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Land Conservancy Schedules Public Presentation of Trail Plans for Owens Falls

Land Conservancy Schedules Public Presentation of Trail Plans for Owens Falls

The public is invited to a presentation about a proposed walking trail system at the Western New York Land Conservancy’s newest preserve, The Owens Falls Sanctuary. The trail is being designed by a nationally renowned firm, Tahawus Trails. The sanctuary is incredibly ecologically important, and with two waterfalls and mature forests, it is beautiful. The presentation about the proposed trail system will take place on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the East Aurora Senior Center at 101 King St. in East Aurora. This will be an opportunity for the community to provide thoughts on the planned walking trail system. 

WNY Land Conservancy Awarded $70,000 from NYS Environmental Protection Fund Grants

WNY Land Conservancy Awarded $70,000 from NYS Environmental Protection Fund Grants

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced $1.8 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 55 nonprofit land trusts across the state. Representatives of the DEC and the Land Trust Alliance unveiled the grantees at an event in Skaneateles, in Onondaga County, in recognition of Earth Week, a weeklong celebration of New York's commitment to protecting our environment, conserving open space, and increasing access to the state's vast and magnificent natural resources. The grants are funded through NYS’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), and the Land Trust Alliance administers the Conservation Partnership Program in coordination with DEC.

Nature Center Reports on Progress with Invasive Species Control

Nature Center Reports on Progress with Invasive Species Control

Jamestown, NY – July 12-18 is New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week, and it will be a time of additional activity at the Audubon Nature Center.

The Nature Center is a part of a large regional effort to locate and remove any pockets of the invasive species Water Chestnut before it spreads to other area waterways.  The Conewango Watershed Association and interested volunteers are monitoring along the Conewango and Allegheny rivers in New York and Pennsylvania.  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is looking in the Conewango Swamp Wildlife Management Area where plants were reported last year.

Kayakers discovered plants in the Outlet of Chautauqua Lake in June.  As Water Chestnut could be extremely difficult to boat or swim through, efforts must be made to find and remove it wherever it appears.

Stella Niagara Preserve Receives $50,000 Grant from Houston-based Gallogly Family Foundation

Stella Niagara Preserve Receives $50,000 Grant from Houston-based Gallogly Family Foundation

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy was recently awarded $50,000 from the Gallogly Family Foundation to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve, a new, publicly accessible nature preserve along the Niagara River in Lewiston, N.Y. The Land Conservancy has now received more than $2.7 million of the more than $3.2 million needed to create the Stella Niagara Preserve. Additional donations from the community are needed soon if the Stella Niagara Preserve is to become a reality.

Audubon Leading “Meet Me at the Riverwalk”

Audubon Leading “Meet Me at the Riverwalk”

Jamestown, NY – Beavers, swallows and warblers in downtown Jamestown?

On Saturday evening, August 16, you can meet an Audubon Center & Sanctuary naturalist to walk the Riverwalk and discover the plants and animals that call Jamestown “home.”

You will be amazed at what lives in the city. Despite concrete, pavement and 30,000 people, nature still has a foothold. Residents have seen beavers gathering sticks and ducks nesting, and heard warblers singing along the Riverwalk.

The Riverwalk starts behind Brooklyn Square -- at the northwest corner of South Main and Harrison Streets -- and runs along the Chadakoin River to Panzarella Point behind the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities. Walking with Audubon Naturalist Corinne Fredrickson, you will appreciate one of Jamestown’s most unique locations by observing the plants, birds, insects, reptiles, and mammals that are using or living along the Chadakoin River.

Land Conservancy Receives $300,000 Federal Grant for the Stella Niagara Preserve

Land Conservancy Receives $300,000 Federal Grant for the Stella Niagara Preserve

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy has been awarded $300,000 to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston. The grant is from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through the Joint Venture Habitat Protection and Restoration Program. The Land Conservancy has now received more than $2.6 million of the $3.2 million needed to create the preserve.

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Welcomes Iconic Budweiser Clydesdales on May 25

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Welcomes Iconic Budweiser Clydesdales on May 25

The world-famous “gentle giants” will make an appearance in Niagara Falls this Memorial Day weekend. The eight Budweiser® Clydesdales, complete with a hitch, carriage and Dalmatian dog, will be available for public viewing and photos outside Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 25.

Prime opportunities for viewing will take place around Seneca Square, the recently re-landscaped area between 3rd and 4th Streets in front of the casino to the west. The horses will arrive on Duggan Drive, the north side of Seneca Square.