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The October Skies

September 24, 2016 The tiny planet Mercury rises due east about 6 a.m. as October begins. Look for it very low along the horizon, quite far below the bright star Regulus. more »»

Audubon Trail Guides To Lead Tours Oct. 7-8

September 24, 2016 Editor’s Note: This is an adaptation of an article that first appeared in 2013. I saw a mouse in the kitchen the other day. more »»

Protect Wildlife, Animals

September 24, 2016 Anyone can be a conservationist. It requires no special training or education. A few dollars or a little time is all it takes. more »»

CWC Conservation Activities Update

September 18, 2016 As a land trust, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy works with landowners and agency partners to conserve lands of the highest ecological, hydrological and scenic value throughout Chautauqua County. more »»

Nature Center To Host Adult Day Camp

September 17, 2016 The world is huge and there is no way to truly grasp that hugeness. In my head, I know that someone is experiencing the opposite season somewhere in the world. more »»

Mice As Keystone Sepcies

September 17, 2016 Basic ecology uses simple diagrams to illustrate how biomass is distributed in ecosystems. These “ecological pyramids” lump all primary producers (plants) at the base of the pyramid. more »»

Golden Days Of Autumn

September 11, 2016 As September days grow cool and crisp, the soft green lushness of summer’s splendor gives way to autumn’s golden fields and fleeting floral tapestry. more »»

Bonsai Class Offered At Audubon Sept. 25

September 10, 2016 It’s been a long time coming, but my inevitable journey to the art of bonsai has been, to me, well worth the wait. As a young boy I remember spending time in my father’s “plant room. more »»

The Good And The Bad Of Late Summer Insects

September 10, 2016 With September’s shorter days, come cooler temperatures. I promise. By the time you read this, I’m hoping there will be a chill in the air every night. more »»

Watershed-Friendly Rain Barrell

September 4, 2016 When I first started working at the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, I visited a landowner who wanted watershed-friendly landscaping advice. more »»

Balloons Floated For Fun Can Be Harmful To Wildlife

September 3, 2016 “Can we go pick up the garbage from the movie?” my son asked one morning while we were on vacation. more »»

Bald Backyard Birds

September 3, 2016 Every summer I get a few letters and emails from readers asking about “bald” birds. more »»

Native Vines Beautify Your Yard & Promote Watershed Health

August 28, 2016 Vines are useful in landscaping as they can be used to cover unattractive fences, posts or walls, and they add beauty and fragrance to areas that may be otherwise difficult to decorat. more »»

The September Skies

August 27, 2016 During the first three weeks of September, the planet Mercury is lost in the solar glare as it passes between Earth and the sun. more »»

Tales Of Wood-Chopping At The Nature Center

August 27, 2016 I pulled in the driveway and the sky seemed to switch personalities from slight irritation to a bucket of anger upturned. The rain came in curtains and torrents, the wind chaotic. more »»

Bitterns — Common, But Seldomly Seen

August 27, 2016 Drive past a marsh, lakeshore, or river, you’re likely to see a stately great blue heron hunting in the shallows. They are common, impressive, and widespread. more »»

Unplug And Play

August 21, 2016 This summer has been a busy one for me. I had house guests for most of July, and for the past week, I was lucky enough to be a camp counselor for kids between the ages of eight and 12. more »»

Monarch Butterfly Festival Set For Aug. 27

August 20, 2016 One of my first memories of the idea that the Monarch Butterfly had a life beyond my yard happened in my living room as a kid. more »»

Affording A Trip To A National Park

August 20, 2016 Since the LWCF supports national parks, it’s worth mentioning that the National Park System celebrates its 100th anniversary next year. more »»

Rock On!

August 14, 2016 According to an Iroquois legend, a great rock first told all the stories there are to tell. more »»

Planting For Pollinators

August 7, 2016 Butterflies and moths belong to the insect order Lepidoptera, which means “scaled wing. more »»


Journey to Active Aging Workshop & Lunch September 28, 2016

Join us at our new location and day for the ninth annual:“Journey to Active Aging Workshop & Luncheon” Wednesday, September 28, 2016 **Fluvanna Community Church** 3363 Fluvanna Avenue, Jamestown, NY Staying Safe in your Home as You Age Only $ 7. more »

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