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Week Four 2023 Newsletter


Above: Anne Day will present our Brown Bag lecture on Garden and Nature photography in Smith Wilkes Hall on Tuesday at 12:15 PM this week!

Monday, July 17

4:15 PM  Lake Walk: "CHQ Gardens: Planning, Designing, and Installing" with Betsy Burgeson

Location: Shoreline & Wetland Garden by the Pier Building

Tuesday, July 18

Wednesday, July 19

8:00 AM  Wednesday Weeding

Please join the BTG to help remove invasive plants! You do not have to be a member to volunteer. Learn more at the link above.

Location: Meet at the Butterfly Garden by the South Gate

12:30 - 2:30 PM  Open Garden: Shipman Garden at Miller Cottage

4:15 PM  Tree Walk with Naturalist Jack Gulvin

Location: Smith Wilkes Hall - Lakeside

Thursday, July 20

8:00 AM  Bird Walk with Ruth Lundin

Location: Smith Wilkes Hall - Entrance

Bring binoculars if you have them, and please leave dogs at home!

12:30 - 2:30 PM  Open Garden: Shipman Garden at Miller Cottage

1:30 - 2:15 PM  County Day Garden Tour with Betsy Burgeson and Tree Tour with Jack Gulvin

Location: Screen House at Odland Plaza

Learn more about Chautauqua County Day here!

4:15 PM  Purple Martin Talk with Jack Gulvin

Location: Sports Club

Friday, July 21

9:00 AM  Nature Walk with Naturalist Jack Gulvin

Location: Smith Wilkes Hall - Lakeside

12:30 PM  Garden Walk with Betsy Burgeson

Location: Miller Park to Campbell Garden (meet at S. Lake Drive and Miller Park Drive)

Saturday, July 22

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM  Life Members Event: Allenberg Bog Field Trip with Betsy Burgeson

Location: Allenberg Bog Preserve near Little Valley, NY

The Allenberg Bog Preserve near Little Valley, NY is owned by the Buffalo Audubon. We will carpool to the trailhead (about a 45 min. drive) and then hike into the bog led by Betsy Burgeson. The hike is just under two miles and rated “moderately challenging” by AllTrails. We will stop for lunch on the way home. This event is limited to 15 participants. Cost $10 per person.

Flowers from the Discovery Garden arranged and photographed by Jamie Jamison. 


Jack Gulvin:

Recycler Extraordinaire

You may know Jack Gulvin for his work with the BTG: leading our Tree Walks and Purple Martin Chats, tending to the Martins, and everything else he's done over his 24 seasons as a BTG guide. But he loves more than plants and birds ... he loves recycling too.

Jack has been recycling containers he finds on Chautauqua grounds and throughout the county for probably 25+ years. He picked up the habit after spending so much time in natural areas plagued by cans and now recycles many thousands of cans each year. The Chautauqua Daily wrote that "eccentric hobbies such as recycling are part of what allows him to spend so much time caring for Chautauqua's purple martins." Not only that, but Jack helps to keep the forests and parks in Chautauqua County clear of litter. Jack truly is vital to the Chautauqua ecosystem in more ways than one!

Jack also has used some of his funds from can collecting to donate to organizations like the Purple Martin Conservation Association. 


Last Week in Photos

Above: our week 3 Champion Tree Tour winner, Finley Carr, poses with his new BTG iron-on patch (left) and with Leslie on the Smith Wilkes stage (right). The Champion Tree Tour pinning ceremony is every Tuesday before the BTG Brown Bag.

Above: Jonathan Townsend on the Week 3 lake walk.

Above: Jack Gulvin (bottom left) this past Thursday during his Purple Martin chat! Also pictured are the birds in their homes (top) and taken down to observe (bottom right). 

Above: Some photos from our annual Life Member Luncheon! More on this next week - the Bat Chat just ended and it's time to press send...



From The Chautauquan Daily


Need help finding your way? Take a peek at our beautiful map drawn by Jane Nelson, or use the interactive version in the BTG app, to locate all of the gardens on Chautauqua Institution!


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