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Outdoors notebook: Gerald Brown will be missed

There will be one less booth open in the Conservation Building during the Wyoming County Fair at Pike Aug. 13 to 20.

Gerald J. “Jerry” Brown, 91, died Monday in Warsaw after a decades-long career as a fish hatchery operator, an active member of fish and wildlife organizations, an avid fly angler and a willing teacher of outdoors pursuits to young and old alike.

Following his signalman service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Brown opened Brown’s Trout Hatchery in Bliss, the first privately owned and operated fish hatchery in New York State. He was an expert advisor on pond design and management, assisting land owners with the ways and means to start and maintain fish and aquatic habitat.

Along with trout propagation, Brown had a keen interest in warm-water fish species, particularly the perch and walleye populations in Silver Lake. He worked for years to establish a walleye stocking program for that lake.

Brown was an active member of the Wyoming County Federation. Until recently he set up a booth each year in that county’s fair building where he displayed crafts, program folders, and shared information about outdoor efforts and how visitors could become involved in those pursuits.

Known and highly regarded in outdoor circles all around Western New York, Jerry Brown’s volunteerism, contributions and warm-hearted concerns will be missed.

Eagle vigil

Bald eagles nesting on Strawberry Island in the upper Niagara River will have a bit more habitat solitude. Typically, eagles maintain nests from January until late September.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Department of Environmental Conservation have enacted a plan to protect eagles from motorized vessels nearing the island.

A series of buoys are in place across the north end of the island’s cove to eliminate motor vessel traffic in that estuary area. The restriction will also protect wetland plantings in the cove’s shallows.

Signage also indicates nest areas, which, by law, restricts visitors’ viewing distance to 330 from a nest site.

For more information about eagle programs, visit dec.ny.gov.animals/74052 for a “Bald Eagle Fact Sheet”.

Turkey surveying

The Summer Turkey Survey begins Monday and continues to Aug. 31. All land owners and wildlife watchers are encouraged to download information on the survey and participate in this program.

Surveyors count, record, and report sightings of birds and flocks each day, not counting birds and flocks more than once. Survey details and results of surveys since 2012 can be viewed at dec.ny.gov/animals/48732.

Pier repairs finished

Anglers can now access the popular Harry Probst Pier, a fishing and viewing access at the west end of Dunkirk Harbor.

Improvements included concrete refinishing, walkway and railing replacements, and access upgrades to accommodate all users. Repairs and aesthetic upgrading were completed last week, with funds provided through the New York Works program.

New hunting knife

Warther Cutlery in Dover, Ohio, produces a line of filleting and kitchen knives that hold an edge longer than most fishing and cooking knives. Now, Warther has produced a top-end hunting knife.

With a handle in black or camo, peak edge retention and durability, the new Warther Hunting Knife with its leather sheath will make cutting things easier this coming hunting season and for decades hereafter. For details, visit warthercutlery.com.

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