*Summer is here and we are ready to flourish like flowers* – Get outside with us in July!

~What YOU can do to stop the spread – pulling pesky plants at Kenneglenn~

In honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, the Western New York Land Conservancy is working with the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) to remove harmful non-native invasive plants from the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Wales.

On Thursday, July 12th, from 9am–12pm, participants will work alongside local experts and Land Conservancy staff to remove common valerian and bush honeysuckle. Tools will be supplied and lunch is on us!

**Sign up for the Honeysuckle Harvest**

 

~Free your inner yogi in the forest~

Imagine clean, fresh air filling your lungs, hearing a gentle breeze through the boughs of the trees, and dipping your feet in a cool, flowing creek – feeling Zen yet?

Saturday, July 14th, 10am-2pm, $30

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a 2-hour hike along trails through hemlock forest and a shale-bottomed creek, with spectacular views of Hunter’s Creek Gorge, followed by a grounding and invigorating 75-minute vinyasa yoga class among the trees led by Spencer Jones.

Spencer will provide complimentary tea and snacks. A portion of your $30 registration fee goes directly to the Land Conservancy. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Wear durable footwear you won’t mind getting wet and dress for the elements. Bring your own yoga mat, water, and a smile to foster the connection between the wilderness outside and the wilderness within.

**Register for Yoga and Hiking**

 

~Summer Reading: The Interdependence of Land and Water Protection~

In WNY it can seem like there’s water everywhere – the Niagara River, lakes great and small, lots of creeks, and sometimes in our basements. Being surrounded by so much water makes it easy to forget how precious a resource it is.

In fact, the Great Lakes are the largest surface freshwater system on Earth, containing 84% of North America’s surface fresh water and 21% of the world’s supply of surface fresh water.

That makes it even more important that we protect this resource and doing so starts on the land. At the Land Conservancy, we work to protect headwater forests, wetlands, shoreline habitat, and more to ensure that the community has access to clean water for years to come.

Learn more about how land trusts are working together, across state boundaries, to safeguard this essential resource.

**Read The Interdependence of Land and Water Protection**

 

~Creature Feature~

It’s easy to see why members of the Land Conservancy staff are smitten with the Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus).

First off, their call sounds like a combination of retro video game music and laser noises. Breeding males (top left) look like they have half of a cotton ball stuck to the back of their head – the ladies love it.

Bobolink molt twice a year, and non-breeding males and females spend most of the year sporting a more casual outfit (bottom left).

Bobolink can be found at the Mill Road Scenic Overlook, Knox Farm State Park, and in large overgrown pastures across NYS. Keep your eyes and ears open for these funny feathered friends!

For more information on bobolink, visit allaboutbirds.org.