Wildlife guide available at state fair

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will once again have a strong presence at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse through Sept.2, showcasing a new 248-page New York Wildlife Viewing Guide and hosting an exhibit on the  progress to restore Onondaga Lake.

“DEC and its partners are pleased to highlight activities and programs that provide exciting opportunities for people to enjoy New York’s magnificent natural resources,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said.

“New York has some of the best recreational and wildlife viewing sites in the Northeast, and we continue to advance Governor Cuomo’s commitment to enhancing tourism and promoting regional business growth and job creation across New York state,” he said.

The new Wildlife Viewing Guide features maps and information on more than 110 sites across the state that offer bird watching, nature walks, viewing of unique and rare species and the spectacular landscapes where they live.

How to get a copy

Fairgoers can obtain a free copy by subscribing to the Conservationist, DEC’s award-winning magazine about New York’s natural resources and the environment.

Fairgoers can pick up their copy of the New York Wildlife Viewing Guide at the DEC Aquarium Building or the New York State Parks Visitors Center, both adjacent to the Chevy Court.

Also new at the Fair this year will be a major exhibit on the progress to restore and revitalize Onondaga Lake.

“Onondaga Lake: A Fresh Gateway to a New New York” will explain how cleanup efforts by DEC and state and local partners are benefiting the entire region and providing for future economic vitality.

The exhibit, which includes more than 3,000 square feet, will be located in the Center of Progress Building.

DEC will continue to operate popular exhibits from years past at both the Aquarium Building and the Log Cabin Building, which will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Invasive species information

Fairgoers can obtain information regarding the emerald ash borer and other invasive species that pose a threat to New York.

Staff will be available throughout the day to educate the public about DEC’s efforts to control these invasive insects and what people should do if they discover these pests.

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