Join the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

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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.


Submit Images for the Photography Exhibit

Spring at the Yacht Club. Photo: Joe Fratianni

The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps’ photography exhibit is intended to 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 Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps with support from Audubon New York and Honeywell.

Theme: Celebrating 10 Years of Conservation and Community Engagement

Images of Onondaga Lake’s birds and other wildlife, habitats and people enjoying the lake throughout the year will be considered.

We will accept images from the entire Central NY Community. A limit of ten photographs per individual may be submitted.

Photographers should send jpeg images and the submission form to montezuma@audubon.org before March 1. For each work, the artist is to provide Audubon NY and Honeywell with the name of the photograph, the artist’s name, phone number and email address. The photo title and artists name will be listed on display cards for each piece.

The exhibit will be on Saturday, March 26. Call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with questions. 

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Onondaga Lake Birding Excursion

Bald Eagles Photo: Greg Craybas

Saturday, February 5, 2022  @ 10 a.m.

Join the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps for a guided, half-mile walk along the Onondaga Creekwalk to explore newly restored habitats that attract thousands of waterfowl, dozens of Bald Eagles, and other wildlife during the winter months.

Participants will learn from Michael Burger, Audubon Connecticut/New York Executive Director, and experts from the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps about how to identify Onondaga Lake's birds, the importance of wetland and shoreline restoration in supporting the Onondaga Lake watershed, and how the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps supports Audubon's Great Lakes and community conservation priority projects.
 

Onondaga Lake is an Audubon Important Bird Area that provides habitat, food and water sources that many bird species depend upon for survival during the winter months. Some of the most abundant bird species that rely on Onondaga Lake are the Bald Eagle, Common Merganser, American Black Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Mallard, Redhead, and Ring-necked Duck.

Participants should wear hiking shoes or snow boots. The walk will be on a flat, paved trail.

Binoculars and field guides will be provided.

Location: Onondaga Creekwalk Trailhead Near Harborside Drive at Destiny USA   Coordinates: 43.065427, -76.172881

Space is limited and registration is required. Click here to register. Call 315.365.3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with questions.

Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family

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The Bald Eagle: Back From The Brink

Bald Eagle Photo: Greg Craybas

Saturday, January 15, 2022 @ 10:00 AM

A symbol of national strength and unity, the Bald Eagle has also become a parable for nature's unshakable ties to humans. Estimated to have numbered 100,000 in pre-colonial times, hunting, habitat destruction, and pesticides took a toll on our national bird, bringing it to the brink of extinction by the early 1960's. Join Chris Lajewski, Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps Director and Montezuma Audubon Center Director, for a live virtual presentation to hear the conservation success story of the Bald Eagle, learn why over 100 eagles can be found at Onondaga Lake during the winter, and discover how the Montezuma Wetlands Complex played an important role in conserving our national bird. Fee: $5/person; $15/family.

Click here to register. You will receive a Zoom link to the live presentation in your confirmation email. 

 
 
Advisory Board
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

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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Onondaga Lake Visitors Center
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Onondaga Lake Visitors Center

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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Onondaga Lake Cleanup Classroom Worksheets
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Onondaga Lake Cleanup Classroom Worksheets

Worksheets based on cleanup activities reinforce NYS standards and Next Generation Science Standards for middle school students.

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Upcoming Corps and Other Audubon New York Events
Events

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
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

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.

Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps News

Onondaga Lake Paddling
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Onondaga Lake Paddling

Bringing boating back to Onondaga Lake

Support the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Support the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

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

Once a Toxic Stew, New York's Onondaga Lake Shows Signs of Life
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Once a Toxic Stew, New York's Onondaga Lake Shows Signs of Life

Thanks to hundred of volunteers, a vast cleanup of the poisoned watershed is wrapping up—and the birds are beginning to return.

Southwest Lakeshore Enhancements
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Onondaga Lake Southwest Shoreline Enhancements

Rehabilitation projects critical to lake's recovery.

Plant Lists for Onondaga Lake Restoration
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Plant Lists for Onondaga Lake Restoration

Native species bring the watershed back to life.

Former LCP Site & Wetlands
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Former LCP Site & Wetlands

Restoration complete on formerly contaminated site in Onondaga Lake Watershed.

Nine Mile Creek
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Nine Mile Creek

Transformation of creek along Onondaga Lake complete.

Geddes Brook Wetlands
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Geddes Brook Wetlands

Transformation of this 17 acre area of the Onondaga Lake Watershed is complete.

Habitat Restoration Plan
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Habitat Restoration Plan

Strategic recovery of Onondaga Lake