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 covers a couple dozen species, including a few birds and animals when available in addition to plants, trees and insects. Emphasis is on items one might otherwise not notice and facts not widely known. You'll see these woods in a whole new light. The tour lasts about 90 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture.
Jack learned about plants and birds as a teenager from Jamestown Audubon specialists Gib Burgeson and Bob Sundell and that set him on his path to earning a BS in Forest Management at Syracuse. He was employed by the US Department of the Interior for 13 years working in parks with diverse a landscape from Yellowstone, Grand Teton to Cuyahoga Ohio. A nationally known expert on Purple Martins, he attends to dozens of houses on the Institution grounds and throughout Chautauqua County, carefully charting out their records per house. Jack's knowledge of his subject matter and friendly manner make him an ideal speaker/guide for all ages. Join in on a Nature Walk at 9:15 Friday mornings starting at Smith Wilkes Hall and then meet up again lakeside between the Bell Tower and Sports Club at the Purple Martin houses.