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Summer Birds and Neo-Tropics Focus of Hike This Saturday

August 2, 2011

Summer Birds and Neo-Tropics Focus of Hike This Saturday

MILFORD – Dave Kiehm, president of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, will lead a walk in the Milford State Forest this Saturday, August 6 beginning at 9 a.m. Participants will look for the summer birds and neo-tropics that frequent the area. This event is sponsored by the Otsego County Conservation Association as part of its 2011 Nature Walk Series.

The Milford State Forest has been carefully managed since enduring a tornado in May 1998. The result is varied habitat for both flora and fauna, with scenes of quiet morning beauty. Led by Kiehm, hikers will meet at 9 a.m. sharp at the DEC warehouse on Kelly Corners Rd. (about 1/2 mile south of its intersection with State Land Road) for a walk of approximately two hours. Binoculars and footwear appropriate for tall, wet grass are suggested. For more information, contact Dave Kiehm at dave.

Since 2001, OCCA has organized and/or co-sponsored nature walks on local trails. Other confirmed dates, venues and hike leaders for 2011 are: August 13, Sleeping Lion Trail at Glimmerglass State Park, park staff; September 10, Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park, Joe Ritton; October 23, The Robert V. Riddell State Park, Trish and Steve Kent; and January 15, 2012, The Robert V. Riddell State Park, snowshoe hike with the Kents. For a complete hike schedule, details and directions, visit admin.

Otsego County’s oldest environmental conservation organization, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org

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