Spring Wildflower Walk at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve
Have you ever seen a forest floor completely blanketed in wildflowers? Don’t miss this chance to experience the magic of the Niagara Escarpment Preserve while our spring ephemeral wildflowers are in bloom!

On Sunday, April 30 from 10am to noon, environmental scientist Erin Redding and botanist Ed Fuchs will lead a tour of the 36-acre preserve on the Niagara Escarpment, a unique geological formation and home to dense patches of stunning woodland plants! The hike is almost full, so sign up today!

https://wnylcwildflowerwalk.eventbrite.com

Arbor Day Celebration at East Aurora High School
Arbor Day will be celebrated the day before Earth Day – April 21st starting at 2PM at East Aurora High School. Students from Mr. Jeff Shelley’s Environmental Science class will present papers and plant apple trees near an area where senior class is donating benches for an “outdoor classroom.”

This is the 19th year the Village of East Aurora is receiving the Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation!

The Homeowners Guide to Tree Care in East Aurora
Do you know the right way to prune the trees in your yard? Or what time of year you should do it? Find out this and more at a free seminar for homeowners about proper tree care hosted by the East Aurora Village Tree Board.

The seminar will take place in the Community Room of the East Aurora Library on Saturday, April 22 from 10AM to 12PM.

Featured speakers will include Rex and Jared Webber who are Certified Arborists, owners of Bradley Tree, and consultants to the Village of East Aurora.

Earth Day Water Walk
Friday, April 21, 2017 beginning at 6pm with a potluck and community events
Saturday, April 22, 2017 beginning at 6am with a ceremony, walk then potluck to follow

The Cattaraugus Water Walkerz group invites the public to join them on their Earth Day journey to honor our Cattaraugus Creek. Participants will walk, run, or kayak to transport water from their starting location (West Valley Demonstration Project) to the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek at Sunset Bay. A sunrise ceremony will be held at 6am and a water ceremony will be held at the mouth of the creek at Sunset. The walk will be followed by a potluck and community sharing time.

The group hopes to increase awareness of the importance of the water and gain support for protecting our waters. Participants are welcome to join the walk at any point throughout the day. Transportation will be available along the route. For more information or to volunteer or donate food, contact Maria Maybee at (716) 200-8320.

Water is Life.

Gardening for Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollinators
The decline of the monarch butterfly has been traced to habitat loss, herbicides, and pesticides. Home gardening, especially with native plants, can provide much-needed safe havens for these iconic butterflies to feed on nectar, breed, and lay their eggs.

On Saturday, April 22 from 11am to 12:30pm, the public is invited to attend a presentation at the Arcade Free Library by Donna Barski, volunteer naturalist with Buffalo Audubon, and Ellen Folts, owner of Amanda’s Native Perennials.

Attendees will find out about the current status of monarch butterflies and will learn how to garden with native wildflowers in order to attract beneficial insects.

Milkweed seeds will be available free to participants! You can purchase a copy of Doug Tallamy’s book, Bringing Nature Home, for only $10. Perennial wildflowers, including common and swamp milkweed, will also be available for purchase.

Seating is limited. Please call (585) 492-1297 to sign up by Tuesday, April 18.

Other upcoming events:

Tuscarora Earth Fair
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 5pm – 8pm
Tuscarora Nation House, 5226 Walmore Rd, Lewiston, NY 14092
https://www.facebook.com/tuscaroraenvironment/

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Spring Shoreline Sweep
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10am-12pm
Various locations
http://bnriverkeeper.org/cleanup/

North Tonawanda Audubon Preserve Spring Shoreline Sweep
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10am to 12pm
North Tonawanda Audubon Preserve
www.bnriverkeeper.org/cleanup/

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve: Earth Day Volunteer Open House
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 1pm-4pm
93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY 14043
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

Grassroots Gardens Fruit Tree Workshop
Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 4pm to 5:30pm
http://www.grassrootsgardens.org/events–workdays.html

Buffalo YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) Festival
Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10am to 4pm
Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main St, Buffalo, New York 14214
https://buffaloyimby.org/