Pets & Conservation 08.15.19

The Burden Lake Conservation Association events

The Burden Lake Conservation Association (formerly the Burden Lake Improvement Association) is a not-for-profit organization committed to making a positive impact on keeping Burden Lake crystal clear and preserving it for future generations. Please join us for some of our many community and educational events. Open to the public. Our clubhouse is located on the 3rd Burden Lake, 4 Brook Spring Avenue, Averill Park, NY 12018. More information is available on our web site – or on facebook.

The following are our BLCA events for 2019:

August 23 – Kids Lip Sync/Ice Cream Social at BLCA Clubhouse – Lori Dunigan & Cherisse Young – Join us at 5:00 PM for ice cream and games, stay for Kids Lip Sync Acts start at 6:30 PM – Admission $6.00

August 31- Adult Lip Sync at BLCA Clubhouse – doors open at 8:00 PM – Bo Weidman – $20 per person at the door (no pay pal).

Tickets can be purchased by going to our Facebook page: and going to ‘Events’.

Attention Dog Owners in the Town of Schodack

Debra L. Curtis, the Schodack Town Clerk, wishes to remind residents that under NYS Agriculture and Markets Law Article VII, §109, all dogs are required to be licensed by four months of age and under Town Law §109-5, all dogs, when not confined to the property of their owner, must be under control and on a leash not in excess of 12 feet in length. Leash length is reduced to 6 feet when walking within the Town Park.

To obtain a dog license, a copy of the current Rabies Certificate, which must be valid for more than 30 days prior to licensing and must be signed by a licensed veterinarian, and proof that the animal has been altered, must be provided. The cost for a spayed/neutered dog is $7.00 and an unspayed/ unneutered dog is $15.00. One tag is issued for the lifetime of the license; however, in the event of loss, it can be replaced at a cost of $3.00. A renewal letter will be sent on an annual basis, based upon the anniversary of the license.

If you have any questions, please visit the Schodack Town Clerk’s office, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Schodack Town Hall, 265 Schuurman Road, Castleton, NY 12033 or please call 518-477-7590.

Attention Dog Owners in the Town of East Greenbush

Kim Carlock, the East Greenbush Town Clerk, wishes to remind residents that under NYS Agriculture and Markets Law Article VII, §109, all dogs are required to be licensed by four months of age and under Local Law §NO 4 1971, all dogs, when not confined to the property of their owner, must be under control and on a leash not in excess of 8 feet in length.

To obtain a dog license, a copy of the current Rabies Certificate and proof that the animal has been altered, must be presented to the Town Clerk’s Office during office hours. The cost for a spayed/neutered dog is $15.00 and an unspayed/unneutered dog is $20.00. A renewal letter will be sent on an annual basis, based upon the anniversary of the license.

In the Town Park, dogs MUST be on leash at all times. This includes while in the park and on the trails, unless they are in the Dog Park. You MUST have a permit for the Dog Park.

Dog Park Permits may be purchased at the Town Clerk’s Office for $15.00 for Town Residents. The Rules for the Town Dog Park can be found on our web site at

If you have any questions or need to obtain a license or a permit please visit the East Greenbush Town Clerk’s office, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 225 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer NY 12144. Our contact info is 518-477-7145 or Enjoy the rest of the summer!!

Kimberly Carlock, East Greenbush Town Clerk

It’s the Law!

New York State Law requires that all dogs to be licensed annually. The State requires that all Town Clerks’ office process them in their local municipality. Before a license can be issued or renewed, current proof of rabies vaccination must be provided. The NYS Dept of Agriculture & Markets & NYS Health Dept. requires all dogs FOUR months of age or older to be vaccinated for rabies. This information is crucial for the general public’s well-being. The Town of Sand Lake does have a Leash Law. In addition, if your dog is lost, stolen or dies, New York State law requires you to notify the Town Clerk’s Office. Failure to comply with this law can result in court appearance tickets. Unlicensed dogs are subject to seizure on or off the premises of the owner under Art. 7 117(b). Check the Town’s website for additional information regarding the Town’s Dog Laws. For more information call Barbara Biittig, Sand Lake Town Clerk @ 518-674-2026 ext 122 or Animal Control Officer @ 518-477-8230.

Sand Lake Garden Club continues to celebrate their 25th year with more hints for your Garden

• Give your summer-blooming roses some fertilizer for a continuous show.

• Due to the rain and humidity, powdery mildew can become an issue. A fungicide spray may be needed to battle powdery mildew on plants.

• Mulch your gardens to conserve moisture and discourage weeds

SLGC celebrating 25 years in the town of Sand Lake

Please enjoy these gardening hints from the Sand Lake Garden Club

• Sharpen lawn mower blades, since dull blades can damage grass. Set your mower to mow at 3 inches high to encourage the development of a deep root system.

• Keep an eye out for pests by watching for yellowing leaves, wilted new growth or twisted foliage. A close look (especially at the underside of a leaf) might reveal mites, aphids or something else!

• Enjoy your garden. Step back and look at all your successes. Have a garden party and share your garden with others.

Sand Lake Garden Club – Hints for you Garden

As our growing season continues so do the garden hints from Sand Lake Garden Club, celebrating their 25th anniversary.

• It’s harvest time! The fruits of our labor are starting to show! Some cold crops ready for harvesting are peas, lettuce, early beans and summer squash. As space is made in the garden, one can consider using the space for a second crop.

• Be sure your plants get at least one inch of water per week. It is better to water in the morning or the evening and avoid the heat mid-day when a lot of water would be lost in evaporation.

• Don’t prune or fertilize trees and shrubs now. Any growth stimulated will likely not harden before winter and may kill the plant.

DEC Asks Public to Report Moose Sightings

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public to report moose sightings and observations. DEC and its research partners use these public sightings as indices of moose distribution and abundance in New York. This is part of a multi-year research project to obtain information on the status of New York State’s moose population, health of the moose, and the factors that influence moose survival and reproductive rate.

Most moose sightings occur within the Adirondacks, but neighboring states Connecticut and Massachusetts also have moose populations, resulting in observations in the southeast portion of New York.

The moose, a protected mammal in New York State, is the largest member of the deer family and the largest land mammal in New York. Bulls weigh from 600 to 1,200 pounds and stand up to six feet tall at the shoulder. Cows weigh anywhere from 500 to 800 pounds.

DEC reminds the public to respect wildlife by viewing from a distance, at least 50 feet away. Keep quiet, move slowly, and do not approach moose. Drive cautiously at dusk and at night in the Adirondacks.

Have you seen a moose? Let DEC know by reporting your observations using the online form. Share your moose encounters by mailing in or e-mailing your photos to us.

August is Tree Check Month

The NY Invasive Species Council calls August Tree Check month and asks people to keep an eye out for harmful bugs.

What to look for:

Emerald ash borer: a ½” long, metallic green beetle. Adults emerge from ash trees in June and fly through August.

Asian longhorned beetle: a large, shiny black beetle with white spots. Adults emerge from trees in August, leaving exit holes about the size of a dime.

Gypsy Moth: The females moths are white with small brown markings and begin laying hundreds of eggs in August.

Spotted Lanternfly: Adult SLF are 1” long with black legs and head. The abdomen is yellow with broad, black bands on top and bottom. Abundant in August.

Tree Identification Book

The Arbor Day Foundation has a book that helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. The book, What Tree Is That?, is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization.

What Tree Is That? is a fun, easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinctive characteristics of many tree species.

Its beautiful, full-color illustrations are in precise detail and depict natural colors, shapes and textures so users can make a positive species identification in a few steps.

The Arbor Day Foundation offers this book to help people identify trees throughout the Eastern and Central regions of the United States. What Tree Is That? uses a unique step-by-step approach for identifying the species of each tree, explaining what to look for in the shape and arrangement of the leaves, differences in the leafstalks and specific characteristics of fruits, flowers, buds and bark.

What Tree is That? is also available as an online interactive version at

To obtain a tree identification guide in full color, visit or send your name, address, and $5 for each guide to:

Arbor Day Foundation

What Tree Is That?

100 Arbor Ave.

Nebraska City, NE 68410.

DEC Announces Environmental Conservation Police Officer and Forest Ranger Exams Being Held in October

Exam Application Deadline is September 4, 2019

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today encouraged individuals interested in becoming a Forest Ranger or Environmental Conservation Police Officer (ECO) to apply for civil service exams being offered for the positions this fall. Applications are being accepted until September 4, 2019.

“DEC Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Police Officers are instrumental in protecting wildlife, natural resources, state lands and the people who use them,” Commissioner Seggos said. “From search and rescue operations to uncovering environmental crimes, these brave men and women are often first on the front lines of some of the most harrowing events. We encourage anyone interested in joining our ranks of admirable professionals to sign up for the exams today.”

The civil service exams will be held the weekend of October 19, 2019. There are separate exams and different qualifications for becoming an Environmental Conservation Police Officer or Forest Ranger. Potential applicants should closely review qualifications required for each position to determine which exam they are eligible to take. Those who want to apply for both positions, and meet the required qualifications, must submit separate applications and will be required to take both exams.

A full summary of qualifications, salary, and application procedures can be found online at the New York State Department of Civil Service exam announcements web pages for Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Police Officers.

Exam scores will be used to rank candidates and create eligible lists to fill openings for Environmental Conservation Police Officers or Forest Rangers. Although the exam is being offered, there is no guarantee that there will be openings. The eligibility list from this exam is expected to remain active for up to four years.

In the future, candidates selected from the list would be required to attend a 28-week residential training program at the DEC Basic Academy. Recruits must pass all elements of the Academy before being assigned to a work location. DEC recently began the 22nd Basic School for Uniformed Officers on May 19. For an inside look into what it takes to be an Environmental Conservation Police Officer or a Forest Ranger, watch a 4-minute clip from 2017’s Basic School for Uniformed Officers available on YouTube. Additional information on DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers and Forest Rangers is available online.

For more information about the upcoming state civil service exams and qualifications, visit the New York State Department of Civil Service website.

DEC Announces Proposed Changes to Protect New York Deer and Moose from Chronic Wasting Disease

Public comments accepted through October 6

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that DEC is proposing several regulatory changes to further protect New York’s wild deer and moose from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

“CWD poses a real and substantial threat to deer, elk, and moose populations across North America, and we take that risk seriously in New York,” said Commissioner Seggos. “Currently, there is no evidence of CWD in New York, and we want to keep it that way. With these proposed changes, DEC is reducing the potential that hunters or owners of captive deer may inadvertently bring this disease into New York.”

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “All New Yorkers have a stake in keeping both our wild deer population and our deer and elk farms free of Chronic Wasting Disease.  We will continue to coordinate and work with the Department of Environmental Conservation, hunters, and our state’s deer and elk farmers to ensure these populations are healthy.  Our deer farmers understand the importance of keeping New York CWD-free, and these updates will provide our veterinarians and veterinary technicians with additional assistance from DEC and allow for expanded testing abilities.”

CWD is a fatal and untreatable nervous-system disease affects deer, elk, and moose and is believed to be caused by abnormally shaped proteins called prions. CWD prions are shed through saliva, urine, and feces of infected animals. A healthy deer, elk, or moose can pick up the disease by direct contact with the infected animal’s body fluids or by eating contaminated sources of food or water.

DEC and the Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) recently finalized the New York State Interagency Chronic Wasting Disease Risk Minimization Plan, which includes recommendations to strengthen protection of New York’s wild white-tailed deer and moose populations, as well as captive cervids (deer and elk) held at enclosed breeding and shooting facilities.

Proposed changes include:

Expanding the prohibition on the importation of carcasses and carcass parts of CWD-susceptible animals to include all jurisdictions outside of New York;

Clarifying that the only parts of CWD-susceptible animals that may be imported into New York are deboned meat, cleaned skull cap, antlers with no flesh adhering, raw or processed cape or hide, cleaned teeth or lower jaw, and finished taxidermy products;

Modifying the list of species referenced in the regulations to only include known CWD-susceptible species;

Increasing the ease with which DEC’s Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) can enforce DAM regulations to ensure owners of captive-bred, CWD-susceptible animals comply with DAM’s captive cervid health requirements;

Clarifying disposal requirements for taxidermists that process CWD-susceptible animals; and

Removing text associated with feeding wild deer and moose, as that prohibition is being established in a separate rulemaking.

           Public comments will be accepted on these proposals through Oct. 6, 2019. For more detailed explanations of these proposals and for instructions for submitting comments, visit DEC’s website.

Along with regulation changes affecting hunters, DEC biologists and DAM veterinarians will be conducting joint inspections of captive deer and elk facilities and improving record-sharing among agencies to increase compliance with cervid health requirements. DEC and DAM will also explore several potential oversight and CWD-testing improvements for captive cervid facilities.

DEC issued the following advice to reduce the likelihood that CWD will come into New York.

Hunters, taxidermists, and deer processors are directed to:

Not import whole deer, elk, moose, or caribou carcasses into New York;

Avoid natural deer urine-based attractants and use synthetics forms instead; and

Dispose of carcasses and carcass parts properly at approved landfills.

All New Yorkers are encouraged to:

Report sick or abnormally behaving deer;

Not feed wild deer or moose; and

Report violators.

DEC also recently announced that new proposed regulations for the feeding of wild deer and moose and the use of 4-PosterTM devices are available for public comment until Sept. 1, 2019. The measure is needed to strengthen and clarify the existing prohibition on the intentional feeding of wild deer and moose. Prohibiting the feeding of wild deer and moose is a best management approach to reduce risks associated with communicable wildlife diseases like chronic wasting disease, minimize conflicts with deer, and protect wildlife habitats. More information can be found on DEC’s website.

To learn more about CWD and DEC efforts to protect wild deer and moose in New York, visit DEC’s website.

New York State Hunting and Trapping Education Courses Now Available

Training Required before Purchasing a Hunting License

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today reminded all new hunters and trappers that registration for required hunter education classes is now open. Courses fill quickly and interested hunters and trappers are encouraged to register early. Each year, more than 45,000 New Yorkers take DEC’s hunter and trapper education courses.

Commissioner Seggos said, “Hunting in New York is a proud tradition that helps us manage our state’s incredible natural resources. Before getting their license and going afield, all new hunters and trappers must complete a hunter, bowhunter, or trapper education course. I encourage all prospective hunters and trappers to sign up for one of the hundreds of courses offered across New York over the next several months by our dedicated volunteer instructors. We’re proud of our hunting safety record in New York, in part because of DEC’s Hunter Education Program, which teaches the principles of safe, ethical hunting.”

DEC works closely with thousands of dedicated, DEC-certified instructors statewide to provide these training courses free of charge. Courses are offered for Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, Trapper Education, and Waterfowl Hunter Education.

DEC’s online registration system makes it easy to view a list of available courses. Students can register from any device—smartphone, tablet, or computer—24 hours a day, seven days a week. Courses are added continuously throughout the year, so those interested should regularly check the online system to find a course near them. To locate a hunter or trapper education course, visit DEC’s website or contact a local DEC office for assistance.

Students must complete homework prior to attending the required classroom and field course. The homework portion of the course provides an introduction to the subject and enhances students’ understanding of the course material. Proof of the completed homework is required to attend the course. Students should register for the course well in advance of the course date to allow time to complete the homework requirement, which can take several hours.

Access to the homework materials and online homework options can be found on DEC’s website or you can follow the guidelines listed in the course announcement when you register for a course. Course manuals and homework sheets are always available from DEC wildlife offices and Hunter Education Program instructors.

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