HabitatConservation

Planting of Native Species and Creation of a Healthy, Productive Watershed are Critical Steps in Lake Cleanup; More Than 110 Species of Fish, Birds, and Mammals Have Already Returned to Restored Wetlands and Nearby Areas.

To achieve a sustainable lake remedy, extensive wetlands are being improved or created along Geddes Brook, Nine Mile Creek, Harbor Brook, and the former LCP Chemicals site, as well as portions of the west and southwest lakeshore. An Onondaga Lake Habitat Restoration Plan offers specifics on a new habitat layer for the lake bottom. The plan builds on progress in the lake’s watershed to ensure a comprehensive approach to the restoration of Onondaga Lake.

Because habitat enhancements and renewal have important community benefits, Honeywell has developed partnerships with the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), the Montezuma Audubon Center, and the Onondaga Audubon Society to offer Central New Yorkers innovative and unique opportunities that promote environmental stewardship and stimulate learning.

Created by the MOST, Honeywell Summer Science Week is an exploration of the Onondaga Lake watershed for middle school students. Throughout the week students participate in a combination of activities, while learning an interdisciplinary approach to investigation, discovery, and resolution of environmental issues facing Onondaga County.

The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps, a partnership among Audubon, Parsons, O’Brien & Gere, and Honeywell, inspires future environmental stewards through an experience-based program that includes habitat restoration and citizen science monitoring to help restore and sustain the Onondaga Lake watershed and its value as an Important Bird Area.

Honeywell also partners with the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs for Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook. The event, held annually by the Sportsmen’s Clubs, is one of the largest celebrations of National Hunting and Fishing Day in New York State.

Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Volunteers planted shrubs and trees, learned from habitat experts, and participated in citizen science monitoring by tracking native birds along Geddes Brook. Geddes Brook is an important part of a new green corridor connecting Onondaga Lake to upland areas.R.J. Herrick (left) and Brad Phelps, both of Tully, track birds. In total, 28 bird species were identified during the event. Right: Habitat expert Joe McMullen helps Sue Boettger, of Fayetteville, plant a sandbar willow tree.

Community Volunteers Visited Geddes Brook to See How Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps Helped Bring Back 65 Fish and Wildlife Species

Honeywell Summer Science Week @ the MOST

Students take the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps pledge to protect and conserve the natural resources of the Onondaga Lake watershed.

Students Become Field Scientists Through Hands-On Exploration of Onondaga Lake Watershed During Honeywell Summer Science Week at the MOST

Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook

Left: David Majerus and his son, 4-year-old Nicholas, of Cicero, fish for trout. Right: Six-year-old Spencer Weed, of Moravia, holds a largemouth bass caught in Onondaga Lake.

Fishing, Archery, and Conservation Activities Enjoyed by Thousands at Honeywell Sportsmen's Days at Carpenter's Brook

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Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

To learn more about the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps or participate in future activities, please contact Chris Lajewski at montezuma@audubon.org or call 315-365-3588.