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Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps Virtual Photography Exhibit

Night Watch. Photo: Steve Ratliff

 

Saturday, March 6, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

The Onondaga Lake Virtual Photography Exhibit will showcase Central New York photographers' images of Onondaga Lake's birds, other wildlife and their habitats, while educating the community about Onondaga Lake as an Audubon Important Bird Area. The exhibit is hosted by the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps with support from Audubon New York, Honeywell, the Central New York Community Foundation and the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation. Thirty photos will be presented that highlight why Onondaga Lake is a community asset where birds and people thrive. Additionally, several photographers will speak about the story behind their photographs and why they enjoy taking photographs of Onondaga Lake's wildlife. Anne Burnham from Parsons and Alison Kocek from Onondaga Audubon will also talk about their role in restoring Onondaga Lake. This is a free event but space is limited and registration is required. Click here to register. 

The exhibit will kick off the virtual silent auction, featuring the stunning images of Onondaga Lake's wildlife, to raise funds for the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps. 

Photographers: Cheryl Lloyd, John DeNicola, Joe Fratianni, Nancy Becerra, Steve Ratliff, David Monaghan, Greg Craybas, Joe Carey, Steve Edgerly, Donald Florczyk, Marcia Bower, Carrie Bush, Phillip Bonn, Pete Andrusyszyn, and K. Alice Lindsay.

Anne Burnham, a Senior Scientist with Parsons Corporation, one of the key consulting firms involved in the design, implementation, and long term monitoring of the lake's restoration, will share the story behind the lake's thriving shoreline wetlands project. Designed by a multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists in partnership with SUNY-ESF and others, the restoration of Onondaga Lake's southwestern shoreline was completed in 2017. Today, restored wetlands support diverse assemblages of fish, birds and other wildlife, in addition to hundreds of species of native plants. In 2020, as part of the Loop-the-Lake Recreation Trail extension, public access to this area was opened, connecting the community with a resource lost for almost 100 years.

Alison Kocek is the Vice President of Onondaga Audubon, the local Audubon Chapter supporting the conservation of birds and other wildlife native to Central and Northern New York. Since 2016, Onondaga Audubon has documented Onondaga Lake's Bald Eagle abundance, behaviors, and habitat use weekly throughout the winter and monthly during the warmer months. The highest Bald Eagle count came during the extremely frigid 2018-2019 winter when over 100 eagles were counted on March 2, 2019. This winter, Onondaga Audubon has observed 50 eagles on the southern shore of the lake. Alison will discuss the best locations and times of year to enjoy birds at Onondaga Lake with family and friends.

 

 

Be Part of the Future of Onondaga Lake

The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps is an expanding organization of community volunteers who are contributing to restoration projects that are creating or improving wildlife habitat in the Onondaga Lake watershed.

The Corps was founded in 2012 to inspire future stewards of Onondaga Lake and its watershed through a hands-on, experience-based program that offers citizens and organizations the opportunity to participate in activities that help restore and sustain Onondaga Lake and its value as an Audubon Important Bird Area.

Onondaga Lake is an important wintering area for Bald Eagles and waterfowl, providing habitat, food, and water sources that many bird species depend upon for survival during the cold winter months.


Advisory Board
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Advisory Board

The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps is a hands-on, experienced-based organization of community volunteers participating in stewardship and educational activities that help restore and sustain the Onondaga Lake watershed, ecosystem, and natural resources.

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Plan your trip to the Visitor's Center along the shoreline of Onondaga Lake to see firsthand the significant work that's taken place.

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Upcoming OLCC & Other Audubon NY Events

Join us for programs, family activities, and habitat restoration projects in your area!

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Support the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Help us to continue to protect and conserve the natural resources of Onondaga Lake.

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About the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps
The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps was founded in 2012 by Honeywell in partnership with Montezuma Audubon Center and Onondaga Audubon and is now an Audubon New York program. Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps supporters include Parsons, Ramboll, Anchor QEA, Applied Ecological Services, the Central NY Community Foundation and the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation.

Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps Sponsors

Schools, community groups, local organizations, and individuals are welcome. To learn more or participate in future activities, please contact montezuma@audubon.org or call 315-365-3588.

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