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Week Two: Monarch Moments & More


"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! 

Earlier Event: June 28
Week One: Purple Martin Chat
Later Event: July 1
Week Two: Lake Walk