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2012 Erie County Envirothon Winners

Buffalo Homeschooler’s team wins the 2012 Erie County Envirothon!  Buffalo Homeschoolers team of talented students will proceed to the New York State Envirothon where they will compete against winning Envirothon teams from counties throughout New York State. 

The 2012 Erie County Envirothon was held on May 3rd at Elma Senior Center/Village Green Park.  Participating high schools included St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, Grand Island, Orchard Park, East Aurora, Springville-Griffith, and Buffalo Homeschoolers.

Come See Eagles, Owls, Wild Cats, and More

Come See Eagles, Owls, Wild Cats, and More

 

East Aurora, NY - The best place to live is...Planet Earth! Gather up the family and take a wild expedition around the world with majestic eagles, mysterious owls, fierce wildcats and much more at Hawk Creek Wildlife Center’s popular Destination: EARTH event Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Feel the power of birds of prey soaring right before your eyes during the live flying bird show, “The Big Bird Theory”. Experience a rare opportunity to stand face-to-face with our living national symbol, the Bald Eagle, at the unique Walk With the Eagles® exhibit. All children receive an activity booklet for their exploration of the world’s wild corners where they will meet live vultures, exotic birds, some of the most elusive wildcats…the Canada lynx, African serval, ocelot, and more! Upon completion of the journey, young scientists earn a wild souvenir to take home!

Destination: EARTH 2012 - The Wild Corners of the World

Destination: EARTH 2012 - The Wild Corners of the World
East Aurora, NY - The best place to live is...Planet Earth! Gather up the family and take a wild expedition around the world with majestic eagles, mysterious owls, fierce wildcats and much more at Hawk Creek Wildlife Center’s popular Destination: EARTH event Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Feel the power of birds of prey soaring right before your eyes during the live flying bird show, “The Big Bird Theory”. Experience a rare opportunity to stand face-to-face with our living national symbol, the Bald Eagle, at the unique Walk With the Eagles® exhibit. All children receive an activity booklet for their exploration of the world’s wild corners where they will meet live vultures, exotic birds, some of the most elusive wildcats…the Canada lynx, African serval, ocelot, and more!

Local Wildlife Center Becomes Nationally Accredited

Local Wildlife Center Becomes Nationally Accredited

Elusive medium-sized wild cats such as the Siberian lynx, Canada lynx, ocelot, caracal, bobcat, and serval, along with over 70 other wild animals, currently reside at Hawk Creek Wildlife Center - a local nonprofit organization celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and its new accreditation.

On April 4, 2012 a commitment to high standards in wild cat care was recognized nationally as Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Inc. became accredited by the Feline Conservation Federation - the oldest, and one of the most prestigious feline conservation organizations in the world.

The Feline Conservation Federation (FCF) states that accreditation provides “the seal of approval that will reassure donors and foundations, the media, and members of the public that the facility is operating with the highest level of husbandry and management practices and is clearly distinguished from substandard facilities.”

Grisanti Repair Program For Pesticide Containers Signed Into Law By Governor

Grisanti Repair Program For Pesticide Containers Signed Into Law By Governor

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that  Governor Cuomo has signed into law Grisanti’s legislation which extends for two years the provision of the environmental conservation law that allows merchants in the State of New York to implement a “minor repair program” for damaged pesticide containers and lawn fertilizers containing pesticides.  This act will bring New York State in line with the national program implemented by the EPA in 2009 to address concerns of the unnecessary disposal of consumer pesticide products such as lawn fertilizers.

The EPA noted that approximately five million pounds of consumer pesticide products may become waste each year due to damage to the containers before being sold by retailers. With this provision allowing for minor repairs, retailers will minimize waste and prevent additional pollution.

Changes Proposed for State Hunting Regulations

Changes Proposed for State Hunting Regulations

News from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

ALBANY, NY -- The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today proposed rules affecting deer and bear hunting in New York to implement the state's Five-Year Deer Management Plan, Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

"Regulation changes are needed to implement many of the strategies of the recently adopted Management Plan for White-tailed Deer," Commissioner Martens said. "The changes to the deer hunting seasons, mandatory antler restrictions, use of Deer Management Permits (DMPs), and development of Deer Management Focus Areas will increase opportunities for New York hunters, consistent with input we've received from the public and deer management goals."

Destination: EARTH 2012 - The Wild Corners of the World!

Destination: EARTH 2012 - The Wild Corners of the World!

 

East Aurora, NY - The best place to live is...Planet Earth! Gather up the family and take a wild expedition around the world with majestic eagles, mysterious owls, fierce wildcats and much more at Hawk Creek Wildlife Center’s popular Destination: EARTH event Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Feel the power of birds of prey soaring right before your eyes during the live flying bird show, “The Big Bird Theory”. Experience a rare opportunity to stand face-to-face with our living national symbol, the Bald Eagle, at the unique Walk With the Eagles® exhibit. All children receive an activity booklet for their exploration of the world’s wild corners where they will meet live vultures, exotic birds, some of the most elusive wildcats…the Canada lynx, African serval, ocelot, and more! Upon completion of the journey, young scientists earn a wild souvenir to take home!