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Upcoming Events

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey Dates:

This winter season we will have a series of field surveys in which the public is invited to join and work alongside Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and Jamestown Community College researchers, conservationists and professors.  As we all know, Western New York winter weather can be rather snowy and cold. Individuals interested in participating in surveys should be prepared for the weather with warm clothing and boots. Snow pants and snow shoes or cross country skis are highly recommended when snow pack is deep.

Questions? Contact Elyse Henshaw RTPI Conservation Technician at ehenshaw AT rtpi.org or by calling 716-665-2473 ext. 231 or Jonathan Townsend CWC Lands Manager at jonathan AT chautauquawatershed.org or by calling 716-664-2166.

The following survey efforts will be open for the public to join:

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey: Friday January 26th, 2018 1:00pm

In addition to our South Valley State Forest site, we are also surveying the Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area in Warren Pennsylvania for the joint U.S. Forest Service and Nature Conservancy project. We will meet in the RTPI parking lot promptly at 12:30 to carpool and meet on-site in the Hatch Run parking lot (located off of Hatch Run Road in Warren PA) around 1:00pm. For more information about Hatch Run please visit: http://www.wcconservation.net/hatch-run-conservation-demonstration-area/

“Raptor Banding in the Allegheny National Forest” –  lecture by Don Watts
Wednesday, January 31st; 7pm-9pm at RTPI

Join the RTPI Ornithological Club during their monthly meeting to learn about raptor banding. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshment will be served.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey: Saturday February 3rd, 2018 9:30am

We will be surveying the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s Cassadaga Creek Preserve located in the town of Stockton. We will meet at the end of Bloomer Road to give instruction and then hike to the hemlock stand. Please visit http://chautauquawatershed.org/index.php/preserves/our-preserves for directions to the preserve.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey: Friday February 9th, 2018 1:00pm

Join us as we explore our backyard and survey the Jamestown Community College and Roger Tory Peterson Institute’s preserves. We will meet in the RTPI parking lot at 1pm to provide instruction and work our way through the preserves.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey: Saturday February 17th, 2018 9:30am

We will be surveying the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s David and Margaret Naetzker Preserve located in the town of North Harmony. We will meet on-site at 9:30am. See here for directions to the preserve.

Helmock Woolly Adelgid Survey: North Harmony State Forest Friday February 23rd, 2018 1:00pm

 Please join us as we survey North Harmony State Forest located outside of the village of Panama. We will meet in the RTPI parking lot promptly at 12:30 to carpool and meet on-site at the Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail trailhead located on Route 474 at 1:00pm to give instruction and hike to the hemlock stand along the overland and snowmobiling trails. For more information and directions to North Harmony State Forest please visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8268.html

“Birding Northern Argentina: Iguazu Falls and the Esteros de Ibera” – lecture by Scott Stoleson
Wednesday, February 28th; 7pm-9pm at RTPI

Join the RTPI Ornithological Club during their monthly meeting to learn about birding in South America. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshment will be served.

Loving Birds, Bats and Pollinators
Friday, March 16th; 7pm-9pm at RTPI

RTPI presents a mini-art exhibition by Sandra Rothenburg “Loving Birds, Bats, and Pollinators: Why are They so Important to the Ecosystem?” The program will include a panel discussion with Twan Leenders, birds; Jonathan Townsend, bats; Bob Ratterman, bees. This free public event is part of the community-wide “Green-Up Jamestown” initiative. www.greenupjamestown.com

Roger Tory Peterson’s Wild America Nature Festival
July 28th & 29th, 10am-5pm at Panama Rocks Scenic Park

On July 28 and 29, 2018 the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) and Panama Rocks Scenic Park will host the second annual Wild America Nature Festival, celebrating nature and all things inspired by it, on the grounds of Panama Rocks. www.wildamericafest.com