Attendees Learn About a Series of New Ecological and Recreational Projects Throughout the Onondaga Lake Watershed
Thousands of Central New York families participated in and learned about a number of outdoor recreational opportunities during the 2019 Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days. The Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs hosted the annual event September 28 and 29 at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery in Elbridge. The event was created as a tribute to National Hunting and Fishing Day and is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in New York State, featuring several hands-on activities, engaging presentations, and information on new local projects.
Community members of all ages enjoyed outdoor activities with local woodsmen and sports enthusiasts, including archery, fly fishing, trout fishing, canoeing, and turkey calling. Professional fishermen answered questions and offered tips, and attendees had the chance to meet conservation officers and forest rangers who made guest appearances throughout the weekend.
Central New York residents learned about outdoor recreation, and habitat and wildlife conservation, through presentations and displays by area wildlife artists, professional chefs, Hall of Fame sportsmen, and retriever and pointer dog trainers. Experts led demonstrations and hosted displays on live pheasants, birds of prey, survival skills, and taxidermy.
At its booth, Honeywell shared information about joining the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps, updated attendees on habitat restoration progress achieved as part of the Onondaga Lake cleanup, and shared information about new recreational and ecological projects underway. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are overseeing the implementation of a series of projects to restore and protect wildlife habitat and water quality, and increase recreational opportunities at Onondaga Lake.
Project highlights include connecting the Erie Canal Trail from Camillus to Onondaga Lake, extending the Loop-the-Lake trail, creating 100 acres of native grassland habitat, providing increased access for fishing and recreation, and preserving wetlands, restoring habitat, and conserving more than 1,400 acres within the Onondaga Lake watershed.
“The Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and other local habitat and conservation groups have shared valuable feedback with Honeywell that has helped shape habitat restoration efforts and recreational access at Onondaga Lake and its tributaries,” said John McAuliffe, Honeywell Remediation Director, Design and Construction. “This event provides a wonderful opportunity for community members to enjoy recreational activities in our own backyard.”
“Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days showcases local conservation efforts and outdoor sports for thousands of Central New York families,” said Bill Lansley, Onondaga County Parks Commissioner and Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs President. “Honeywell’s partnership with our member organizations and Onondaga County Parks is critical to the success of this annual event.”
View more photographs of Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook.
For more information on the Onondaga Lake cleanup, please visit www.lakecleanup.com.