The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy will hold tours at its two Chautauqua Creek Preserves this week.
CWC just received a donation of 21 acres of forest land on Lyons Road in the town of Chautauqua from Jay Stratton of Westfield. The first tour will take place at the newly donated Chautauqua Creek Oxbow Forest Preserve on Lyons Road, Mayville, on Wednesday. Participants will meet at the preserve at 10 a.m. for this rigorous hike through rugged terrain to see some gorge habitat.
The second tour will take place at the Chautauqua Creek East Branch Preserve on Route 430 in Mayville on Friday. The group will gather at the preserve parking area across from Redwing Road at 6 p.m., where they will explore the extensive beaver pond habitat with a sunset hike.
Join the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy for two tours of their nature preserves on Chautauqua Creek.
The tours will be led by Stratton, who donated both sites to the CWC.
Participants should dress for the weather. Long sleeves, long pants and sturdy waterproof boots are recommended. Insect repellent may be useful.
These tours are free for CWC members, with a $5 suggested donation for non-members. Registration is requested but not required. To register, call or email the CWC at 664-2166 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email and phone number, so that you may be notified in the event of cancellation due to foul weather.
The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is a local countywide not-for-profit land trust, pollution prevention and watershed education organization that works to protect water quality through the conservation of lands that store, filter and deliver clean water to the county's lakes, streams and wells. The CWC promotes healthy watershed practices and offers technical assistance and land consultations to landowners through its Healthy Landscaping-Healthy Waters Program. For more information and directions to the preserves, visit chautauquawatershed.org.