Every summer, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation conducts fishing clinics to teach different techniques, but that’s not all — students also learn about aquatic ecology, fish identification, and angling ethics. Today’s class is conducted at the Baisley Park Pond, which spans over 100 acres and is brimming with several species of fish including largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, and carp. After the fishing, enjoy the pond, which is known for its lily pads and American bullfrogs and is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, a wide variety of water birds, and even three species of turtles. But if you hit bottom, beware: In the 1850s, workers dredging the pond found the bones of a 10,000–year–old mastodon (the Sulphin Playground features a sculpture in tribute to the ancient beast). The nearby Mother Carter Garden has seating with views of the ponds.
Wed., Aug. 6, 10 a.m., 2014
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