We just received the Wildlife, Fish and Marine Life Newsletter from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and we want to keep you updated on the fun outdoor activities, tips, tricks and more!
Have you tried the Christmas Bird Count?
The annual Christmas Bird Count started over 100 years ago on Christmas Day in 1900. People were concerned that many species of birds were in decline. The data collected by citizens have allowed biologists to study the long-term health of bird populations. Volunteers are needed and events are scheduled across the country between December 14 and January 5.
On Wednesday, January 1, from 9 a.m. to noon there will be a New Year’s Bird Count at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar. You can join local bird experts for the 39th annual New Year’s Day bird survey. Participants have found 71 different species at Five Rivers on Albany’s “First Morning,” and many bird species identified over the decades of this long-term study show interesting range changes. Bring binoculars if you have them, and dress warmly. If severe weather is forecast, call Five Rivers 518-475-0291 before 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31 to confirm if they will hold the event.
Also, on Saturday, January 4 at 9:30 a.m. there is a New Year’s Bird Hike at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center in Depew. You can celebrate the beginning of a new year with a guided bird-watching hike on the trails. Learn how birds survive the winter, and bring your binoculars to spot them! For further information or to register, call Reinstein Woods at 716-683-5959.
What Kind of Tree Are You Getting This Year?
We’ve all been part of the debate. Real or fake Christmas trees? As I’m sure you’re aware, Christmas trees have a long history, and have become a major agricultural industry in the United States. In recent years, people have debated on whether its more environmentally friendly or not to have a real Christmas tree. A common misconception is that artificial trees are more environmentally friendly than cutting down live ones. However, artificial trees are made with non-biodegradable plastics and metals, and sometimes even contain toxins like lead. They’ll remain indefinitely once disposed of, taking up increasingly scarce landfill space.
The NYSDEC shares how fresh-cut Christmas trees are a renewable, recyclable, and sustainable resource. Also, saying “no” to a live tree won’t save a tree from being cut down. Christmas trees are grown solely to become Christmas trees, and those farms help stabilize soil, protect water supplies, and provide habitat for wildlife. While growing, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air and emit fresh oxygen, thus helping with climate change.
When you’re done the holidays, you can use a real tree’s natural resources. You can chip natural trees for mulch, put in brush piles to create wildlife habitat, or even use for shoreline stabilization. Real trees have a more than 90 percent recycling rate, and the material will eventually break down. Another way to enjoy a Christmas tree is to buy a live, potted tree from a local grower, and then replant it in the spring. We’re located in the perfect spot in New York to pick out the best Christmas tree! If you get a real one this year, be sure to take a picture and send it our way! We’d love to hear from you and how your holidays went this year!
Are You Camping?
Even though it is quite chilly and snowy outdoors here in Plattsburgh, NY, some of you are still camping! Where are you camping during the holiday season? Are your traveling to see family? Going someplace warm? Wherever it may be, please know that we’re here for you! If you’re traveling during this time of year and need some parts or services, reach out today! We will be closed from December 21st until January 5th so be sure to come in quick! You can call or text us at (518)-563-1983 and a member of our team will be ready to serve you!
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