4/13 Open! Plantsmen Nursery – Native plants, locally grown, organic veggie starts too. Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm;  Sunday 10am-4pm​​ (April-October). ​The Plantsmen Nursery: 482 Peruville Road Groton, NY 13073: https://www.plantsmen.com/

5/2: Finger Lakes Land Trust – Celebrate the FLLT’s 30th birthday on May 2: Our 30th Birthday – May 2, 2019 – Selfie Day!  Get out to an FLLT nature preserve and post your pics with hashtag #fllt30.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates.

5/18 & later: Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Event, Tompkins County8:00am – 2:00pm – Schedule your appointment for an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off event at the Tompkins County Recycling and Solid Waste Center. https://recycletompkins.org/events/household-hazardous-waste-drop-off-event-4/. Plan ahead for 2019 dates 5/18, 7/20, 8/17, 10,19, 11/16. Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is material that must be handled and disposed of properly due to dangers it poses to our health and the environment. To accommodate our communities needs for a safe method of disposal, the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management offers special Drop-Off events at our permanent location to accept HHW from Tompkins County residents and qualified businesses and organizations that are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQG). PLEASE NOTE: Residents must have a valid permit and have an appointment to attend an event.  You will need your solid waste permit number. Only one sign-up per household per Drop Off event.

Sharps drop-off locations: http://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/dch/sharps-collect

Medications drop-off locations: http://tompkinscountyny.gov/sheriff/MedicationDropBox

Seneca County – check their Environmental Health Program page for upcoming dates: https://www.co.seneca.ny.us/departments/community-services/environmental-health/

Cayuga County – information about disposal of household hazardous wastes: https://www.cayugacounty.us/705/Disposal-of-Household-Hazardous-Waste

4/22: Cornell Botanic Gardens – 12 noon-1:30 p.m. “Conserving Native Orchids: An Earth Day Conversation” https://events.cornell.edu/event/conserving_native_orchids_an_earth_day_conversation. At the Welcome Center 124 Comstock Knoll Road Ithaca NY. Free.

Order until 4/23 – Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District – trees, shrubs & ground cover plants. Pick up May 3 at SWCD office 7413 County House Road Auburn NY. Do not have to be a Cayuga County resident to order: http://www.cayugaswcd.org/annual-tree-shrub–groundcover-sale.html (“voles ate the cherry/peach trees”).

4/26 Overstock seedlings sale – Seneca County Soil and Water Conservation District – 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Seneca County Fairgrounds 100 Swift St Waterloo: https://senecacountyswcd.org/seedling-sale/.

4/22: Earth Day Ithaca with Gaia the Turtle, Ithaca Children’s Garden. 6 p.m. Sing, dance & celebrate – the air we breathe, the water we love, the Earth we revere. All ages. Costumes and instruments welcome. Contact Debaura (607) 564-9406 earthaca@gmail.com Free. The Children’s Garden is at 121 Turtle Lane off Route 89 across from Cass Park.

4/25-27 Ithaca College Sustainability Week: “On behalf of IC Impact, the School of Business, and the Office of Energy Management & Sustainability, it is my pleasure to invite you and your colleagues to the keynote event of Sustainability Week on April 29. The event is free and open to the public. Our speaker, Stephen Ritz, “America’s Favorite Teacher” is beloved across the world as the compassionate and exuberant Bronx educator, founder of the Green Bronx Machine, and author of The Power of a Plant: A Teacher’s Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools. Location and time: 7-9 pm Athletics & Events Center, Ithaca College. We are also hosting Dr. Natalie Mahowald, lead author of the 2018 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on Thursday, April 25th at 5:30 in Textor #101, Ithaca College. Dr. Mahowald will be speaking to the changes in the 2018 report, as well as proposed solutions, and the work we must do to limit global warming.” Contact: ICSUSUSTAINABILITYWEEK.COM/EVENTS #ICSW2019. Map of Ithaca College campus: https://map.ithaca.edu/#!UMAP_2017083074549

4/27: Earthkeeping Fair – Climate Wise Gardening 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Boynton Middle School 1601 Ithaca. Free. Showcasing practical ways gardeners and property owners can improve soils, manage water, and make climate wise plant choices.  The event is a first-of-its-kind in the region and builds on the premise that drawing down carbon is a key way to mitigate climate change. More than 20 local groups and businesses will provide educational exhibits or demonstrations at the Fair, on topics including soils, biochar, composting, permaculture, pollinators and beekeeping, native plants, tree planting, invasive species, grafting, and more.

The event will include a series of five 30-minute talks that will focus on healthy soil, water management, no mow lawns, meadows, native plant choices, and intensive permaculture practices.  In addition, short films will be shown that include the hows and whys of climate wise gardening.  Information will be relevant to every type of garden and landscape and to new gardeners and those with experience, and there will be activities focused on the young gardener. For more information and a map to the location, please visit: http://ccetompkins.org/climatewise-garden-fair or direct questions to mr55@cornell.edu.

4/27: CLEANUP EVENT – TOWN of CAROLINE – Caroline Roadside Volunteer Clean-Up Day 10 am – noon: “The snow is melting and revealing all kinds of trash tossed on the roads. Yuck! Garbage on the roadsides and in the ditches finds its way into our creeks. Before the roadside plants start growing too thickly, let’s clean this all up. We can keep trash out of our streams and creeks, make our town look good, and bring awareness to the community about our watersheds.

This is a Community Volunteer event – grab a friend and a garbage bag! Saturday morning, April 27, at 10 am, garbage bags will be available at the Caroline Town Hall, the Brooktondale Community Center Pavilion and possibly a location in Speedsville. When you come to pick up your bags, we will ask that you sign a liability waiver and provide other instructions. Whenever you are done collecting, please return the bags to the place where you picked them up.

The areas to focus on include roadside ditches where storm water washes the trash into the creeks, but you can choose any road to clean up. BUT – PLEASE STAY OFF OF RT. 79!! Or any section of road you don’t feel safe on. Also, some roads are already adopted for cleanup, so choose an area not yet covered. We will have a few yellow vests to lend out. Please wear brightly colored clothes, bring work gloves, walk against traffic, collecting on one side of the road at a time. Dress properly for tick protection. Don’t risk your safety to collect garbage! Let us know if you find any areas with a lot of trash that is too difficult to reach.

This event will be held in the rain unless there is a real downpour, in which case we can move it to Sunday April 28. You do not need to sign up – but to help us plan, please contact me if you know you will participate and tell me what road you are interested in cleaning up. Updates will be posted to the Town of Caroline listserv and the Brooktondale Bulletin board listserv. Thank you so much!”

— Lucy Gagliardo LFG1@cornell.edu. Sponsored by the Town of Caroline Watershed Committee, Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, the Brooktondale Community Center, the Town of Caroline Highway Dept and others.

4/27 CLEANUP EVENT – Trash removal from the flood control canal behind Tops, Ithaca – the Tops on Meadow St/Route 13. Help clean up this perennially trash-infested location that is home to wildlife and plants – a quiet ribbon of water between big box stores. Contact PaulCloss@gmail.com . We will also be trash-picking at an adjacent site – the edges of the Walmart parking lot. This may continue the weekend of May 4-5. Contact carolinebyrne1@yahoo.com. These trash pickups will be catalogued, sorted and mapped for an art event on June 7th – watch for more info!!! Sponsored by the Fabulous Trash Birds.

4/27: Drive Electric Day Earth Day – 11 am to 2 pm, 35 Cinema Drive, Ithaca 14850 (off Route 13, behind Triphammer Mall). What are electric vehicles? How they can help us increase our energy independence, ensure that the air we breathe stays clean, and help us save money? Learn about electric vehicles at this free and family-friendly event is brought to you by EV Tompkins partners. Maguire Chevrolet of Ithaca is the sponsor and host, supported by EV enthusiasts and volunteers. CCE Tompkins will be tabling at the event. The goal of this event is to reduce a sense of unfamiliarity with EVs and to address any questions the public may have about EV ownership, driving experience, government financial incentives, and charging. Activities include: – Ride and drive – EV games and prizes – Face-painting – Music – Food on the grill.

EV Tompkins is a community-based collaboration among government departments, non-profits, businesses, and researchers focused on creating enabling conditions that would foster widespread EV adoption in Tompkins County. We have a goal to increase the number of EVs registered in the county from 310 in 2018 to 620 by the end of 2019. As of February 2019, there are 526 EVs registered in Tompkins County. Consider ride-sharing or public transportation. The TCAT bus Route 30 will get you there. Questions? Interested in ride-sharing? Contact Lee at 607-272-2292 or YL2365@cornell.edu. Find us on Facebook here and share with your family and friends.

4/28: Streets Alive! Ithaca – 1-5 PM on Court & Cayuga Sts. The annual Tompkins County municipal drinking water taste test will be held. The City of Ithaca Water Plant will be there to answer your drinking water questions. Now in its 8th year, Streets Alive! Ithaca is, at its simplest, a day where the streets are closed to cars and open to people to walk, bike, roll, dance, and play. The possibilities of open streets are almost endless: hula hooping, jump rope, hopscotch, street hockey, frisbee, basketball. To volunteer and register for events and learn more: https://www.bikewalktompkins.org/about-the-event

4/28 4-H Duck Race & CCE Compost Fair, Ithaca – Join us to watch 3200 bright yellow rubber ducks tumble over the Cascadilla Creek falls at the Cornell Botanic Gardens Cascadilla Gorge Trail then bob down the creek in a frantic and fabulous race to raise funds for 4-H programs in Tompkins County. The race begins at 2PM when the ducks are dropped into Cascadilla Falls at the Cornell Botanic Gardens Cascadilla Gorge Trail (intersection of University Avenue and Linn Street in downtown Ithaca).
Walk through charming Ithaca neighborhoods as you follow the ducks down the stream to the finish line at the Cooperative Extension Education Center on Willow Avenue. At the Education Center, you’ll find a Compost Fair, refreshments, games, live music, restrooms and more! Stick around and see if your duck came in first to win the $750 CASH “NEST EGG” top prize, or one of many other great donated prizes that will be given out for the top 50 winning ducks at the event. All proceeds support 4-H youth programs in Tompkins County! FREE to watch. Duck chances are $5/each or $20 for a flock of 5. Learn Morehttp://ccetompkins.org/4-h-youth/activities-events/4-h-duck-race
5/04: CLEANUP EVENT – Annual Ithaca Falls Area Cleanup 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Meet at Ithaca Falls City Park – Lake St. (Bags and gloves provided. Participants must sign release form.) To sign up, or for more information, contact Rick Grossman (RDG@TC3.edu or 607-279-9002). Sponsor: The Leon Chandler Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

5/04: CLEANUP EVENT – Roadside rest area, Route 89, Town of Covert 10 a.m.-noon. Help clean up this rest area and the little stream that flows through it to Cayuga Lake below. We provide gloves, bags and snacks. Please wear boots, pants, hat. Contact: steward@cayugalake.org – sponsored by the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network.

5/05: CLEANUP EVENT – King Ferry/Aurora/Wells College – Creek, lakeshore and ditch cleanup event – Afternoon. Details being finalized among several great community and school groups, plus Aurora Ridge Dairy ad Oakwood Dairy. Contact steward@cayugalake.org if you’d like to know more and take part.

5/05: Environmental Poetry Workshop, Interfaith Center 1939 East Shore Drive Lansing: 2-4 p.m. “Join other weary environmental activists in sharing your feelings: frustration, fatigue, annoyance. or whatever emotions come forth, and perhaps find joy, peace, new meaning, and many reasons for celebration as together we create a poem from the words you share. Poetry’s unlimited potential for healing and wholeness awaits your participation.” More information:https://interfaithcah.org/event/environmental-poetry-workshop/

May to October: DiscoverCayugaLake – public and chartered cruises onboard the Teal, Cayuga Lake’s beautiful new symbol of lake science, education & health. “Tourism with a mission”: https://www.discovercayugalake.org

YEAR ROUND: Get involved! Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge – the MNWR is an 8000 acre preserve at the north end of Cayuga Lake. Visit: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Montezuma/about.html

Volunteer with Friends of the MNWR: https://friendsofmontezuma.org/

Thanks everyone – please send in updates and corrections.

Every day is Earth Day!

Hilary Lambert

Steward/Executive Director
Cayuga Lake Watershed Network
POB 348 Aurora NY 13026

“It takes a Network to protect a watershed!”