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Volunteers Needed

Audubon To Host Water Chestnut Pull Saturday

The Audubon Community Nature Center will host a water chestnut pull on Saturday for its annual summer attack on the invasive European Water Chestnut. Volunteers are pictured during an earlier pull.

The community’s help is being requested by the Audubon Community Nature Center to help clear its Big Pond of the European water chestnut.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, Audubon needs volunteers to help pull this aquatic invasive plant that reduces sunlight and nutrients for other plants as it spreads invasively across the water.

Each year for more than a decade, dedicated staff and volunteers pull the plants to keep the population under control. Three hours of your time will make a huge difference in the problem.

Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age and those up to age 17 must be supervised by an attending adult.

This task requires being in the water wearing waders, so please plan accordingly. Volunteers should plan to bring their own hats, heavy socks, waders (if available), life jackets, sunscreen, and bug spray. Audubon has some waders to borrow; call 716-569-2345 to reserve.

Registering ahead of time helps with the planning. Call 716-569-2345 or click through “Programs and Events” at AudubonCNC.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Volunteers are invited to visit the Nature Center building for free afterwards.

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