Monthly Archives October 2013

Hudson River Almanac October 8 – 14, 2013

Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist OVERVIEW Our eleventh annual “Day in the Life of the Hudson River,” spanning the watershed, brought thousands of eager students to the estuary. HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK 10/11 – Crugers, HRM 39: A beautiful gray fox ran across the road today. At first I thought it was a red fox – the animal did have quite a bit of rusty color – but the black-tipped tail gave it away as the fox sprinted off into a neighbor’s yard. – Dianne Picciano NATURAL HISTORY NOTES 10/8 – Newcomb, HRM 302: A few
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Hudson River Almanac October 1 – 7, 2013

Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist OVERVIEW After more than a week with no measurable precipitation, brackish water (about 10% sea water) began to creep above the Hudson Highlands. Would it bring brackish water animals with it? The first of our winter feeder birds made a showing this week as well. HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK 10/2 – Rhinebeck, HRM 90: I was awakened last night by continuous screeching from a tree outside my window. The racket went on for quite a while. As a birder, I knew it had to be a nocturnal predatory bird but had
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Compost on Your Way to Work!

Composting just got a little easier with the opening of Commuter Composting Sites. BIG!Compost, a program of Build It Green! NYC, has opened 18 composting sites in Brooklyn and Queens. Three sites have convenient morning hours (some open as early as 8am), so folks can easily drop off their food scraps as they start their morning commute. So far, BIG!Compost has diverted 267,230 pounds of food scraps from landfills. Go to the BIG!Compost page to get more details on the program and find current drop off locations. Additional sites are in the works, so continue to check their page for
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Climate Smart Resiliency Planning Tool Now Available

Municipalities develop many plans to guide land use, emergency response, floodplain management, hazard mitigation, etc. The Climate Smart Communities program has released a new tool, Climate Smart Resiliency Planning, to help local planners and officials assess how well these plans incorporate resiliency to climate hazards. The tool includes information on climate hazards in New York State and links to resources that can help municipalities fill the gaps identified in their plans. Climate Smart Resiliency Planning is available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/82168.html . A companion spreadsheet version intended to facilitate information gathering is also available upon request [email protected] . Office of Climate Change
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Request for Proposals for Nyack

Very exciting opportunity: The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYS DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program, in partnership with the NYS DEC Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve are soliciting proposals to design a “Sustainable Shorelines” demonstration project at the Nyack Beach State Park in Upper Nyack, New York. Their looking for “ecologically-enhanced, engineered” shoreline treatment(s) that resist erosion, enhance the intended use of the site by the public and improve the habitat value of the site for fish and wildlife species of the Hudson River Estuary. Your project design
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Apply For Urban Forestry Projects Funding

DEC ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR URBAN FORESTRY PROJECTS New York State DEC is b=now accepting applications for Urban Forestry Project Grant Funding. They are looking toAdd and Enhance Green Space In Cities Throughout the State The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced the DEC is accepting applications for urban forestry project grants to enhance landscapes and provide green spaces in urban areas across the state. “Trees and green space are an important part of a community, even in densely-populated urban areas where such resources are limited,” Commissioner Martens said. “Governor Cuomo and members of the State Legislature
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Call for Abstracts for NY Annual Solid Waste/Recycling Conference

Organics, the next frontier in solid waste and resource management, will be thoroughly explored at the 2014 Federation of New York Solid Waste Association’s Conference – starting with a plenary speaker from US Composting Council. An evolution in how these materials are managed is taking place, as recycling rates continue to rise and composting is taken out of the backyard. The nationally known Federation conference, held May 18 – 21 at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing,NY, continues to offer timely topics and trends by its ability to attract top speakers and experts in all fields. You may be an “expert
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