Visit OCWC this weekend at the LeRoy Oatka Festival




Stop by our booth at the 29th annual LeRoy Oatka Festival, July 15th & 16! We will have our ever popular macro-invertebrate display, and you can see what projects we have been up to lately.

You can find us along the walk in front of the Woodward Memorial Library. Village of LeRoy residents (and others!) who come with pictures of storm drains they have ‘adopted’ and cleaned up, can claim a thank you prize from us!

We look forward to a fun weekend – Hope to see you there!

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Another Storm Drain Marking Event in LeRoy!

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iMapInvasives Training Workshop – July 12

Pete received this information on a summer workshop to learn about some technology in the fight against invasive species in New York State. Come hangout at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge to learn what you can do. It’s FREE and the cool tool also works on your smartphone!


Training Workshop

In support of New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW), join us to enhance your capacity to identify, document, and control invasives in your community while exploring your local Refuge!

Wednesday, July 12 , 2017 ● 10:00 am to ~4:00 pm


Pre-registration is required (by June 30, 2017)

Hosted at: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

1101 Casey Road, Basom, NY 14013 (map below)


General Itinerary: 

  • 10:00 ● Welcome & Introduction to Iroquois NWR & NYISAW
  • 10:30 to ~12 noon ● Invasive Species 101 + iMapInvasives 101
  • 12 noon to 12:30 ● Lunch (lunch is not provided)
  • 12:30 ● Review iMapInvasives 
  • 1:00 to ~4:00 ● Invasive Species Removal Project


Topics will include:

  • Why invasive species are a threat,
  • WNY target species,
  • Basic invasive plant identification,
  • Management techniques,
  • Emerging invasives,
  • What you can do to STOP THE INVASION!

For more information and to register, please contact: 

Eli Polzer at; (585)948-5445 x7056

Regional Partners: 



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More info for Saturday Tree Planting at GCV&M

Melissa gave us the specifics for Saturday’s event:

Hello All,

Thank you for your interest in joining Genesee Country Village & Museum for our Trees for Tributaries tree planting event on Saturday, May 6.  Here are some additional details for the day.

  • We will meet at 9 AM on the museum’s Oatka Property (entrance directly across from main museum entrance).  There will be signs that say Trees for Tributaries Parking to help direct you.  Please follow the signs to park.
  • Bring a shovel, work gloves and water/lunch.
  • Dress for the weather and be prepared with rain gear.  It calls for on and off rain on Saturday so dress accordingly and think sunshine! I’m optimistic, the weather meteorologists are wrong quite often.  Maybe it will be nice out!
  • We may encounter poison ivy, mosquitoes, stinging nettles and ticks.  Please wear long pants and if you normally apply insect repellent, that might be a good thing to have on hand.  We will lead a tick check at the end of the planting.  Something we have become accustomed to doing at the museum’s nature center in recent years.  Not to scare anyone off just want you spread awareness and do the best we can to keep everyone safe.

Thank you for your help.  We all look forward to getting our young trees and shrubs in the ground.
See you soon,

“Inspiring excitement and curiosity about the past and an appreciation for its relevance today.”

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Get Ready!

Come help plant trees along the Oatka Creek this Saturday. Join us at the Genesee Country Village & Museum where we’re restoring an area where trees had to be taken down due to damage by Emerald Ash Borer.


Genesee Country Village & Museum Property on the north side of Flint Hill Road, Mumford NY – More information on parking will be available soon.


This Saturday, May 6 at 9:00 AM until we are done!

What to bring:

Tools to bring with you if you have them:

  • shovel and/or spade
  • planting bar
  • Pick axe and/or mattock tool
  • Hard rubber hammer, claw hammer and/or medium size ballpeen hammer
  • utility knife
  • empty 5-gallon buckets with handles
  • rake

Don’t forget to label your tools for easy identification.

And for yourself:

  • boots
  • work gloves
  • insect repellent
  • sunscreen
  • water & lunch

You might want to wear some rain gear, as according to the NOAA, there is a 90% chance of “occasional rain or drizzle” in Mumford on Saturday.  And don’t forget that bug repellent – the ticks are especially bad this year!

To volunteer or for more information, contact Melissa at




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Earth Day Tree Check Cancelled for Tomorrow

Because of all the recent rain, Maureen & Steve thought they would go check out the water level situation at the Oatka Creek Park planting site.

Maureen reports: “Large ash have fallen on the path to the old bridge and from there the path to the bridge is completely under water.  You can go overland to the trees but Steve said at least 15-20% are in water.   We drove over to the fishing Parking lot.  A lot of trees down on the blue trail and it is also flooded once it turns towards the creek.   We again left the trail, went overland, and could not get to the our trees due to flooding.  The park is a mess.    The Garbutt station is predicting that the water level will continue to rise overnight.  I suggest that we cancel the event tomorrow for reasons of safety.  We actually heard a tree falling apart on the south steep slope of the creek.”

Charlie also reports: “The creek looks like it will crest soon, but it is just shy of flood stage, I agree about the danger as it is more than 2 feet over bank full in the park area now. ”

So there you have it! We will reschedule the work for a later date. We’ll keep you posted.

Thanks Maureen and Steve for checking things out!

Here’s some pictures they took of the site:

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Earth Day Tree Check

Maintenance of the Trees for Tribs planting sites is important to the long term success of the planting. Join us this weekend for a health check of the site in Oatka Park.

Time and Place: Oatka Creek Park from 9AM-Noon  (unless we have heavy rain showers!)

Where to Park: Fishing Access Parking Lot off Union Street or along Scottsville-Mumford Road where we walk across the tracks SEE MAP BELOW

Where to Meet: congregate At the Middle Site where we gave the training demonstrations last May

What to Bring: hammers, clippers, loppers, plastic cable ties, clipboards and pencils. Also be sure to bring water, work gloves, boots, insect repellent & sunscreen, large plastic buckets and tools for punching holes in tubes may be helpful too

What We’ll Do: We’ll straighten up the tubes, clean out weeds and debris in tubes, re-secure the tubes to stakes, remove tubes and plastic weed mats where trees are dead or completely browsed, and record plant conditions & mortality

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Come Help Plant Trees Along the Oatka!

The OCWC is again partnering with Genesee Country Village and Museum for Trees for Tribs project along the Creek. From our friends at the museum:

Check back often for updates!

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Thank You!

Thanks to all the folks that helped out on Saturday morning marking storm drains in LeRoy. We marked a good portion of the drains in the Jersey Side neighborhood, and will be organizing other work sessions to continue the project throughout the Village. A big thanks also to our funding sponsors, Genesee SWCD and the Vic Blood Foundation!

See us on Facebook for more pictures!

Demo of putting the caulk on the marker.

George & Steve get down to business!

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Reminder – LeRoy Storm Drain Marking this Saturday – April 15

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