Free Your Inner Yogi at the Owens Falls Sanctuary – Sunday, October 21, 10 am–2 pm

Come join us at the Owens Falls Sanctuary for a wonderful event with Spencer Jones. Owens Falls is a gorgeous hemlock forest surrounding a deep shale ravine, with spectacular views of not one, but two waterfalls.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a leisurely hike through this remarkable preserve teeming with wildlife, followed by a grounding and invigorating vinyasa yoga class among the hemlocks and beeches. Tea and snacks will be served and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Land Conservancy.

Registration is required and carpooling is encouraged as space is limited. Bring your own yoga mat, a smile, and a friend as we connect the wilderness outside to the wilderness within.

Sign up for Yoga and Hiking


145-acre headwater forest on Grand Island protected!

In September 2018, the Western New York Land Conservancy and residents of Grand Island created a new 145-acre forested nature preserve in the heart of the Niagara River. This land is incredibly ecologically important. It is one of the largest remaining forests in the entire Niagara River watershed.

The Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary is not open yet, but the Land Conservancy will begin work on a new trail system in Spring 2019 so residents and visitors will be able to take a peaceful walk, view colorful songbirds during migration, and witness the frenzy of salamanders and frogs as they emerge each spring.

Learn more about the Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary


Another amazing Gala in the books

On Thursday, September 20th, 260 people gathered in the lovely ballrooms of the Hotel Lafayette in downtown Buffalo to celebrate an exciting year in conservation. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour with live Celtic jazz music performed by Normal Street Entrance. Followed by a delightful dinner and dessert. We were pleased to present several awards to our most impactful members and organizations.

The Margery Gallogly Foundation, Mr. Paul Leuchner, and Mr. Bob Kresse were recognized for their contributions that led to the creation of the Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary.

View the Gala Gallery


Creature Feature *special edition* – Best practices for winterizing your garden

Did you know that many insects and amphibians make their winter home in your “unkempt” yard? Many of the sights that makes humans scream “AHH!” make our native critters sigh “ahhhhhh” and then get cozy for winter (see snuggly ladybugs).

By leaving stems, lawn clippings, dead flower heads and the like in your garden, you are not only providing shelter to small creatures, you are providing food for birds and mammals, which means your yard will attract wildlife for you to enjoy all winter long.

So before you spend days cleaning up your garden for winter, check out some of our favorite articles with tips for fall clean-up that benefit our wild friends, and us.

Meaningful Maintenance: Fall Clean-Up with Positive Impact

Environmentally Sound Fall Clean Up Practices

Stress Buster – Five Reasons Not to Clean Up Your Garden This Fall