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DEC Accepting Applications For Pheasant Release Program Applications Due March 25

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced that applications are available for the DEC cooperative day-old pheasant chick program, which … more

DEC Issues Guidance To Avoid Coyote Conflicts

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued guidance to help prevent conflicts between people and coyotes on Tuesday, Jan. 26.  DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos says … more

Look Into the Life Of the Great Gray Owl Feb. 19

Of all the birds and wildlife that call the forests and mountains of Montana home, one species in particular leaves an impression on its observer unlike anything else. This species is the Great Gray … more

Birding For Bald Eagles

Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society (DOAS) joins Hanford Mills Museum’s Ice Harvest Festival in a special pre-event presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. on ZOOM to highlight the … more

DEC Camps Seek Staff

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is recruiting staff for the 2021 Summer Environmental Education Camps season. DEC continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic to … more

DEC Proposes Circle Hook Requirement For 2021 Recreational Striped Bass Fishing Season

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a new proposed regulation for public review and comment that would require the use of circle hooks when recreational fishing … more

DEC Annual Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale Open

DEC’s Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery annual spring seedling sale is open to the public and runs until May 12. Each year, the tree nursery offers for sale dozens of … more

Bald Eagle Viewing In Winter

Winter is a great time to view bald eagles in New York state. Viewing from a safe distance and at planned observation sites can offer an exhilarating and memorable experience. Wintering eagles begin … more

Keep Standing Dead Trees In Your Woodlot

Some of the most important trees in your woodlot are the ones that are no longer alive. Large, standing dead or dying trees - called snags - are an important part of healthy forests and a … more

DEC And NYSERDA To Use Drones To Find Orphan Oil And Gas Wells

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that New York will deploy state-of-the-art drone technology to help … more

Audubon Offers Free Program and Materials

In late March 2021, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will offer free access to a special program for members through a special opportunity provided by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra in … more

Winter Recreational Opportunities

The early snow and cold weather are providing good conditions for winter outdoor recreation in the Adirondacks, Catskills, and other backcountry areas, New York State Department of Environmental … more

Avalanche Damages Lodge At Belleayre Mountain

An early morning avalanche on Christmas Day at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount damaged Overlook Lodge. According to Elise Ruocco of the Olympic Regional Development Authority, which runs the ski … more

Celebrate the New Year Outdoors With a First Day Hike

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the First Day Hikes program. Come safely spend time in the outdoors and celebrate at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas, trails, and public lands … more

Ski Resorts Crowded After Storm

Even with COVID-19 restrictions area ski centers reported a great weekend after two to three feet of snow fell Wednesday night. It was Plattekill Mountain’s opening weekend and it was sold … more

New York State Reminds Snowmobilers To Ride Safely

At the start of snowmobiling season, New York state urges riders to keep safety in mind, both when operating and during any breaks with fellow riders. During the COVID-19 pandemic, snowmobile … more

Snowmobile Trails Not Open Yet

Area snowmobile trail clubs reminded snowmobilers last week that trails are not open yet. The Hamden Hill Ridge Riders Club Facebook page says “Trails do not open in our area until after … more

DEC Announces Availability Of Ashokan Reservoir Water Release Proposal For Public Review

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the release of two draft documents related to water releases from New York City’s Ashokan Reservoir for public … more

Comment Period on Trout Fishing Reg Changes Ends Jan. 25

The comment period for proposed New York fishing regulation changes closes on Jan. 25, 2021. Notable changes include portions of the east and west branches and the main stem of the Delaware River to … more

DEC Announces Late Season Deer Hunting Opportunities In Tompkins, Westchester, and Suffolk Counties

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner (DEC) Basil Seggos announced that while hunting seasons have ended in the state’s Northern Zone and will wrap up next week … more
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