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Outdoors notebook: Famed eagle brought joy to masses

After last week’s report of a 38-year-old bald eagle killed on a roadway near Rochester, June seemed to be a bad month for long-living symbols of our nation that resided in Western New York.

Word came this past week from Paul Schnell that his companion and live, educational-exhibit bird Liberty passed away as Paul and wife Anne were moving to their new residence in Arizona. Liberty died the day after the bald eagle was killed in Henrietta.

Schnell had been Liberty’s devoted guardian and caretaker for 26 years, exhibiting her at countless wildlife gatherings to introduce young and older to the ways and means of eagles in particular and raptors in general.

He writes, “Liberty’s unexpected death means that her custom-built mews, here in the high desert, sits empty where otherwise she would heartily greet Anne, me and others stopping by – like a Chanticleer greeting the morning sunrise.”

The Schnells ask that donations in honor of Liberty be made to the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. For donation details, visit

Tree pest workshop

The emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle are just two of seven major pests that are currently damaging or about to devastate trees in New York State. Cornell University is partnering with the USDA and other agencies to present a Community First Detector “Invasive Pest Detection Workshop” that will be held at SUNY Fredonia Science Lecture Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on July 14.

The workshop is open to all, welcoming homeowners, foresters, landscapers, and anyone involved in identifying and submitting samples of invasive pest predation for diagnostic testing as a means of early detection and greater chances for curbing and eradicating these pests.

A $30 registration fee includes class materials, refreshments and lunch. For registration details, call Carri Marschner at (607) 255-6026 or email:

Aquatic pest workings

Weed and moss growth arrived slightly later this boating season, but boaters who trailer vessels to and from launch sites are reminded that newer regulations are in place at state launch sites.

Before and after launching, boaters are required to clean weeds, aquatic animal life and materials from the boat and trailer and to drain the bilge, live wells and holding compartments. Boaters at all launch sites should make these checks and practice these procedures.

Checkers with the state’s Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation assist boaters at many launch sites. For more details on preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species, visit

Outdoors scholarships

New York State students accepted in a degree-granting program for some facet of wildlife management can receive tuition assistance from the Janice and Paul Keesler Scholarship Fund.

Applications must be submitted by Sept. 1; awards will be distributed in December. For an application and submission details, visit