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Nature

Wild Flowers Of The Woods

Springtime in the woodlands of Western New York is a treasured time of rebirth, revelation and resilience, even in the midst of April snowstorms and today’s COVID-19 crisis. Its unfolding brings reassurance and hope after the long gray months of winter’s chilly darkness, and spiritual, ...

Doors Are Locked And Lights Are Off

Audubon Community Nature Center feels dead inside. The doors are locked. The lights are off. Heat is only on in the office and for the live animals in order to save money. It is cool, dark, and echoes with that odd quiet of places that are abandoned. Frankly, while there are still staff ...

Living Lawns Or Pesticide Peril?

Springtime is here, and the backyard beckons. Our lawns and landscapes grow more lush, lovely and greener with each new day. But green is not necessarily “green” from an environmental standpoint, especially when it comes to lawns. While America’s turf collectively covers an area ...

Play In Nature

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a reprint from June 2018. Amid the COVID-19 virus, we all need something to lighten our hearts. Nothing does that better than play. It is also important to note children learn and practice social, emotion, cognitive and physical skills through play. So ...

What Is A Watershed?

The staff and board of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy get asked numerous questions about our region’s watersheds and water quality. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers. WHAT IS A WATERSHED A watershed is an area of land where all surface water and ...

Nature Is In Supply

Here’s the thing. There are many fewer excuses now. Maybe you’re home. Maybe you’re kids are home. Maybe you’re working from home, on limited hours, or in quarantine. Even though the toilet paper may be in short supply, nature isn’t. And it is a glorious time to be outside. Yes, ...