Jun
24
6:30 PM18:30

Week One: Lake Walk

"Birding the Chautauqua Campus by Ear"
Speaker/Guide: Terry Mosher
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Terry Mosher, past President of the Lake Erie Bird Club, is a longtime birder and amateur naturalist. Terry studies the birds, butterflies, and wildflowers of western New York. In a short workshop, Terry will lead participants in listening to the songs and call notes of birds found in three different parts of the Chautauqua campus: the lakeshore, ravine, and central grounds. Next, the group will walk these three areas and practice bird identification by ear. Please bring binoculars if you have them, but all you’ll really need is your ears.

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.  His other outdoor pleasures include gardening, traveling, and enjoying nature from horseback. 

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

Note: Some Lake Walk presentations may involve short, non-strenuous walks and may take you to rough terrain. Please come prepared for light exertion and occasional inclement weather. Appropriate clothing and footgear are suggested.

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Week One: Bird Talk and Walk
Jun
25
7:30 AM07:30

Week One: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Audubon Community Nature Center 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 One: Brown Bag Lecture
Jun
25
12:15 PM12:15

Week One: Brown Bag Lecture

"An Interpretation of Birds"
Speaker/Guide: Jim Robbins

Birder, NY Times contributor, author, science writer, free lance journalist

People interpret birds to understand more about how the dinosaurs learned to fly while others unpack the secrets of murmurations, when thousands of birds act as one. Some use the power of birds to save lives, by training at risk youths to become falconers. Bird expert and author Jim Robbins will talk about the myriad ways people interpret birds and offer some interpretations of his own into the miraculous world of birds and the powerful ways they enrich our lives.


Jim Robbins, a free-lance journalist for more than thirty years, lives with his family in Helena, Montana. He has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times since 1980, and has written for numerous magazines from Condé Nast Traveler to Smithsonian. He has carried out assignments in Europe, Mongolia, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Yanomami Territory in Brazil and Venezuela, and across North America, especially the Rocky Mountain West. He is the author of four books of non-fiction, and is at work on a fifth. His writing interests include science, the environment, and the human central nervous system. He has appeared on ABC’s Nightline and on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. He considers the fact that he has been able to freely indulge his curiosity and get paid for it one of his greatest accomplishments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zuZ9SdE3bc

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! Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning.

 

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Week One: Garden Walk
Jun
25
4:15 PM16:15

Week One: 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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Jun
26
9:15 AM09:15

Week One: 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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Jun
26
1:00 PM13:00

Week One: Miller Edison Cottage/Shipman Garden tour

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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Jun
28
9:00 AM09:00

Week One: Nature Walk

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

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 One: Purple Martin Chat
Jun
28
4:15 PM16:15

Week One: 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, opened, and a nest change occurs- lean in! Photos welcome.  Learn about these birds’ migration - to Brazil, their unique habitat, life cycle and predators. Questions are answered until 5 PM. The birds ‘fledge’ mid-season so these talks are only available weeks 1-4! 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 at 4pm.

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Week Two: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
1
12:15 PM12:15

Week Two: Monarch Moments & More

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"Beaver Believing and the Wonder of Wetlands
Speaker/Guide: Becky Nystrom
Naturalist, Conservationist, professor, nature activist
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Beavers are extraordinary architects whose ingenuity and creative construction skills are nothing short of phenomenal. Betsy will describe their transforming work creates a still, safe, and relatively deep watery habitat in which their lodge may be built, winter food may be stored, and young may be raised, and in doing so entire ecosystems are altered and the gift of wetlands is given. Wetlands are wonderlands, providing critical habitat for countless creatures while regulating and recharging ground water supplies, reducing erosion, filtering out sediments, detoxifying pollutants, minimizing flooding downstream, and so much more. Damselflies and dragonflies, salamanders and snapping turtles, wetland wildflowers and weathered old trees…all are woven together in a wondrous web of interdependency, complexity, and connection in the bountiful, beautiful, biodiverse backyard of the beaver.

Ms.Becky Nystrom is a local naturalist, conservationist, and retired Jamestown Community College professor of biology (36 years!) who helped co-found the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and who has served as a long-time CWC board director, conservation committee member, fieldtrip leader, and regular columnist for the Chautauqua Watershed Notes. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Chautauqua Lake Association and JCC Foundation, is a life-member of the BTG, and volunteers her time on behalf of a number of forest- and lake-related endeavors. She is active in her Creation Care group at Zion Covenant Church, and passionately promotes increased awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of the natural world.

Becky earned her Master of Science degree in Biology from SUNY College at Fredonia, Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Associates in Science degree from Jamestown Community College. Her professional honors include the SUNY Jamestown Community College Distinguished Alumnus Award, the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute’s Blanche Hornbeck Award for Excellence in Nature Education, and others. Becky and her husband Steve live in Jamestown, and together enjoy traveling, spending time with their grandbaby, hiking, gardening, good music, good books, good friends, and a house-full of pets and plants.


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 Two: Lake Walk
Jul
1
6:30 PM18:30

Week Two: 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

A fine arts photographer will share her love for the beauty of our lake and watershed and her reasons for their protection. For those who wish to bring a camera, Karen will field questions at the end of the presentation.

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.

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

Note:  Some Lake Walk presentations may involve short, non-strenuous walks and may take you to rough terrain.  Please come prepared for light exertion and occasional inclement weather.  Appropriate clothing and footgear are suggested.

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Week Two: Bird Talk and Walk
Jul
2
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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Jul
2
12:15 PM12:15

Week Two: Brown Bag Lecture

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"Algal Blooms: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful”
Speaker/Guide: Dr Greg Boyer
Department of Chemistry, Professor of Biochemistry and Director, Great Lakes Research Consortium SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

One of the predominant crises in fresh water lakes is algal and cyanobacteric blooms. Greg Boyer Ph.D., recognized expert on toxins and harmful compounds produced by marine and fresh water algae, will discuss the biology and chemistry of algae, why it grows, the local impact, and how to manage blooms.


Dr. Boyer received his B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin. After postdoctoral fellowships at the Plant Research Labs at Michigan State University and in the Department of Oceanography at the University of British Columbia, he joined the Faculty of Chemistry at SUNY-ESF in 1985. He was director of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Lower Great Lakes project to develop monitoring strategies for toxic blue-green algae in the lower great lakes and is currently one of the lead analytical chemists for the National Institute Lake Erie Center for Freshwater and Human Health. In this capacity, he also assists the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation with their Citizen State Lake Assessment Program with algal issues. Greg has served as chair of the Department of Chemistry at SUNY-ESF, and is a current advisor to the International Joint Commission on issues regarding Harmful Algal Blooms within the Great Lakes. He is the director of New York’s Great Lakes Research Consortium (GLRC) that consists of 18 New York Universities, 9 Canadian Universities, and almost 300 scientists in total, working on all aspects of Great Lakes Science, education, and outreach. Dr. Boyer’s is one of the most recognized experts with toxins and other compounds produced by marine and freshwater algae.

https://www.esf.edu/chemistry/boyer/

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 Two: Garden Walk
Jul
2
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. 

View Event →
Jul
3
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. 

View Event →
Jul
5
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. 

View Event →
Week Two: Purple Martin Chat
Jul
5
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, opened, and a nest change occurs- lean in! Photos welcome.  Learn about these birds’ migration - to Brazil, their unique habitat, life cycle and predators. Questions are answered until 5 PM. The birds ‘fledge’ mid-season so these talks are only available weeks 1-4! 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.

View Event →
Week Three: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
8
12:15 PM12:15

Week Three: Monarch Moments & More

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"The Zen of Beekeeping: Backyard Hives for Flowers, Honey and the Environment”
Speaker/Guide: Sharon Metcalf and Dr. Stefan LoBuglio
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

An educator at American University and a prison reform specialist have teamed up over their shared interest in beekeeping. Join us for a fascinating dialogue on the role of bees in society, the interdependent sex life of flowers and bees, new DNA studies which elucidate bees’ foraging sources (as featured in National Geographic), why bees are vanishing, and how you can make a difference.


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: Lake Walk
Jul
8
6:30 PM18:30

Week Three: 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 will provide information on the status of Chautauqua’s Muskies based on data from the Prendergast Hatchery. His 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 Ward is a fourth generation resident of Bemus Point, his great grandfather having piloted several of Chautauqua Lake’s steamboats.  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.


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

Note: Some Lake Walk presentations may involve short, non-strenuous walks and may take you to rough terrain. Please come prepared for light exertion and occasional inclement weather. Appropriate clothing and footgear are suggested.

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Week Three: Bird Talk and Walk
Jul
9
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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Jul
9
12:15 PM12:15

Week Three: Brown Bag Lecture

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"Birds in Decline: Is It Time for Conservation Triage?”
Speaker/Guide: Dr. Bridget Stutchbury
Professor of Biology, York University in Toronto
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Dr. Stutchbury, author of Silence of Songbirds and The Private Lives of Birds, is hard at work on her next book that delves into the thorny issues of which species we should choose to save from extinction. She will discuss her research on why so many migratory songbirds are in steep decline and, more generally how limited funding for conservation means we cannot afford to save all species. Conservation favorites such as the California condor, whooping crane, and kakapo can persist for decades but at what cost to other less charismatic or well-know birds? This program addresses the difficult and soul-searching questions we confront in the Anthropocene era about what we can and should do for birds on the brink of extinction.


Bridget Stutchbury completed her M.Sc. at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, her PH.D. at Yale, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Since the 1980’s she has studied migratory songbirds to understand their behavior, migration, and conservation. She has witnessed first-hand the shocking declines in many of our songbirds including wood thrushes, purple martins, and bobolinks. She studies the incredible migration journeys of songbirds and the many threats they face along the way. Dr. Stutchbury is on the board of Wildlife Preservation Canada whose mission is to prevent animal extinctions. She is the author of Silence of the Songbirds (2007) and The Bird Detective (2010) and was featured in the award-winning 2015 documentary The Messenger. Currently Bridget is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Biology at the Stutchbury Lab York University, Toronto.

 https://www.yorku.ca/bstutch/index.htm

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: Garden Walk
Jul
9
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. 

View Event →
Jul
10
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 →
Jul
12
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. 

View Event →
Week Three: Purple Martin Chat
Jul
12
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, opened, and a nest change occurs- lean in! Photos welcome.  Learn about these birds’ migration - to Brazil, their unique habitat, life cycle and predators. Questions are answered until 5 PM. The birds ‘fledge’ mid-season so these talks are only available weeks 1-4! 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.

View Event →
Week Four: Monarch Moments & More!
Jul
15
12:15 PM12:15

Week Four: Monarch Moments & More!

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Stemming Monarch Population Loss”
Speaker/Guide: Lori Stralow Harris
Butterfly farmer and Art-in-Nature Educator
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

The declining number of monarch butterflies has been well documented and brought to the public’s attention. While we know the causes - pesticides, herbicides, and habitat loss – how can we help? Join this presentation for straightforward, practical solutions that we can adopt as individuals and communities to stem the tide.

Lori Harris opened Salt Creek Butterfly Farm in 2013 to provide her community with more opportunities for backyard nature encounters. Her BFA in painting and MA in interdisciplinary arts have contributed to the farm’s art-in-nature curriculum. In 2015 Lori planted butterfly habitat in a local retirement community and began the popular adopt-a-caterpillar program among seniors. Lori belongs to the Association for Butterflies, and the International Butterfly Breeders Association. Her first book, Butterfly Birthday, was released in 2017 with great response from the Monarch conservation community (and the preschoolers in her Montessori classroom). Lori lives in Western Springs, IL with her husband, Mark.

http://www.saltcreekbutterflyfarm.com

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. 

View Event →
Week Four: Lake Walk
Jul
15
6:30 PM18:30

Week Four: 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 will lead a presentation of the rare and endangered wildlife of the Chautauqua Lake watershed, including the status of the Spiny Softshell Turtles, Bald Eagle and Osprey recovery, and decline of bats, purple martins, nighthawks and chimney swifts. 

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.

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

Note:  Some Lake Walk presentations may involve short, non-strenuous walks and may take you to rough terrain.  Please come prepared for light exertion and occasional inclement weather.  Appropriate clothing and footgear are suggested.

 

View Event →
Week Four: Bird Talk and Walk
Jul
16
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).

View Event →
Week Four: Brown Bag Lecture
Jul
16
12:15 PM12:15

Week Four: Brown Bag Lecture

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"The Monarch Bridge: A Story of Lasting Connections”
Speaker/Guide: Lori Stralow Harris
Butterfly farmer and Art-in-Nature Educator
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Lori recounts a quick series of mistakes and blunders just before the monarch migration. But it all led to lasting friendships and awesome gifts of hope. Immerse yourself in this heartwarming story of people motivated to help the monarchs and receiving rewarding gifts beyond their expectations.

Lori Harris opened Salt Creek Butterfly Farm in 2013 to provide her community with more opportunities for backyard nature encounters. Her BFA in painting and MA in interdisciplinary arts have contributed to the farm’s art-in-nature curriculum. In 2015 Lori planted butterfly habitat in a local retirement community and began the popular adopt-a-caterpillar program among seniors. Lori belongs to the Association for Butterflies, and the International Butterfly Breeders Association. Her first book, Butterfly Birthday, was released in 2017 with great response from the Monarch conservation community (and the preschoolers in her Montessori classroom). Lori lives in Western Springs, IL with her husband, Mark.

http://www.saltcreekbutterflyfarm.com

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: Garden Walk
Jul
16
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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Jul
17
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: Monarchpalooza!
Jul
18
12:00 PM12:00

Week Four: Monarchpalooza!

Location: Lincoln Park Noon - 3:30pm

Pick up a Monarch Passport and travel thru BTG's experiential learning event. Journeying thru stations, examine every stage of the monarch life cycle.  Observe and explore egg laying, larve, chrysalis, to the Monarch's full glory.  Knowledgable docents will facilitate observation, provide commentary, help participants to measure each monarch caterpillar instar, investigate their mouthparts and bite patterns, observe chrysalides, and hand-feed adult butterflies. Engage in this unique exciting guided discovery. Guest experts on Monarchs will be on hand from Audubon Nature Community Center, Roger Tori Peterson Institute, Chautauqua Lake Central School teachers and Jack and Diane Voelker, all local monarch enthusiasts ready to share and help you explore.

The event culminates when you present your completed passport in order to enter a 20'x10' tent of monarchs. They'll land on you if you wish and can be fed by hand. Plenty of chance for Q and A all along the way. Pick up a magnifying glass and Be Amazed!  Be sure to attend BTG guest lecturer Laurie Stralow Harris on Monday and Tuesday before the event at 12:15 Smith Wilkes Hall.

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Jul
19
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: Purple Martin Chat
Jul
19
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, opened, and a nest change occurs- lean in! Photos welcome.  Learn about these birds’ migration - to Brazil, their unique habitat, life cycle and predators. Questions are answered until 5 PM. The birds ‘fledge’ mid-season so these talks are only available weeks 1-4! 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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Week Five: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
22
12:15 PM12:15

Week Five: Monarch Moments & More

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“Forests, Gardens, and Digital Tools for Teaching and Research at Powdermill Nature Reserve"
Speaker/Guide: Dr John Wenzel

Director, Powdermill Nature Reserve Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Complementing the traditional field guide, modern digital tools can provide the user much greater utility and flexibility. Dr. Wenzel will demonstrate several state-of-the-art tools used for teaching and research in Powdermill’s forests and gardens. These include gigapixel images, interactive software, 3-D models, UAV (drone) imaging, and an Augmented Reality experience that the audience can share after the talk!


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.

 http://www.carnegiemnh.org/science/default.aspx?id=17526

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.

 

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Jul
22
6:30 PM18:30

Week Five: 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

Investigate life under the water and hear how changes in the ecosystem’s smallest species affect the ecological health and water quality of Chautauqua Lake.  Learn about ongoing Chautauqua Lake research projects. Yes, we’ll be using microscopes! Citizen Scientists welcome!

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.

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

Note:  Some Lake Walk presentations may involve short, non-strenuous walks and may take you to rough terrain.  Please come prepared for light exertion and occasional inclement weather.  Appropriate clothing and footgear are suggested.


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Week Five: Bird Talk and Walk
Jul
23
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
23
12:15 PM12:15

Week Five: Brown Bag Lecture

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"Love and Death in the Life of a Firefly"
Speaker/Guide: Dr John Wenzel

Director, Powdermill Nature Reserve Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Have you ever been curious about fireflies and their enticing photic communication system that they use in courtship? We will explore evolution of firefly flashing behavior originally derived as a defensive signal in the immature larva, then as a courtship device in adults, and finally as a predatory lure.


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.

 http://www.carnegiemnh.org/science/default.aspx?id=17526

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
23
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
24
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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Week Five: Ravine Program
Jul
25
1:00 PM13:00

Week Five: 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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Jul
26
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
29
12:15 PM12:15

Week Six: Monarch Moments & More

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"Bountiful Beneficials --How to Have the Most and Best Insect-eating Allies in Your Garden"
Speaker/Guide: Mike McGrath
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Garden guru and host of the nationally-syndicated public radio show You Bet Your Garden will give us more chemical-free horticultural tips as he discusses how to attract and keep the good guys in your garden.
Back by popular demand - this guy had the audience in stitches last season. He’ll probably be at Jamestown Comedy Center next year!


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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Week Six: Lake Walk
Jul
29
6:30 PM18:30

Week Six: Lake Walk

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

Explore the history of the Chautauqua Lake region and its surrounding hills.  Glenn’s presentation will take you back through time to learn about important events in the evolution of the present landscape. From ancient oceans with fifteen-foot long crustaceans to mile-thick glaciers, the Chautauqua Lake story is a fascinating one.

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.

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

 Note:  Some Lake Walk presentations may involve short, non-strenuous walks and may take you to rough terrain.  Please come prepared for light exertion and occasional inclement weather.  Appropriate clothing and footgear are suggested.

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Week Six: Bird Talk and Walk
Jul
30
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
30
12:15 PM12:15

Week Six: Brown Bag Lecture

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“Gardening With The Edisons”
Speaker/Guide: Marta McDowell

Author and teaches landscape history and horticulture at the NY Botanical Garden
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

In their 40-plus year marriage, Mina Miller Edison and Thomas Edison created three gardens at their homes in West Orange, NJ, Fort Meyers, FL, and of course here at Chautauqua. They worked with Ellen Shipman, one if the premier landscape designers of their day. Mina was president for the Chautauqua Bird, Tree, and Garden Club. Thomas set up a botanic research laboratory with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. Come learn about what the Edisons grew, how they grew it, and the amazing research Thomas did into the possibilities of plants.


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.

http://www.martamcdowell.com

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 →
Jul
30
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. 

View Event →
Jul
31
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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Aug
2
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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Life Member's Annual Luncheon
Aug
2
12:15 PM12:15

Life Member's Annual Luncheon

Location: Athenaeum Hotel ~ Gather at Noon
Program: "Ellen Biddle Shipman"  
Guest lecture: Marta McDowell  
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.  If you would like to become a life member and attend the event - please complete a membership application. Guests are only at the 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 lecture will feature a lively talk and slide show presentation by Marta McDowell, providing the audience with well researched look at Ellen Biddle Shipman - landscape architect who worked with former BTG President Mina Edison and daughter of Institution founder Lewis Miller on the garden plans for the cottage.

***** All Life Members who commit to being docents/head hostesses for the 2020 House and Garden Tour will be invited for a complimentary guided tour of the Miller Edison Cottage and Shipman Gardens that morning. Tour times will be based on receipt of paid reservation.  

Marta McDowell - “Perennial BTG Speaker 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.

http://www.martamcdowell.com

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Week Seven: Monarch Moments & More
Aug
5
12:15 PM12:15

Week Seven: Monarch Moments & More

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"A Masterpiece for Modern Times”
Speaker/Guide: Betsy Burgeson, Supervisor of Landscapes and Gardens, Chautauqua Institution
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Originally created by Ellen Biddle Shipman, the grand gardens of Miller Cottage showcased myriad exotics and hard-to-grow varieties. Chautauqua’s Supervisor of Gardens and Landscapes takes us through her journey of re-creating the gardens using less persnickety plants and natives to achieve the desired effect. Be amazed by the effort to transport this garden thru time - the results speak for themselves!

 


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 and also holds the cherished role of BTG Patron Saint!

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
5
6:30 PM18:30

Week Seven: Lake Walk

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Trees:  Green Guardians of Soil, Air and Water
Speaker/Guide: Becky Nystrom
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Join Becky on a visit to the Ravine Forest, explore the relationships between fungi, microbes, air, water and light with the roots and leaves of trees, and the critical contributions trees make to the ecological health of the streams, lakes, wetlands and watersheds in their Chautauqua Region ecosystems.  

Ms.Becky Nystrom is a local naturalist, conservationist, and retired Jamestown Community College professor of biology (36 years!) who helped co-found the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and who has served as a long-time CWC board director, conservation committee member, fieldtrip leader, and regular columnist for the Chautauqua Watershed Notes. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Chautauqua Lake Association and JCC Foundation, is a life-member of the BTG, and volunteers her time on behalf of a number of forest- and lake-related endeavors. She is active in her Creation Care group at Zion Covenant Church, and passionately promotes increased awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of the natural world.

Becky earned her Master of Science degree in Biology from SUNY College at Fredonia, Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Associates in Science degree from Jamestown Community College. Her professional honors include the SUNY Jamestown Community College Distinguished Alumnus Award, the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute’s Blanche Hornbeck Award for Excellence in Nature Education, and others. Becky and her husband Steve live in Jamestown, and together enjoy traveling, spending time with their grandbaby, hiking, gardening, good music, good books, good friends, and a house-full of pets and plants.


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

Note: Some Lake Walk presentations may involve short, non-strenuous walks and may take you to rough terrain. Please come prepared for light exertion and occasional inclement weather. Appropriate clothing and footgear are suggested.

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Week Seven: Bird Talk and Walk
Aug
6
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
6
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
7
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. 

View Event →
Aug
9
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: Lake Walk
Aug
12
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 will share this expertise in his work, 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.

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.

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

Note:  Some Lake Walk presentations may involve short, non-strenuous walks and may take you to rough terrain.  Please come prepared for light exertion and occasional inclement weather.  Appropriate clothing and footgear are suggested.

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Week Eight: Bird Talk and Walk
Aug
13
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
13
12:15 PM12:15

Week Eight: Brown Bag Lecture

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“Purpose In The Landscape”
Speaker/Guide: Nellie Gardner
Horticulturist, cut flower farmer and historic landscape preservation consultant
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

With no formal high school education and no money, discover how horticulturist Nell Gardner found opportunity and skill from growing up on Cape Bretton Island restoring old farmsteads and planting gardens in forgotten fields. Today she is owner of Flower Fields Farm and is the horticulturist for the Darwin Martin house, Greycliff and the Richardson Olmsted Complex. Using beautiful and harvestable plants, she will share tips and ideas from her agricultural experience that you can use to enhance your own landscape and home.   

With no formal high school education and no money, discover how horticulturist Nell Gardner found opportunity and skill from growing up on Cape Bretton Island restoring old farmsteads and planting gardens in forgotten fields. Today she is owner of Flower Fields Farm and is the horticulturist for the Darwin Martin house, Greycliff and the Richardson Olmsted Complex. Using beautiful and harvestable plants, she will share tips and ideas from her agricultural experience that you can use to enhance your own landscape and home.   


Through hard work and a dedication to the science and understanding of the natural world Nell Gardner has earned a reputation for problem solving, skilled technique, and expertise in horticultural management.  Through her hard scrabble farm upbringing in Nova Scotia to studying at Cornell University, she brings an expertise and quality to the field of Horticulture, seeing the landscape as an integrated whole, a system that needs balance and a thorough understanding of natural systems. Nell has worked for Cornell University as well as run her own consulting and Flower Farm for 25 years. Nell’s signature wreaths were featured in July 2018's Country Gardens Magazine, as a "resourceful recipe for long-lasting wreaths."   She currently works as the Horticulturist for the Darwin Martin house, Greycliff, and the Richardson Olmsted Complex.
https://www.flower-fields.com/

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
13
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
14
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: Ravine Program
Aug
15
1:00 PM13:00

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 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 at 4:15 (weeks 1-4).

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Aug
16
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
19
6:30 PM18:30

Week Nine: Lake Walk

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"Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Chautauqua Campus”
Speaker/Guide: Johnathan Townsend
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

A short introduction to the identification and precautions necessary in collection, processing and properties of common edible/medicinal plants found along the lakeshore and central grounds of the Chautauqua Institution.

Johnathan Townsend will lead participants along the lakeshore, and given time, through the ravine and around the central grounds. Please dress for the weather and come ready to have the time of your life!

Jonathan Townsend is the Conservation Lands Manager for the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, Adjunct Professor of Biology at Jamestown Community College, and Board Director of Greystone’s Bat, Bird, and Butterfly Sanctuary. In addition to his work duties, he is an avid botanist and bat biologist. Jonathan will provide a short introduction on guidelines and precautions regarding collecting and processing edible/medicinal plants, which will be followed by a tour of the area where plants will be identified and their edible/medicinal properties explained.

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

Note:  Some Lake Walk presentations may involve short, non-strenuous walks and may take you to rough terrain.  Please come prepared for light exertion and occasional inclement weather.  Appropriate clothing and footgear are suggested.

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Week Nine: Bird Talk and Walk
Aug
20
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
20
12:15 PM12:15

Week Nine: Brown Bag Lecture

 “The Best Trees for Home, Urban, & City Landscapes in the Northeast”
Speaker/Guide: Don Leopold
Distinguished Teaching Professor SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Author

Location: Smith Wilkes Hal

Understanding the best trees for home, urban, and city landscapes in the northeast will equip you with the knowledge to determine what you do for that next landscaping project.  Don Leopold Ph.D. will identify many different tree species that can be considered depending on site characteristics and desired aesthetics (size, form, flowering, fall color, unusual bark, etc.)  Some of the selection choices will even include food value.  The best tree species and rationale for their selection will be presented, as will tree species that should be avoided because of their liabilities.


After Don Leopold earned his Ph.D. in forest ecology from Purdue University in 1984, he joined the Dept. of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY ESF in ‘85.  He has taught dendrology every year since.  In 1998 he was promoted to Distinguished Teaching Professor and in 1999, he was awarded the first SUNY ESF College Foundation Award for Exceptional Achievement in teaching. In 2007 Don received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.  He was Chair of his Dept. from July 2005 recently stepped down at the end of Feb. 2019. 

In 2007 he began serving on the US Army Corp of Engineers National Technical Committee on Wetland Vegetation.  His research primarily focuses on the ecology of native plant species and natural communities, examining drivers of diversity and rarity at micro to macro scales; the restoration of unique plant communities on alkaline industrial wastes in urban areas; and applications of this research to sustainable, urban landscapes, and green solutions

Don has published six books, four of which are major treatments of trees in North America.  His 5th book, Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening and Conservation was given the Garden Writers Assn. Silver Media Award for excellence in horticultural writings. Don’s 7th book, Wildflowers of the Adirondacks, will be published later this year.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_nOGRZu5zg


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
20
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
21
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
23
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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Appreciation Lunch
Jun
21
12:00 PM12:00

Appreciation Lunch

Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

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BTG's board hosts a hearty lunch with thanks for the Chautauqua Landscape and Garden, Woods and Grounds Crews, nature presenters, 'perennial speakers', The Chautauquan Daily reporter, and other Institution friends of BTG in recognition and appreciation of their services provided through the season and in support of our mission. 

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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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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
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
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
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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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
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 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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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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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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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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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: 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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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 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
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.

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
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 →
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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Week Nine: Lake Walk
Aug
6
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 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: 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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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