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Learn About Water Chestnut Removal Progress at Audubon’s September 1 First Friday
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Learn About Water Chestnut Removal Progress at Audubon’s September 1 First Friday

Jamestown, NY – You may have been reading about, hearing about, or working on the eradication of the invasive Water Chestnut at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC).

To learn about the progress that has been made, you can come to Audubon’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on September 1 and hear a report by ACNC President Ruth Lundin.

Efforts to remove the plant began in the fall 2012. Lundin will teach you a bit about this plant, summarize the efforts taken to remove it, share lessons learned, and progress to date.

European Water Chestnut (Trapa natans) is an invasive aquatic plant that was released inadvertently into waters of the Northeast in the late 1800s. It is slowly spreading throughout New York State, clogging waterways, lakes and ponds and altering aquatic habitats. This variety of water chestnut is not the same as the product which can be purchased in cans at the supermarket.

T. natans is native to Europe, Asia and Africa. In its native habitat, the plant is kept in check by insect parasites. These insects are not present in North America. The plant colonizes areas of freshwater lakes and ponds and slow-moving streams and rivers where it forms dense mats of floating vegetation, causing problems for boaters and swimmers and negatively impacting aquatic ecosystem functioning.

Ruth Lundin joined the Audubon Community Nature Center as president in 1999. She has been the primary staff liaison to the crew that has worked to eliminate non-native, invasive water chestnut from the ACNC property.

A BYO brown bag lunch and conversation follows the program, with coffee and tea provided.

The fee for attending is $8 or $6 for Nature Center Members. Registration can be completed online on the Programs page at auduboncnc.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit the Programs page at 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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