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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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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 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 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 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 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 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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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.

 

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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.

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Jul
11
1:00 PM13:00

Week Three: Nature Programs

"The Things Birds Do To Poets"
Speaker/Guide: Terry Mosher
Location: Roger Tory Peterson Nature Classroom

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 ‘hold class outside’ and talk about birds, poets and read samples of bird inspired poetry. Which poem do you think he’ll read?

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. 

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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 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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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: 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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Jul
25
4:15 PM16:15

Week Five: 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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Week Five: Lake Walk
Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

Week Five: 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 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. 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! chautauquawatershed.org

 

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Week Five: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
23
12:15 PM12:15

Week Five: Monarch Moments & More

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"Landscaping For Butterflies" 
Speaker/Guide: Jeff Tome
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Jeff Tome, Senior Naturalist at the Audubon Community Nature Center, has been raising monarch butterflies every year since 2005, when he raised 200 to release at his wedding. Since then, he has organized his yard around native plantings for various caterpillars and learned to raise many other species of butterflies and moths. Jeff will discuss the factors and steps involved in landscaping for lepidopterans so that they can complete their entire lifecycle in your yard.


Jeff Tome is a 'perennial' BTG speaker at the Life Member Annual Luncheon, Brown Bag Lectures, Monarch Moments, Monarchpalooza and a BTG life member himself!  At the Audubon Community Nature Center for over 20 years, Jeff teaches programs, creates exhibits and works with all ages. He was instrumental in Audubon’s adopting of green energy solutions and was awarded the 2011 County Executive’s Award for Innovative Energy Initiatives. 

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 Four: Purple Martin Chat
Jul
20
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, a nest is seen by all, and a nest change usually done - lean in! Photos welcome.  Learn about these birds migration, habitat, life cycle and predators. Questions are answered until 5 PM. The Purple Martins begin their migration mid-season back to Brazil so make sure to get to the talk early! 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 Six: Lake Walk
Jul
16
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.

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 Four: Lake Walk
Jul
16
6:30 PM18:30

Week Four: Lake Walk

Mushrooms: Manna or Menace? 
Speaker/Guide: Garrett Taylor
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Garrett is a club mycologist for the Rochester Area Mycological Association, Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club (Pittsburgh-Erie), and the Mycological Society of Toronto. He is a professional chef, which, as he explains, is the gateway profession of mycology. Garrett will be your guide into the realm of Fungi, or in deeper if you have already tested the waters. A non-strenuous walk is involved.

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 Three: Purple Martin Chat
Jul
13
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, a nest is seen by all, and a nest change usually done - lean in! Photos welcome.  Learn about these birds migration, habitat, life cycle and predators. Questions are answered until 5 PM. The Purple Martins begin their migration mid-season back to Brazil so make sure to get to the talk early - and often! 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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Jul
11
4:15 PM16:15

Week Three: 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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Week Two: Purple Martin Chat
Jul
6
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, a nest is seen by all, and a nest change usually done - lean in! Photos welcome.  Learn about these birds migration, habitat, life cycle and predators. Questions are answered until 5 PM. The Purple Martins begin their migration mid-season back to Brazil so make sure to get to the talk early - and often! 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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Jul
4
4:15 PM16:15

Week Two: 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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Week Two: Lake Walk
Jul
2
6:30 PM18:30

Week Two: 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.  

A local naturalist, conservationist, and retired Jamestown Community College professor of biology


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: Purple Martin Chat
Jun
29
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, a nest is seen by all, and a nest change usually done - lean in! Photos welcome.  Learn about these birds migration, habitat, life cycle and predators. Questions are answered until 5 PM. The Purple Martins begin their migration mid-season back to Brazil so make sure to get to the talk early - and often! 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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Jun
27
4:15 PM16:15

Week One: 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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Jun
25
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

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Aug
23
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.


The 'bat lady' appropriately named for her years of experience and expertise examining bats thru hands on learning has presented bat chats for Chautauqua Institution audiences, book clubs, garden clubs, church groups and private families filled with fun and facts. 

Caroline studied bats domestically and thru trips abroad. In 2001 she lived in Brazil on an Amazon riverboat studying fruit, nectar, pollen, insect and blood eating bats with Bat Conservation International. In 2004 she participated in a hands-on seminar in the Chiricauhau Mountains of Arizona observing many of the 27 species of bats found in the desert southwest also with Bat Conservation International. She has also observed the giant fruit bats of Australia and the exotic bats in Southeast Asia. She's an expert in Chautauqua's former little brown bats, recently suffering from white nose virus.

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Aug
16
4:15 PM16:15

Week Eight: Bat Chat

Speaker/Guide: Caroline Bissel
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Come join in and learn the many ways the awesome 1,300 bat species of the world make our lives better. You will learn numerous bat facts, fun stories, share laughter and even some riddles and jokes. Meet and be entertained by the expert who is 'on call' in Chautauqua to rescue wayward bats from local buildings and homes.


The 'bat lady' appropriately named for her 15 years of experience and expertise examining bats thru hands on learning has presented bat chats for Chautauqua Institution audiences, book clubs, garden clubs, church groups and private families filled with fun and facts. 

Caroline studied bats domestically and thru extensive international travel. In 2001 she lived in Brazil on an Amazon riverboat studying fruit, nectar, pollen, insect and blood eating bats with Bat Conservation International. In 2004 she participated in a hands-on seminar in the Chiricauhau Mountains of Arizona observing many of the 27 species of bats found in the desert southwest also with Bat Conservation International. She has also observed the giant fruit bats of Australia and the exotic bats in Southeast Asia. She's an expert in Chautauqua's little brown bats, recently suffering from white nose virus.

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