postheadericon Freezin' For A Reason

freezin_120On Saturday, February 8, the newly-formed 'Friends of Bell Station' hosted nature hikes on the Bell Station parcel to help raise awareness of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s interest in acquiring the land for either a new State Forest or Wildlife Management Area.

The parcel consists of 492-acres situated on the east shore of the lake just north of Cayuga Power Plant.  It is reportedly the largest undeveloped shoreline in private hands on any of the Finger Lakes.  NYSEG acquired the land in 1968 for locating the Bell Station Nuclear Plant, but subsequent opposition resulted in the project being abandoned.

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Under sunny but cold conditions, 47 participants arrived by bus, car, and paddle board.  Donna Scott led freezin_jennifer200hJennifer Millersix people on the bird watching hike taking advantage of the old Cayuga Lake Railroad bed for hiking close to the shore. The group saw two majestic immature Bald Eagles close up, hundreds of Redhead ducks, Canada Geese, Mallards, a Robin, Cardinals, a White Breasted Nuthatch, Crows, and several woodpeckers, including a Yellow Bellied Sapsucker quietly tapping a tree.

Three other hikes in the snow-covered scarp forest were led by Roger Hopkins, Tom Butler and Phil Snyder.   Coyote tracks in the snow were seen near the largest waterfall. Following the four hikes, the various groups came together for hot drinks and snacks on the shore of Cuddeback Point. John Dennis gave a short history of the parcel and the six intrepid expert paddleboarders departed for home.  Everyone agreed that the property was an exceptional place, and it was a wonderful and well-planned event. Many were enthusiastic to do it again, when it is a little warmer!

Jennifer Miller of Friends of Bell Station took the lead in organizing the event.  NYSEG does not allow public access to the land without permission in advance.

freezin_crossroadsWarming up at Crossroads Bar & Grill
Photos by Roger Hopkins

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We may not need mittens to keep our hands warm much longer, but Mittens needs you! She is about 11 years old and came to us when her owner passed away. She is a bit shy at first, but warms up to people quickly. Because of her shy nature, we recommend her to a home with patient, cat-savvy people that will give this girl the time and love that she deserves. Could you be her special person?

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What Readers Say...
Ronal L. Rocco

Your creative and interesting approach has many in Cortland County watching and wishing the best for you and your community by your efforts. Best wishes. I am an avid reader and you are on the forefront. A leader. Keep up the improvements.
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