Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps Will Host An Earth Day Cleanup April 24th

Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps volunteers cleaned up the Onondaga Lake shoreline on Earth Day 2019. Courtesy of Audubon New York.

Volunteers Will Pick Up Debris Along the Onondaga Lake Shoreline and Learn about the Importance of Healthy Habitats for Birds and Other Wildlife

Join the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps for the 2nd Annual Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday, April 24th at Willow Bay Park. Two time slots are available; 9 AM – 11 AM and 10 AM – 12 PM. Participants will pick up debris along the Onondaga Lake shoreline starting at Willow Bay Park and will learn from Montezuma Audubon Center staff about birds, other wildlife, and the importance of healthy habitats in the Onondaga Lake watershed. Participants should wear shoes or boots, and long pants and sleeves. Limited work gloves will be available and participants are encouraged to bring their own. Plastic bags will be provided. The event will take place rain or shine. Facial coverings and social distancing will be required.

Parking is available at Willow Bay Park, 3858 Long Branch Rd, Liverpool, NY 13090. Please note, the Long Branch Road bridge (one-lane bridge) will be closed to vehicular traffic on April 24. Access the Willow Bay parking lot via the Rt. 370 end of Long Branch Road, NOT the John Glenn Blvd. end of Long Branch Road.

“Audubon New York is proud to have partnered with Honeywell and other Central New York conservation leaders to restore, protect and revitalize Onondaga Lake and its wetlands,” said Chris Lajewski, Program Director of the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps. “Habitat improvements and the return of native plants to Onondaga Lake and neighboring areas have provided significant nesting, feeding, and resting habitat for both migrating and overwintering birds. Additionally, it is gratifying to see Central New Yorkers returning to the lakeshore and nearby wetlands to experience this community asset.”

Space is limited and registration is required for the Earth Day Cleanup. Only 25 people will be allowed to attend each session. Click https://act.audubon.org/a/2021-onondaga-lake-conservation-corps-earth-day-cleanup to register. Call 315.365.3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with questions.  



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 Important Bird Area.

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

Visit http://ny.audubon.org/OLCC for more information about the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps.


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