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Posts Tagged "Chautauqua County"

Amphibians Abound

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017

Amphibians Abound

The first wave of amphibian breeding has now passed, and early vernal pool breeders are making room for the next wave of frogs to show up at our local wetlands. American toads, pickerel frogs and leopard frogs have been calling for a week or so now, and green frogs and bullfrogs will join in soon, Of course, the spring peepers just won’t stop calling at all… Did you know that you can easily tell the difference between frog eggs and toad eggs? Frog eggs are always laid in a clump or a floating raft, while our toads produce long, corkscrewing strands with a single line of eggs in the center...

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Taking Time for Turtles

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017

Taking Time for Turtles

The weather is finally warming up in the northeast and the first basking turtles are out. Soon they will start moving towards favorite wetlands or preferred egg-laying sites, risking their lives as they cross our roads. Please slow down and avoid hitting these animals – no matter how tough they may appear, they are no match for a fast moving car. Even straddling a turtle with your wheels will often cause it to hit the underside of your car if you’re moving at a decent clip. Please stop, if you can safely do so, and gently help the turtle cross in the direction it is headed. Many...

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Royal Visitors

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

Royal Visitors

In 1976, 29-year-old King Carl Gustav XVI of Sweden made a visit to America in observance of the bicentennial. He chose to visit Jamestown because of its significance in Swedish settlement in the United States, and Hessel Valley Lutheran Church in Chandler’s Valley, a village in northwestern Pennsylvania, because of the church’s significance in Swedish immigration. Hessel Valley was the mother church to many of the Lutheran congregations in the eastern United States, including First Lutheran in Jamestown, N.Y. Many Swedish Americans searching for their roots end up at Hessel Valley asking...

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Last Chance to see ‘Focus on Nature XIV’ at RTPI

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017

Last Chance to see ‘Focus on Nature XIV’ at RTPI

This painting, Green River Terrestrial Mural by Sean Murtha, is one of the award winning pieces in the Focus on Nature XIV exhibition. Focus on Nature (FON) is a biennial exhibition showcasing pieces that highlight scientific, natural and cultural history. It began in 1990 with the intent to demonstrate the connection between science and images, and to stimulate an interest in natural history art among practicing artists, aspiring artists and the public. RTPI has enjoyed the privilege of hosting Focus on Nature XIV over the past several months. The exhibition showcases more than 60 works in...

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Wild America Nature Festival Juried Fine Art and Craft Show & Competition

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017

Wild America Nature Festival Juried Fine Art and Craft Show & Competition

Are you a talented artist or do you have a friend who is?   The deadline to apply to become an artist exhibitor in the 2017 Juried Nature Fine Art and Craft Show & Competition at the first annual Wild America Nature Festival is March 31st.   In order to give potential applicants a representation of the art and artists that will be at the show, we have pre-selected six early applicants. You can learn more about them and their art, as well as find the show prospectus and contract needed to apply, at: http://www.wildamericafest.com/become-an-art-exhibitor.html.   Both artists creating art...

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