Monthly Archives: March 2019

Happy Earth Hour Day, UESiders!!

Of course, we all know how we celebrate:  Tomorrow, Saturday, at 8:30pm, wherever on our home planet we might be, we turn lights off for the next 60 minutes!! 

Perfect excuse for a candlelight dinner…  To take in a movie…   You name it (as long as no light bulbs are involved)!!

Or maybe just take an hour’s rest as this crazy-busy April begins:

Now:  Volunteer for the Hudson River Eel Count Project

You Can Sign Up Online

For the last dozen years, teams of scientists, students and community members have collected, counted, measured, weighed and release glass eels, a species in decline over much of its range and in need of a base studies for conservation…  And one of those community members could be you!!  For more on the eels, the project and how to sign up

Saturday, March 30th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Participatory Budget Voting at the Market this Saturday at 10am-1pm!!

At their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef,  Ballard Honey, Hawthorne Valley (with  Consider Bardwell items), Gayeski and Nolasco Farms!!

Then there’s this news from Mega Market Manager Margaret:  “Spring is in 82nd Street air…  Which this week means Alewife will be at the market with freshly picked spinach and arugula (in addition to a some storage crops)!!  Could this mean the first spinach salad of the season??!! 

No question, as spring crops begin to appear on market tables, our “winter only” farmers – Nolasco Farm and Hawthorne Valley – deserve our special thanks for showing up through all kinds of crazy weather and  keeping our market and neighborhood kitchens well-stocked thoughout winter!!  (Both will be with us for another month or so, until the season farmers return on a regular basis!!)”

So, do reach out and give our winter friends a big, warm thank you!! 

Last Week’s Recycling Totals –  86 lbs batteries;  15 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   4 pairs eye glasses;   12 compost bins;  37 bags of clothes

Wow!!  (Only mascara wands missing…)

Saturday, March 30th:  Plover Fencing Volunteer Event

Piping Plover Nesting Areas, Bayville, Long Island  10am-12:30pm

A sure sign of spring?  Migrating Piping Plovers (endangered) and American Oystercatchers (of conservation concern) arriving  on Long Island!!   Arriving, nesting and needing protection for their chicks!!  One big way to help?  Audubon’s  annual day installing string fencing and signage are those nesting areas!!  For more and to sign on

Saturday, March 30th to Sunday, April 7th:  Participatory Budget Vote

Locations Around Districts 4 & 5 and Online (commencing on March 30th)!!

Really worthy community projects to choose from and all’s that needed is YOUR TOTALLY IMPORTANT VOTE!!  Couldn’t be easier, folks!!  Just be a resident of either CM Kallos’ or Powers’ Districts, be 11 years old or in at least 6th grade!!  Let’s spend the CMs $1M really well!!

On the horizon:

Friday & Saturday, April 5th & 6th:  37th National Pesticide Forum 

New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue

The mission:  Eliminating pesticides where we live, work, learn and play…  And heaven knows, NYers encounter these poisons in at least one of those places…  Our parks!!  Time to be versed on the alternatives!!   Organized by Organic Strategies.  Includes a field trip to bio-diverse, toxin-free Battery Park and East Harlem’s NYCHA Wagner Houses Farm!!  General admission, $85.  Students, $25.   Business, $175.  Large non-profit, $100.  Small non-profit, 0 (Yes, zero.)  For more and to register

Tuesday, April 9th:  Presentation of the NY & NJ Harbors & Tributaries Study by the Army Corps of Engineers

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, 5-7pm

A study that matters to UESiders for at least 2 huge reasons:  1) Management/ mitigation of the increasingly severe storms affecting the waters surrounding our city and 2) the shocking proposal to run yet another fracked gas pipeline – the Williams Pipeline – and through the NYC harbor!!  One of  7 meetings in the area studied.  For the report…  A summary of that report…  And where to forward your comments

Wednesday, April 10th:  Mappy Hour Skills Series – Map Reading

718 Cyclery,  254 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, 7-9pm

Get familiar and comfortable reading a variety of types of maps, as well as knowing how to use your newly acquired knowledge for navigation in the woods or on whatever terra  you might find yourself!!  Sponsored by Mighty Hachet.  $25.  For more and to register (a must)

Saturday, April 13th:  Environmental Stewardship Day at Ruppert Park

Ruppert Park, Second Avenue Entrance, 10am-1pm  (rain date April 27th)

Join our friends and Ruppert Park Stewards, the Moslem Volunteers for New York as they transform this long-neglected public space into an UES jewel/oasis!!    Beautify, plant and mulch!!   Partake arts, crafts music, refreshments and more!!    Totally family friendly!!  Just let them know you’re coming (a must)…

Saturday, April 13th:  Schurz Park Easter Egg Hunt!!

East End Avenue at 86th Street, 11am–1pm

Hunt for eggs!!  Get a glitter cheek or hand stamp!!  Get up close and personal with the Carl Schurz Easter Bunny!!  Free!!  (Parent Alert:  Continuous waves of egg hunts commence at 11 and continue every 20 minutes until 1!) 

Wednesday, April 17th:  Indoor Climbing with Mappy Hour

Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge,  23-10 41st Ave, Long Island City,  7-8:30pm 

Described by the ultra outdoors enthusiasts of Mappy Hour as, “a night of bouldering and climbing”!!  All skill levels welcome.  $29 for a one day pass.  To reserve/register for a place…  And for tickets…  (Yes, two separate operations!)

Monday, April 22nd:  Earth Day Mystery Green Tour

Around Manhattan, several tours at various times

Sites this year might include a river education lab right on the Hudson River, a zero-waste office, a state-of-the-art NYC Department of Sanitation facility and/or a rooftop farm!!  A partnership between Atlas Obscura and The Earth Day Initiative.  $28.  For more and tickets

Tuesday, April 23rd:  Earth Day 2019!!

Union Square, 12-6:30pm

Dozens of environmental non-profits, green businesses, kids’ activities, live performances and more!!  The traditional center of NYC festivities honoring the Mother Planet!!  Free!! 

Thursday & Friday, April 25th & 26th:  Older Adult Employment Strategies, Support and Job Fair

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street, Thursday – 9:45am-1pm, Friday – 10am-1pm

Calling all older adults!!  Interested in some gainful employment?   Then tap into this dual session event organized by our Senator Krueger!!  Thursday’s session covers job search strategies and support…  Friday’s job coaching, resume development, a LinkedIn workshop, a photo shoot AND 20 employers seeking to hire older individuals!!  The only three caveats here:  Participants must be Senator Krueger constituents, must bring their present resume and must sign up or  212-490-9535.  Co-sponsored by New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library.  

Friday, April 26th:  Schurz Park Electronics Recycling Event

Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue & 86th Street, 10am-4pm

So you’ve been postponing that trip over to Best Buy with a taxi full of aged electronics…  Lucky you, you’ll soon be able to shed it all-but on your front doorstep!!  Organized by Lower East Side Ecology Center.  Free.  For what’s accepted

Saturday, April 27th:  The New World of the Number 7 Train Tour

Meeting place provided with reservation, 10am-5:30pm

Veteran tour meister Jac EIchenbaum leads a series of 6 walks – each an gem – commencing with the the transportation corridor forged by the Number 7 from its first days serving the city in 1914!!  $49.  For more and to RSVP

Coming up in May:

Saturday, May 4th:  Keys to the City – The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt

All Around Town, 10am-4pm

And we quote, “50 clues, 2 boroughs, 1 winner. The Museum of the City of New York presents the ultimate New York City scavenger hunt”!!  Yup, it’s raising funds for the MCNY while having a great time!! $50.  For details and to sign up

Monday, May 6th:  6th Annual Esplanade Friends Spring Benefit

The Bentley Hotel, 500 East 62nd Street at York Avenue, 6:30-8:30pm

Set foot on our East River Esplanade of late?  Bet you’ve been amazed at steady transformation…  The lovely landscaping along the Rockefeller U…  The GreenParkGardeners’ amazing natural pollinator-friendly garden…  The sea of flowering bulbs and summer flora in the 96th Street Planter…  The on-going work by Hospital for Special Surgery and Sloan-Kettering in the Seventies…   So much accomplished!!  So much to be done!!  And we all can be a part of magnificent UES waterfront soon-to-be!!  Tickets from $150.  For the total lowdown

Monday, May 13th:  The Hunter College Choir Presents Mozart’s Requiem

Hunter College Assembly Hall,  North Building, 695 Park Avenue (entry on 69th between Park and Lexington Avenues, 7:30pm 

One marvelous spring concert that includes not only the Requiem but the Vesperae solennes de confessore,  Laudate Dominum and Ave verum Corpus, too!!  Free.   For more…    (Thanks to Linda Goldsmith for the tip!!)

What would a week be without some miscellaneous activism:

As in if you believe the governor should be discouraged from building an $88M fracked gas plant to heat and cool the NYS capitol complex (rather than geothermal), give him a quick call at 518-474-8390…

Or if you’re still in the endangered gray wolf’s corner and think it should remain protected

And the headline reads:  “U.S. weakens first global commitment on curbing single-use plastics“…

More reason still for an end to landfill… 

Good to be informed on rising contentiousness over and future of Sutton Place’s Clara Coffey Park…  

Brightening:

The Great American Cardboard Comeback

Don’t we all want our coffee green as can be

An injured hawk…  A rhino skull…  Conservation Officers had another hectic week

And from the world of animals:

Yikes!!  Headed up north in NYS to Essex County?  Be alert for rabid critters the DEC advises!!

Check out pix documenting the result of NYS’s and USFWS’s work with our migrating waterfowl… 

Of course, Central Park’s a red hot spot to view migrating birds of all kinds… 

(That mandarin duck now residing in Central Park?  It’s now been joined by another avian beauty…  A totally gorgeous blue heron!!)

How to steer clear of bear “encounters”

NYS trout and salmon fishing season opens April 1st… 

Trout Season Opens

And from the great Tom Lake of the Hudson River Almanac:

3/18 – Hudson River Watershed: This week’s fish is the brown bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus), species number 77 (of 228) on our watershed list of fishes. (If you would like a copy of our list, e-mail: trlake7@aol.com.)

bullhead fish

A Bullhead

[Brown bullhead is a catfish native to the Hudson River watershed. They are one of eight members of their family (Ictaluridae) of bullhead catfishes and are found throughout New York State. They are a small species, rarely exceeding one-foot in length and feed primarily on Crustacea and small fishes. – Tom Lake]

(Who gives these names to our animal friends?!!)

3/21 – Hudson River, HRM 145-132: Last week’s harp seal as well as a harbor seal were still being sighted in the Hudson River between New Baltimore and Albany. An updated protocol was released this week from Maxine Montello, Rescue Program Director, Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation to help, if you come upon a seal, document the presence of these marine mammals in the Hudson River.

– To report a sick or injured marine mammal or sea turtle, please call the New York State 24-hour Hotline at (631) 369-9829. If you have photos or videos of live marine mammals or sea turtles, please send them to sightings@riverheadfoundation.org. If you have photos or videos of deceased marine mammals or sea turtles, please send them to sightings@amseas.org.

[Marine mammals began visiting the Hudson River estuary following the Ice Age and after the retreat of glacial ice from the Hudson Valley about 13,000 years ago. With lower sea levels, it took a while for the ocean waters to find the lower river, but not long after the first of us arrived, about 12,000 years ago, marine mammals were likely quite common. Tom Lake

[The list of Hudson River estuary marine mammals documented in the Hudson River Almanac across the last 25 years includes:

– harbor seal (Phoca vitulina)
– hooded seal (Cystophora cristata)
– gray seal (Halichoerus grypus)
– harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus)
– common (harbor) porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)
– Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus)
– bottlenose (common) dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
– Florida manatee-2006 (Trichechus manatus latirostris)
– minke whale-2007 (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)
– humpback whale-2016 (Megaptera novaeangliae).

3/21 – Saugerties:  I checked a local road in the Town of Saugerties after dark and found a relatively small movement of amphibians heading to their breeding pools. Over the course of 90 minutes, I encountered three Jefferson/blue-spotted salamanders, 15 red-spotted salamanders, and four four-toed salamanders. Oddly, there were no frogs seen or heard on or near the roadway this night. – Steve Chorvas

Dreaming in spring green,

UGS

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Happy Vernal Equinox, UESiders!!

A first for us that local news stations engaged in a New Year-like coundown to the 5:58pm moment when the – so to speak – spring ball dropped!!

But, hey, it’s been a winter of weather craziness and why not at least dream of relief and consistency and spring as we once knew it…

Meanwhile, how about all those little green leaf tips beginning to poke through soil in gardens and tree beds up and down the UES??!! 

As thought turns to making our streets and avenues green:

Saturday, March 23rd:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef,  Ballard Honey, Hawthorne Valley (with  Consider Bardwell items), Gayeski and Nolasco Farms!!

Let’s hear from Market Manager G:  “Another beautiful spring day at 82nd Street. Spring has truly sprung with beautiful plants from Gajeski, all the baby greens and of course your favorite ingredients for soup.  Yes, it may officially be spring, but this back-and-forth weather still calls for some hearty and warming soups.  Don’t worry, you can add all your favorite spring greens!”

Last Week’s Recycling Totals –  71 lbs batteries;  18 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   9 pairs eye glasses;   12 compost bins;  42 bags of clothes; 8,524 lbs. of paper  

Bask in your ecological glory, you Shredees!! 

Tuesday, March 26th:  How Do Birds Learn Birdsong Lecture

Reidy Hall, Unitarian Church of All Souls, 115 Lexington Avenue, 7pm

How and when does a Zebra Finch learn to sing, and what effects does hearing a song have on its brain? How does sleep affect song learning? How does the learning of birdsong compare to the learning of speech in human infants?  Good thing Dr. Ofer Tchernichovski of  Hunter’s Laboratory of Vocal Learning has the answers!!  Organized by NYAudubon and made possible by Claude and Lucienne Bloch.  Free. 

Tuesday, March 26th & Thursday, March 28th:  Echoes of Ji.hlava Documentary Film Festival

The Cinema, The Czech Center, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm

Screening a pair of great selections from the renowned Ji.hlava Festival:  Best 2017 Czech Documentary “The Limits of Work” on the 26th and  Best 2018 Central & Eastern European Documentary “Time Box” on the 28th!!  (FYI: Eastern Europeans have been making great films since Day 1!!)  Free.  For film summaries and to RSVP...

Wednesday, March 27th:  Invaluable Training – Muralist Mildred Meiere Prepares for World War I

Webster Library, 1465 York Avenue, 6pm

Celebration of Women’s Month continues with new light shed on the extraordinary life and times of artist Midlred Meiere who, putting her career on hold, enlisted and served in the our World War I Navy, providing vital mechanical drawings and maps…  A story told by her daughter, Louise Meière Dunn.   Presented by the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and the Webster Library.  Free but your rsvp required or 212-288-4067.

Saturday, March 30th to Sunday, April 7th:  Participatory Budget Vote

Locations Around Districts 4 & 5 and Online (commencing on March 30th)!!

Really worthy community projects to choose from and all’s that needed is YOUR TOTALLY IMPORTANT VOTE!!  Couldn’t be easier, folks!!  Just be a resident of either CM Kallos’ or Powers’ Districts, be 11 years old or in at least 6th grade!!  Let’s spend the CMs $1M really well!!

On to an even busier April:

Tuesday, April 9th:  Presentation of the NY & NJ Harbors & Tributaries Study by the Army Corps of Engineers

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, 5-7pm

A study that matters to UESiders for at least 2 huge reasons:  1) Management/ mitigation of the increasingly severe storms affecting the waters surrounding our city and 2) the shocking proposal to run yet another fracked gas pipeline – the Williams Pipeline – and through the NYC harbor!!  One of  7 meetings in the area studied.  For the report…  A summary of that report…  And where to forward your comments

Wednesday, April 10th:  Mappy Hour Skills Series – Map Reading

718 Cyclery,  254 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, 7-9pm

Get familiar and comfortable reading a variety of types of maps, as well as knowing how to use your newly acquired knowledge for navigation in the woods or on whatever terra  you might find yourself!!  Sponsored by Mighty Hachet.  $25.  For more and to register (a must)

Saturday, April 13th:  Schurz Park Easter Egg Hunt!!

East End Avenue at 86th Street, 11am–1pm

Hunt for eggs!!  Get a glitter cheek or hand stamp!!  Get up close and personal with the Carl Schurz Easter Bunny!!  Free!!  (Parent Alert:  Continuous waves of egg hunts commence at 11 and continue every 20 minutes until 1!) 

MONDAY, APRIL 22nd:  EARTH DAY!!

Monday, April 22nd:  Earth Day Mystery Green Tour

Around Manhattan, Several tours at various times

Sites this year might include a river education lab right on the Hudson River, a zero-waste office, a state-of-the-art NYC Department of Sanitation facility and/or a rooftop farm!!  A partnership between Atlas Obscura and The Earth Day Initiative.  $28.  For more and tickets

Thursday & Friday, April 25th & 26th:  Older Adult Employment Strategies, Support and Job Fair

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street, Thursday – 9:45am-1pm, Friday – 10am-1pm

Calling all older adults!!  Interested in some gainful employment?   Then tap into this dual session event organized by our Senator Krueger!!  Thursday’s session covers job search strategies and support…  Friday’s job coaching, resume development, a LinkedIn workshop, a photo shoot AND 20 employers seeking to hire older individuals!!  The only three caveats here:  Participants must be Senator Krueger constituents, must bring their present resume and must sign up or  212-490-9535.  Co-sponsored by New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library.  

Friday, April 26th:  Schurz Park Electronics Recycling Event

Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue & 86th Street, 10am-4pm

So you’ve been postponing that trip over to Best Buy with a taxi full of aged electronics…  Lucky you, you’ll soon be able to shed it all-but on your front doorstep!!  Organized by Lower East Side Ecology Center.  Free.  For what’s accepted

Saturday, April 27th:  The New World of the Number 7 Train Tour

Meeting place provided with reservation, 10am-5:30pm

Veteran tour meister Jac EIchenbaum leads a series of 6 walks – each an gem – commencing with the the transportation corridor forged by the Number 7 from its first days serving the city in 1914!!  $49.  For more and to RSVP

May already:

Saturday, May 4th:  Keys to the City – The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt

All Around Town, 10am-4pm

And we quote, “50 clues, 2 boroughs, 1 winner. The Museum of the City of New York presents the ultimate New York City scavenger hunt”!!  Yup, it’s raising funds for the MCNY while having a great time!! $50.  For details and to sign up

Monday, May 6th:  6th Annual Esplanade Friends Spring Benefit

The Bentley Hotel, 500 East 62nd Street at York Avenue, 6:30-8:30pm

Set foot on our East River Esplanade of late?  Bet you’ve been amazed at steady transformation…  The lovely landscaping along the Rockefeller U…  The GreenParkGardeners’ amazing natural pollinator-friendly garden…  The sea of flowering bulbs and summer flora in the 96th Street Planter…  The on-going work by Hospital for Special Surgery and Sloan-Kettering in the Seventies…   So much accomplished!!  So much to be done!!  And we all can be a part of magnificent UES waterfront soon-to-be!!  Tickets from $150.  For the total lowdown

Monday, May 13th:  The Hunter College Choir Presents Mozart’s Requiem

Hunter College Assembly Hall,  North Building, 695 Park Avenue (entry on 6 between Park and Lexington Avenues, 7:30pm 

One marvelous spring concert that includes not only the Requiem but the Vesperae solennes de confessore,  Laudate Dominum and Ave verum Corpus, too!!  Free.    For more...    (Thanks to Linda Goldsmith for the tip!!)
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On to this week’s activism opportunities:   
 

If you’d like to weigh in as our state representatives engage in yet more debate on a plastic bag ban…    (Hey, folks, if impoverished African nations can do it!)

poor whale

Whale Washed Ashore in the Philippines

And if you’d like NYS forests – home to our threatened bird population – protected, too...  

And if you oppose delisting wolves as an endangered species, you could leave  Governor Cuomo a message to that effect (518-474-8390, then press 1)…

Then there’s the incinerator proposed for the Finger Lakes region…  Be good for the governor to hear you thoughts on that, too!! 

Last but hardly least:

Should you also wish to ask international corporations like Walmart, Coca Cola and more to cease using throw-away plastic packaging... 

Pure miscellany now: 

For those of us considering an Introduction to Bushcraft course

The Spring 2019 Central Park Guide

Another challenging week for NYS Conservation Officers  (Giant turtles!!  Crocodilian pelts!!)…

And many a hiker in need of assistance by our Forest Rangers

Nine cities that’ll  pay you to live there   (6 in America…)

 Hey, critters:

Commencing with news of a raccoon on the A Train tracks today… 

Predictions of spring fog equal warnings to drivers about migrating amphibians... 

And those amphibians are migrating because

We’ve noted kitty-related events in the Russian city of Zelenogradsk before…  Now they’ve changed their pedestrian traffic signals–  Well, just check ’em out!!   (Scroll down for a postscript to a great dog story of a week or so ago!!)

Disease-fighting African prawns (AKA shrimp!)…

Lucky California with both Monarchs and Painted Ladies…   (Thanks for the tip, reader Kathlene Treat!!)

Good on New Mexico for bringing coyote killing contests to an end!!

A cat sanctuary in Aleppo…

ALERT!!  The American Woodcock, one of the earliest birds migrating through NYC each spring, is especially prone to colliding with windows!!  Be on the lookout for injured woodcocks on the UES, report them to NYC Audubon at 212-691-7483 and take that poor bird for treatment at Wild Bird Fund, 565 Columbus Avenue at 87th Street!! 

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Helping An Injured Woodcock in NYC

Not forgetting the Hudson River Almanac:

3/8 – Hudson River Estuary: The New Jersey Hudson River Fishermen’s Association announced their 2018 Hudson River catch-and-release fishing contest winners. Among fishes caught in the Hudson River, frequent Hudson River Almanac contributor and master angler, Bill Greene, placed first in the common carp category with a 25 pound, 9 ounce fish caught at Long Dock Park in Beacon last March 31. Bill also won the channel catfish category with a 7 pound, 15 ounce catfish caught October 19, also at Long Dock Park in Beacon.  – Tom Lake

Or The Fish of the Week:

3/10 – Hudson River Watershed: This week’s fish is the hogchoker (Trinectes maculatus), species number 222 (of 228) on our watershed list of fishes. (If you would like a copy of our list, e-mail: trlake7@aol.com.)

Hogchoaker

A Hogchoker & Its Spines

[Hogchokers are flatfish, delightful little soles (Soleidae) ranging in size from a penny to the palm of your hand. Their coloring is mottled light and dark “squiggly” patterns of perfect camouflage, and like fingerprints and snowflakes, it would seem that no two are exactly alike. If you stroke these little flatfish from head-to-tail, they are incredibly smooth. However, if you run your finger from tail to head, it will feel like the fine teeth on a saw. Wise predators have learned to swallow them head first, to avoid “choking.”

We once offered a thesis: “… that the bottom of the river was carpeted with hogchokers.” This came from an observation Christopher Letts and I made in the 1980s after we completed an otter trawl in Haverstraw Bay. We could barely lift the net’s bag out of the water, at which point we asked the question, “How many hogchokers could fit in a five-gallon bucket?” (The five-gallon bucket has long been a standard unit of measure for rivermen.) The answer was 957 hogchokers. (Note: No hogchokers were hurt during this investigation.) –  Tom Lake 

Feeling a green spring coming,

UGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Pi Day, UESiders!!

For some, a celebration of the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference…  For others, the circle itself…  Or the brainiac Archimedes who figured out what that 3.14  mathematical relationship was/is…  

(Yes, 3.14’s why Pi Day’s on the fourteenth day of a year’s third month!!)  (Which is also Einstein’s b’day!!)

Or for the less mathematically inclined, it’s one great excuse to eat pie, be it fruit, meat, cheese, pizza or all four!!

Fortified with pi/pie, we’re ready for the week ahead:

Saturday, March 16th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef,  Ballard Honey, Hawthorne Valley (with  Consider Bardwell items), Gayeski and Nolasco Farms!!

YES!!  Ballard Honey will be back!!  

Last Week’s Recycling Totals –  81 lbs batteries;  25 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   9 pairs eye glasses;   12 compost bins;  42 bags of clothes 

Saturday, March 16th:  2019 Ben Kallos Chess Challenge at ERHS

Eleanor Roosevelt High School, 411 East 76th Street, 8:15am-4pm

Join hundreds of students from dozens of schools and all five boroughs at the 2019 Ben Kallos Chess Challenge!!  Sponsored by CM Kallos, natch!!  Organized by the great Chess in Schools!!  Free!!  For more and to sign up

Saturday, March 16th:  Shred-A-Thon – Erin Go Bragh 2019 Edition

82nd Street Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

Spread the word but do remember:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Hold on to your hardcovers for the time being!!)

We thank AM Seawright & CMs Powers and Kallos for their continuing support!!

Tuesday, March 19th:  Made in New York City – The Business of Folk Art

American Folk Art Museum,  Lincoln Square 

Nope, folk art is not solely a bucolic activity…  Which the museum’s new, surprising show totally demonstrates!!  Admission’s free!!  For more… 

Coming up soon:

Thursday, March 25th:  Minetta Brook Walking Tour

Meet at First Presbyterian Church, 12 West 12th Street, 6:30-8:30pm

Urban explorer Steve Duncan reveals  the Minetta’s 1.5-mile now subterranean path beneath the Village and how it’s served NYC past and present!!  You can even catch the occasional glimpse through manhole covers!!  One of the great NYC H2O’s best tours!!  $35.  For more and to reserve your place

Wednesday, March 27th:  The Changing Waterfront

CC Filson, 40 Great Jones Street, 7-9pm

Carrie Roble, Hudson River Park’s Director of Science and Stewardship, details how we the people can contribute to the health of NYC’s other great river!!  Organized by the great Mappy Hour!!  Refreshments provided by Sierra Nevada Brewing!!  Free!!  To register…   

Saturday, March 30th:  Beekeeping 101 –  One Day Crash Course

New York Institute of Technology, 16 East 61st Street, 10am-4pm

Back by popular demand and we quote, “This six-hour condensed course will cover everything you need to know to safely start and maintain a beehive in an urban, suburban, or rural environment. You may not be a master beekeeper by the end, but you will know enough to begin or deepen your fascinating love story with honeybees!”  $200.  For more and to sign up… 

April already:

Tuesday, April 9th:  Presentation of the NY & NJ Harbors & Tributaries Study by the Army Corps of Engineers

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, 5-7pm

A study that matters to UESiders for at least 2 huge reasons:  1) Management/ mitigation of the increasingly severe storms affecting the waters surrounding our city and 2) the shocking proposal to run yet another fracked gas pipeline – the Williams Pipeline – and through the NYC harbor!!  One of  7 meetings in the area studied.  For the report…  A summary of that report…  And where to forward your comments

Saturday, April 13th:  Schurz Park Easter Egg Hunt!!

East End Avenue at 86th Street, 11am–1pm

Hunt for eggs!!  Get a glitter cheek or hand stamp!!  Get up close and personal with the Carl Schurz Easter Bunny!!  Free!!  (Parent Alert:  Continuous waves of egg hunts commence at 11 and continue every 20 minutes until 1!) 

MONDAY, APRIL 22nd:  EARTH DAY!!

Monday, April 22nd:  Earth Day Mystery Green Tour

Around Manhattan, Several tours at various times

Sites this year might include a river education lab right on the Hudson River, a zero-waste office, a state-of-the-art NYC Department of Sanitation facility and/or a rooftop farm!!  A partnership between Atlas Obscura and The Earth Day Initiative.  $28.  For more and tickets

Thursday & Friday, April 25th & 26th:  Older Adult Employment Strategies, Support and Job Fair

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street, Thursday – 9:45am-1pm, Friday – 10am-1pm

Calling all older adults!!  Interested in some gainful employment?   Then tap into this dual session event organized by our Senator Krueger!!  Thursday’s session covers job search strategies and support…  Friday’s job coaching, resume development, a LinkedIn workshop, a photo shoot AND 20 employers seeking to hire older individuals!!  The only three caveats here:  Participants must be Senator Krueger constituents, must bring their present resume and must sign up or  212-490-9535.  Co-sponsored by New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library.  

Friday, April 26th:  Schurz Park Electronics Recycling Event

Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue & 86th Street, 10am-4pm

So you’ve been postponing that trip over to Best Buy with a taxi full of aged electronics…  Lucky you, you’ll soon be able to shed it all-but on your front doorstep!!  Organized by Lower East Side Ecology Center.  Free.  For what’s accepted

Saturday, April 27th:  The New World of the Number 7 Train TourMee

Meeting place provided with reservation, 10am-5:30pm

Veteran tour meister Jac EIchenbaum leads a series of 6 walks – each an gem – commencing with the the transportation corridor forged by the Number 7 from its first days serving the city in 1914!!  $49.  For more and to RSVP

Time for miscellany addressing Yikes!! items first:

Could the powers-that-be really want to reduce light bulb efficiency?

If you’ve yet to comment on construction of the upstate Danskammer fossil fuel plant…  (Our comments tend toward the “No more fossil fuels in our environmentally progressive state”…)

Easy to be more creative should you oppose rolling the dice with the health of our harbor to install the fracked gas Williams Pipeline:  Just refer to one of these telling points!!   

Illegal mining on Long Island (and a big, fat fine!)…

Meanwhile, if you believe NYS’s water quality needs upgrading

Amazing the stealthy reduction in library hours (at 42nd Street from an average of 87 hours a week to 56!!)…  Should you believe longer hours should be restored… 

And NYCs worse subway line is

Middle ground:

A growing number of proposals to defend our island from inevitable storm water/flooding…  

Another highrise on its way to 86th Street

The West Side’s having some success controlling insanely tall buildings

On the upswing: 

NYC could soon have the toughest lead law in the USA…   (Let’s make sure it happens!!)  (Who knew federal laws were more stringent than our city’s??!!)

In 2018, NYC Partnership for Parks engaged over 24,000 people in 1,153 It’s My Park  service projects at 338 green spaces. We are excited to continue working with you to beautify and improve our neighborhood parks through It’s My Park ​service projects this year!!   (UGS will be having plenty of opportunites for you to join in this spring/summer/fall!!)

Scroll down to read a Times reporter’s experience shopping for groceries with zero  plastic involvement for a week….

One of the many reasons why we recycle our metal cans…  

What our Conservation Officers had on their hands the last seven days

And our Forest Rangers

It’s that time of the year again:  The NYS DEC’s annual NY #Recycles Poster Contest

Wandering further afield:

More Mappy wisdom, this time “Water in the Backcountry“…

Love this alert from NYS DEC:  “Remove your ice fishing shanties by midnight March 15th!!”  (Not exactly a slam-dunk judging by the below!!)

fishing shanty

A New York State Fishing Shanty

The week in critters…  Commencing with this happy, local observation by reader Gary Thalheimer:

“The Mallard duck and mate returned this week to their spring residence at the 74th Street end of the pool on York Avenue…”
Then:

How to avoid conflict with coyotes

Why balloons and seabirds do not mix

Volunteers are organizing to escort Hudson Valley salamanders and frogs across roads during their spring migration…  

The 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photography Contest

comedy squirrel

And from the Hudson River Almanac:
3/2 – Millbrook:  My trail cameras have picked up a bobcat only once in the last several years, but in the past week, one of the cameras recorded eight bobcat videos, with at least one on five of the seven days. Seven of the videos were between 5:30 and 11:30 AM, and another at 3:30 PM. In each instance, the bobcat was walking east to west along the south edge of a field. In one of the videos, the bobcat looked quite trim; in the others it looked heavier. My guess is that a pregnant female (the heavy bobcat) had moved in nearby and to the east of my cameras, and the father (the trim one) was lingering in the neighborhood. I’m looking forward to videos of the kittens in the springtime. – Nelson D. Johnson
Bobcat

The Trim Bobcat

And in our city:
3/8 – Queens: There are precious few silver linings to the incessant traffic along the Belt Parkway, but it is interesting to note the amount of wildlife to which the road bears an unwitting witness. Stuck smack dab in the middle of a traffic jam just north of the new Shirley Chisholm State Park, my eye caught site of a disturbance along the boundary fence. There, an obviously agitated sharp shinned hawk was dive-bombing and otherwise harassing, a red-tailed hawk. For a full minute, I made a study of their radically different flight styles. Then, the red-tail simply moved on through and seemed to take great pains in letting the far smaller sharp-shinned know that it wasn’t feeling particularly “harassed” by all the fuss. – Dave Taft
No way we’re forgetting The Fish of the Week:
3/8 – Hudson River Watershed: This week’s fish is the redfin pickerel (Esox americanus americanus) species number 83 (of 228) on our watershed list of fishes. (If you would like a copy of our list, e-mail: trlake7@aol.com.)
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A Redfin Pickerel

Redfin pickerel is a native species that is less well-known than other members of the pike family (Esocidae). Others include northern pike (E. lucius), chain pickerel (E. niger), and the tiger muskellunge, a pike-muskellunge hybrid (E. lucius x E. masquinongy). Redfin pickerel is a rather small fish (rarely exceeding a foot-long) that is most often found in shallow, weedy areas of the watershed. C. Lavett Smith describes them as having a long, arrow-shaped body, long broad snout, and jaws with prominent canine-like teeth, marking them as a high-end predator in its chosen niche. (Photo of redfin pickerel courtesy of Aidan Mabey) –  Tom Lake

And for the fishermen/women among us:

Hudson River: Striped Bass Cooperative Angler Program!!
Share your fishing experience and help biologists understand and manage our Hudson River striped bass fishery!!

Here’s how it works: Fill out a logbook (we provide) whenever you fish on the Hudson River (by boat or from shore). Record general location, time, gear used, what you caught (or if you didn’t catch anything) and return the logbook when you are done fishing for the season. You’ll receive an annual newsletter summarizing the information, in addition to the latest news regarding regulations and the river. Whether you catch-and-release or take home a keeper, you can be part of the Cooperative Angler Program!!

Join today by contacting:  jessica.best@dec.ny.gov, or call 845-256-3009. – Jessica Best

And we’re not forgetting the Bird of the Week: 

barn swallow

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hirundo rustica 
POPULATION: 41 million (Americas), 190 million (world)
TREND: Decreasing 
HABITAT: Breeds in open country including pastures, meadows, and farmland, often near water. Winters in a variety of open habitats

Erin Go Very Green Bragh,

UGS

 

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Happy International Women’s Day, UESiders!!

Not only that…

March is Women’s History Month!! 

Both nicely commemorated with 4 new statues of achieving NYC women that’ll soon be present on our turf!!

You go, women!!

On to the week ahead:

Saturday, March 9th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

At their tables on this – fingers crossed – non-frigid, non-rainy day will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef,  Ballard Honey, Hawthorne Valley (with  Consider Bardwell items), Gayeski and Nolasco Farms!!

Can’t get enough of Gayeski’s and Nolasco’s salad greens!!  

Last Week’s Recycling Totals –  78 lbs batteries;  15 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   3 pairs eye glasses;   13 compost bins;  40 bags of clothes 

Bring on those eye glasses!!

Monday, March 11th:  GrowNYC Job Fair  

GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse,  76 East 13th Street, 5:30-7:30pm

Work doesn’t get more fulfilling than with GrowNYC, be it at a Greenmarket, a Youthmarket, the Fresh Food Box Program, Gardening, Compost and Recycling,  the Youth Education program and more.  Yes, there are some qualifications, but that’s what a job fair’s about:  The right people and the right fit!!  For more and to RSVP… 

Friday, March 15th:  Stewardship for Sustainability – 2019 ReLeaf/Urban Forestry Workshop

New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, 9am-4pm

Among the subjects explored:  Volunteer Tree Stewardship, Professional Tree Stewardship (volunteers can’t do everything!) and Big Picture Stewardship and the Cool Neighborhoods Initative!!  Members, $25.  Non-members, $35.   For more and how to register… 

Saturday, March 16th:  2019 Ben Kallos Chess Challenge at ERHS

Eleanor Roosevelt High School, 411 East 76th Street, 8:15am-4pm

Join hundreds of students from dozens of schools and all five boroughs at the 2019 Ben Kallos Chess Challenge!!  Sponsored by CM Kallos, natch!!  Organized by the great Chess in Schools!!  Free!!  For more and to sign up

Saturday, March 16th:  Shred-A-Thon – Erin Go Bragh 2019 Edition

82nd Street Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

Spread the word but do remember:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Hold on to your hardcovers for the time being!!)

Many thanks for AM Seawright & CMs Powers and Kallos for their unwavering support!!

Saturday, March 16th,  23rd and 30th:  Maple Sugaring at Five Rivers  

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, New York, 1pm

Twirl a brace drill…  Pound a spile…  Inspect the sap flow in the sugarbush…  Take the maple taste test…  Query a local maple producer for even more knowledge!!  Only a 3hour drive away!!  For more…  (Organized groups are welcome, but should call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register in advance.)

Wednesday, March 27th:  The Changing Waterfront

CC Filson, 40 Great Jones Street, 7-9pm

Carrie Roble, Hudson River Park’s Director of Science and Stewardship, details how we the people can contribute to the health of NYC’s other great river!!  Organized by the great Mappy Hour!!  Refreshments provided by Sierra Nevada Brewing!!  Free!!  To register…   

Saturday, March 30th:  Beekeeping 101  One Day Crash Course

New York Institute of Technology, 16 East 61st Street, 10am-4pm

Back by popular demand and we quote, “This six-hour condensed course will cover everything you need to know to safely start and maintain a beehive in an urban, suburban, or rural environment. You may not be a master beekeeper by the end, but you will know enough to begin or deepen your fascinating love story with honeybees!”  $200.  For more and to sign up… 

Then it’s April:

Tuesday, April 9th:  Presentation of the NY & NJ Harbors & Tributaries Study by the Army Corps of Engineers

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, 5-7pm

A study that matters to UESiders for at least 2 huge reasons:  1) Management/ mitigation of the increasingly severe storms affecting the waters surrounding our city and 2) the shocking proposal to run yet another fracked gas pipeline – the Williams Pipeline – and through the NYC harbor!!  One of  7 meetings in the area studied.  For the report…  A summary of that report…  And where to forward your comments

Saturday, April 13th:  Schurz Park Easter Egg Hunt!!

East End Avenue at 86th Street, 11am–1pm

Hunt for eggs!!  Get a glitter cheek or hand stamp!!  Get up close and personal with the Carl Schurz Easter Bunny!!  Free!!  (Parent Alert:  Continuous waves of egg hunts commence at 11 and continue every 20 minutes until 1!) 

MONDAY, APRIL 22nd:  EARTH DAY!!

Monday, April 22nd:  Earth Day Mystery Green Tour

Around Manhattan, Several tours at various times

Sites this year might include a river education lab right on the Hudson River, a zero-waste office, a state-of-the-art NYC Department of Sanitation facility and/or a rooftop farm!!  A partnership between Atlas Obscura and The Earth Day Initiative.  $28.  For more and tickets

Thursday & Friday, April 25th  26th:  Older Adult Employment Strategies, Support and Job Fair

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street, Thursday – 9:45am-1pm, Friday – 10am-1pm

Calling all older adults!!  Interested in some gainful employment?   Then tap into this dual session event organized by our Senator Krueger!!  Thursday’s session covers job search strategies and support…  Friday’s job coaching, resume development, a LinkedIn workshop, a photo shoot AND 20 employers seeking to hire older individuals!!  The only three caveats here:  Participants must be Senator Krueger constituents, must bring their present resume and must sign up or  212-490-9535.  Co-sponsored by New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library.  

Friday, April 26th:  Schurz Park Electronics Recycling Event

Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue & 86th Street, 10am-4pm

So you’ve been postponing that trip over to Best Buy with a taxi full of aged electronics…  Lucky you, you’ll soon be able to shed it all-but on your front doorstep!!  Organized by Lower East Side Ecology Center.  Free.  For what’s accepted

Nothing like some miscellaneous activism:

If you oppose commercial exploitation of the Arctic National Refuge…    (Feeling neutral on the subject?  Read The Times on what’s happening to the Iditarod…) 

If you support an increase in NYC’s Parks budget but haven’t signed on yet, now’s an excellent time

Or oppose a rezoning proposal that’d put a chunk of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in shade...

Or should you think the EPA should ban pesticide-coated, bee-killing seed

Or that the grey wolf should remain a protected species

Or being miscellaneously informed: 

Kind of a long lead time, but California State legistlators are moving to eliminate non-recyclable plastics by 2030

Meanwhile, America’s newest wildlife refuge – newest of 566 refuges – is in NYS

And Trader Joe’s  heard our concerns and announced a plan to eliminate 1 million pounds of single-use plastic from its stores in 2019!!

Jefferson Park 1934

Recreation Pier, Thomas Jefferson Park, 1934

Hard to believe there was once such a wonderful  recreational outpost on our stretch of the East River!!  (Might poor maintenance – as is the case with the presently disintigrating 107th Pier Street – have led to its demolition?)   (Thanks to Rigo Garcia, Miguel Pineda and Esplanade Friends!) 

What our NYS Conservation Officers have dealt with the last  days…  As in alligator feet and more in Queens…

Our DEC Forest Rangers have been having adventures, too…

We know winter’ll be history soon when Parks’ first spring newsletter hits ye olde mailbox… 

Totally off the reservation: 

Slow cooker jam recipes

Hey, you animals:

330 bird species have been identified in NYC’s Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

And the Bird of the Week is

Cliffside Cotinga
The Cliffside Cotinga

The Juvenile Atlantic Sturgeon Study continues in and around the Hudson River… 

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A Juvenile Sturgeon

But it’s not the Fish of the Week… 

The Hudson River Almanac accords that honor to the ever-so-humble and kind of tragic glass eel!!  To wit:

2/24 – Hudson River Watershed: We are fast approaching the season when educators, naturalists, scientists, and their students will catch, count, measure, and study “glass eels” in the Hudson River Estuary. This natural connection takes us to this week’s fish, the American eel (Anguilla rostrata), species number 19 (of 228) on our watershed list of fishes.

glass eel

A Glass Eel

The story of glass eels begins with the American eel, a fish whose life history is shrouded in mystery. Their ancestors have survived global cataclysms for millions of years but now some populations of freshwater eels appear to be diminishing, and scientists are not quite certain why.  While American eels are considered a freshwater fish, they are born at sea before slowly migrating inland where they spend much of their lives in the fresh and brackish waters of the upland watershed. “Glass eels” are one of the juvenile life stages of the American eel.  They arrive in the estuary by the millions each spring following a six-month to year-long journey from the greater Sargasso Sea area of the North Atlantic where they were born. Glass eel is a colloquial name owing to their lack of pigment and near transparency. These are juvenile American eels “returning” to the estuaries of their ancestors along the east coast of North America. This is a particularly vulnerable time for them and little is known about this period in their life history. In anywhere from 10-30 years, depending upon their sex, they will leave the Hudson River watershed for the sea where they will spawn once and then die, or so we think.  – Tom Lake

Yes, bring on that Daylight Saving, 

UGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy NYC Beer Week, UESiders!!

More like NYC Beer Month actually, with events from Barrel Aged gatherings to Beer Tables at Grand Central to…  For the rundown

And yesterday was…

Polar Bear Day

Last but hardly least, March is National Nutrition Month!!

Returning to the 7 days ahead: 

Friday, March 1st: 12th Annual Panorama Challenge

Queens Museum, Flushing Meadow, doors opening at 6pm

Yes, it’s the ultimate test of all-things-NYC trivia with the Queens Museum’s fabulous scale model – the world’s largest architectural model – as backdrop!!    Sponsored by the Museum, The City Reliquary and Levy’s Unique New York.  $15 in advance.  $20 at the door.  For tickets and more

Saturday, March 2nd:  Intro to Birding – Bird Walk in Central Park

Meeting Place Confirmed with Reservation, 8-10:30am

Learn the basic birding ropes on a relaxed stroll through the Park’s avian hot spots and under the tutelege of guide Tod Winston!!  Binoculars available, too!!  Members, $25.  Non-members, $36.  For reservations or 212-691-7483 x304…  

Saturday, March 1st:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

With us will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef, Hawthorne Valley, Ballard Honey, Consider Bardwell (with some Consider Bardwell items), Gayeski and Nolasco Farms!!

Made chicken soup with a bird from Ole Mother Hubbert this week…  The best ever, people!!  

Last Week’s Recycling Totals –  82 lbs batteries;  19 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   1 thermometer;   14 compost bins;  35 bags of clothes 

Yes, people. 14 tightly packed compost bins!!  (And Sanitation’s promised to give us even more bins to fill!!) 

Saturday, March 2nd:  25th Annual Preservation Conference – A Participant-Driven Conference 

New York Law School, 185 West Broadway , 9:30am-3:30pm
A day-long exploration of preservation issues…  Issues of moment in virtually every corner of our city…  With keynote speaker none other than our CM Ben Kallos!!  Friends & seniors, $25.  General admission, $35.  Students free.  But everybody needs to register

Saturday, March 2nd:  NYS Budget Forum with State Senator Krueger

New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, 2-5pm

Kind of a dream come true this chance to tell your NYS State Senator what you think – albeit in just 3 minutes – about this year’s proposed state budget!!  Just let  the powers-that-be know you want to speak when you RSVP or 212-490-9535…   (You can also submit a written statement in advance!)  For more

Monday, March 4th:  2019 GrowNYC Grains Home Bakers Meet-Up

Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th Street, 6-9pm

Quote, “Calling all bakers of whatever skill!!  Swap samples with fellow grain geeks and share secrets on how to get a really crusty crust!!  Plus, some of New York City’s best professional bakers will also be on hand to talk tips and techniques!!  Do bring a loaf of your favorite home baked bread or other baked good (made with locally-grown grains and flours, of course) and copies of your recipe and/or samples of your starter to trade with others!!”  $20.  For tickets and more

Monday, March 11th:  GrowNYC Job Fair  

GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse,  76 East 13th Street, 5:30-7:30pm

Work doesn’t get more fulfilling than with GrowNYC, be it at a Greenmarket, a Youthmarket, the Fresh Food Box Program, Gardening, Compost and Recycling,  the Youth Education program and more.  Yes, there are some qualifications, but that’s what a job fair’s about:  The right people and the right fit!!  For more and to RSVP… 

Friday, March 15th:  Stewardship for Sustainability – 2019 ReLeaf/Urban Forestry Workshop

New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, 9am-4pm

Among the subjects explored:  Volunteer Tree Stewardship, Professional Tree Stewardship (volunteers can’t do everything!) and Big Picture Stewardship and the Cool Neighborhoods Initative!!  Members, $25.  Non-members, $35.   For more and how to register… 

Saturday, March 16th:  Shred-A-Thon – Erin Go Bragh 2019 Edition

82nd Street Greenmarket, 82nd Street between First & York, 10am-2pm

Spread the word but do remember:

NO cardboard or plastic-handled shopping bags.

REMOVE paper clips and spiral bindings. 

NO HARDCOVER BOOKS.   (But paperbacks are fine.)

(Take hardcovers to the Webster Library Branch, Goodwill or Housing Works.)

We thank AM Seawright & CMs Kallos and Powers for their unflagging support!!

Saturday, April 13th:  Schurz Park Easter Egg Hunt!!

East End Avenue at 86th Street, 11am–1pm

Hunt for eggs!!  Get a glitter cheek or hand stamp!!  Get up close and personal with the Carl Schurz Easter Bunny!!  Free!!  (Parent Alert:  Continuous waves of egg hunts commence at 11 and continue every 20 minutes until 1!) 

Hello, April:

Monday, April 22nd:  Earth Day Mystery Green Tour

Around Manhattan, Several tours at various times

Sites this year might include a river education lab right on the Hudson River, a zero-waste office, a state-of-the-art NYC Department of Sanitation facility and/or a rooftop farm!!  A partnership between Atlas Obscura and The Earth Day Initiative.  $28.  For more and tickets

Friday, April 26th:  Schurz Park Electronic Recycling Event

Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue & 86th Street, 10am-4pm

So you’ve been postponing that trip over to Best Buy with a taxi full of aged electronics…  Lucky you, you’ll soon be able to shed it all-but on your front doorstep!!  Organized by Lower East Side Ecology Center.  Free.  For what’s accepted

Miscellany…  “Say what??!” items up first:

Australia’s dumping  sludge – and like 1M pounds of it – on the Great Barrier Reef...

There’s somebody wanting to drill for oil in the Everglades

Arsenic – among other distressing “ingredients” – in bottled juice… 

Monarchs are still needing our help

As do our shellfish (threatened as they are by ocean acidification)…

Going positive:

Tip of the hat to NYS DEC for reuse of the biggest thing lately:  Redeployment of the erstwhile Mill Basin Drawbridge to the Hempstead (artificial) Reef…

Who knew unsportsmanlike conduct was on NYS Conservation Officers “don’t” list

Sony’s now an e-Stewards Enterprise

Not in our zip code yet, but groceries without packaging and delivered…  (Thanks to reader Carol Rinzler for the tip!) 

There’s the red carpet for show biz celebs…  There’s the green carpet for great market farmers like our own Samascott Orchards: 

The Week in Animals:

Never ceases to amaze how vast the Monarch Butterfly Migration Routes are:

Monarch Migration Route

The Beauty & Biology of (Bird) Egg Color…  (Be sure to catch “Ten Cool Facts About Eggs” near the end!)

The Squirrel Census returns to NYC in June…

Who knew NYS gives exams/licenses in falconry, wildlife rehabilitation and to leashed tracking dogs…?   (Do scroll down and check out the baby bear!) 

A beat…

And the first mammal extinction due to climate change is... 

Sigh…

Thanks goodness for the Hudson River Almanac and the Fish of the Week:

2/19 – Hudson Valley Estuary: This week’s fish is the summer sucker, a freshwater species number 68 (of 228) on our watershed list of fishes. The summer sucker has been known to science since at least 1866, when it was described and named by fish culturist Fred Mather (Catostomus utawana) and has certainly been in our watershed much longer. They live in small headwater lakes and streams of the Adirondack Mountains and is the only endemic (found nowhere else) species in New York State. And yet, until recently, was not on our list of watershed fishes. That omission was corrected in 2016, when it was added as species number 225.

summer sucker

A Summer Sucker

The summer sucker was formerly included with the white sucker (C. commersoni), a common species in the watershed. However, analyses done by Morse and Daniels in 2009 (Copea 2009: 214-220), elevated the summer sucker to full species status. The paper cited a 1934 record from Little Pine Lake, Hamilton County, in the Mohawk River drainage, thus the Hudson River watershed.

Karin Limburg notes that the summer sucker is a good example of allopatric speciation. This occurs when a population becomes sufficiently isolated from its parent population (white sucker) to allow unique mutations and adaptations to occur to make it significantly different enough to warrant being a new species.  -Tom Lake]

Yours in abiding greenness, 

UGS

 

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