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August 2, 2020 - 4:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Ellicott Trail, news, batavia, outdoors.

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Jason Smith shared this photo of a deer he spotted along the Ellicott Trail this morning.

July 27, 2020 - 4:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in pets, animals, outdoors, nature, news, batavia.

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Angela Schlaggel spotted this white pigeon in the parking lot of The Salvation Army in Batavia and noticed it was wearing a bracelet. 

The pigeon had been at the location for the last two hours at the time Schlaggel sent us the picture this morning.

"It has a bracelet and isn't bothered by my presence at all so I think it may be someone's escaped pet," she said. 

July 27, 2020 - 4:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Butterfly, news, outdoors, nature.

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Anna Fenton shared these photos of a butterfly she found in her back yard.

Can any readers identify it?

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June 1, 2020 - 7:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Tonawanda Creek, outdoors, fishing, news, photos, batavia.

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It was a beautiful evening for fishing on the Tonawanda Creek behind the courthouse in Batavia.

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May 24, 2020 - 1:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in east bethany, news, birds, outdoors, Pileated Woodpecker.

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Chris Kuehl, of East Bethany, took this photo of a pileated woodpecker.

Her husband, Chuck, who submitted the photo, said and his wife have lived at their residence for 17 years and added, "We see pileated woodpeckers all the time but this is the first time one keeps coming to our suet and boy does he go through it. We live by a very large wooded area and get a very large variety of birds. Just love living here!!"

May 23, 2020 - 10:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, nature, outdoors, news.

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James Elmore shared this photo from Thursday morning of an oriole eating some jelly in his backyard.

April 26, 2020 - 2:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Eagles, news, outdoors, animals, Stafford.

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Judy Schildwaster submitted this photo of a juvenile bald eagle taken yesterday morning off of Route 33 in Stafford.

April 22, 2020 - 12:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Earth Day, batavia, nature, outdoors, news.

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Photos submitted by Jason Smith, taken in his back yard in Batavia.

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April 18, 2020 - 11:45am
posted by Howard B. Owens in eagle, news, Pavilion, outdoors.

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Jeremy McClellan submitted this photo of an eagle he spotted off of Route 20 in Pavilion.

April 16, 2020 - 1:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in alexander, news, birds, outdoors.

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A few days ago, we shared a photo from Sarah Wessel, in Alexander, of three eggs in a nest. Today, she shared this photo of two hatchlings.

April 16, 2020 - 1:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Eagles, news, elba, animals, outdoors.

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Josh Hawkins shared these photos he took earlier this week of eagles in Elba.

He wrote:

For three days in a row, multiple bald eagles fed on a roadkill deer in a field on Route 262 in Elba. These were some of the better images I was able to capture with my 300mm zoom lens. The pair in the photos are mature birds because of their bright white head and tail, but I did also observe a juvenile eagle (some white present on the head and tail, but not much) at one point and was unable to capture a photo. They likely came from Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, although I've heard that there is a nest on or near Norton Road in Elba.

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February 10, 2020 - 10:57am
posted by Howard B. Owens in eagle, outdoors, news, Oakfield.

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Roxanne Noeth took this picture of an eagle in the area of Lockport Road, Oakfield.

November 6, 2019 - 3:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Eagles, news, outdoors, elba.

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Jazmyn Fredo captured this picture today of a bald eagle in Elba, off Pekin Road.

Submitted by Jessica Fredo.

October 16, 2019 - 4:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, city council, news, Deer, animals, outdoors.

There's been enough talk about the deer problem in Batavia, Councilman John Canale said during Tuesday's Batavia City Council meeting after a local resident said he's been chased by a buck in his own yard during public comments.

"Forming another committee isn't going to do anything," Canale said. "We've done this before. We form a committee and the committee studies the issue and makes a recommendation and then there's no action."

It's time for action, he said.

Councilman Paul Viele's suggestion: A controlled kill. It's time, he said, to start thinning the herds that encroach on the city.

Russell Nephew, a Bank Street resident, said there's a large herd that hangs out at that end of town, in the farm fields between Genesee Community College and the city line and enter on residential property, destroying landscaping and leaving their droppings in local yards, and perhaps carrying tics that are a danger to dogs and humans.

"Those things are disheartening and I’ve put up with them but now I’ve got chased through my backyard by a deer," Nephew said. "It reared up and I got away from it luckily. A couple of days later, my 70-year-old neighbor got ran into her apartment from a parking lot. At any one time, there can be from six to 10 deer that run through there."

A resident from Avon spoke up during the council discussion and said that in Avon they've instituted a bait-and-shoot program that has rules, is regulated, and is helping reduce the herd size.

Council President Eugene Jankowski pointed out that any deer killed would have the meat from the animal donated to a food pantry in the region to help feed low-income residents.

He also blamed the growing herd sizes on fewer hunters in New York. He said more people are giving up hunting as a protest against New York's increasingly restrictive gun laws.

While council members seemed to favor some culling effort, no specific plan was approved at Tuesday's meeting.

June 29, 2019 - 4:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Piebald deer, animals, outdoors, news, Oakfield.

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Jason Smith spotted this piebald deer on Route 63 in Oakfield and sent in this photo.

June 20, 2019 - 7:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Deer, animals, outdoors, Oakfield, news.

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Noah Toal submitted this photo today of a piebald deer in Oakfield, across from The Oak Grill and Cafe.

May 30, 2019 - 5:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Bank Street, outdoors, animals, batavia, news.

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Rebecca LeFevre, a Bank Street resident, spotted this fawn in her backyard last night and shared the pictures with us.

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May 25, 2019 - 7:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in hunting, retrievers, outdoors, sports.

 

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Jim Beverly, a hunting retriever trainer from Oakfield, hosted his second annual Companion Retriever Hunting Challenge at Godfrey's Pond in Byron on Saturday. The challenge is primarily for retrieving-trained dogs who are more often pets than hunting companions.

May 24, 2019 - 5:10pm
posted by Persephone Hudzinski in Companion Retriever Hunting Challenge, outdoors, sports.
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At 10 a.m., Saturday, Godfrey's Pond on Griswold Road, Stafford, hosts the Companion Retriever Hunting Challenge. The event is open to the public.

The event is geared toward "every day" retrievers, dogs who are pets and companions and hunt with their masters as a hobby. All sporting breeds are invited to participate but only retrieving breeds will be scored. Dogs that hold field trial titles and hunt test titles may also participate but these dogs will not be scored.

Jim Beverly has been training retrievers for almost 55 years. 

Andy Merkel was interviewed for the video. His dog Roy won the 2017 and 2018 Scenes Challenge and this year his daughter and her 9-month-old puppy will participate.

The registration fee is $35 with proceeds going to benefit the Geneses County chapter of ducks.org

It may still be possible to register. Call Beverly at (716) 474-4661.

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May 15, 2019 - 5:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, GC Park & Forest, outdoors, wildlife.

Press release:

Explore and enjoy the outdoors this Saturday, May 18th, at the Genesee County Park & Forest!

Morning Guided Dog Walk

Bring your best friend and join us for a guided dog walk through the Genesee County Park & Forest onSaturday May 18th, Saturday June 8th and Saturday July 13th from 10 to 11 a.m.!

This guided walk is great for socialization and healthy exercise! Meet at the Interpretive Nature Center. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Current license or proof of up-to-date rabies vaccination is required.

Aggressive dogs will not be allowed to participate. Cost is $5/dog. Preregistration is required! Call (585) 344-1122 to register!

Afternoon Pond Discovery

Dive into some wild creature encounters with Pond Discovery from 1 to 3 p.m. Be prepared to get muddy and wet!

You will be using a net and sharing a bucket of water to catch animals, and then identify and learn about them from a Naturalist Guide. Meet us at the Interpretive Nature Center at Genesee County Park & Forest. All equipment is provided, just bring yourself and a camera!

Cost is $5/person, $10/family, call 585-344-1122 to register!

Evening Full Moon Owl Prowl

Explore the secret world of owls on a full moon night with our Full Moon Owl Prowl Hike from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Listen for the sounds of nocturnal wildlife and learn about owls! Hear full moon folklore and visit owl habitats.

Anything can happen on an Owl Prowl! Meet us at the Interpretive Nature Center at Genesee County Park & Forest.

Cost is $5/person, $10/family, preregistration is required! Call 585-344-1122 to reserve your spot!

Preregistration is required for all programs. To register call (585) 344-1122.

For more information visit our website here, or email Shannon Lyaski at [email protected] or phone (585) 344-1122.

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