Embrace the Lake! Want to do a spring cleanup along a ditch, stream, creek, the lakeshore? We can help your group, club, neighborhood organize your event, and provide posters, gloves, and location advice. Free. March – early May is best. You can also take part in already-established cleanups. Contact Jenn Tufano Grillo

Saturday March 9: HABs (Harmful Algal Blooms) in Owasco Lake, a Scientific Symposium in Plain English. 9 – 11:30 a.m. Main Stage, Auburn Public Theatre, 8 Exchange Street, Auburn NY. Presentations by Halfman, Howarth, Schultz, Prestigiacomo. Free. Contact Sharon Anderson for van ride information from Ithaca, Lansing.

Wednesday March 13: Climate Coping and Healing. 5:30 – 8 p.m. The Interfaith Center for Action and Healing, 1939 East Shore Drive, Lansing. To cope with climate change here on Cayuga Lake, we need not only science and activism, but also emotional tools. Join us for a potluck dinner and open discussion. Share your needs and your ideas for coping and healing. If interest is strong, we will schedule a series of meetings and programs, with online resources for those who cannot attend in person. Contact Rebecca Ruggles .

Saturday March 23

         Ithaca: Ithaca Fishing & Conservation Day 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Boynton Middle School, 1601 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca. Trout in the Classroom – live! Fishing, community education & environmental exhibits, presentations and vendors. Sponsored by the Leon Chandler Chapter, Trout Unlimited. Contact Phil Koons

Aurora: “Nutrients in the Watershed, Unusual Weather, and Harmful Algal Blooms: A Public Conversation,” 1 – 4 p.m., Lakeside Room, Inns of Aurora, 391 Main Street, Aurora. Sponsored by the Community Science Institute. A moderated discussion open to the public, led by a panel of experts on cyanobacteria, climate, nutrient management, and water quality. Contact Nathaniel Launer .

Earth Day is Monday April 22. The national Earth Day Network has information at about their 2019 theme, “Protect our Species” – those that are endangered and threatened. Watch our Facebook page, and the Glorious Trashbirds page, plus website and listserv for local events during Earth Week, to include cleanups and celebrations.

Saturday May 18: Community Conference, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network’s spring event at the north end of Cayuga Lake. Watch our Facebook page & website for details about location and presentations on restoring better water quality in our creeks, reducing runoff from lakeshore yards and gardens, Harmful Algal Blooms, Hydrilla & other invasives, and our new Water Quality Committee. Free, refreshments served. Contact Jenn Tufano Grillo .

Friday June 7: The Network is co-sponsoring a trash-based art show at Ithaca’s Community School of Music and Arts gallery for its June First Friday event. In keeping with our support of trash cleanups, the Network celebrates localish artists who make vibrant use of discards and litter. There will be photos, displays, sculpture, and re-interpretations of found objects. Also, maps and words about trash locations and types; and we hope to offer off-site activities in June and July. The gallery is at 330 East State Street. Watch our listserv, Facebook page and website for details. Contact Network Board member Paul Closs

Springtime: Check for Hemlock Wooly Adelgid damage on the lakeshore. Paddlers and early-season boaters, please keep an eye out for damaged or dead patches of hemlock trees along the lake. Report with location and photos (if possible) to and we will get the information to the New York State Hemlock Initiative at Cornell U.

Schools, Scouts & Monarch Butterflies: For their grueling, multigenerational flights between North America and Mexico, Monarch butterflies need food in the form of milkweed leaves. Milkweed plants grow well in open areas and can help prevent erosion and runoff. Win and win! If your school, scouts, community group want to do a planting to help both butterflies and water quality, contact Michelle H or Patricia H-G Free.

Spring and summer: Watershed quilt activities and displays will be happening at a variety of events. Contact Patricia H-G for events and how to take part in this beautiful project

July 7 – 13 Invasive Species Week: Watch for local activities to control/educate about invasive species. More information here: .

August 21: CLWN’s Annual Meeting & Picnic! From 5:30 – 9 p.m. Lakeside location tba.