Aug
25
12:15 PM12:15

Week Nine: “Insect Companions for Gardens,”

“Insect Companions for Gardens,”
Sally Cunningham, a garden consultant, writer and speaker

Cunningham will speak about insects as great garden companions. Learn how to focus on a chemical-free system of gardening. Companion plant combinations of herbs, flowers and vegetables can attract beneficial insects to create the right plants to set up a sustainable garden system. Check out Sally’s book, which she will sell and sign.

Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

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Aug
24
6:30 PM18:30

Week Nine: A National Audubon Important Bird Area

Jeff Tome
A National Audubon Important Bird Area

Jeff is the senior naturalist with the Jamestown Audubon. Chautauqua Lake is an important stopover location for migrant birds, particularly waterfowl — 270 species have been documented. What makes Chautauqua lake so valuable to the waterfowl species who live and stop here?

Location: Covered porch at Heinz Beach (below the YAC)

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Aug
18
8:30 PM20:30

Week Eight: "The Song of Insects”

"The Song of Insects”
with Will Hershberger, a freelance wildlife photographer and natural sounds recordist.

Hershberger will take us into the wonderful world of singing insects with his gorgeous nature images and sound recordings. Learn about how and why they sing and how to identify them by sight and sound.

Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

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Aug
17
6:30 PM18:30

Week Eight: Harmful Algae May Need More Than Science

Pierre Chagnon
Harmful Algae May Need More Than Science

Pierre is a Chautauqua County legislator, serving as the chair of the Environmental Committee. His training in natural sciences and his lifelong learning finds him uniquely qualified to address harmful algal blooms in the lake. Come understand the role of scientific and human resources in tackling this growing problem.

Location: Covered porch at Heinz Beach (below the YAC)

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Aug
11
12:15 PM12:15

Week Seven: “Backyard Haven for a Pair of Kestrels”

“Backyard Haven for a Pair of Kestrels”
with Tom LeBlanc, a field biologist with New York State Office of Parks

LeBlanc will introduce us to the amazing life of a kestrel family which spent the summer in his backyard. He filmed this family from nesting to the first flight, following the eating habits, parental care and banding in between. Kestrels are declining. Find out how to create a nesting box to help secure their future.

Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

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Aug
10
6:30 PM18:30

Week Seven: Life in Two Worlds: The Biology of Local Amphibians

Twan Leenders
Life in Two Worlds: The Biology of Local Amphibians

Twan, president of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, is a conservation biologist specializing in amphibians and reptiles. Join him for in a search for frogs and salamanders and learn about their fascinating life histories. Wear appropriate shoes as you explore the South End Ravine.

Location: Covered porch at Heinz Beach (below the YAC)

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Aug
4
12:15 PM12:15

Week Six: “Bat Survivors”

“Bat Survivors”
with Dr. Ken Fields, a Bucknell University associate biology professor

Dr. Fields will share the latest research and study of North American bats. Come and check out the hibernation patterns, physiological ecology, habitat-selection and social behaviors with an emphasis on the bats surviving white-nose syndrome. This program is in memory of Dr. Robert Gingell and sponsored by his wife, Marty Gingell, and family.

Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

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Aug
3
6:30 PM18:30

Week Six: Lakes as Record Keepers

Courtney Wigdahl-Perry
Lakes as Record Keepers

Courtney, an assistant professor of biology at SUNY Fredonia, researches fossil algae and diatoms in waterbody sediments which reveal information about past lake conditions. Learn how ancient information can inform modern efforts to battle current lake problems.

Location: Covered porch at Heinz Beach (below the YAC)

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