Week Nine: Lake Walk
Aug
21
6:30pm 6:30pm

Week Nine: Lake Walk

A View of the Lake Through the Trees
Speaker/Guide: Rick Constantino
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Rick is senior biologist and eco-services manager at the Jamestown-based company, Forecon, Inc. Forecon provides arborist consulting services to Chautauqua Institution and continues to implement a Tree Inventory and Risk Assessment for all Institution-owned trees. Rick’s experiences and knowledge contribute to the growing perspective of combining beautiful trees with a beautiful view. Chautauqua Lake needs trees, both in its watershed and by its shoreline. Explore the importance of a view of the lake through the trees.

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 Nine: Bird Talk and Walk
Aug
22
7:30am 7:30am

Week Nine: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Jamestown Audobon 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
22
12:15pm12:15pm

Week Nine: Brown Bag Lecture

How Native Plants Can Feed Us and Feed The Ecosystem
Speaker/Guide: Dan Jaffee
Propagator at New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods, published photographer, botanist
Location: Smith Wilkes Hal

Learn how you can use native edible species with a focus for both our own use and for their value on the landscape from a greater ecological point of view.  Several native edible species will be identified that can be grown in less than traditional settings such as shady sites, abandoned fields, and urban settings.   You will learn tastes and preparation of the plants along with a variety of recipe ideas and also understand the wildlife value of the plants.


Dan Jaffe earned his degree in botany from the University of Maine, and an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from New England Wild Flower Society. Currently he is the propagator and stock bed grower at New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods. Prior to his role as propagator Dan spent a year as Plant Sales Coordinator at the Garden after an internship in that same role. Rodale’s Organic Life magazine featured Dan as one of six next-generation stars of horticulture in the US.  Dan Jaffe’s photography has been used in numerous publications and he is currently writing his first book.

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Aug
22
4:15pm 4:15pm

Week Nine: Garden Walk

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


Join our seasoned guides with experience ranging from certified arborists, master gardeners and/or horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Depending on if your group starts at Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) or up at Fletcher Music Hall, you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers on the grounds. Questions welcomed! Each tour takes a circuitous route for about an hour. 


Joe grew up in the local area and after a 3 year agricultural stay with the Peace Corp, a BA in Comparative Literature, and tree work and landscaping in Denver, he returned to Chautauqua County. His span of his experience ranges from raising grapes on Lake Erie plain, starting and still consulting for a landscaping company, and farming juice grapes. Chautauqua is fortunate to have Joe, a certified arborist share his knowledge for the local flora and fauna on Garden Walks and Talks.

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Aug
23
9:15am 9:15am

Week Nine: Garden Walk

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

(F15 H,8 on the Institution map)

This morning garden walk will focus on ecological gardening tips and techniques. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to your garden. The walk will wrap up in time for you to attend the 10:45 Amphitheater program. 


Sara was raised in Western New York, spending many years in and around Chautauqua Creek where she grew to love all things wild.  Drawn to a creative life, Sara followed a career in the visual arts - drawing from nature for subject matter.  An increased focus on native flora developed while an interdisciplinary graduate student in Nature and Culture at SUNY Fredonia. Sara owned and operated Canadaway Wildflowers, a native plant nursery in Fredonia. She has offered many presentations on the region's native flora, gardening for wildlife, and wildflower propagation; her writings have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Upstate Gardeners Journal, Nature Photographer Magazine and Buffalo Spree. Sara lives with her family on Canadaway Creek, where she gardens and operates an art studio.

Fletcher Music Hall

Fletcher Music Hall

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Aug
23
4:15pm 4:15pm

Week Nine: Bat Chat

Speaker/Guide: Caroline Bissel
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Come join in and learn the many ways the awesome 1,300 bat species of the world make our lives better. You will learn numerous bat facts, fun stories, share laughter and even some riddles and jokes. Meet and be entertained by the expert who is 'on call' in Chautauqua to rescue wayward bats from local buildings and homes.


The 'bat lady' appropriately named for her 15 years of experience and expertise examining bats thru hands on learning has presented bat chats for Chautauqua Institution audiences, book clubs, garden clubs, church groups and private families filled with fun and facts. 

Caroline studied bats domestically and thru extensive international travel. In 2001 she lived in Brazil on an Amazon riverboat studying fruit, nectar, pollen, insect and blood eating bats with Bat Conservation International. In 2004 she participated in a hands-on seminar in the Chiricauhau Mountains of Arizona observing many of the 27 species of bats found in the desert southwest also with Bat Conservation International. She has also observed the giant fruit bats of Australia and the exotic bats in Southeast Asia. She's an expert in Chautauqua's little brown bats, recently suffering from white nose virus.

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Aug
25
9:00am 9:00am

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 covers a couple dozen features, including a few birds and animals when available 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 90 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 


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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Aug
18
9:00am 9:00am

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 covers a couple dozen features, including a few birds and animals when available 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 90 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 


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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Aug
17
4:15pm 4:15pm

Week Eight: Nature Talks

Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin
Location: Roger Tory Peterson Nature Classroom

A Bag of Surprises

Jack totes a bag filled with nature's most unique items. Shut your eyes; select one from the bag; and then he'll help you discover something new about that object


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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Aug
16
4:15pm 4:15pm

Week Eight: Bat Chat

Speaker/Guide: Caroline Bissel
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Come join in and learn the many ways the awesome 1,300 bat species of the world make our lives better. You will learn numerous bat facts, fun stories, share laughter and even some riddles and jokes. Meet and be entertained by the expert who is 'on call' in Chautauqua to rescue wayward bats from local buildings and homes.


The 'bat lady' appropriately named for her 15 years of experience and expertise examining bats thru hands on learning has presented bat chats for Chautauqua Institution audiences, book clubs, garden clubs, church groups and private families filled with fun and facts. 

Caroline studied bats domestically and thru extensive international travel. In 2001 she lived in Brazil on an Amazon riverboat studying fruit, nectar, pollen, insect and blood eating bats with Bat Conservation International. In 2004 she participated in a hands-on seminar in the Chiricauhau Mountains of Arizona observing many of the 27 species of bats found in the desert southwest also with Bat Conservation International. She has also observed the giant fruit bats of Australia and the exotic bats in Southeast Asia. She's an expert in Chautauqua's little brown bats, recently suffering from white nose virus.

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Aug
16
2:30pm 2:30pm

Week Eight: Gardening Workshop

Stump the Chump
Speaker/Guide: Chris Flanders and Melinda Wolcott
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Bring your gardening questions, sick plants and find out just how prepared Melinda and Chris are to put themselves on the line! Need a plant identified?  Bring it in or only a leaf.
Please only gardening quesions.....unless you have personal issues with a plant!.


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

Chris, a lifelong resident of CHQ county, attended CHQ since the 1960s and full time for the past four 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 my home base in CHQ and holds dual roles as Chair of Butterflies and Blooms and garden lecturer.

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Aug
16
9:15am 9:15am

Week Eight: Garden Walk

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

(F15 H,8 on the Institution map)

This morning garden walk will focus on ecological gardening tips and techniques. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to your garden. The walk will wrap up in time for you to attend the 10:45 Amphitheater program. 


Sara was raised in Western New York, spending many years in and around Chautauqua Creek where she grew to love all things wild.  Drawn to a creative life, Sara followed a career in the visual arts - drawing from nature for subject matter.  An increased focus on native flora developed while an interdisciplinary graduate student in Nature and Culture at SUNY Fredonia. Sara owned and operated Canadaway Wildflowers, a native plant nursery in Fredonia. She has offered many presentations on the region's native flora, gardening for wildlife, and wildflower propagation; her writings have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Upstate Gardeners Journal, Nature Photographer Magazine and Buffalo Spree. Sara lives with her family on Canadaway Creek, where she gardens and operates an art studio.

Fletcher Music Hall

Fletcher Music Hall

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Aug
15
4:15pm 4:15pm

Week Eight: Garden Walk

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


Join our seasoned guides with experience ranging from certified arborists, master gardeners and/or horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Depending on if your group starts at Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) or up at Fletcher Music Hall, you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers on the grounds. Questions welcomed! Each tour takes a circuitous route for about an hour. 


Joe grew up in the local area and after a 3 year agricultural stay with the Peace Corp, a BA in Comparative Literature, and tree work and landscaping in Denver, he returned to Chautauqua County. His span of his experience ranges from raising grapes on Lake Erie plain, starting and still consulting for a landscaping company, and farming juice grapes. Chautauqua is fortunate to have Joe, a certified arborist share his knowledge for the local flora and fauna on Garden Walks and Talks.

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Aug
15
12:15pm12:15pm

Week Eight: Brown Bag Lecture

Floral Design For Summer  
Speaker/Guide: Melinda Wolcott
National Garden Club Inc. Flower Show Judge and Award Winning Floral Designer, Winery Owner
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Melinda’s lecture and demonstration will include four floral designs using materials easily found on the grounds, in your gardens, and at local vegetable stands.  The elements and principles of design will be used to enhance understanding and practical application for your designs.  The designs wil be simple to master and fun to have on your porch or dining table. Linda has a creative yet classic flair for design - and a sense of humor to match. 

 


Melinda Wolcott has spent her summers on Lake Chautauqua her entire life.  As a National Garden Club Inc. Flower Show Judge, she is an award winning floral designer and instructor of Floral Design.  Having lived in England, Italy, and Singapore, she brings her experiences from living abroad into her designs. She also owns a winery in California.  

 

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Week Eight: Bird Talk and Walk
Aug
15
7:30am 7:30am

Week Eight: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Jamestown Audobon 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 Eight: Lake Walk
Aug
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

Week Eight: Lake Walk

From blue to green...and back again? Nutrients and algae in Chautauqua Lake
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. Her research explores life at the base of food chains in lakes and how lakes change over time. Join us to learn about life under the water and the role of nutrients in shaping important microscopic communities. Hear stories of nutrient pathways through the watershed, and discover how natural changes and human influences affect our valuable water resources. This presentation will also provide an update on the most recent Chautauqua Lake research projects Courtney has been overseeing. 

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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Aug
14
12:15pm12:15pm

Week Eight: Monarch Moments

"Monarch Miracles: Taking You Places Beyond Your Imagination"
Speaker/Guide: Julie Alm Holland
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall
     

Julie Alm Holland has been raising monarchs for 15 years. The Chautauqua County native, now Ohio educator, tags and releases hundreds of them as part of an international effort to understand their migratory habits. Come share her passion for raising and tagging monarchs and learn how you can invite “miracle moments” into your life and the lives of others, and help to “bring back the monarchs”.


Julie Alm Holland is a native of Jamestown, graduating from Jamestown High School, Jamestown Community College, and receiving her biology degree from St. Bonaventure University. She worked 10 years at Cummins Engine Chemistry Lab, where she met her husband, and they moved to Bay Village, OH. A job transfer eventually led them to a more rural setting in Sylvania, OH where milkweed was plentiful. Her sister, JCC Biology professor Janis Bowman, gave her that first monarch caterpillar to share with her son's kindergarten class back in 1999, and she has been raising them every year since then. She has tagged about a thousand monarchs, starting in 2005, and 4 of them have been recovered in Mexico to date. With a promotion, they were able to return to Bay Village with their two sons in 2000, where Julie began working in elementary school libraries, and that allowed her the opportunity to share the "monarch moments" with all of those students. This led to unexpected events of presenting nature center programs, writing children's books, and being a researcher for the documentary film "Muerte Es Vida". She has released monarchs with cancer patients, those who are grieving, special needs students, and friends and neighbors from ages 2 to 92! Her passion is to continue to help the monarchs and our environment, and to serve as a messenger of the miracle of monarchs with many more people. God has created and sent these amazing winged wonders to us, which are so important in the world of nature, but also lift our spirits and serve as a sign of comfort and hope and often can lead us to places beyond our imagination. 

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Aug
11
9:00am 9:00am

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 covers a couple dozen features, including a few birds and animals when available 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 90 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 


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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Aug
10
4:15pm 4:15pm

Week Seven: Nature Talks

Speaker/Guide: Terry Mosher
Location: Roger Tory Peterson Nature Classroom

Birding with Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost

Discover both authors' encounters with specific birds and then Terry will highlight where the poems teach us a few things not found in field guides.


BIO: For thirty-six years, Dr. Terry Mosher taught environmental literature and other English courses at SUNY-Fredonia, where he loved connecting students with the natural world and great American writing about it. An eager amateur naturalist, Terry studies the birds, butterflies, and wildflowers of Western New York. His other outdoor pleasures include gardening, traveling, and enjoying nature from horseback.

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Aug
9
4:15pm 4:15pm

Week Seven: Bat Chat

Speaker/Guide: Caroline Bissel
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Come join in and learn the many ways the awesome 1,300 bat species of the world make our lives better. You will learn numerous bat facts, fun stories, share laughter and even some riddles and jokes. Meet and be entertained by the expert who is 'on call' in Chautauqua to rescue wayward bats from local buildings and homes.


The 'bat lady' appropriately named for her 15 years of experience and expertise examining bats thru hands on learning has presented bat chats for Chautauqua Institution audiences, book clubs, garden clubs, church groups and private families filled with fun and facts. 

Caroline studied bats domestically and thru extensive international travel. In 2001 she lived in Brazil on an Amazon riverboat studying fruit, nectar, pollen, insect and blood eating bats with Bat Conservation International. In 2004 she participated in a hands-on seminar in the Chiricauhau Mountains of Arizona observing many of the 27 species of bats found in the desert southwest also with Bat Conservation International. She has also observed the giant fruit bats of Australia and the exotic bats in Southeast Asia. She's an expert in Chautauqua's little brown bats, recently suffering from white nose virus.

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Aug
9
9:15am 9:15am

Week Seven: Garden Walk

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

(F15 H,8 on the Institution map)

This morning garden walk will focus on ecological gardening tips and techniques. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to your garden. The walk will wrap up in time for you to attend the 10:45 Amphitheater program. 


Sara was raised in Western New York, spending many years in and around Chautauqua Creek where she grew to love all things wild.  Drawn to a creative life, Sara followed a career in the visual arts - drawing from nature for subject matter.  An increased focus on native flora developed while an interdisciplinary graduate student in Nature and Culture at SUNY Fredonia. Sara owned and operated Canadaway Wildflowers, a native plant nursery in Fredonia. She has offered many presentations on the region's native flora, gardening for wildlife, and wildflower propagation; her writings have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Upstate Gardeners Journal, Nature Photographer Magazine and Buffalo Spree. Sara lives with her family on Canadaway Creek, where she gardens and operates an art studio.

Fletcher Music Hall

Fletcher Music Hall

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Aug
8
4:15pm 4:15pm

Week Seven: Garden Walk

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


Join our seasoned guides with experience ranging from certified arborists, master gardeners and/or horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Depending on if your group starts at Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) or up at Fletcher Music Hall, you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers on the grounds. Questions welcomed! Each tour takes a circuitous route for about an hour. 


Joe grew up in the local area and after a 3 year agricultural stay with the Peace Corp, a BA in Comparative Literature, and tree work and landscaping in Denver, he returned to Chautauqua County. His span of his experience ranges from raising grapes on Lake Erie plain, starting and still consulting for a landscaping company, and farming juice grapes. Chautauqua is fortunate to have Joe, a certified arborist share his knowledge for the local flora and fauna on Garden Walks and Talks.

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Aug
8
12:15pm12:15pm

Week Seven: Brown Bag Lecture

Where Have The Bees Gone, And What Can We Do?
Speaker/Guide: Dr John Wenzel

University researcher, field researcher on insects, Department Chair
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

The current understanding and crisis in pollinator health, the causes of the problems, and what paths may lead to a better future for bees will be examined.  Honeybees and native bees will be examined separately. Emphasis will be on the overlooked value of native bees who are the pollinating powerhouses of most of our fruits and vegetables.


Dr. 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.

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Week Seven: Bird Talk and Walk
Aug
8
7:30am 7:30am

Week Seven: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Jamestown Audobon 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
6:30pm 6:30pm

Week Seven: Lake Walk

Joe Pye Weed, medicinal and beautiful

Joe Pye Weed, medicinal and beautiful

Edible and Medicinal Native Plants
Speaker/Guide: Jonathan Townsend
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Jonathan is the Conservation Lands Manager for the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, overseeing thestewardship of  27 preserves totaling 1,031 acres.  He also teaches as an Adjunct Professor in the Biology Department at Jamestown Community College, and sits on the Board of Directors at Greystone Nature Preserve where he coordinates and implements bat conservation and research programs throughout the county, including at the Chautauqua Institution. Join Jonathan as he explores the many edible and medicinal plant species that abound in all of our lawns and gardens. In this program you will learn the appropriate way to identify, harvest, and prepare wild plants for food or herbal remedies, as well as the natural history and various ecological relationships that make these plants valuable to wildlife.

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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Aug
7
12:15pm12:15pm

Week Seven: Monarch Moments

 "2,500 Miles on a Wing and a Prayer: How Do Monarchs Do it, and Can They Continue?"
Speaker/Guide: John Wenzel, Ph.D.
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Is this arduous monarch migration sustainable? Hear the scientific facts about this complex behavior and the multi-factorial challenges our modern world presents from John Wenzel, Ph.D., Director of the Powdermill Nature Reserve of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.  Dr. Wenzel has spent decades studying complex behaviors of insects, and brings a wealth of information about monarchs and their miraculous migration.


Dr. 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.

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Aug
4
12:15pm12:15pm

Annual Life Members Luncheon and Miller Cottage Tour

Location: Athenaeum Hotel ~ Gather at Noon
Program: "Advocating for Nature: Mina Edison on Conservation's Cutting Edge"  Guest lecture and slide show by Terry Mosher, nature expert and retired college professor

Miller Cottage Tour (9:30am - 10:30am) available for the first 60 Life Members who sign up for lunch. Send $35 payment to Margie Buxbaum via US mail to PO Box 828 Chautauqua NY 14722 and reserve your time slot for the tour. For Life Luncheon questions please email Margie at: mobuxbaum@gmail.com  or  (931) 200-7470.  Lunch and tour reservations required by Tuesday, July 18                                                                                     

BTG's Annual Life Member 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 talk and slide show presentation by Terry Mosher, past president of the Lake Erie Bird Club, and amateur naturalist, retired after thirty-six years in the English Department at SUNY-Fredonia - a 'perennial' BTG lecturer.

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Aug
4
9:00am 9:00am

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 covers a couple dozen features, including a few birds and animals when available 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 90 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 


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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Aug
2
4:15pm 4:15pm

Week Six: Bat Chat

Speaker/Guide: Caroline Bissel
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Come join in and learn the many ways the awesome 1,300 bat species of the world make our lives better. You will learn numerous bat facts, fun stories, share laughter and even some riddles and jokes. Meet and be entertained by the expert who is 'on call' in Chautauqua to rescue wayward bats from local buildings and homes.


The 'bat lady' appropriately named for her 15 years of experience and expertise examining bats thru hands on learning has presented bat chats for Chautauqua Institution audiences, book clubs, garden clubs, church groups and private families filled with fun and facts. 

Caroline studied bats domestically and thru extensive international travel. In 2001 she lived in Brazil on an Amazon riverboat studying fruit, nectar, pollen, insect and blood eating bats with Bat Conservation International. In 2004 she participated in a hands-on seminar in the Chiricauhau Mountains of Arizona observing many of the 27 species of bats found in the desert southwest also with Bat Conservation International. She has also observed the giant fruit bats of Australia and the exotic bats in Southeast Asia. She's an expert in Chautauqua's little brown bats, recently suffering from white nose virus.

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Aug
2
2:30pm 2:30pm

Week Six: Gardening Workshop

Succulents to the Rescue
Speakers/Guides: Chris Flanders and Melinda Wolcott
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall


Tired of watering, snipping, dead heading? Succulents help bring new life to your containers; or for that matter begin the season with succulents. They do bloom, can grow in the same pots as non succulents and containers are a great hiding and thriving
place for those Christmas Cactus you have no idea what to do with all summer. They are your new best friends - the way you'll feel about Chris and Melinda at the end of this demonstration!.


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

Chris, a lifelong resident of CHQ county, attended CHQ since the 1960s and full time for the past four 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 my home base in CHQ and holds dual roles as Chair of Butterflies and Blooms and garden lecturer.

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Aug
2
9:15am 9:15am

Week Six: Garden Walk

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

(F15 H,8 on the Institution map)

This morning garden walk will focus on ecological gardening tips and techniques. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to your garden. The walk will wrap up in time for you to attend the 10:45 Amphitheater program. 


Sara was raised in Western New York, spending many years in and around Chautauqua Creek where she grew to love all things wild.  Drawn to a creative life, Sara followed a career in the visual arts - drawing from nature for subject matter.  An increased focus on native flora developed while an interdisciplinary graduate student in Nature and Culture at SUNY Fredonia. Sara owned and operated Canadaway Wildflowers, a native plant nursery in Fredonia. She has offered many presentations on the region's native flora, gardening for wildlife, and wildflower propagation; her writings have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Upstate Gardeners Journal, Nature Photographer Magazine and Buffalo Spree. Sara lives with her family on Canadaway Creek, where she gardens and operates an art studio

Fletcher Music Hall

Fletcher Music Hall

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Aug
1
4:15pm 4:15pm

Week Six: Garden Walk

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


Join our seasoned guides with experience ranging from certified arborists, master gardeners and/or horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Depending on if your group starts at Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) or up at Fletcher Music Hall, you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers on the grounds. Questions welcomed! Each tour takes a circuitous route for about an hour. 


Joe grew up in the local area and after a 3 year agricultural stay with the Peace Corp, a BA in Comparative Literature, and tree work and landscaping in Denver, he returned to Chautauqua County. His span of his experience ranges from raising grapes on Lake Erie plain, starting and still consulting for a landscaping company, and farming juice grapes. Chautauqua is fortunate to have Joe, a certified arborist share his knowledge for the local flora and fauna on Garden Walks and Talks.

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Week Six: Bird Talk and Walk
Aug
1
7:30am 7:30am

Week Six: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Jamestown Audobon 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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Jul
31
6:30pm 6:30pm

Week Six: Lake Walk

Bluethumb Gardening
Speaker/Guide: Betsy Burgeson
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Betsy Burgeson is in her third year of serving the Chautauqua Institution as Supervisor of Gardens and Landscapes. Her background as an educator and coordinator of the Master Gardener Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension uniquely qualify her to know the world of growing plants. Her passion for all things natural comes through her words and actions.  At this Lake Walk program, she’ll share the secrets of gardening for water quality, also known as bluethumb gardening.  This tour will showcase the Peck Rain Garden and the gorgeous lakeshore buffers on Chautauqua Institution’s shoreline. 

Betsy 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 2015.

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Jul
31
12:15pm12:15pm

Week Six: Monarch Moments

Following the Monarchs to Mexico
Speakers/Guides: Jack and Diane Voelker
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

How can you visit the miraculous monarch overwintering grounds in person? Hear from a couple who has been to Mexico and observed this incredible experience. What are the current conditions at the Biosphere Reserves in Mexico? How have winter storm damage, illegal logging, new threats from mining, and other factors affected the latest monarch population status?   Learn the answers to these and other monarch-related questions during Jack and Di's 'tag team' presentation. They are true local monarch experts, longtime Chautauquans and members of our BTG Monarch team. You'll want to take copious notes for this lecture! 

 


Jack and Diane Voelker, who live on 65 acres of land a few miles north of Mayville, NY, are recently retired - but busier then ever! Jack, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, served as Chautauqua Institution's Director of Recreation and Youth Services for over 25 years. Diane, a registered nurse, founded Family Health Medical Services in Mayville in 1982. In 2014, they traveled to Mexico to visit one of the monarchs' winter migration sites and were 'hooked'! They have been keynote speakers at the BTG Life Member luncheon.  The Voelkers deep roots in the community having been instrumental in initiating and supporting a monarch project with Chautauqua Lake Central School.

 

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Mushroom Sandwich Sale
Jul
28
11:30am11:30am

Mushroom Sandwich Sale

Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

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Lucky Lucky Day! Every 2 years BTG serves up the infamous 'Mushroom Sandwiches'. This delicacy / 'secret recipe' is a cult classic. Come to Smith Wilkes Hall at 11:30am - sell out. A complete lunch is $10 including a drink, chips, fruit and dessert. Musical entertainment is provided by the Dixie Lakesiders and there's plenty of room to dance! If you've never had a mushroom sandwich - please don't miss out. If you've been waiting for their return for the past 2 years, come early before they're sold out! 

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