The design ideas competition has begun…

When the competition closed on Friday, February 15, nearly 100 designs for the DL&W corridor were submitted. Close to one-third came in from 21 countries around the world and the other two-thirds came from US teams from 15 different states.

The public will be invited to view and vote on their favorite designs in mid-March. In April, join us at an exhibition of the top designs and within a few days, the winners will be announced.

Stay tuned to our upcoming emails or visit our website for details. We can’t wait to share these inspiring designs with you.

How do YOU Imagine LaSalle Park?  Wednesday, March 13 ~ 6-8 pm

Did you hear about the exciting $100 million gift from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to transform LaSalle Park?

The UB Regional Institute needs your help to envision the future of this unique waterfront park.

If you want to see the latest design concepts and tell the planners what you think, click below to register for the next Community workshop on March 13th.

Link: Participate in the Community Workshop

Creating Healthy Habitat along the Niagara River

Over the last few years, the Land Conservancy has been working hard along the Niagara River to enhance habitat for our wildlife along this important corridor.

At the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston, our restoration crew gave nature a helping hand by planting a new native grassland and sedge meadow that will provide great habitat for frogs, toads, salamanders, dragonflies, damselflies, and more. These habitat areas were planted with more than 40 different kinds of sedges and other wetland plants that are native to Western New York. In addition to helping wildlife, these habitats also improve drainage and reduce erosion.

In the Niagara Gorge, almost 5 acres of rare wetland habitat was treated for invasive species so that beautiful native plants can thrive. In order to do this, we removed aggressive non-native plants, including phragmites and purple loosestrife.

These important habitats were created with funding from NY Sea Grant.

*Creature Feature – American Mink*

The American mink (Neovision vision) is a semi-aquatic carnivore, a member of the weasel family and is admired for its soft, shiny, and waterproof fur. Unfortunately, this admiration has led to the creation of fur farms in countries all over the world. Mink from these farms sometimes escape naturally or are freed by animal-rights activists, and those that survive in the wild tend to cause trouble in their non-native habitats, like any invasive species. Nonetheless, they are native to North America and serve an important role in the web of life here.

Fun Facts about American mink:

  • They have small rounded ears, short limbs with partially-webbed feet, and tails that are about one-third of their body length.
  • Wild native American mink are generally dark brown all over with a white “beard” and sometimes have white markings on the throat, chest, and belly.
  • They dig burrows or take over dens abandoned by other animals near lakes, rivers, streams, wooded marshlands, and swamps.
  • They feed on crayfish, frogs, small mammals, fish, snails, small waterfowl, insects, and more – talk about a balanced diet!
  • Mink are not only excellent swimmers, they are able climbers.
  • Our Stewardship Director, Josh, has seen evidence of mink on several of the Land Conservancy’s properties!