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Volunteer Science Corps Continues Its Tradition Of Environmental Outreach At Gander Mountain Sportsmen’s Days

For the past two years, the Outreach office, along with graduate and undergraduate students from the Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology (EFB), participated in a community event called “Gander Mountain Sportsmen’s Days” at Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery in Elbridge, NY.

The event, created in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, is sponsored by Gander Mountain, Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, and the Onondaga County Parks Department. This annual festival is a terrific opportunity for all ages to try their hand at a variety of outdoor pursuits, including skeet shooting, waterfowl identification, turkey calling, archery, crossbow, fly fishing, jig tying, canoeing, muzzle loading and trout fishing.

In both 2006 and 2007, organizers estimate that over 2,000 people, including many ESF alumni and their families, visited Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery. Those that attended were treated to an informative and interactive mix of environmental activities and exhibits presented by SUNY-ESF staff and students. Countless young children discovered the beauty and importance of the environment through creative “Nature Journaling” activities. Visitors were treated to free copies of Professor D. Andrew Saunders’ Adirondack Mammals - http://www.esf.edu/EFB/saunders/

In 2007, the ESF Woodsmen Team http://www.esf.edu/org/woodsmen/, led by ESF Science Corps member Laura Hahn, dazzled visitors with an array of competitive logging skill demonstrations including pulp toss, cross cutting, and bow saw.

ESF Outreach proudly featured ESF SCIENCESummer Camps Investigating Ecology in Neighborhood and City Environments. http://www.esf.edu/outreach/esfscience/

Displays and activities inspired by the summer science camp program, included Fashion a Fish, an imaginative exercise where kids of all ages enjoyed constructing and coloring their own fish while learning about the adaptations the fish uses to survive in its environment; Canaries of the Stream: The Use of Macroinvertebrates for Assessing Water Quality; and Wood Duck Conservation, a display that spotlights the partnership between ESF SCIENCE and the Central New York Wildfowlers.

A special thanks to all that contributed - Tom Hughes, Lee Raza, Beth Hodson, Lea Calhoun, Mandy Fritzen, Travis Spier, Steve Fox, Laura Hahn, Chris Nack, Emily Waldt, Amy Dechen, Alex Howe, and Tony Siniscal.

For more information about ESF SCIENCE or Gander Mountain Sportsmen’s Days, please contact Tom Hughes in ESF Outreach at 315-470-6817 or e-mail thughes@esf.edu.

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