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Nature

What Are You Feeding Your Lake?

At the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, we think about what we humans feed our lakes, streams and groundwaters. We all live in a watershed. What runs off our yards with and in precipitation, what we place on our yards, what drips out of our vehicles, what we put in our dishwashers, down our ...

At Home: Chickadees Nest In Large Maple Sugar Tree

I've found entertainment in my yard in the past few weeks. I've been watching Black-capped Chickadees nesting in a dead tree. The tree they chose is a large Sugar Maple, whose top fell over in a storm seven years ago. The top has been cut and burned in the campfire or decomposing in the ...

Chautauqua Watershed Notes: Good Conduct On The Trail

Hiking seems like a very basic activity that most people feel they can do without too much difficulty, having walked since they were but a tiny tot. There are, however, a few things to keep in mind when hiking a trail, whether it's a just a short stroll or an epic trail hike. The first thing ...

Giants In The Sky

As we roll into summer, the temperature and humidity are also rapidly increasing. Hot, humid days bring an increase in outdoor activities, but they also bring on a weather phenomenon that lights up the sky in streaks and makes itself known with loud booming in the distance. Some people find ...

Watershed Notes: Our Chautauqua, Our Connection

When you look outside your window on any given day, what do you see? Do you see green grass, trees, plants, and flowers or do you see houses, concrete, pavement, and steel? Here in Chautauqua County, we are fortunate to live in an area that has yet to see a huge and vast influx of people, ...

Springtime Can Be Like A Reunion

Springtime is like a reunion with longtime friends. Friends that have you haven’t seen in awhile. But when you meet up again it brings joy to see their faces, hear their voices. It doesn’t matter how much time has passed. You can pick up where you left off. These spring friends are the ...