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On Saturday, April 13, about 2,500 runners will participate in the first Helderberg-to-Hudson Half-Marathon. The race starts at New Scotland Town Park and ends at Jennings Landing in Albany.

The town board may decide to let dogs romp off-leash for two hours each morning in the Swift Road park.

While black bears, like one that visited a Guilderland yard Monday morning, can alarm suburban residents, a new program is looking for citizen scientists to gather information on bears.

The IBirdNY campaign is starting its second year.

People all over the world will be celebrating World Orienteering Day in May by trying out fun map activities and games. The Empire Orienteering Club held an event at the Berne-Knox-Westerlo School on May 23.

Landowners are being encouraged to help the state assess the impacts of deer on forest health.

A new tool for citizen scientists to track local forest health is called AVID, for Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer.

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is recruiting participants for the 2018 summer sampling season to conduct water-quality assessments in streams and rivers as part of the State’s Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators project known as WAVE.

A $32,000 grant will fund efforts to stop invasive species at the Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville.

The state’s departments of Environmental Conservation and Agriculture and Markets have released the draft Invasive Species Comprehensive Management Plan for public comment. The proposed plan is designed to minimize the introduction, establishment, and spread of invasive species throughout New York.

New York State hunters killed an estimated 203,427 deer during the 2017-18 hunting season, according to a release from the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

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