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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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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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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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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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Aug
17
4:15 PM16:15

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
10
4:15 PM16:15

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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Jul
27
4:15 PM16:15

Week Five: Tree Talks

Speaker/Guide: Betsy Burgeson
Location: Bird & Tree Arboretum

Betsy Burgeson will meet you at the Arboretum to talk about the transition to native plantings and the evolving tree canopy at this spectacular newly renovated garden.


Chautauqua’s supervisor of gardens and landscapes earned a Bachelor of Science in earth science and biology education and a master’s in science secondary education at Fredonia. Burgeson then taught biology for seven years at Panama Central in southern Chautauqua County. There, from 2008 to 2009, she held a grant position that promoted outreach and greater public awareness of the effects of human activity on the health of Chautauqua Lake.

Growing up in Lakewood near the Cummins plant, Burgeson is the daughter of a prominent Jamestown attorney and an elementary school teacher in the Jamestown area. But Burgeson is a “third-generation gardener,” and it was that love for gardens, ecology and Chautauqua Lake that led her to the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, often known simply as the ’Shed.

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Jul
20
4:15 PM16:15

Week Four: Nature Talks

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

Birding by Ear

Come listen to the songs of birds and learn some tips for recognizing each bird by its unique song. Birds give themselves away by their unique songs just as clearly as they do by their sizes, shapes and plumage.


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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