY 13408


All morning sessions will take place in Charlton Hall

* 8 a.m. Registration and coffee
* 9:00 a.m. Welcome, Jen Gilbert Jenkins SUNY Morrisville
* 9:15 The 4R Program, Sally Flis, TFI Director of Agronomy, NYSABA Pres.
* 9:45 NRCS programs available to support the implementation of 4R strategies, NRCS speaker
* 10:10 TNC, 4R, and Conservation, Gregg Sargis, TNC
* 10:35 Precision Ag Map- Extracting value from different map layers- Avery DeGolyer, WNY Crop Management, CCA
* 11:00 COFFEE BREAK and transportation to demo 1
* 11:30 Environmental Tillage Systems- Soil Warrior- demo
* 12:15 Lunch (including transportation to lunch and then back to demo sites after lunch)

* Afternoon Demonstrations will take place in fields around the Morrisville Dairy Complex
* 1:30 – 3:00 Rotating 20-minute demonstrations including soil sampling technology from Western New York Crop Management and Growmark FS, Sprayer Calibration and Drone imaging demonstrations by Cazenovia Equipment Company, INC, Cover Crop roller demonstration by SUNY Morrisville and more!
* 3:00 Transportation back to an original parking lot

CCA Credits- 1.5 NM, 3.0 SW

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register:

NYSDAM Farmland Protection Implementation Grant Information Sessions

NYSDAM Farmland Protection Implementation Grant
2019 Genesee Land Trust Information Sessions
For Farmers and Farmland Owners

Wednesday, September 11: Williamson Town Hall, 6380 State Route 21, Williamson

Tuesday, September 17: Palmyra Town Hall, 1180 Canandaigua Rd, Palmyra

Monday, September 23: Chili Town Hall, 3333 Chili Avenue, Rochester

Tuesday, October 1: Town of Parma VFW Post 6105, 550 Peck Road, Hilton

All sessions start at 6:30 PM. Attendance at one of the informational sessions is highly recommended for applicants interested in participating in this grant round.

New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets Farmland Protection Implementation Grant Round is anticipated in Spring 2020. The Farmland Protection Program protects agricultural land through Conservation Easements with the Purchase of Development Rights (PDR). Conservation Easements allow landowners to prevent productive farmland from being lost to development, receive payment for their land’s development value, while still maintaining ownership of their land.


For information contact Liz Sheehan:


The Montezuma Muckrace is a “Big Day” birding competition

The Montezuma Muckrace is a “Big Day” birding competition within the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. This will be the 23rd Annual Muckrace on September 6-7 and there is still time to register. 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 Montezuma Muckrace raises money to support avian research and conservation at this Audubon New York Important Bird Area.

Please do your part for the birds! Register for the Montezuma Muckrace or sponsor a team at

The fundraising goal for this year’s event is $10,000. Proceeds will be used to support the goals of the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex focusing on habitat restoration, environmental education, scientific research and outdoor recreation in cooperation with the USFWS, NYSDEC, and Montezuma Audubon Center.

Wayne County Youth Derby July 1- July 28th

Austin age 11 weighed in a 2 lb. at Bay Bridge Sport Shop in 2017 Great catch Austin!

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District is pleased to announce the Wayne County Youth Derby. This event runs July 1- July 28th and covers the waters in Wayne County (see rules). The Youth Derby is in its 20th year . The Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs is working with the District. The Derby Awards Banquet is August 4th at the Firehall in Sodus Point where prizes and trophies will be awarded.

To enter the Youth Division, a child must be between the ages of 4-16, at the time of registration. There will be two age categories – Youth ages 4-7 & ages 8-16. Entry fee is $5.00. Youth Division prizes will consist of merchandise and trophies. Prize structure will be based on the number of registered entrants. Each youth is eligible to win one prize only after weighing in a legitimate fish. This rule allows more youths to win a prize.

Thank you to McDonalds of Wayne County for their continued support along with Arneys Marina, Bay Bridge Sport Shop, B-E Fishing Tackle, Captain Jack’s Clingerman Taxidermy, Davenport Marina, Dynalec Corporation, Ely & Leene, Fishin Magician Charters, Fowler Marina, Hughes Marina, Joey’s Northside Grocery, Katlynn Marine, Keys Energy, Krenzer Marine, LOC Derby, Lyons National Bank, Paton’s Market Place, PJ’s Unisex Salon, Port Bay RV Park and Campground, Sodus Bay Sportsman Club, Steger Haus, Termatec Molding, Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Wayne County Tourism and  Zip N Zim Charters.

Participants will enter only fish personally caught in the Wayne County, NY 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. Participant must have a valid NYS fishing license unless exempt by law.

There will be three major areas of competition – Species Challenge, Pan Fish Challenge, and the Merchants Challenge. For more information and registration visit

June 19th Great Gardens of Wayne County Tour

From our Cornell Master Gardener friends:

Master Gardeners Great Gardens of Wayne County Tour Tickets on sale now!

Do you love gardens of all shapes and sizes? Whether you have a green thumb or not, there’s a golden opportunity coming soon for you to see what your gardening neighbors are doing. On our self-guided tour, you can discover a diverse selection of wonderful gardens at your own pace.

Whether you enjoy woody plants, flower gardens, water features, or home food production, there’s something for everyone.

This year, our Master Gardeners have selected five gardens for you to tour in the Town of Ontario.

When: June 19th from 4 to 8 pm. Rain or Shine.

To purchase tour tickets send $10.00 per person to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County 1581 Rte. 88 N. Newark, NY 14513-9739 by June 14th or stop in our office – 830am -430pm Monday-Friday.

Please call (315) 331-8415 for more information. For special needs please contact us two weeks prior to the tour.

Williamson Town Park Hike

Grab your pencil, some paper, and your hiking shoes to join local nature writer Chris Kenyon on a Trail Works adventure writing in nature! Suitable for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

Date: June 1, 2019

Location: Williamson Town Park, 3773 Eddy Rd, Williamson, New York 14589

Time: 10:00 A.M.
For more information visit

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