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June 19, 2014

Deowongo Island to host free celebration

The Ostego Land Trust will be hosting a free event this Saturday that will highlight one of its most unique properties.

Deowongo Island is the only island in Canadarago Lake. According to OLT Outreach Coordinator Sara Schereen, the island is about 6 acres, was once inhabited by Native Americans and is host to a significant population of Canadian Geese. It is also owned and protected by OLT.

“It was very generously donated to us in 2012 by the Schoenlien family,” said Schereen,

Saturday’s event, dubbed Deowongo Island Day, is the second of its kind. The first Deowongo Island Day was held last year, as the grand opening of the island for public access.

“This is the follow up for that,” said Schereen, who said that more than 100 people showed up in 2013. “It was received very very well in the community.”

Activity at on Deowongo Island for the event will begin at 9 a.m., with a cleanup of the island.

“We’ll just be clearing the hiking trail … for the days events,” said Schereen.

Thos who wish to participate in the cleanup can catch a boat from the Canadarago Boat Launch, located at the end of Dennison Road in Richfield Springs. The boat is scheduled to leave at 9 a.m.

The days events will kick off in earnest at noon, with talks from Paul Lord, of the Cooperstown-based Biological Field Station of the State University College at Oneonta, Ryan Fagan of the Canadarago Lake Improvement Association and OLT Executive Director Virginia Kennedy.

Lord and Fagan will talk about lake stewardship, with Lord focusing on invasive species. Kennedy will speak about the work OLT does in general, as well as how it protected Deowongo Island. Her talk will also touch on some of the cultural and historical elements of the island.

After the talks, OLT Stewardship Manager Marcie Foster will lead a hike on the hiking trail that follows the circumference of the island. During the hike, Foster will talk about the island’s flora and fauna.

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