18Jul 2016

A Challenge Gift for Jackson Falls & Invasive Species Updates…

Jackson Falls – A Challenge Gift

The Land Conservancy and Friends of Jackson Falls have received a challenge gift of $20,000 from the Gallogly Family Foundation to help save Jackson Falls. In order for these funds to be used towards creating the Jackson Falls Preserve, the community must step up to match it, dollar for dollar. But there’s a twist: a single donor must match the entire $20,000 challenge gift!

That donor will have one of five benches to be placed at the preserve named in their honor. As a special bonus, those five benches will be hand-crafted by Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan, Thomas Pafk, who is also a neighbor to the Jackson Falls property. If you or someone you know can help meet this challenge, please contact the Land Conservancy today!

In the news – Jackson Falls has been featured in the news lately!

In case you missed it, here are a few links:

Honeysuckle Harvest 

Thanks to a team of hard-working volunteers, a mountain of invasive honeysuckle was removed from the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve this week. In honor of the 3rd annual Invasive Species Awareness Week, 16 volunteers and 6 staff from the Western New York Land Conservancy and the Western New […]

29Jun 2016

We Need Your Help At Our Honeysuckle Harvest!

Volunteers needed for our honeysuckle harvest

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 10am to 12pm

In honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, the Western New York Land Conservancy is partnering with the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) to remove valerian and woody invasives like honeysuckle from the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Wales. Tools and lunch will be provided.

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Watch Doug Tallamy’s presentation online today!

Did you miss Doug Tallamy when he came to speak in Buffalo last month? Over 230 people came to hear Doug at the UB Center for the Arts in May. Doug describes how you can impact our delicate ecosystems and your own wellbeing by planting native plants in your yard.

Watch Doug’s full presentation online today!

In the Spotlight: Land Conservancy featured in the national land trust magazine

The latest issue of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) magazine, Saving Land, featured a recent tweet by Senator Chuck Schumer about the Western New York Land Conservancy and the LTA. The tweet also included a link to WGRZ’s 2 the Outdoors video about our efforts to save Jackson Falls.

15Jun 2016

Extraordinary wildflowers, our new Spring Newsletter, and a “View” of Stella…

Incredible wildflowers at Jackson Falls

On a recent hike in the gorge at Jackson Falls, we discovered abundant native wildflowers! We found foam flower, Solomon’s seal, maidenhair ferns, jack-in-the-pulpit, may apples and more! In May, we received a large grant to help us protect Jackson Falls, but we have a long way to go before our October deadline.

Please consider making a contribution to save this remarkable place before it’s too late!

25th Anniversary Gala – Save the Date – Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We are excited to announce our second annual Gala to commemorate our 25th Anniversary! The Gala will be held in the stunning Golden Ballroom at the Statler Hotel in Buffalo. The Gala will feature live music, awards, and a live auction. It will also include an open bar with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a full dinner, and dessert. Mark your calendars and join us to help contribute to our region’s revitalization!

Did you see the article about the Stella Niagara Preserve in View magazine?

This month, Land Conservancy members have already received or will soon find a copy of View magazine in their mailboxes. The magazine features a wonderful article about the work underway to improve the walking trails and wildlife habitat at our Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston. The article was written by Darrel Morrison, our lead landscape designer for Stella.

If you aren’t yet a member of the Land Conservancy, you can join today to get great perks like this!

Preserve Update: It’s been a busy week at Stella. We have put in native shrubs and are planting locally collected wildflower […]

20May 2016

We’ve reached a Jackson Falls milestone and much more!

 

Jackson Falls: we’re halfway there

Great news! The Land Conservancy has just learned that we will be receiving a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative program for the creation of the Jackson Falls Preserve in the Town of Aurora. The 57-acre headwater forest has two gorgeous waterfalls and incredible Roycroft history. Once protected, its trails will be opened to hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

This grant award brings us past the halfway point for fundraising. There are just five months left until the October 31st fundraising deadline!

You can help the Friends of Jackson Falls and the Land Conservancy raise the $600,000 needed to create the preserve by October 2016. Donations to support this project are now being accepted.

Doug Tallamy brought Nature to our homes 

Last week Tuesday, over 230 people came to hear award-winning author Doug Tallamy speak at the UB Center for the Arts. Doug’s talk helped us to understand exactly how important it is that everyone use native plants in their yards for the sake of our delicate ecosystems and our own wellbeing. A video recording of the event will be available in the near future, so keep an eye on our website if you’d like to see Doug’s incredible presentation again or if you want to share it with someone who wasn’t able to attend.

Two inspiring articles were published this week describing Doug’s presentation. Check them out:

Thanks to Sally […]

9May 2016

Only one day until Doug Tallamy!

Tuesday the Land Conservancy will host a Special Presentation by Doug Tallamy: Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home

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

If you haven’t already heard, there is only one day left before the exciting presentation by Doug Tallamy, renowned author of the award-winning book, Bringing Nature Home.

After decades of intense urban sprawl our natural places are shrinking and becoming more fragmented. The use of native plants in our yards and gardens will make a difference in securing the fabric of our natural world. Doug Tallamy’s work has sparked a national conversation about the importance of using native plants in our gardens and landscapes to reverse the loss of wildlife and to make our communities healthier.

Purchase your tickets in advance at the UB Center for the Arts Box Office or online at Tickets.com. Although tickets will be available at the door, our last event sold out so you may want to pick up your tickets in advance. The event is open to the public, so please bring your friends and spread the word!

This event was made possible by the following cosponsors:

Applied Ecological Services, Inc.; 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; Tifft Nature Preserve and the Buffalo Museum of Science; Wild Birds Unlimited; and WNY Environmental Alliance Habitat Work Group

25Apr 2016

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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1Apr 2016

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 […]

24Mar 2016

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 […]

10Mar 2016

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 […]

4Mar 2016

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 […]