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Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook

Thousands Participate in Hands-on Outdoor Recreational Activities While Learning About Habitat Improvements at Geddes Brook Wetlands and Nine Mile Creek

More than 6,000 people learned about habitat and wildlife conservation and participated in outdoor sports including fishing, archery, turkey calling, and skeet shooting during the 2013 Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook on September 28 and 29. The event, held annually by the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, is one of the largest celebrations of National Hunting and Fishing Day in New York State.

Eagle Scout Andreu Nutter, of Cicero, N.Y., teaches Darby Ryan, of Sennett, N.Y., how to shoot an arrow at the <em>2013 Honeywell Sportsmen's Days at Carpenter's Brook</em>.

Eagle Scout Andreu Nutter, of Cicero, N.Y., teaches Darby Ryan, of Sennett, N.Y., how to shoot an arrow at the 2013 Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook.

Participants enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities at the 2013 Honeywell Sportsmen's Days at Carpenter's Brook. Above: Marcus Landers (front), Donavan Lynn (center), and Quentin Lynn, all of Syracuse, N.Y., canoe.

Participants enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities at the 2013 Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook. Above: Marcus Landers (front), Donavan Lynn (center), and Quentin Lynn, all of Syracuse, N.Y., canoe.

“Honeywell is working to enhance native habitat for fish and wildlife in the Onondaga Lake watershed,” said Honeywell Syracuse Program Director John McAuliffe. “Input received from the federation during our planning process is already seeing results as wildlife is returning to a restored Geddes Brook and Nine Mile Creek. Reconstructed wetlands along the Onondaga Lakeshore will improve habitats for northern pike, lake sturgeon, and walleye, and for transient cold-water fish.”

Sportsmen's Days participants learned about habitat improvements at Geddes Brook wetlands and Nine Mile Creek. Above: A great blue heron hunts for fish in Geddes Brook.

Sportsmen’s Days participants learned about habitat improvements at Geddes Brook wetlands and Nine Mile Creek. Above: A great blue heron hunts for fish in Geddes Brook.

Nine Mile Creek is becoming part of a green corridor connecting habitat from Onondaga Lake to the Geddes Brook wetlands. Its habitat will continue to improve as plants mature.

Nine Mile Creek is becoming part of a green corridor connecting habitat from Onondaga Lake to the Geddes Brook wetlands. Its habitat will continue to improve as plants mature.

Improvements at Geddes Brook and Nine Mile Creek are enhancing habitat and supporting a diverse population of fish, birds, and mammals while increasing opportunities for outdoor recreation. Brook trout and large and smallmouth bass have been observed in the new Geddes Brook channel, and beaver and mink have also returned to the restored wetland areas.

During Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days, local wildlife artists, woodsmen, authors, sportsmen and Boy Scouts presented a number of outdoor activities including: skeet shooting, waterfowl and turkey calling, archery, retriever dog demonstrations, crossbow, fly fishing, fly tying, canoeing, muzzle loading, and trout fishing.

Participants also learned about Honeywell’s Onondaga Lake Habitat Restoration Plan. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is overseeing Honeywell’s projects to restore wetlands in and around Onondaga Lake, improve the lake’s shoreline, and create a new lake bottom.

Sophia Martone, of Onondaga Hill, N.Y., learns how to fish at the 2013 Honeywell Sportsmen's Days at Carpenter's Brook.

Sophia Martone, of Onondaga Hill, N.Y., learns how to fish at the 2013 Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook.

Eamon Willoughby (left), of Jordan, N.Y., and Stephen Malcoln (right), of Syracuse, N.Y., learn how to fly fish during the 2013 Honeywell Sportsmen's Days at Carpenter's Brook.

Eamon Willoughby (left), of Jordan, N.Y., and Stephen Malcoln (right), of Syracuse, N.Y., learn how to fly fish during the 2013 Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook.

“Honeywell continues its commitment to Sportsmen’s Days and working with us on habitat restoration around Onondaga Lake,” said Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs President Stephen Wowelko. “Improved and additional access on Honeywell property is popular with sportsmen. With Honeywell’s support, more than 6,000 people attended this year’s event, including many young children who are part of a generation that will benefit directly from Honeywell’s Onondaga Lake cleanup, habitat improvements, and restoration activities.”

Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs President Stephen Wowelko (right) presents Honeywell Syracuse Program Director John McAuliffe with a plaque during the volunteer dinner.

Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs
President Stephen Wowelko (right) presents Honeywell Syracuse Program Director John McAuliffe with a plaque during the volunteer dinner.

Other weekend events included a volunteer dinner and guest appearances by conservation officers, forest rangers, and Eddie Eagle.