Celebrate the 50th Earth Day April 22nd

April 22nd will mark the 50th Earth Day Celebration. Most events have been canceled this year, but we came up with a few ways you can celebrate close to home.
  • Look up your county recycling options and follow them, for instance click this link for plastic film recycling near you – https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/recycling-bags-and-wraps/find-drop-off-location/
  • Plant a tree.
  • Add a bird feeder to bring more wildlife to your yard.
  • Drink more water instead of canned or bottled drinks.
  • Start a journal and record the signs of spring such as wildflowers, birds, amphibians, etc. If you need something identified, take a photo and send it to us at info@firendsofrogers.org.
  • Make the switch from plastic wrap and baggies to wax paper or beeswax wraps, bags and glass containers.
  • Take a walk around your neighborhood or nearby trail and pick up trash.Use gardening gloves or even a used bread bag will be sufficient on your hand to pick up most trash you will find. You will be surprised at the difference it will make in your neighborhood.
  • Become a member of Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center!
  • Put out a watering area for our bee friends. There are many DIY options available online.
  • Clean out your closet and donate items to local charities, keeping clothing out of landfills and helping your neighbors at the same time.
  • Create or join a swap for sporting goods such as cleats, ice skates, skis and ski boots as your kids grow out of them. You can also donate used items such as rain and snow gear, skis, ski boots and snowshoes to Friends of Rogers for use in our Nature’s Nursery and other programs.
  • Plan to make one small change in your purchasing to avoid consuming plastic products every month. By next Earth day you will have changed 12 products in your home to greener options.
  • Plan to leave the dandelions and milkweed to grow for our pollinator friends.
  • Start a worm compostery, or find a friend that will take your compost. You can have worms delivered. By removing your food waste from your trash, you will be putting less waste in the landfill.
  • Plan a garden space in your yard or containers to grow vegetables for your family. Seeds are available at many sources online so you don’t have to go to the store for seeds. And What to do with all those toilet paper tubes? Cut the tube in half, cut up about a third of the way in four places, fold the tabs that you’ve created like you would the bottom of a cardboard box. There you have a little container for seeds. If you have a light potting mix that’s the best but you could use garden soil if not to fill the container. Plant the seeds, keep moist and warm until they germinate and then move to a spot with bright light even putting them outside on nice days until the weather is warm enough to plant into your garden.
  • Learn to grow some fresh food organically indoors. Order seeds online (from Parry’s even) to grow sprouts or microgreens. That worm compost will come in handy here. This idea has real practical benefit in this time of food supply insecurity as well as teaching us more about what it takes to grow food.
  • Make a family project of a whole-home sustainability survey. Revisit every part of the home you’re trapped in, inside and out, looking at it from the perspective of how you could reduce your environmental impact. Look for energy, water, and material waste, e.g., disposable materials vs. recyclable/biodegradable and record your observations. Start making some changes!
  • Take some time to start making a list of the things you can do to help the earth even after this is over. Things like shopping local, planting a garden, buying from local farmers, shop at second hand stores or yard sales before you look for new, only go to the store once a week or as seldom as we are learning to do now.
  • Take a moment to go outside and notice nature around you. Take a hike at Rogers Center! Practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet away from others.

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Jenni’s Music is live!

Jenni’s Music is now Live on Facebook Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am. Jenni Larchar is doing her live video as a virtual Storytime and Hike from Rogers Center on Wednesdays to keep the kids on schedule. She has had a great response and thousands of views! Once the buildings are reopened, Jenni will go back to hosting Storytime and Hike at Rogers Center on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Thank you for keeping some consistency for our Rogers Center Kids!

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Dear Rogers

Baby fawns are seen alone frequently. The mother will stay away to avoid leading predators to their young, but they return at dusk and dawn to care for them.
Dear Rogers, What should I do if I find an injured animal?
Sincerely, Caring for Critters
Dear Caring,
We often receive this phone call in springtime as animals are becoming more active and young animals end up injured or orphaned. At Rogers Center we cannot care for these animals and so we direct people to contact a wildlife rehabilitator who will be able to help.
Wildlife rehabilitation is the treatment of sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife with the goal of releasing them back into nature. Rehabilitators in New York are licensed through the state which is a long process. They must go through lots of training, complete an exam, go through an application process, and be interviewed with a regional manager. Certain animals required further training such as rabies vector species of birds protected by the migratory bird treaty act.
How do you find a rehabilitator? You can use the Licensed New York State Wildlife Rehabilitators database online at https://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/sls_searches/index.cfm?p=live_rehab . Not all rehabilitators are the same, most specialize in what animals they accept. The database will ask for the county in which you are located and the type of animal. You may need to search in neighboring counties to find a rehabilitator that is right for your situation. You must bring any wildlife to a New York rehabilitator, even if you live close to another state. Special permits are required to move wildlife across state borders.
Your local wildlife rehabilitator will be able to better advise you on next steps. Many times, the animal may seem to be in distress but is actually fine. Such as a fawn without their mother in sight, a young raccoon out during the day, or a fledgling bird who has not mastered flying quite yet. If this animal does need help, the rehabber will be able to tell you proper safe handling techniques to keep you and the patient safe. Wild animals require unique handling and may have diseases that can be transferred to people.
Many rehabilitators volunteer their time and the expenses come from their own pockets. Please be patient with them during this busy season, you may need to call more than once to talk get a person on the line. They appreciate your concerns for the animal in question, but others also need help!
Friends of Rogers

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Truck Donation from Jim Webb

Friends of Rogers was so happy to receive a donation of this Truck from Jim Webb and Lok n Logs. The truck was needed to haul sap from our Sugar-bush to Heartwood Maple in Sherburne. The photo shows Nick Lowe of Lok n Logs, handing over the keys and title of the truck to Executive Director, Simon Solomon. Simon had the truck fitted with a tank and has made several runs with sap to Matt Lagoe at Heartwood Maple, where he processes it into Syrup for Friends of Rogers to sell.
This is the second season of the Selleck Sugaring Project. Here is an update for 2020: Season was a bit challenging as it began on Christmas Day and by early January froze up. Again during mid/late February had fairly decent sap flow runs for about a week and then froze up until second or so week of March. Decent sap flow from March 8th – March 24th. Short season, Rogers hauled 6,000 gallons of sap down to Heartwood and will plan to bottle come June time once things are allowed to operate again. In contrast to 2019, Rogers Center collected around 12,000 gallons of sap of the 699 taps. One of the mainlines that brings the sap down the hill was crushed by a tree on March 22nd and we lost 1,000 gallons or so during the repair. Hoping to make maple sugar candy for sale in the bookstore this year. We still have syrup to sell for anybody interested,and we are happy to deliver. The Rogers Center Real Maple Syrup will also be for sale on our online store soon. Anyone that would like to donate to the Selleck Sugaring Project can do it through our website, or click this link https://friendsofrogers.org/ssp/.

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The 9th Annual Spring Frolic Cancellation News

As the COVID-19 outbreak approached on March 10th, we took guidance from the Department of Health and followed CDC guidelines and decided to cancel the 9th annual Spring Frolic on March 12th, only one week prior to the expected event. Our first call was to each of the restaurants that were so generous to plan on donating food, drink and time to make our event a success. Please remember these restaurants as you look for places to get take out. Bueno Taco, Bullthistle Brewing Co, Feast & Festivities by O’Connor’s, FoJo Beans, Gilligan’s Restaurant, Jewett’s Cheese House, Lewis’ Restaurant, Michael’s Fine Food & Spirits, Old Home Distillers.
We then contacted everyone that made a reservation and offered to refund the ticket cost. We heard back from most, and appreciate the generosity of many of you for turning the ticket cost into a donation. Refund checks were mailed out as well and we thank all of you for your support of Rogers Center! We have had a lot of interest in when we plan to hold the Silent Auction. That’s a great question! At this time, we are planning to have it in the Visitor Center Classroom on Outdoors Day being held Saturday June 13th. It is possible that we will still be closed at that time, only time will tell. We have so many beautiful and wonderful items to offer, from generous businesses and supporters of Roger Center, that we are just as anxious to hold it as you are to bid. We will know more in May, and let everyone know as a plan comes together. If you planned on attending the event and would like to donate to Friends of Rogers efforts, please go to this link https://friendsofrogers.org/get-involved/#team-green to make a one time donation or recurring donation. We appreciate all of your support during this time!

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In Memoriam – Laura Carey

It is with profound sadness and shock that we report the passing of our dear friend and longtime colleague, Laura Carey, on March 8, 2020. Laura passed peacefully, surrounded by her longtime partner, Deb Whitman, and several friends. She had developed peritoneal cancer which went undiagnosed for several weeks, and which progressed rapidly, claiming her a month shy of her 62nd birthday.


Laura was an integral member of the Rogers Environmental Education Center staff team from 1979 until 2010. As such she was the longest tenured member of the Rogers staff. She assumed many roles at Rogers Center as she gained confidence in her abilities as an educator, ultimately rising to the position of statewide Project WILD teacher workshop coordinator.


Laura was a wonderful co-worker, always happy to assist with others’ assignments. She exhibited a perfect balance of informal professionalism, often showing her great sense of humor while attaining the highest standard in her work. Examples include her love of “The Scat Rap” song which extolled the virtues of animal droppings, and countless performances of the title role in Rogers staff presentations of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.


The Rogers staff worked so well together as a team, largely due to Laura’s gentle diplomatic guidance which pervaded her life and rubbed off on all the rest of us both professionally and personally. She was always willing to listen and counsel, again both professionally and personally, always looking for the good in people and situations. She performed several weddings for fellow staff and friends.


Laura’s personality shone through every aspect of her life. Spiritual, passionate, optimistic and enthusiastic only seem to scratch the surface. She had an appreciation and zest for life, leading to a form of magnetism by which all people were naturally drawn to her, knowing they would be warmly received as a friend.


Laura had the utmost respect for nature and was a dedicated student throughout her life, recently using a trail camera to capture images of animals visiting her property. Her concern for the environment led her to personal habits including car pooling, unplugging electronics, and eagerly taking on assignments teaching children and teachers about saving energy and protecting the environment.


Quiet accomplishments punctuated Laura’s life. She was an active member of the New York State Outdoor Education Association, co-chairing annual conferences, serving on conference committees, and receiving the association’s prestigious Leadership Award in 1995. She received the National Project WILD State Coordinator of the Year Award in 2007. She received a Chenango Land Trust Land Steward Award, was a good birder and claimed a section of the Sherburne Christmas Bird Count which she surveyed almost every year for 25 years.


Laura’s passing will leave a void in the lives of all who knew her well. She was a great friend, a great co-worker and a great advocate for the environment. We hope you can make it to Laura’s memorial service which will be held at a later date as we all need lots of hugs. Donations in Laura’s honor may be made to: TreeSisters, the organization that promotes and funds tree planting projects in tropical forest areas. Link to their website: https://treesisters.org/give

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Letter from the Board of Directors on COVID -19

March 25, 2020
Dear Rogers Center enthusiast,
We are very fortunate to live in upstate New York and to have access to such diverse outdoor environments. Having access to a beautiful property like Rogers Center with more than 6-miles of hiking trails and 600-acres of land, water and air makes this place even more special. With the NYS DOH recommended social distancing and precautions during this public health issue, our property can be especially important during this time. Although Rogers Center has had to cancel in-person programs and events through at least April 14th, staff and volunteers continue to focus on mission, even from a distance.
The trails at Rogers Center continue to be open and accessible while the fish feeders continue to be maintained for your enjoyment. We are facing some new challenges by visitors—namely people bringing their dogs and fishing poles, not maintaining a six foot distance from others as Department of Health recommends. Please remember “You can get it – you can transmit it” and that you should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and PLEASE NOTE NYS law does not permit fishing or dogs on property.
Please also remember spring and summer may be among the worst times with regards to possible tick bites, so please be sure to check yourself and use preventive measures such as appropriate clothing and repellents. Information about tick prevention is at https://www.dec.ny.gov/public/111538.html
Stop the Spread Save Lives. https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov
Information concerning the trails at Rogers Center can be found here: https://friendsofrogers.org/visit/trails/
Please be well and keep your feet on the ground while reaching for the stars.
The Friends of Rogers Center Board of Directors
Daniel Auwarter, President; John Pumilio, Vice President; T.J. Moorehead, Treasurer; Adam Schoonmaker, Secretary; Sharon Pelosi; Carol Smith; Chris Rossi; Shaunastar Hyle; Lukas Brown; Andrew Pattison; Constance Hasko; Owen Tallman; Marsha Guzewich; Eric Diefenbacher; Dianne Daugherty; Simon Solomon, Executive Director

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Only the Buildings are Closed…

The Visitor Center and Restrooms at Rogers Center have been closed temporarily, until further notice, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Staff is working remotely and attending to the center individually. You can call us with any concerns and leave a voicemail at (607)674-4733 and email info@friendsofrogers.org.
The fish food dispensers and bird feeders are being maintained. Canada Geese have started nesting, so please do not disturb them. You are welcome to enjoy them at a distance and take photos. We would love to know who’s visiting! Please remember to check and share your photos on Facebook @RogersEEC and Instagram #friendsofrogers.
The April School Break Camp, Learning Lecture, EdVenture, Family Fun, Storytime & Hike and Nature’s Nursery are all canceled. The Girl Scout Badge program is being postponed to June.
We will make a plan for May as it approaches and we see where things stand.
Stay well and we hope to see you soon!

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