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Last Call for Pulling Water Chestnut at Audubon
Last Call for Pulling Water Chestnut at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – “We are nearing the end!”

Those were the optimistic words of Julie Gibson, who has spent her summer coordinating the removal of the European Water Chestnut from the ponds at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC).

“In these next two weeks I hope to put the final few nails in the coffin!!” was her message earlier this week to anyone who would be willing to put on waders or get in a canoe or kayak to make the final effort.

The European Water Chestnut is an invasive species that can cover a water body so densely it chokes out other plants and animal life. Much of ACNC’s 600-acre wetland preserve is covered by a series of ponds, making it dangerously vulnerable to the annual invader. Audubon staff and hundreds of volunteers have worked tirelessly every summer since its first appearance in 2013 to control the infestation and prevent it from spreading to other waterways in the region.

Gibson reported, “We have cleared most of Big Pond.  All that’s left for us to do is go in and get the few remainders and then keep checking periodically for new plants popping up here and there.”  She explained that the plants that are left are now fully mature and will be ready to drop their nutlets very soon, so it is important that every last plant be cleared.

Gibson will be available through Friday, August 11, to work with any volunteer who would like to help with this last push. You can participate by emailing her at waterchestnut@auduboncnc.org.

With more than five miles of beautifully maintained trails, Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Open daily, its three-story building contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop. One of the most visited exhibits is Liberty, a non-releasable bald eagle housed in her outdoor habitat behind the Nature Center.  To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.

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