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NY holds wildlife watching events around state

From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation

-- Even in the chill of winter, New York’s Watchable Wildlife initiative is connecting people to nature by promoting dozens of activities to view, interact and appreciate nature.  

The activities are sponsored by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC),  The Nature Conservancy,  Audubon New York, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Empire State Development (I Love NY).

Events include wildlife festivals, bird-watching outings, trail hikes, animal tracking, snow-shoeing and wildlife workshops. Activities will be featured on the DEC’s Watchable Wildlife website, http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/55423.html , including more than a dozen events scheduled for February and March.

Webpage visitors can watch DEC TV (http://www.dec.ny.gov/dectv/dectv.html) to get tips on taking better wildlife photographs, as well as find out more about a favorite animal and possible places to see them in their natural habitat. The public is also able to submit their own wildlife photographs to DEC, with selected photographs featured on the Watchable Wildlife webpage.

DEC’s Watchable Wildlife initiative encourages people to get outdoors and enjoy natural resources that are available in New York state. More details about Watchable Wildlife can be found at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/61582.html or by contacting watchable@gw.dec.state.ny.us .

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