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Week Nine: Lake Walk
Aug
20
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 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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Week Seven: Lake Walk
Aug
6
6:30 PM18:30

Week Seven: Lake Walk

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A Photographer’s Appreciation of Water
Speaker/Guide: Karen Glosser
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Karen Glosser is a fine art nature photographer whose work has led her to memorable places around the world. However, her native Western New York State remains her primary love and focus as she explores and captures the moody waves of Lake Erie, the serenity found at Chautauqua Lake and the silent woodlands near her home. Glosser shares her love of water not only through her photography, but also by encouraging people to get close to water, to appreciate water and to become active participants in protecting our wild waters. Karen’s talk will focus on her personal insights on why water means so much to her and how she captures the mood and emotion the natural world in her photography. For those who wish to bring a camera and ask about water photography, Karen will field questions at the end of the presentation.

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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Jul
30
6:30 PM18:30

Week Six: Lake Walk

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Lakeside Lab - Exploring Chautauqua Lake's
Underwater Life
Speaker/Guide: Courtney Wigdahl-Perry
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Courtney is an assistant professor of Biology at SUNY Fredonia, with a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine. Her research explores how environmental change influences organisms that live in lakes. Courtney manages the only research buoy on Chautauqua Lake, and has an up-to-date knowledge of the Lake’s water quality. The presentation will provide background on life under the water and then participants will use microscopes to observe life in Chautauqua Lake! Also, learn about Courtney’s ongoing Chautauqua Lake research projects. 

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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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 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: Lake Walk
Jul
9
6:30 PM18:30

Week Three: Lake Walk

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Fishing Chautauqua Lake Tributaries
Speaker/Guide: Dave Anderson    
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Dave is an avid fisherman, volunteer conservationist for the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and retired kindergarten teacher.  Dave has fished almost every stream in Chautauqua County and has an in-depth knowledge of fishing and fish ecology of Chautauqua Lake tributaries.  The group will walk a creek on the Chautauqua grounds to observe the stream ecology and for a demonstration of how knowledge of fish habitat and behavior is used in successful stream fishing.   

With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the CWC, 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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Week Two: Lake Walk
Jul
2
6:30 PM18:30

Week Two: 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 Ward is a fourth generation resident of Bemus Point, his great grandfather having piloted several of Chautauqua Lake’s steamboats and established the ice crème stand which later became Ward’s and ultimately became the Italian Fisherman.  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. Fletcher’s 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 will also provide information on the status of Chautauqua’s Muskies based on data from the Prendergast Hatchery.


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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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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