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