If following the white lines of the freeway is your style, then check out the following programs!
Spring Beef Week Wednesday, March 19 6- 9 pm
Adirondack Meat Company 30 Commerce Drive Ticonderoga NY
Topics: Peter Ward will provide a tour of the new slaughterhouse for farmers and describe the types of animals that he will purchase. Mike Baker will discuss Artificial Insemination (including synchronization and heat signs) advantages and disadvantages, Bull fertility checks, Feeding minerals. Peter Hagar will discuss handling facilities.
Speakers: Mike Baker NYS Beef Specialist, Peter Hagar CCE Clinton Co, and Peter Ward of Adirondack Meat Co.
Preregister with Anita Deming 962-4710 ext. 409 or 0 firstname.lastname@example.org
• 3rd Annual Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference
Holiday Inn, Auburn, NY March 7, 2014
Join us at one of the nation’s leading organic dairy and field crop conferences!
Keynote Speaker Gary Zimmer, president of Midwestern BioAg, will discuss how to build healthy sustainable soils for your farm.
We offer three different workshop tracks--Business Management, Dairy, and Field Crops--and a total of 12 workshops.
Raising Healthy Calves and Replacements for Organic Dairy with Dr Guy Jordarski
Wheat: Systems for Success with David Smith of Log City Milling & Lake Distilling
Keeping “Family” in the Family Farm with Mike & Gayle Thorpe of Thorpe’s Organic Family Farm
Registration is only $60 and includes a delicious lunch prepared from food donated from local organic farms.
• Grasstravaganza 2014: Pasture Soil Health Creates Wealth – Thursday to Saturday, July 17 - 19 – Morrisville State College, Morrisville - Speakers include Ray Archuleta, the NRCS “soil guy” from North Carolina, Jerry Brunetti of Agri-Dynamics, and Jim Gerrish, former University of Missouri researcher, writer, and now cattle rancher and consultant from Idaho. A Thursday evening dinner will kick-off the conference, and tours will be held on both Friday and Saturday afternoons. Visit http://grasstravaganza.morrisville.edu for updates on the conference agenda and registration.
COSTA FLY FISHING FILM TOUR on April 5 at the Center for the Arts in Lake Placid. The movie starts at 7 pm but the doors open at 6 pm so you can get a quality seat for this show.
This is a HIGH QUALITY FLY FISHING event that every bamboo and graphite rod, water whipping fly casting stream walker needs to see!
Tickets for this event are $12 each and can be purchased by sending a check payable to the Tri-Lakes Chapter of Trout Unlimited, at 749 Norrisville Rd, Schuyler Falls, NY 12985
Check out the website at www.thef3.com.
If you don’t want to leave home, have no desire to challenge the snow and ice, and would prefer to kick back and watch a movie then check out this great 6 minute film about a father and son living and fishing along the Ausable River in upstate New York. Jerry has been running the family business for 37 years and now Evan has stepped in to help out. Check out fly-fishing and the “The Hungry Trout” in Wilmington NY. email@example.com
Wildland Fire Training
The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission will be hosting two annual fire line refreshers with NYSDEC Forest Rangers this year. They will be held on the following dates: March 7- 8 at 9 a.m.
If you do not have wildfire qualifications and would like to get certified please email Tyler Briggs for the training materials: (The S-130/ S-190 Field day www.albanypinebush.org, April 26 at 9 a.m.)
Tyler Briggs Fire Management & GIS Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
(518) 456-0655 x1220 (Office) (585) 506-8675 (Mobile)
• Tree and Shrub Sales
Essex County Soil & Water Annual Tree & Shrub Seedling Sale, Advanced Order Deadline March 17, 2014 Limited quantities available until April 25th, 2014 pickup date Cornell Cooperative Extension Center P.O. Box 407, 3 Sisco Street Westport, NY 12993 518-962-8225 or email@example.com
The Whallonsburg Grange Hall is located at the corner of Route 22 and Whallons Bay Road in Whallonsburg, New York. Built in 1915, the Grange Hall has been a center for the community in the Champlain Valley for many years.
• Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m.
Bird Language for All Seasons
Join Connor Stedman in a rich exploration of the voices and behavior of birds. He will review the basics of bird language and then dive into how birds journey through the seasons in their strategies for survival. Knowing what to track in bird language and behavior across different times of year is a powerful tool for understanding ecology and revealing the hidden stories of the landscape. $8 suggested donation
• Saturday, March 8 from 9a m-1pm
Winter Bird Language and Behavior Field Class
Connor Stedman will lead a half day field class exploring the relationship between bird language, tracking, and winter ecology. We’ll put our bird language and tracking skills to the test and learn to read the language of the forest more deeply.
Come with eyes and ears wide open and your curiosity stoked for what’s happening in the natural world, just two weeks out from the spring equinox. Cost is $25. Space is limited. Pre-registration required by email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Friday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Timber Rattlesnakes in Folklore and Fact
The Timber Rattlesnake has long been feared and despised by many people. But scientific studies have shown them to be a complex animal; both predator and prey, solitary and social, and slow to reproduce but fast when striking. Learn more about this fascinating creature found at Split Rock Mountain among other places in New York, from the past when it was worth a $5 bounty through the modern era of legal protection.
Joe Racette of the New York State DEC and Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator will lead this program. His recent work has included projects on habitat connectivity, colonial water-birds, Peregrine falcon, Bicknell’s thrush, and Timber rattlesnakes.
Rich Redman is a retired District Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and an avid outdoorsman. His column will appear regularly. He may be reached at email@example.com.