In 2016, @NYGovCuomo formed the New York State Pollinator Protection Task Force to develop a plan for to conserve and grow New York’s pollinator colonies. #NationalPollinatorWeek
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Photo by @stephiesmalls
Happy #NationalPollinatorWeek! Did you know #bees base their color combinations on ultraviolet light, blue, and green and therefore cannot see red. They can, however, see "bee's purple," a combination of yellow and ultraviolet light that humans can't see.
We’d like to take a second on #NaturePhotographyDay to thank both DEC staff and our followers that have let us share their talent and amazing photographs through our accounts. We hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as we have. Here are some of our favorites:
📷 1: @kevin.kreischer.photography
📷 3: Richard Marsland
📷 4: @greggardphoto
📷 5: Lyle Gallup
Happy #WorldSeaTurtleDay! From May through November, New York’s marine waters offer a seasonally warm environment for four species of sea turtle: green, loggerhead, leatherback, and Kemp’s Ridley – all of which are threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
Among the threats to sea turtles in New York is the potential of vessel strikes of various sizes – from large cargo ships to small recreational boaters. While out on the water this summer, it is important to keep an eye out for sea turtles to avoid collisions.
Sea turtles can also be injured by marine debris in the ocean by becoming entangled with or ingesting marine debris! Many sea turtles feed on jellyfish and other small marine organisms, and mistakenly consume plastic in the environment that they perceive as prey. A floating plastic bag, balloons, abandoned fishing gear, and even plastic straws can have deadly consequences.
To help sea turtles this summer, please don’t release balloons, skip the straw, and make the switch to reusable bags!
You looking at me?! Check out our story highlight “Falcon Banding” to see our adventure banding two peregrine falcon chicks in Buffalo, NY. Thanks for having us @richardsonctr.
Last week, DEC Lands and Forests and Operations staff cleared vistas on Windham High Peak in the Catskills. Staff carried equipment in more than 3 miles to the mountain’s peak to trim overgrown vegetation in order to restore scenic views. Selectively opening up these views not only enhances the visitor’s experience, but also protects mountaintop resources by eliminating the need for hikers to go off-trail in search of a view. Swipe through the photos to see the two before and after photos.
Sunday, June 16th is #WorldSeaTurtleDay, a day to celebrate and appreciate these unique animals. Sea turtles are air-breathing reptiles that have existed for over 100 million years! These creatures spend the majority of their lives in the ocean and can migrate up to thousands of miles a year. Most of the sea turtles that are seen in New York are juveniles who migrate to the area from warmer waters and can be seen here from May to November.
Remember, it’s extremely important that you don’t not approach the animal closely, as it can further stress the animal. They are only to be handled by authorized personnel.
Want to learn how to fish? 🐟
There are lots of free #fishing clinics being held this spring and summer in New York State!
Find one near you → Check out the Link in our Bio!🎣