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SUNY–ESF at Gander Mountain Sportsmen's Days

Students staff "nature journaling" exhibit

SUNY-ESF's Outreach office, along with graduate and undergraduate students from the Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology,  participated Sept. 23 and 24 in Gander Mountain Sportsmen's Days at Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery in Elbridge,  N.Y. 

imageThe event, created in observation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, was sponsored by the Gander Mountain outdoor equipment company, Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, and the Onondaga County Parks Department.

The annual festival is an 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.

Despite a rainy start to both days, organizers estimate more than 2,000 people, including many ESF alumni and their families, visited Carpenters Brook this year.  Those who attended were treated to an informative and interactive mix of environmental activities and exhibits presented by SUNY-ESF staff and students.

EFB students Travis Spier, Laura Hahn, and Steve Fox staffed an interpretive exhibit, encouraging children to discover the beauty and importance of the environment through a creative "nature journaling" activity.  In addition, visitors were treated to free copies of Adirondack Mammals by ESF's D. Andrew Saunders.

EFB graduate students highlighted some of their research projects. Ph.D. student Amy Dechen provided a poster on how chronic wasting disease is affecting whitetail deer management in New York state.  Master's student Tony Siniscal displayed numerous photos chronicling his fisheries management work on Onondaga Lake. In addition, members of the SUNY-ESF Student Chapter of the American Fisheries Society provided a display that complemented Siniscal's studies.

ESF Outreach also featured ESF SCIENCESummer Camps Investigating Ecology in Neighborhood and City Environments.

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.

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

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