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Week Five: Lake Walk


The Secret Lives of Chautauqua’s
Threatened Wildlife

Speaker/Guide: Twan Leenders
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Twan is President of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History ( He is a conservation biologist specializing in amphibians and reptiles, is an avid nature photographer and writes and illustrates field guides. Twan will discuss the rare and endangered wildlife of the Chautauqua Lake watershed, highlighting the lake’s Important Bird Area status, discussing the status of the Spiny Softshell Turtles and recent trends in at-risk species conservation: Bald Eagle and Osprey recovery and aerial insectivore decline (bats, Purple Martins, Nighthawks and Chimney Swifts).  

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!


Earlier Event: July 23
Week Five: Monarch Moments & More
Later Event: July 24
Week Five: Bird Talk and Walk