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Hike Alert! Wildflower Hike this weekend!

Wildflower Hike this weekend!

Join Ed Fuchs and Erin Redding on a walk through the Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport in search of spring wildflowers. Located on the Niagara Escarpment, this 36-acre property is part of the unique geological formation and home to woodland plants that are found at few other places in such high diversity and numbers. Ed is a long-time member and past president of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society, and Erin is an environmental scientist with Gomez and Sullivan Engineers.

Attendees may wish to bring drinking water or light snacks. Sometimes the preserve can be muddy, so you may want to wear boots. There are no restrooms at the preserve.

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM

WHERE: Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport, NY (Parking at 4597 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094)

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Our New Annual Member Event!

Don’t miss this year’s annual member event: A Special Presentation by Doug Tallamy

Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Homedoug

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
6:00 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Presentation
UB Center for the Arts
$20 per Person

We are excited to announce our 2016 member event – a presentation by Doug Tallamy, renowned author of the award-winning book, Bringing Nature Home.

Because our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain humans and the life around us, it is essential that we keep them healthy. Tallamy will discuss the important ecological roles of the native plants in our landscapes, emphasize the ecological, educational, physical, and emotional benefits of designing landscapes with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so…

Purchase your tickets in advance at the UB Center for the Arts Box Office or online at www.Tickets.com.

Our last event sold out, so buy your tickets today. The event is open to the public, so please spread the word!

This event was made possible by the following cosponsors:
Bernadette Clabeaux, Ph. D.; Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper; East Aurora Garden Club; Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm; Ecology & Environment; Grassroots Gardens; Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect PC; The Knoer Group; Lessons from Nature Garden Consulting; Nature Sanctuary Society of WNY; Paul Fuhrmann; Sierra Club Niagara Group; Wild Birds Unlimited; and WNY Environmental Alliance

Salamander Success
salamanderLast month, we had great success in tracking the salamander migration in our region. Many thanks to those who shared their findings with us.

It seems that Wyoming County was a hotspot of salamander activity! We received reports of spotted and Jefferson salamanders migrating in Warsaw in early March, and Jefferson salamanders migrating in Arcade […]

Doug Tallamy is coming to town!

Please Join us for a Special Presentation:
Doug Tallamy “Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home”

Tuesday, May 10, 2016doug
6:00 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Presentation
UB Center for the Arts
$20 per Person

Doug Tallamy is the famed author of the award-winning book, Bringing Nature Home. His work has sparked a national conversation about using native plants in our gardens and landscapes to reverse the loss of wildlife and to make our communities healthier. Don’t miss this opportunity to see him in person!

We hope to make this speaker series our new annual meeting, so please join us, your fellow Land Conservancy members, and people from around the region at this special event.

Purchase your tickets in advance at the UB Center for the Arts Box Office or online at www.Tickets.com. Our last event sold out, so buy your tickets today!

Spring it on and project Jackson Falls

The Land Conservancy is participating in Spring It On, a 24-hour online fundraising event that starts today at 8 am and ends at 7:59 am tomorrow, Friday, March 25.

Spring It On is designed to raise awareness and funds for participating not-for-profit organizations in Erie and Niagara County. We hope to mobilize community members for one day of giving to strengthen and support our community.

We are asking you to Spring It On to create the Jackson Falls Preserve just south of East Aurora.

This 57-acre forested property has a meandering creek that carved a 100-ft ravine and two gorgeous waterfalls. Its deep hemlock woods, vernal pools, and forested wetland are home to migrating birds, declining frogs and salamanders, and rare wildflowers.

The property also includes mature headwater forests, which, along with the wetlands, are vital to maintaining water quality in the Buffalo River […]

Tonight could be the Big Night!

Tonight’s forecast is perfect for the big salamander migration!

Did you know that on one night each year, thousands of salamanders migrate all at once from their forest homes to their breeding habitat in vernal pools, which are depressions in the forest floor that temporarily fill with spring rain and snowmelt?

It’s called the Big Night and it usually happens when the ground thaws temperatures warm, and there is a heavy evening rain. According to the migration forecast, tonight has the highest likelihood this week!

If your property has forests with vernal pools, grab your raincoat and flashlight and see if you can witness the migration. Make sure to go after dark, close to 9 or 10 pm.

If you go out tonight, please let us know what you find (Where did you go? What kind of amphibians did you find? How many were there?) We would love to hear from you and see your photos! This is a great opportunity to learn more about some of our region’s most vulnerable and adorable creatures.

If you are lucky enough to find salamanders, please don’t pick them up! Salamanders breathe through their skin. Even a small amount of oil, salt, or chemicals from lotion or other products on your skin are very dangerous to their health.

Celebrate World Water Day & The Niagara River

Tuesday, March 22 from 7:00-8:30 at Atrium @ Rich’s (Niagara and West Ferry in Buffalo)

The Land Conservancy, the Niagara River Greenway Commission, and the Niagara River Corridor Ramsar Site Steering Committee invite you to a public presentation to learn more about the proposal to nominate the Niagara River as North America’s first Transboundary Ramsar Site. This free event […]

A new nature preserve, Rebels with a Cause, and more…

Mothers Falls: a new nature preserve with spectacular waterfalls!

We have just begun our newest project – creating the Mothers Falls Preserve just south of East Aurora. This 57-acre forested property has a meandering creek that carved a 100-ft ravine and two gorgeous waterfalls. Its deep hemlock woods, vernal pools, and forested wetland are home to migrating birds, declining frogs and salamanders, and rare wildflowers. The property also includes mature headwater forests, which, along with the wetlands, are vital to maintaining water quality in the Buffalo River and Niagara River watersheds. We signed a contract with the owners that gives us until October 2016 to purchase the property. If not permanently protected, the opportunity for public access will be lost and the forest will likely be developed…

Roycroft Film Society: Rebels with a Cause  

Sunday, March 13 at 4pm Parkdale Auditorium (141 Girard Ave, East Aurora)

This year, the Roycroft Film Society is partnering with the Western New York Land Conservancy to present a documentary of community interest.

This film tells the story of San Francisco area citizens who overcame countless obstacles to protect open space along the seashore. Even if you have traveled there, you may not have known that the magnificent area was preserved due to the dogged efforts of ordinary people. The film is beautiful and inspiring, and you may find yourself thinking about preserving open space in our own area. The Roycroft Film Society is a division of the Roycroft Campus. Tickets are $6 for Film Society members, and $8 for non-members. A post-film discussion will feature, our own Executive Director, Nancy Smith, as well as Loren Smith from […]

Stella Plans Revealed, Savanna Restoration Presentation, and more…

Have you seen the plans for the Stella Niagara Preserve?

Last week, Darrel Morrison, a nationally-renowned landscape designer revealed the Concept Plan (or landscape design) for the entire property. The plans for the preserve feature curvilinear mowed paths that will lead visitors through the preserve’s proposed botanically-diverse plant communities like grasslands, grey birch groves, white and bur oak savannas, a sedge meadow, and more. These plant communities will provide habitat for wildlife year-round. Darrel says that “the design strives to provide a setting which is experientially rich, ecologically sound, and dynamic, and one which celebrates a unique sense of place, derived from its rich natural and cultural heritage.”

At the presentation, we also unveiled the final Vision Plan for the preserve, a document containing our goals and strategies for the preserve, which was created with the help of many stakeholders from the community. Check out the Plans here…

Did you miss our presentation of the Concept Plan last week? Not to worry – you can check out the photos from the event on our Facebook Page.

Upcoming Presentation: Kankakee Sands Prairie & Savanna Restoration

The Niagara Frontier Botanical Society welcomes the public to attend their next meeting to learn about Kankakee Sands High Diversity Prairie and Savanna Restoration in NW Indiana. This site contains over 100 rare and endangered species!

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, February 9th at 7:30 pm at the Harlem Road Community Center (4255 Harlem Rd., Amherst). The speaker, Andrea Locke, is Coordinator of the WNY Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM). She has also worked for The Nature Conservancy in Indiana restoring sand prairie and black oak savanna ecosystems, including the Kankakee Sands, […]

Stella Niagara Concept Plan, Native Landscape Symposium, and more…

Come and see what Stella can be!

On Thursday, January 21, the Land Conservancy will host a presentation to unveil the draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve. The Concept Plan is a landscape design for the entire property. The key-note speaker will be Darrel Morrison, the nationally-renowned landscape architect known for his ecological approach to design who is guiding our restoration efforts at Stella.

We welcome you to join us and provide feedback. At the presentation, we will also unveil the final Vision Plan for the preserve, a document created with the help of many stakeholders from the community that guides the Concept Plan. The presentation will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Lewiston Senior Center at 4361 Lower River Road. There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP by Tuesday, January 19 or (716) 687-1225 if you plan to join us.

Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium Registration now open

The 8th Annual Native Landscape Symposium is scheduled for Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5 in Ithaca, NY. The theme for this year’s symposium is Regional Reality: True Stories & Models for Regional Success in the Native Plant Industry. Our full staff attended last year’s symposium and we have attended a number of sessions over the years. These trainings have inspired our work on native plants and linked us with key partners. It would be great to have a robust WNY contingent this year. We hope to see you there!

Early-bird registration is available until January 15th, so sign up today. More information and links to register can be found at ithacanativelandscape.com

Get a head start on the Gala Auction: Place your bids today!

The Land Conservancy’s Inaugural Gala is scheduled for September 30, 2015, at the Saturn Club. The Gala is currently sold out. But whether you plan to attend or not, you can still take part in the event.

Help Match a $10,000 Challenge Gift
An anonymous donor has offered a $10,000 challenge gift to the Land Conservancy. Gala attendees will be able to make donations to the Land Conservancy and every dollar donated toward this challenge will be doubled in its impact! If you wish to donate towards this challenge before the gala, you may do so until September 29th. Contact us for details (716) 687-1225 or info@wnylc.org.

Live Auction Items
Advanced bids on auction items will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. Please call the Land Conservancy office at (716) 687-1225 to place your bid today.

Exclusive Hawaiian Vacation – Estimated Value: $4,900

The ultimate getaway! Enjoy a seven to fourteen day stay at the Fairway Villas at the Waikoloa Beach Resort on Hawaii’s big island. Guests here can relax at a stunning beach on the Kohala Coast, snorkel with sea turtles, explore the diverse boutiques and restaurants of Kings’ Shops and Queens’ MarketPlace, charter a deep-sea fishing adventure, or climb Mauna Kea. Guests can also play golf at the Waikoloa Beach Golf Course, home of the most spectacular oceanfront par-five in Hawaii. This first floor condo features two bedrooms with queen beds, two bathrooms, and a kitchen. The resort is 20 minutes north of the Kona Airport. Available dates include: October 1 to November 20, 2015; February 29 to March 18, 2016; April 4 to 29, 2016; and September 12 to November 11, 2016.

Gala Reminder, Stella Presentation, New Member Drive, and more…

Inaugural Gala Reminder: September 30, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Inaugural GalaThe Land Conservancy’s Inaugural Gala is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at The Saturn Club on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. We will have live music by The Hot Club of Buffalo, an open bar with cocktails, hors d’oeurves, a full dinner, and dessert. The night will also feature awards and an exciting live auction. As of today, September 1, the Gala is sold out. Any reservations received from now until September 23 will be placed on a waiting list.

You can place bids on auction items in advance, even if you don’t plan to attend the gala, by calling the Land Conservancy at (716) 687-1225. All advance bids must be received by 5:00 p.m. on September 23. You may also pledge to donate to help match the $10,000 challenge gift until September 29. For more information about the event or auction items, visit our Gala webpage.

Stella Niagara Preserve Vision Plan Presentation: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Now that the Land Conservancy has purchased the Stella Niagara Preserve, we will begin planning to restore and enhance wildlife habitat, improve public access with benches, signage, and other amenities, and better protect the historic art and structures. We have held several stakeholder meetings in the last few weeks to begin gathering information to develop a Vision Plan for the preserve. The Vision Plan will help guide our efforts at the preserve.

We will be hosting a presentation of some our initial ideas for the […]

Big News: Inaugural Gala, Accreditation, and more.

Inaugural Gala: September 30, 2015 from 6 to 9pm
The Land Conservancy invites you to join us for our first ever Gala on the evening of Wednesday, September 30 at the Saturn Club in Buffalo!

The Land Conservancy will host its Inaugural Gala the evening of Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at the historic Saturn Club on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.

Reservations to the gala include an open bar with cocktails, hors d’oeurves, dinner, and dessert. The night will also feature gypsy jazz music by The Hot Club of Buffalo and an exciting live auction by Buffalo’s own Cash Cunningham!

For more information or to pay for reservations, visit our Gala page.

The Land Conservancy is accredited!
lta_accred_seal_greenIn August, the Land Conservancy was accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

We are honored to be counted among the 317 Accredited Land Trusts in the nation. This achievement embodies our organization’s dedication to excellence in land conservation, stewardship, and management. Being accredited will help us continue to grow and expand our impact throughout the region.

Accredited land trusts are authorized to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust, and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent.

Click here for more information on our recent accreditation.

Break the Cycle Bike-A-Thon and Tribute Garden Ribbon Cutting: Saturday, September 26, 2015, 8:30 Registration, 10:00 bike/walk, 10:45 ribbon cutting
TributeGardenButterflyThe Erie County Commission on the Status of Women and local domestic violence advocates have been working for years to create the Tribute Garden […]