HabitatConservation

Planting of Native Species and Creation of a Healthy, Productive Watershed are Critical Steps in Lake Cleanup; More Than 166 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

Hundreds of community volunteers have become environmental stewards of Onondaga Lake since formation of the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps in summer 2012.

HONEYWELL SUMMER SCIENCE WEEK

On July 6, Honeywell and the MOST joined the middle school students aboard the Emita II tour boat to kick off Honeywell Summer Science Week. 
Left: (Left to right) Honeywell Syracuse Program Director John McAuliffe, Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney, MOST Exhibits Project Manager Peter Plumley, Ph.D., and Honeywell Summer Science Week 2012 participants Christy and Laurie Muok welcome the students. Right: 2015 Honeywell Summer Science Week participants.

Now celebrating its 10th year, Honeywell Summer Science Week has brought science to life in memorable ways through hands-on science exploration in the Onondaga Lake watershed.

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.