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An introduction to Chautauqua Lake’s Aquatic Invasive Plants

Posted by on May 7, 2018

An introduction to Chautauqua Lake’s Aquatic Invasive Plants

Many aquatic plants exist within Chautauqua Lake; its nutrient-rich sediments provide a fertile growing bed for vegetation. Some of these plants are native to our area and provide critical ecological and environmental benefits, while others were introduced from distant locales and have been wreaking havoc on the ecological function, recreational and economic value of Chautauqua Lake. Surprisingly, some of the most prevalent invasives have been with us for decades already, while a steady stream of nearby or newly arriving species poses additional challenges to the future health of the lake....

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Green-Up Jamestown!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018

Green-Up Jamestown!

The mission of the Green-Up Jamestown Coalition (GUJC) is to unite the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences; business and industry, and community leaders to increase citizen’s love of nature, promote environmental awareness, and create local-to-global sustainability. RTPI works with community partners and sponsors of the GUJC to organize grassroots teaching and learning events modeled after those utilized during the first Earth Day in 1970. In the coming months, a diverse set of events will be offered throughout Jamestown to celebrate our natural assets and to inspire future generations to...

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Harlequin Duck at Stratford Point

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017

Harlequin Duck at Stratford Point

Today we were fortunate enough to host a drake Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) at Stratford Point as found by our friend Tom Murray. I took the below photo in the later afternoon during a brief moment when the sun came out from behind the clouds. These additional shots were taken earlier in the morning under those aforementioned clouds while the duck was feeding, swimming, preening, and loving those rocks as the species always does. Harlequin Ducks are a relatively rare visitor for us in Connecticut. If it is anything like the last drake Harlequin (could it be the same bird?) that...

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Purple Sandpiper

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017

Purple Sandpiper

We had a couple of special visitors stop by Stratford Point last week. The first was Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History President Twan Leenders who happened to spot the second, a Purple Sandpiper sitting on the rocks taking in the waves. We always feel like we should see more of the species at the site, but they tend to be found more often on the rocks offshore on the breakwater or jetties at nearby beaches. After taking a couple of direct hits from waves it flew off to the breakwater. We appreciated them both stopping by! Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Eastern Hellbender Plush by Ellen Paquette

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017

Eastern Hellbender Plush by Ellen Paquette

This adorable plush Eastern Hellbender, created and generously donated by Ellen Paquette, is just one of several wonderful items that we’ll be raffling off during our Hellbender House Party Fundraising Event on November 18th! Get the details at...

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