Upcoming Events

Take a look at the Western New York Land Conservancy events calendar to learn about our upcoming speaker series, nature hikes, and more. The nature hikes are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. To register for these events, please follow the instructions below each event or contact us.

Spring Wildflower Walk

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 10AM-12PM
Niagara Escarpment Preserve, Lockport

Join Erin Redding and Ed Fuchs 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.

Birdwatching Hike at the Niagara Gorge

Niagara Gorge Discovery Center
Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 8-10AM

Join Buffalo Audubon Society Naturalist Tom Kerr for a birdwatching hike in the Niagara Gorge. The Niagara River is famous for its gulls and other migrating birds and is a globally significant Important Bird Area, a designation shared with Yellowstone and the Everglades! Birders of all levels, from beginner to expert, are encouraged to attend, but the trails are very steep. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars!

Birdwatching Hike at Stella

Stella Niagara Preserve, Lewiston
Sunday, June 11, 2017 | 8:30-10:30AM

Hike host, Dave Spiering will lead the search for year-round resident birds and late migrants at the Stella Niagara Preserve property along the Niagara River in Lewiston. The Niagara River is considered a globally Important Bird Area, a designation shared with Yellowstone and the Everglades. The 29-acre property has forests, a large meadow, and a quarter-mile of shoreline, all contributing to high bird diversity. Birders of all levels, from beginner to expert, are encouraged to attend. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars!

Geology Hike at the Niagara Gorge

Niagara Gorge Discovery Center
Sunday, July 9, 2017 | 10AM-12PM

Join us as we explore the geology of the Niagara Gorge where the rocks are more than 460 million years old! This hike will be led by geologist Stan Radon, an engineering geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Stan teaches geology, energy, and environmental classes at SUNY Buffalo and Daemen College. This promises to be a fascinating hike along the cliffs and slopes of the Niagara Gorge. The trails can be steep.

Owens Falls Nature Walk

The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Aurora
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 6-8 PM

Join the Land Conservancy on a guided nature walk at our newest preserve, The Owens Falls Sanctuary in the Town of Aurora. This 57-acre property features a cool tranquil stream that splashes over two magnificent waterfalls. It’s beech and hemlock forests, seasonal woodland pools, and wetlands provide a haven for rare wildlife and improve water quality throughout our region. A magical place with so much to discover…

August Geology Hike

Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, Wales
Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 10AM-12PM

Led by Stan Radon, this hike features a walk right through Hunters Creek, views of the gorge walls, and a small waterfall at the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Wales. This popular hike is a great family adventure on a hot August day. Stan is an engineering geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Stan teaches geology, energy, and environmental classes at SUNY Buffalo and Daemen College.

September Geology Hike

Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, Wales
Saturday, September 9, 2017 | 10AM-12PM

Led by Stan Radon, this hike features a walk right through Hunters Creek, views of the gorge walls, and a small waterfall at the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Wales. This beloved hike is so much fun that we decided to hold another one in September! It’s a great family-friendly adventure! Stan is an engineering geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Stan teaches geology, energy, and environmental classes at SUNY Buffalo and Daemen College.

Earlier this year…

A Big Night for Salamanders

Grand Island Town Hall
Thursday, February 23 | 7-8PM

The Western New York Land Conservancy welcomes the public to attend a presentation about salamanders by Twan Leenders, expert herpetologist and president of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. Come learn about salamander migrations and breeding and how you can help them…

Winter Tree ID Hike

Saturday, January 7th | 2-4PM

wintertreeidBundle up and join us for a unique winter walk at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport and learn how to identify some of our region’s trees in the wintertime. This free hike will be guided by Erin Redding, an environmental scientist with Gomez and Sullivan Engineers.

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