The sweep is on.
The Great Lakes Beach Sweep, a part of the 20th Annual International Coastal Cleanup, will be held Friday and Saturday. Sharon Trembath coordinates the Lake Erie section from Presque Isle to Niagara Falls on Saturday, and Robin Drake with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper assembles volunteers at key sites along those rivers Friday and Saturday.
Any and all can help. Trembath has divided a 95-mile section of New York State shoreline into 55 zones, with a base at Wendt County Park in Derby. Last year, her "sweepers" numbered 2,344 at ages 3 to 95; they removed 26,924 pounds of waste materials.
For volunteering details at any area site, call 549-4330, 881-1217, (800) 449-0790 or go to: www.alsnyc.org.
> Woods festival
The DEC's Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve will be the site for a "Fall Festival" on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A DEC officer will show how Matz the "detector dog" sniffs out illegal wildlife uses; a forest ranger, Smokey Bear and other "Costumed Woods Creatures" will be on hand to show fun ways to practice environmental conservation. For all activities offered, call 683-5959 or go to: www.dec.sate.ny.us/website/reg9/reinstein.
> Refuge autumn hours
The Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Contact Station on Casey Road will be open on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 15. For details, call (585) 948-5445.