Week Five: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
23
12:15 PM12:15

Week Five: Monarch Moments & More

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"Landscaping For Butterflies" 
Speaker/Guide: Jeff Tome
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Jeff Tome, Senior Naturalist at the Audubon Community Nature Center, has been raising monarch butterflies every year since 2005, when he raised 200 to release at his wedding. Since then, he has organized his yard around native plantings for various caterpillars and learned to raise many other species of butterflies and moths. Jeff will discuss the factors and steps involved in landscaping for lepidopterans so that they can complete their entire lifecycle in your yard.


Jeff Tome is a 'perennial' BTG speaker at the Life Member Annual Luncheon, Brown Bag Lectures, Monarch Moments, Monarchpalooza and a BTG life member himself!  At the Audubon Community Nature Center for over 20 years, Jeff teaches programs, creates exhibits and works with all ages. He was instrumental in Audubon’s adopting of green energy solutions and was awarded the 2011 County Executive’s Award for Innovative Energy Initiatives. 

MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS program celebrates you - the gardeners in our audience who have adopted eco-friendly practices and have certified their gardens as monarch waystations with Monarch Watch. Prior to each Monarch Moments & More presentation, home owners will place a pin on their CHQ garden! 

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Week Five: Lake Walk
Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

Week Five: Lake Walk

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The Secret Lives of Chautauqua’s
Threatened Wildlife

Speaker/Guide: Twan Leenders
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Twan is President of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (rtpi.org). He is a conservation biologist specializing in amphibians and reptiles, is an avid nature photographer and writes and illustrates field guides. Twan will discuss the rare and endangered wildlife of the Chautauqua Lake watershed, highlighting the lake’s Important Bird Area status, discussing the status of the Spiny Softshell Turtles and recent trends in at-risk species conservation: Bald Eagle and Osprey recovery and aerial insectivore decline (bats, Purple Martins, Nighthawks and Chimney Swifts).  

With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, a 501C3 charity, is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Working with residents, landowners, landscapers, developers, contractors, public officials, and governmental entities, CWC promotes best land management practices and preserves and restores the waterways/sheds of the region. CWC has led efforts resulting in the conservation of more than 1,000 acres of land and 2 miles of shoreline! chautauquawatershed.org

 

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Week Five: Bird Talk and Walk
Jul
24
7:30 AM07:30

Week Five: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown or Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Join one of our seasoned guides to learn about the birds and habitat in our area. After starting out at Smith Wilkes Hall, there are several different routes for the group to take to see birds and hear their call. We'll stop along the way and talk about habitat, predators, migration patterns, nesting and even review 'bird apps'. Bring your own binoculars or borrow some for the walk. The walk/talk should last about an hour. (Dogs are discouraged from attending with owner).

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Week Five: Brown Bag Lecture
Jul
24
12:15 PM12:15

Week Five: Brown Bag Lecture

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"Amazing Private Gardens"
Speaker/Guide: Sally Cunningham

Garden Expert
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Garden touring is a growing trend, but seeing great gardens can also be daunting. What are you seeing? What lessons can you apply to your own yard and garden? What do other gardeners do that turns “just pretty” into “Wow”? With photographs from her travels—from the famous Garden Walk Buffalo to England and Ireland--Sally will help you look with new eyes at superior plants and understand how to use your space, art, and hardscape. You will leave ready to add new personality and character to your own garden. This is also a preview of Sally’s new book on this topic—expected publication date October 2018. 


Sally Cunningham is a garden expert and landscape professional, writer for the Buffalo News and Buffalo Spree Magazine, and tour director for Great Garden Travel  AAA Horizon Club Tours. She is a former Cornell Cooperative Extension Agent , Master Gardener, and consultant at Lockwood’s Greenhouses in Hamburg. Sally is author of Great Garden Companions (Rodale Books), contributor to many books including The Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, and is currently working on a new book about Amazing Private Gardens. Sally has been awarded Landscape Professional of the Year by the New York State and Region 6 nursery and landscape associations, and recognized for her contributions to ecology education by the WNY Land Conservancy.

BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!

 

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Jul
24
4:15 PM16:15

Week Five: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

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Jul
25
9:15 AM09:15

Week Five: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

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Jul
25
4:15 PM16:15

Week Five: Bat Chat

Speaker/Guide: Caroline Bissel
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Have fun laughing and learning the many ways the awesome 1,300 bat species of the world make our lives better. Pick up numerous bat facts, fun stories, share laughter and even some riddles and jokes. There will be no test as the end, just pure entertainment by the 'expert on call' in Chautauqua to rescue wayward bats from local buildings and homes.

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Week Five: Ravine Program
Jul
26
4:15 PM16:15

Week Five: Ravine Program

Nature Talks
Speaker/Guide: 
Melanie Smith
Location: Burgeson Nature Classroom

Roger Tory Peterson is most famous for writing and illustrating A Field Guide to the Birds.  You will learn about Roger Tory Peterson’s life as he develops into a naturalist, ornithologist, artist, environmentalist and educator. Then, using a Peterson Field Guide as a reference to describe the Peterson System, his method of nature identification, participants will practice using the Peterson System to identify various birds.  Melanie Smith, Communications Coordinator with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History will guide you through the scientific aspects of this identification process. 

 


Melanie Smith, Communications Coordinator with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

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Jul
27
9:00 AM09:00

Week Five: Nature Walk

Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Nature Walk Jack leads a group along Fletcher Avenue and the Ravine toward the South End and highlights a couple dozen features along the way of this 'guided discovery' walk, including birds and animals in addition to plants, trees and insects. Emphasis on items one might otherwise not notice and facts not widely known. You'll see these woods in a whole new light. The tour lasts about 75 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 

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Week Six: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
30
12:15 PM12:15

Week Six: Monarch Moments & More

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"Your Friendly Local Pollinators"
Speaker/Guide: Mike McGrath
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

And guess who’s coming Week 6, Cats and Kittens! Mike McGrath, host of the nationally syndicated You Bet Your Garden and former editor of Organic Gardening, will give us the four-one-one on native bees and other local pollinators. Learn how to attract and identify them so your gardens will prosper! You definitely want to get an early seat for this guy - not only is he very knowledgable - he's a hoot! 


Mike McGrath is the host of the nationally syndicated
Public Radio show, "You Bet Your Garden".  His program is an hour of “chemical-free horticultural hijinks”, and airs every Saturday morning in Philadelphia, and at various times on other Public Radio stations across the nation. Mike is the Garden Editor for WTOP News Radio in Washington, DC and contributing editor and columnist for Greenprints magazine.  He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Organic Gardening magazine and author of books on tomatoes, compost, seed saving, and kitchen gardening.

MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS program celebrates you - the gardeners in our audience who have adopted eco-friendly practices and have certified their gardens as monarch waystations with Monarch Watch. Prior to each Monarch Moments & More presentation, home owners will place a pin on their CHQ garden! 

 

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Jul
30
6:30 PM18:30

Week Six: Lake Walk

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Lakeside Lab - Exploring Chautauqua Lake's
Underwater Life
Speaker/Guide: Courtney Wigdahl-Perry
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Courtney is an assistant professor of Biology at SUNY Fredonia, with a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine. Her research explores how environmental change influences organisms that live in lakes. Courtney manages the only research buoy on Chautauqua Lake, and has an up-to-date knowledge of the Lake’s water quality. The presentation will provide background on life under the water and then participants will use microscopes to observe life in Chautauqua Lake! Also, learn about Courtney’s ongoing Chautauqua Lake research projects. 

With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, a 501C3 is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Working with residents, landowners, landscapers, developers, contractors, public officials, and governmental entities, CWC promotes best land management practices and preserves and restores the waterways/sheds of the region. CWC has led efforts resulting in the conservation of more than 1,000 acres of land and 2 miles of shoreline! chautauquawatershed.org

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Week Six: Bird Talk and Walk
Jul
31
7:30 AM07:30

Week Six: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown or Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Join one of our seasoned guides to learn about the birds and habitat in our area. After starting out at Smith Wilkes Hall, there are several different routes for the group to take to see birds and hear their call. We'll stop along the way and talk about habitat, predators, migration patterns, nesting and even review 'bird apps'. Bring your own binoculars or borrow some for the walk. The walk/talk should last about an hour. (Dogs are discouraged from attending with owner).

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Week Six: Brown Bag Lecture
Jul
31
12:15 PM12:15

Week Six: Brown Bag Lecture

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“Raised Beds and Compost: The Keys to Organic Success
Speaker/Guide: Mike McGrath

Gardener, Radio Host
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Mike McGrath, host of the nationally syndicated Public Radio show, “You Bet Your Garden,” shares his knowledge on how to be a successful gardener with raised beds and compost. Are you still a “flat earth“ gardener? Learn how to grow twice as much in half the space and without weeds by “growing up.”


Mike McGrath is the host of the nationally syndicated Public Radio show, "You Bet Your Garden".  His program is an hour of “chemical-free horticultural hijinks”, and airs every Saturday morning in Philadelphia, and at various times on other Public Radio stations across the nation. Mike is the Garden Editor for WTOP News Radio in Washington, DC and contributing editor and columnist for Greenprints magazine.  He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Organic Gardening magazine and author of books on tomatoes, compost, seed saving, and kitchen gardening.

BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!

 

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Jul
31
4:15 PM16:15

Week Six: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

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Aug
1
9:15 AM09:15

Week Six: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

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Week Six: Garden Workshop
Aug
1
4:15 PM16:15

Week Six: Garden Workshop

"Not Your Mother's Orchids"
Speakers/Guides: Melinda Wolcott and Chris Flanders
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Get up close and personal for a demonstration and lecture by two master gardeners who have a whole lot of professional expertise, academic credentials and practical knowledge in the gardens.  More importantly, they have a great delivery style and don't take themselves too seriously. Melinda and Chris will regale the audience with tips, tricks and techniques and much more. They're BTG's version of NPR's "Click and Clack" - and you're really going to learn something!  Join us for this interactive demonstration.


Melinda, a BTG life member from California in the off season and from Magnolia in the summertime, is a well trained flower arranger, gardener and a new winery owner in CA. Melinda lectures on many gardening topics and is a well published writer on gardening in the trade magazines and a floral show judge. 

Chris, a lifelong resident of this county, attended CHQ since the 1960s and full time for the past five years. An avid sailor, retired Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, former horse breeder and trainer, Chris achieved Master Gardener certification in 2013. As a board member of BTG she has found her home base in CHQ with the BTG and holds many roles as Chair of Butterflies and Blooms, garden lecturer and tour guide of the newly renovated Arboretum. 

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Aug
3
9:00 AM09:00

Week Six: Nature Walk

Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Nature Walk Jack leads a group along Fletcher Avenue and the Ravine toward the South End and highlights a couple dozen features along the way of this 'guided discovery' walk, including birds and animals in addition to plants, trees and insects. Emphasis on items one might otherwise not notice and facts not widely known. You'll see these woods in a whole new light. The tour lasts about 75 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 

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Aug
3
12:15 PM12:15

Life Member's Annual Luncheon

Location: Athenaeum Hotel ~ Gather at Noon
Program: "The Arboretum:  Honoring our Roots of the Past to Grow the Canopy of the Future"  
Guest lecture: Lori Brockelbank, Certified Arborist   
Fee: Lunch and program are $37 payable to the Chautauqua BTG via check or credit card. Reservations by July 16.  This event is open to Life Members only. Guests are by invitation of BTG.                                                                           

BTG's Life Member Annual Luncheon is an opportunity to honor Life Members whose contributions help the Bird, Tree, and Garden Club continue its mission. Our gathering allows us to remember our tradition of education and conservation and to share information about new opportunities and projects being undertaken by the Bird, Tree, and Garden Club. This year's luncheon will feature a lively talk and slide show presentation by Lori Brockelbank, providing the audience with greater understanding of BTG's Arboretum - it's historic and arbor past along with recommendations for how we can care of this space well into the next 100 years. 

Lori Brockelbank turned her passion into a career over the past twenty years.  She works for Davey Resource Group. A graduate of SUNY Environment Science and Forestry with a Bachelor in Natural Resource Management, Lori has been a certified arborist for ten years and is president of the NYS ISA Chapter while also volunteering as the Tree Fund liaison and Certification liaison   She was awarded the Urban Forestry Partnership Award by the NYS DEC in 2014 for her leadership and how she sows the threads of professionalism into the fabric of each project. She has helped Jamestown Community College become the first community college in New York become a Tree Campus USA and has offered an internship at the college to help encourage the future generation to care for the trees in their community.   She has taught Master Gardeners in Chautauqua County on the care of trees and has recently expanded her share of knowledge to the Community Tree Stewardship program.

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Week Seven: Monarch Moments & More
Aug
6
12:15 PM12:15

Week Seven: Monarch Moments & More

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 "What Has a Tree Done For Your
Community Lately?"
Speaker/Guide: Lori Brockelbank
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Lori Brockelbank, certified arborist and project manager for the Davey Resource Group, will ask, “What Has a Tree Done for Your Community Lately?” Lori will focus on the impact of specific trees in Miller Park and the Arboretum, explaining how each has brought a different dynamic to its community from an ecological and physical perspective.


Lori Brockelbank turned her passion into a career over the past twenty years.  She works for Davey Resource Group. A graduate of SUNY Environment Science and Forestry with a Bachelor in Natural Resource Management, Lori has been a certified arborist for ten years and is president of the NYS ISA Chapter while also volunteering as the Tree Fund liaison and Certification liaison   She was awarded the Urban Forestry Partnership Award by the NYS DEC in 2014 for her leadership and how she sows the threads of professionalism into the fabric of each project. She has helped Jamestown Community College become the first community college in New York become a Tree Campus USA and has offered an internship at the college to help encourage the future generation to care for the trees in their community.   She has taught Master Gardeners in Chautauqua County on the care of trees and has recently expanded her share of knowledge to the Community Tree Stewardship program.

MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS program celebrates you - the gardeners in our audience who have adopted eco-friendly practices and have certified their gardens as monarch waystations with Monarch Watch. Prior to each Monarch Moments & More presentation, home owners will place a pin on their CHQ garden! 

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Week Seven: Lake Walk
Aug
6
6:30 PM18:30

Week Seven: Lake Walk

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A Photographer’s Appreciation of Water
Speaker/Guide: Karen Glosser
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Karen Glosser is a fine art nature photographer whose work has led her to memorable places around the world. However, her native Western New York State remains her primary love and focus as she explores and captures the moody waves of Lake Erie, the serenity found at Chautauqua Lake and the silent woodlands near her home. Glosser shares her love of water not only through her photography, but also by encouraging people to get close to water, to appreciate water and to become active participants in protecting our wild waters. Karen’s talk will focus on her personal insights on why water means so much to her and how she captures the mood and emotion the natural world in her photography. For those who wish to bring a camera and ask about water photography, Karen will field questions at the end of the presentation.

With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, a 501C3 is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Working with residents, landowners, landscapers, developers, contractors, public officials, and governmental entities, CWC promotes best land management practices and preserves and restores the waterways/sheds of the region. CWC has led efforts resulting in the conservation of more than 1,000 acres of land and 2 miles of shoreline! chautauquawatershed.org

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Week Seven: Bird Talk and Walk
Aug
7
7:30 AM07:30

Week Seven: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown or Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Join one of our seasoned guides to learn about the birds and habitat in our area. After starting out at Smith Wilkes Hall, there are several different routes for the group to take to see birds and hear their call. We'll stop along the way and talk about habitat, predators, migration patterns, nesting and even review 'bird apps'. Bring your own binoculars or borrow some for the walk. The walk/talk should last about an hour. (Dogs are discouraged from attending with owner).

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Aug
7
4:15 PM16:15

Week Seven: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

View Event →
Aug
8
9:15 AM09:15

Week Seven: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

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Aug
8
4:15 PM16:15

Week Seven: Bat Chat

Speaker/Guide: Caroline Bissel
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Have fun laughing and learning the many ways the awesome 1,300 bat species of the world make our lives better. Pick up numerous bat facts, fun stories, share laughter and even some riddles and jokes. There will be no test as the end, just pure entertainment by the 'expert on call' in Chautauqua to rescue wayward bats from local buildings and homes.

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Week Seven: Ravine Program
Aug
9
4:15 PM16:15

Week Seven: Ravine Program

Nature Talks: “Tree Canopy Health Assessment”
Speaker/Guide: Craig Vollmer

Location: Burgeson Nature Classroom

Join Craig Vollmer, certified arborist with Forecon Inc., and inspect trees to find internal defects and determine wood density and growth rates using a resistograph. With this high-resolution needle drill measurement device, an evaluation will be conducted on a few trees and then you will hear about the overall assessment and health of the tree canopy at the Institution. THIS is COOL!


Craig Volmer, Forecon Inc. Certified Arborist

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Aug
10
9:00 AM09:00

Week Seven: Nature Walk

Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Nature Walk Jack leads a group along Fletcher Avenue and the Ravine toward the South End and highlights a couple dozen features along the way of this 'guided discovery' walk, including birds and animals in addition to plants, trees and insects. Emphasis on items one might otherwise not notice and facts not widely known. You'll see these woods in a whole new light. The tour lasts about 75 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 

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Week Eight: Monarch Moments & More
Aug
13
12:15 PM12:15

Week Eight: Monarch Moments & More

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"Strange Pollination Syndromes"
Speaker/Guide: John Wenzel, Ph.D.
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall
     

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Powdermill Nature Reserve’s Director, John Wenzel, Ph.D., will reprise his Chautauqua appearance with a talk on Strange Pollination Syndromes.  While bees and butterflies get most of the credit, there are many pollination systems that rely on other animals. John will examine several unusual systems, ranging from tight beneficial partnerships to exploitive interactions, and teach us about the evolutionary causes and consequences of these strange syndromes. Get here early because this guy can sell out Madison Square Garden! 


John Wenzel, Ph.DDr. Wenzel graduated Harvard College, Bachelor of Arts, with Honors in 1981 and received his PhD in 1988 from the University Kansas, Department of Entomology.  John’s studies of social insects include ants, bees, and wasps, with a focus on the evolution of complex behavior and the organization of work.  His career has taken him to many remote locations around the world, with more than three years in the field in tropical America and Africa, and a year in Europe. He has held positions at the University of Georgia, the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France, and at the American Museum of Natural History,New York.  John was with Ohio State Department of Entomology for 17 years. He served as Director of the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity for ten years. John joined the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 2011, at Powdermill Nature Reserve, a 2,200 acre parcel in the Laurel Highland where he has built new education and research programs on forest regeneration and pollinator health. He is back with BTG after last year's exciting and intriguing lectures!

MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS program celebrates you - the gardeners in our audience who have adopted eco-friendly practices and have certified their gardens as monarch waystations with Monarch Watch. Prior to each Monarch Moments & More presentation, home owners will place a pin on their CHQ garden! 

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Week Eight: Lake Walk
Aug
13
6:30 PM18:30

Week Eight: Lake Walk

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Near Shore Aquatic Insects of Chautauqua Lake
Speaker/Guide: Dennis McNair
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Dennis is an emeritus biology professor from the University of Pittsburgh, having taught at the Johnstown Campus for 33 years and chaired the Biology Dept. there for 21 years. Dennis’ academic research focused on aquatic insects as indicators of water quality and on the ecology and distribution of dragonflies and damselflies. Dennis will share this expertise in his talk, which will focus on the nearshore aquatic insects commonly found along the lakeshore at the Chautauqua Institution, with an emphasis on the winged adult stages present at the time of the walk.  He will also discuss their life cycles, their importance to the lake and shore food webs, and, thus, their importance to the lake ecosystem.

With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, a 501C3 charity, is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Working with residents, landowners, landscapers, developers, contractors, public officials, and governmental entities, CWC promotes best land management practices and preserves and restores the waterways/sheds of the region. CWC has led efforts resulting in the conservation of more than 1,000 acres of land and 2 miles of shoreline! chautauquawatershed.org

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Week Eight: Bird Talk and Walk
Aug
14
7:30 AM07:30

Week Eight: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown or Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Join one of our seasoned guides to learn about the birds and habitat in our area. After starting out at Smith Wilkes Hall, there are several different routes for the group to take to see birds and hear their call. We'll stop along the way and talk about habitat, predators, migration patterns, nesting and even review 'bird apps'. Bring your own binoculars or borrow some for the walk. The walk/talk should last about an hour. (Dogs are discouraged from attending with owner).

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Aug
14
12:15 PM12:15

Week Eight: Brown Bag Lecture

“Lessons From the Bee: How To Work As a Team When No One Knows What She Is Doing”
Speaker/Guide: Dr John Wenzel
University researcher, field researcher on insects, Department Chair
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Dr. John Wenzel will examine how bees organize their work in teams that divide labor efficiently as if they have an awareness of what the colony needs. They have only local information, no job foreman, no time clock, nor any knowledge of who their partners are in the team. A few simple rules govern this distributed decision-making, providing useful lessons for human teams.


Dr. John Wenzel started studying insects at age 19 when he was a field assistant in Panama to famous entomologist and sociobiologist Edward O. Wilson. His career has taken him to many remote locations around the world, with more than three years in the field in tropical America and Africa, and a year in Europe. He has held positions at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France, and at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. He joined Ohio State Department of Entomology in 1994, where he was a professor for 17 years and won the highest teaching award Ohio State gives. He served as Director of the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity for ten years. John joined the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 2011, where he has built new education and research programs at Powdermill Nature Reserve. John’s primary research has been on social insects such as ants, bees, and wasps, with a focus on the evolution of complex behavior and the organization of work. At Powdermill Nature Reserve, he founded an award-winning temperate ecology course for graduate students from Latin America. He and his staff also apply emerging technology to ecosystem science, such as their leading programs in using drones to capture landscape-level data, or using gigapixel technology to provide teaching tools for citizen scientists, and Virtual Reality 3D botanical models used for fun and teaching.

BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!

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Aug
14
4:15 PM16:15

Week Eight: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

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Aug
15
9:15 AM09:15

Week Eight: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

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Week Eight: Garden Workshop
Aug
15
4:15 PM16:15

Week Eight: Garden Workshop

"Divide and Conquer: Hosta La Vista Baby”
Speakers/Guides: Melinda Wolcott and Chris Flanders
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Get up close and personal for a demonstration and lecture by two master gardeners who have a whole lot of professional expertise, academic credentials and practical knowledge in the gardens.  More importantly, they have a great delivery style and don't take themselves too seriously. Melinda and Chris will regale the audience with tips, tricks and techniques and much more. They're BTG's version of NPR's "Click and Clack" - and you're really going to learn something!  Join us for this interactive demonstration.


Melinda, a BTG life member from California in the off season and from Magnolia in the summertime, is a well trained flower arranger, gardener and a new winery owner in CA. Melinda lectures on many gardening topics and is a well published writer on gardening in the trade magazines and a floral show judge. 

Chris, a lifelong resident of this county, attended CHQ since the 1960s and full time for the past five years. An avid sailor, retired Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, former horse breeder and trainer, Chris achieved Master Gardener certification in 2013. As a board member of BTG she has found her home base in CHQ with the BTG and holds many roles as Chair of Butterflies and Blooms, garden lecturer and tour guide of the newly renovated Arboretum. 

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Week Eight: Ravine Program
Aug
16
4:15 PM16:15

Week Eight: Ravine Program

Nature Talks: "A Bag Full of Surprises"
Speaker/Guide: 
Jack Gulvin
Location: Burgeson Nature Classroom

What 'nature objects' are in the bag full of surprises? Jack totes a bag filled with some of nature’s most unique items. Shut your eyes; select one from the bag; and then he’ll help you discover something remarkable and unusual about that object. Naturalist, forester, and nationally known purple martin expert Jack Gulvin, will shed new light on the natural world that surrounds us.


Jack Gulvin

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Aug
17
9:00 AM09:00

Week Eight: Nature Walk

Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Nature Walk Jack leads a group along Fletcher Avenue and the Ravine toward the South End and highlights a couple dozen features along the way of this 'guided discovery' walk, including birds and animals in addition to plants, trees and insects. Emphasis on items one might otherwise not notice and facts not widely known. You'll see these woods in a whole new light. The tour lasts about 75 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 

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Week Nine: Lake Walk
Aug
20
6:30 PM18:30

Week Nine: Lake Walk

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Chautauqua Lake: An Ecological Backstory
Speaker/Guide:
Glenn Wahl
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Glenn is a local educator and a geology instructor at Jamestown Community College. Holding degrees in geology and environmental biology, he's an environmentalist and advocate for sustainable systems. Glenn will explore the backstory behind the Chautauqua Lake region - how the lake and the surrounding hills came to be. Glenn’s presentation will take you back through time to learn about important events in the evolution of the present landscape. From ancient oceans to fifteen foot-long crustaceans to mile-thick glaciers, the Chautauqua Lake story is a fascinating one.

With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, a 501C3 charity, is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Working with residents, landowners, landscapers, developers, contractors, public officials, and governmental entities, CWC promotes best land management practices and preserves and restores the waterways/sheds of the region. CWC has led efforts resulting in the conservation of more than 1,000 acres of land and 2 miles of shoreline! chautauquawatershed.org

 

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Week Nine: Bird Talk and Walk
Aug
21
7:30 AM07:30

Week Nine: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown or Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Join one of our seasoned guides to learn about the birds and habitat in our area. After starting out at Smith Wilkes Hall, there are several different routes for the group to take to see birds and hear their call. We'll stop along the way and talk about habitat, predators, migration patterns, nesting and even review 'bird apps'. Bring your own binoculars or borrow some for the walk. The walk/talk should last about an hour. (Dogs are discouraged from attending with owner).

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Aug
21
12:15 PM12:15

Week Nine: Brown Bag Lecture

Green Roof Landscapes that Improve the Environment
Speaker/Guide: Molly Meyer
Scientist, Entrepeneur

Location: Smith Wilkes Hal

Molly Meyer, discusses the latest developments of natural green roofs using a mere few inches of engineered soil reinventing formerly 'barren' space into growing habitats. These “working landscapes” both look attractive and serve additional functions: from managing storm water and growing crops, to creating habitats and engaging spaces for people. Learn about her American green roof company that developed a groundbreaking green roof system, from the CEO and Founder's perspective of Omni Ecosystems.


Molly Meyer is the CEO and Founder of Omni Ecosystems. She leads Omni’s strategy and business development and oversees Omni’s product innovation and field operations. She founded Omni with the mission to democratize access to natural spaces, and to create an organization that continuously engages in bold endeavors that elevate the triple bottom line: ecological, financial, and social. Molly is also the Co-Founder & CEO of The Roof CropTM, a commercial rooftop farming company in Chicago. Her background couples her work at Stanford University in systems problem-solving and in biogeochemical research with field experience in construction means and methods that she gained working as a carpenter and green roof installer as a Robert Bosch Fellow in Germany. These experiences were foundational in redefining the American green roof industry with Omni’s groundbreaking Comprehensive green roof system. Her inventions include Omni’s patented living wall panel and Omni’s patent-pending green roof drainage system. Molly is a Board Member of Openlands, a 55-year-old non-profit dedicated to protecting open space in northeastern Illinois and surrounding region, and an Executive Board Member of the Women's Leadership Initiative within Urban Land Institute Chicago.

BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!

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Aug
21
4:15 PM16:15

Week Nine: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

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Aug
22
9:15 AM09:15

Week Nine: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

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Aug
22
4:15 PM16:15

Week Nine: Bat Chat

Speaker/Guide: Caroline Bissel
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Have fun laughing and learning the many ways the awesome 1,300 bat species of the world make our lives better. Pick up numerous bat facts, fun stories, share laughter and even some riddles and jokes. There will be no test as the end, just pure entertainment by the 'expert on call' in Chautauqua to rescue wayward bats from local buildings and homes.

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Aug
24
9:00 AM09:00

Week Nine: Nature Walk

Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Nature Walk Jack leads a group along Fletcher Avenue and the Ravine toward the South End and highlights a couple dozen features along the way of this 'guided discovery' walk, including birds and animals in addition to plants, trees and insects. Emphasis on items one might otherwise not notice and facts not widely known. You'll see these woods in a whole new light. The tour lasts about 75 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 

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Week Four: Purple Martin Chat
Jul
20
4:15 PM16:15

Week Four: Purple Martin Chat

Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin
Location: Lakeside between the Miller Bell Tower and the Sports Club at the Purple Martin Houses

LAST CHAT OF THE SEASON!! Take a seat at the picnic tables and join in on this 'all age' participative event. After a brief introduction about Purple Martins, the group observes Jack's maintenance, tracking and care of the purple Martin houses and inhabitants. The house is lowered, a nest is seen by all, and a nest change usually done - lean in! Photos welcome.  Learn about these birds migration, habitat, life cycle and predators. Questions are answered until 5 PM. The Purple Martins begin their migration mid-season back to Brazil so make sure to get to the talk early! These amazing birds grow before your very eyes - and yes, birds can be touched!


Jack learned about plants and birds as a teenager from Jamestown Audubon specialists Gib Burgeson and Bob Sundell and that set him on his path to earning a BS in Forest Management at Syracuse. He was employed by the US Department of the Interior for 13 years working in parks with diverse a landscape from Yellowstone, Grand Teton to Cuyahoga Ohio. A nationally known expert on Purple Martins, he attends to dozens of houses on the Institution grounds and throughout Chautauqua County, carefully charting out their records per house. Jack's knowledge of his subject matter and friendly manner make him an ideal speaker/guide for all ages. Join in on a Nature Walk at 9:15 Friday mornings starting at Smith Wilkes Hall and then meet up again lakeside between the Bell Tower and Sports Club at the Purple Martin houses.

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Jul
20
9:00 AM09:00

Week Four: Nature Walk

Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Nature Walk Jack leads a group along Fletcher Avenue and the Ravine toward the South End and highlights a couple dozen features along the way of this 'guided discovery' walk, including birds and animals in addition to plants, trees and insects. Emphasis on items one might otherwise not notice and facts not widely known. You'll see these woods in a whole new light. The tour lasts about 75 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 

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Week Four: Ravine Program
Jul
19
4:15 PM16:15

Week Four: Ravine Program

Nature Talks
Speaker/Guide: 
Elyse Henshaw
Location: Burgeson Nature Classroom

Quietly infiltrating backyards, city-scapes and forests, invasive species are changing the many dynamic ecosystems that exist. What are the impacts of these different invasives and what ones have arrived into our very own backyards? Join Elyse Henshaw, Conservation Technician with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, with a hands-on view of invasive species. Examine various invasive species found in our region, as she discusses what changes they are making to our backyards and beyond and what we can do to help our native ecosystems.  

 


Elyse Henshaw, Conservation Technician at Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.

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Jul
18
4:15 PM16:15

Week Four: Garden Workshop

"Slippery, Slimy, Creepy or the Good and
the Ugly" 
Speakers/Guides: Melinda Wolcott and Chris Flanders
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Get up close and personal for a demonstration and lecture by two master gardeners who have a whole lot of professional expertise, academic credentials and practical knowledge in the gardens.  More importantly, they have a great delivery style and don't take themselves too seriously. Melinda and Chris will regale the audience with tips, tricks and techniques and much more. They're BTG's version of NPR's "Click and Clack" - and you're really going to learn something!  Join us for this interactive demonstration.


Melinda, a BTG life member from California in the off season and from Magnolia in the summertime, is a well trained flower arranger, gardener and a new winery owner in CA. Melinda lectures on many gardening topics and is a well published writer on gardening in the trade magazines. 

Chris, a lifelong resident of this county, attended CHQ since the 1960s and full time for the past five years. An avid sailor, retired Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, former horse breeder and trainer, Chris achieved Master Gardener certification in 2013. As a board member of BTG she has found her home base in CHQ with the BTG and holds many roles as Chair of Butterflies and Blooms, garden lecturer and tour guide of the newly renovated Arboretum. 

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Jul
18
9:15 AM09:15

Week Four: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

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Week Four: Garden Walk
Jul
17
4:15 PM16:15

Week Four: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

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Week Four: Brown Bag Lecture
Jul
17
12:15 PM12:15

Week Four: Brown Bag Lecture

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"Collisions Between Birds and Windows: A Vital Conservation Issue”
Speaker/Guide: Dan Klem, Jr.
Scientist

Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Years of study reveal a number of historic accounts of birds striking windows, with investigations that document and validate that birds behave as if clear and reflective windows are invisible to them. A billion birds annually are estimated to die striking windows in the U.S. alone. With the exception of habitat destruction, and losses to domestic cats, more birds are annually killed flying into windows than any other human-associated avian mortality factor; exponentially more than the higher image attrition attributable to communication towers, oil spills, pesticides and poisons, vehicles, and wind turbines. The results of research addressing the evaluation of preventing bird-window collisions have revealed several effective methods, but additional education and short- and long-term solutions are needed to ensure the human-built environment is safe for birds the world over.


Daniel Klem, Jr. is Professor of Biology and Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Considered the foremost scientific expert on avian mortality attributable to windows, he studies, writes, and teaches about the threat that sheet glass and plastic pose to birds. He is supported by research grants from government agencies, NGO’s, and industry to evaluate methods to prevent these avian deaths by retrofitting existing windows and developing new bird-safe panes for remodeling and new construction. His research has resulted in U.S. patents to guide the development of novel films and windows using ultraviolet signals that birds see and humans do not.

BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!

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Week Four: Bird Talk and Walk
Jul
17
7:30 AM07:30

Week Four: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown or Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Join one of our seasoned guides to learn about the birds and habitat in our area. After starting out at Smith Wilkes Hall, there are several different routes for the group to take to see birds and hear their call. We'll stop along the way and talk about habitat, predators, migration patterns, nesting and even review 'bird apps'. Bring your own binoculars or borrow some for the walk. The walk/talk should last about an hour. (Dogs are discouraged from attending with owner).

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Week Four: Lake Walk
Jul
16
6:30 PM18:30

Week Four: Lake Walk

Mushrooms: Manna or Menace? 
Speaker/Guide: Garrett Taylor
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Garrett is a club mycologist for the Rochester Area Mycological Association, Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club (Pittsburgh-Erie), and the Mycological Society of Toronto. He is a professional chef, which, as he explains, is the gateway profession of mycology. Garrett will be your guide into the realm of Fungi, or in deeper if you have already tested the waters. A non-strenuous walk is involved.

With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, a 501C3 charity, is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Working with residents, landowners, landscapers, developers, contractors, public officials, and governmental entities, CWC promotes best land management practices and preserves and restores the waterways/sheds of the region. CWC has led efforts resulting in the conservation of more than 1,000 acres of land and 2 miles of shoreline! chautauquawatershed.org

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Week Four: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
16
12:15 PM12:15

Week Four: Monarch Moments & More

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"Flowers For Mom"  
Speaker/Guide: Elmore DeMott
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Photographer Elmore DeMott, will present Flowers for Mom, a series of daily photographs which is her artistic response to her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Elmore began photographing flowers in her mother’s honor in August of 2016 and finds hope and meaning in their beauty. This award winning fine art photographer's work is both poignant and meaningful. 

 


Elmore DeMott earned a degree in Math and Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University and has worked in both business and the arts. Currently she is most known for her photography's unique dramatic feel. Her work is featured in numerous publications and galleries as well as private and corporate art collections. She has been included in several juried shows each year, and finds inspiration in teaching and speaking about photography. As a mother of two daughters she has a passion for the arts and engaging new and young audiences.

MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS program celebrates you - the gardeners in our audience who have adopted eco-friendly practices and have certified their gardens as monarch waystations with Monarch Watch. Prior to each Monarch Moments & More presentation, home owners will place a pin on their CHQ garden! 

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Week Three: Purple Martin Chat
Jul
13
4:15 PM16:15

Week Three: Purple Martin Chat

Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin
Location: Lakeside between the Miller Bell Tower and the Sports Club at the Purple Martin Houses

Take a seat at the picnic tables and join in on this 'all age' participative event. After a brief introduction about Purple Martins, the group observes Jack's maintenance, tracking and care of the purple Martin houses and inhabitants. The house is lowered, a nest is seen by all, and a nest change usually done - lean in! Photos welcome.  Learn about these birds migration, habitat, life cycle and predators. Questions are answered until 5 PM. The Purple Martins begin their migration mid-season back to Brazil so make sure to get to the talk early - and often! These amazing birds grow before your very eyes - and yes, birds can be touched!


Jack learned about plants and birds as a teenager from Jamestown Audubon specialists Gib Burgeson and Bob Sundell and that set him on his path to earning a BS in Forest Management at Syracuse. He was employed by the US Department of the Interior for 13 years working in parks with diverse a landscape from Yellowstone, Grand Teton to Cuyahoga Ohio. A nationally known expert on Purple Martins, he attends to dozens of houses on the Institution grounds and throughout Chautauqua County, carefully charting out their records per house. Jack's knowledge of his subject matter and friendly manner make him an ideal speaker/guide for all ages. Join in on a Nature Walk at 9:15 Friday mornings starting at Smith Wilkes Hall and then meet up again lakeside between the Bell Tower and Sports Club at the Purple Martin houses.

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Jul
13
9:00 AM09:00

Week Three: Nature Walk

Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Nature Walk Jack leads a group along Fletcher Avenue and the Ravine toward the South End and highlights a couple dozen features along the way of this 'guided discovery' walk, including birds and animals in addition to plants, trees and insects. Emphasis on items one might otherwise not notice and facts not widely known. You'll see these woods in a whole new light. The tour lasts about 75 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 

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Jul
12
12:00 PM12:00

2018 BTG HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR

Little Journeys to the Homes of Chautauquans
Tickets: $30

The first Chautauqua House Tour was sponsored by the Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden Club in 1954 to raise funds for its many gardens and educational programs. BTG has continued to sponsor this popular self-guided walking tour on an every other year basis with next year’s event marking our 32nd. tour. The July 12, 2016 tour will include some of the historic old cottages, but also many new or newly renovated homes on the north end, including the President's Cottage.

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Jul
11
4:15 PM16:15

Week Three: Bat Chat

Speaker/Guide: Caroline Bissel
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Have fun laughing and learning the many ways the awesome 1,300 bat species of the world make our lives better. Pick up numerous bat facts, fun stories, share laughter and even some riddles and jokes. There will be no test as the end, just pure entertainment by the 'expert on call' in Chautauqua to rescue wayward bats from local buildings and homes.

View Event →
Jul
11
9:15 AM09:15

Week Three: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

View Event →
Week Three: Garden Walk
Jul
10
4:15 PM16:15

Week Three: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

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Jul
10
12:15 PM12:15

Week Three: Brown Bag Lecture

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"Chautauqua Architectural”
Speaker/Guide: Bob Jeffrey
Architect, Institution Architecture Review Board Chair, Institution Trustee, Entrepreneur
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

This lecture will explore the unique development of Chautauqua’s architecture as it relates to the summer tour.  There will be a focus on the styles of the homes that will be toured and the unique changes in the development pattern from original cottages, to post WW II suburban style homes, to the recent return to the original cottage type of development.  Learn what changes in society and inventions fueled these changes in the development patterns.


Bob Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami Univ. and a Masters in Architecture Specializing in Historic Preservation from Kent State. Bob is the president of two businesses, Maviro Corp. and Town Improvement Assn. Inc. which specialize in the renovation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. He currently servers or recently has served on St. Petersburg  Community Preservation Board, President and board member of the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Assn., board member of the Grand Central Distric Assn., co-chair of the Central Avenue Council, representative, CPOA, chair of the Architectural Review Board, and Trustee of Chautauqua Institution.  He has been honored with a number of awards including Preservationist of the Year 2002 and 2013 by St. Petersburg Preservation and the Award of Excellence in 2008 by the Tampa Bay American Institute of Architects.

BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!

View Event →
Week Three: Bird Talk and Walk
Jul
10
7:30 AM07:30

Week Three: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown or Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Join one of our seasoned guides to learn about the birds and habitat in our area. After starting out at Smith Wilkes Hall, there are several different routes for the group to take to see birds and hear their call. We'll stop along the way and talk about habitat, predators, migration patterns, nesting and even review 'bird apps'. Bring your own binoculars or borrow some for the walk. The walk/talk should last about an hour. (Dogs are discouraged from attending with owner).

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Week Three: Lake Walk
Jul
9
6:30 PM18:30

Week Three: Lake Walk

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Fishing Chautauqua Lake Tributaries
Speaker/Guide: Dave Anderson    
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Dave is an avid fisherman, volunteer conservationist for the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and retired kindergarten teacher.  Dave has fished almost every stream in Chautauqua County and has an in-depth knowledge of fishing and fish ecology of Chautauqua Lake tributaries.  The group will walk a creek on the Chautauqua grounds to observe the stream ecology and for a demonstration of how knowledge of fish habitat and behavior is used in successful stream fishing.   

With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the CWC, a 501C3 is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Working with residents, landowners, landscapers, developers, contractors, public officials, and governmental entities, CWC promotes best land management practices and preserves and restores the waterways/sheds of the region. CWC has led efforts resulting in the conservation of more than 1,000 acres of land and 2 miles of shoreline! chautauquawatershed.org

 

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Week Three: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
9
12:15 PM12:15

Week Three: Monarch Moments & More

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"From Boxwood to Bluestar, Peeking into Chautauqua's Formal and Not-So-Formal Gardens
Speaker/Guide: Betsy Burgeson, Supervisor of Landscapes and Gardens, Chautauqua Institution
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Beginning her 4th season as Chautauqua’s Supervisor of Gardens and Landscapes, Betsy Burgeson, will preview the Institution spaces featured on the 2018 BTG House & Garden Tour. Betsy’s incredible knowledge of Chautauqua’s flora will whet your appetite for this much anticipated biannual event which will occur on July 12th.

 


Betsy Burgeson earned a Bachelor of Science in earth science and biology education and a master’s in science secondary education at Fredonia State University. She then taught biology for seven years at Panama Central in southern Chautauqua County. Betsy, a “third-generation gardener,” became the Supervisor of Gardens and Landscapes at Chautauqua Institution in January 2015.

MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS program celebrates you - the gardeners in our audience who have adopted eco-friendly practices and have certified their gardens as monarch waystations with Monarch Watch. Prior to each Monarch Moments & More presentation, home owners will place a pin on their CHQ garden! 

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Arboretum Re-Dedication
Jul
8
2:00 PM14:00

Arboretum Re-Dedication

Location: The Arboretum 2:00 - 2:30pm 

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BTG's Arboretum has undergone extensive renovation over the past 3 years. Join us as the Rev. Maureen Rovegno leads a service re-dedicating this historic nature grove similar to the original ceremony 100 years ago! The Arboretum will be featured in the July 12 BTG House and Garden Tour.

Learn more about the Arboretum by visiting chautauquabtg.org and clicking on The Arboretum

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Week Two: Purple Martin Chat
Jul
6
4:15 PM16:15

Week Two: Purple Martin Chat

Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin
Location: Lakeside between the Miller Bell Tower and the Sports Club at the Purple Martin Houses

Take a seat at the picnic tables and join in on this 'all age' participative event. After a brief introduction about Purple Martins, the group observes Jack's maintenance, tracking and care of the purple Martin houses and inhabitants. The house is lowered, a nest is seen by all, and a nest change usually done - lean in! Photos welcome.  Learn about these birds migration, habitat, life cycle and predators. Questions are answered until 5 PM. The Purple Martins begin their migration mid-season back to Brazil so make sure to get to the talk early - and often! These amazing birds grow before your very eyes - and yes, birds can be touched!


Jack learned about plants and birds as a teenager from Jamestown Audubon specialists Gib Burgeson and Bob Sundell and that set him on his path to earning a BS in Forest Management at Syracuse. He was employed by the US Department of the Interior for 13 years working in parks with diverse a landscape from Yellowstone, Grand Teton to Cuyahoga Ohio. A nationally known expert on Purple Martins, he attends to dozens of houses on the Institution grounds and throughout Chautauqua County, carefully charting out their records per house. Jack's knowledge of his subject matter and friendly manner make him an ideal speaker/guide for all ages. Join in on a Nature Walk at 9:15 Friday mornings starting at Smith Wilkes Hall and then meet up again lakeside between the Bell Tower and Sports Club at the Purple Martin houses.

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Jul
6
9:00 AM09:00

Week Two: Nature Walk

Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Nature Walk Jack leads a group along Fletcher Avenue and the Ravine toward the South End and highlights a couple dozen features along the way of this 'guided discovery' walk, including birds and animals in addition to plants, trees and insects. Emphasis on items one might otherwise not notice and facts not widely known. You'll see these woods in a whole new light. The tour lasts about 75 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 

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Jul
4
4:15 PM16:15

Week Two: Bat Chat

Speaker/Guide: Caroline Bissel
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Have fun laughing and learning the many ways the awesome 1,300 bat species of the world make our lives better. Pick up numerous bat facts, fun stories, share laughter and even some riddles and jokes. There will be no test as the end, just pure entertainment by the 'expert on call' in Chautauqua to rescue wayward bats from local buildings and homes.

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Jul
4
9:15 AM09:15

Week Two: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

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Week Two: Garden Walk
Jul
3
4:15 PM16:15

Week Two: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

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Jul
3
12:15 PM12:15

Week Two: Brown Bag Lecture

"A Wilder Garden: The Natural World of Laura Ingalls Wilder”
Speaker/Guide: Marta McDowell
Garden Author, Instructor, Historian
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Join "BTG Perennial' author Marta McDowell presenting her newest book “A Wilder Garden: The Natural World of Laura Ingalls Wilder”. Marta will share lessons of the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie books. Discover the world of prairie, forest, farm, garden, and natural history of this beloved American children’s author.


Marta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden where she has been twice awarded "Instructor of the Year." She consults for private clients and public gardens. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Country Gardening and The New York Times.  Her first book Emily Dickenson’s Garden came out in 2005. Marta won a 2014 Gold Award from the Garden Writers Association for her book Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. Her 2015 book on the history of American gardening as seen through the White House grounds is called All the Presidents’ Gardens, which was on the New York Times bestsellers list.

BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!

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Week Two: Bird Talk and Walk
Jul
3
7:30 AM07:30

Week Two: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown or Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Join one of our seasoned guides to learn about the birds and habitat in our area. After starting out at Smith Wilkes Hall, there are several different routes for the group to take to see birds and hear their call. We'll stop along the way and talk about habitat, predators, migration patterns, nesting and even review 'bird apps'. Bring your own binoculars or borrow some for the walk. The walk/talk should last about an hour. (Dogs are discouraged from attending with owner).

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Week Two: Lake Walk
Jul
2
6:30 PM18:30

Week Two: Lake Walk

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Saving Chautauqua's Muskies
Speaker/Guide: Fletcher Ward
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Fletcher Ward is a fourth generation resident of Bemus Point, his great grandfather having piloted several of Chautauqua Lake’s steamboats and established the ice crème stand which later became Ward’s and ultimately became the Italian Fisherman.  Fletcher is a 1971 graduate of Kent State University.  He was employed for 29 years as environmental health and safety director of Signore, Inc. division of American Locker Group.  An avowed “lake rat” and historian, Ward has written four books on Chautauqua Lake and is currently researching for a fifth work. Fletcher’s presentation will be based on his book, Saving Chautauqua’s Muskies, a story of a few men who brought this great fish back from endangerment.  Fletcher will also provide information on the status of Chautauqua’s Muskies based on data from the Prendergast Hatchery.


With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, a 501C3 is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Working with residents, landowners, landscapers, developers, contractors, public officials, and governmental entities, CWC promotes best land management practices and preserves and restores the waterways/sheds of the region. CWC has led efforts resulting in the conservation of more than 1,000 acres of land and 2 miles of shoreline! chautauquawatershed.org

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Week Two: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
2
12:15 PM12:15

Week Two: Monarch Moments & More

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"Chautauqua Lake: Informed by the Past,
A Look Ahead." 
Speaker/Guide: Jane Conroe, Conservationist
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Jane will present an overview of our beloved lake’s ecological past, present, and future with her talk entitled Chautauqua Lake: Informed by the Past, A Look Ahead. Retired science teacher, founding member of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, Jamestown Audubon Chairman, long time advocate for the protection of Lake Chautauqua.

Jane Conroe is a retired science teacher, founding member of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, Jamestown Audubon Chairman, long time advocate for the protection of Lake Chautauqua.


MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS program celebrates you - the gardeners in our audience who have adopted eco-friendly practices and have certified their gardens as monarch waystations with Monarch Watch. Prior to each Monarch Moments & More presentation, home owners will place a pin on their CHQ garden! 

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