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What Are These Weeds?

Posted by on May 14, 2019

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.

This summer, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI), in partnership with the Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance, the County of Chautauqua, and Evergreen Outfitters in Mayville, will be offering a series of public programs and volunteer opportunities focused on Chautauqua Lake’s “weeds”. Through these programs, you can learn how to differentiate the beneficial, native aquatic plant species from the invasive, problematic species, learn what we as individuals and as communities can do to prevent their spread, and participate in volunteer monitoring efforts aimed at detecting new invasive species before they become established.

Full Program Schedule; Please click on the date for details.

May 31st 2019 – 9:00am-3:00pm; Full-Day Training Workshop with Field Component at Carlson Community Center Hall, Lakeside Park, Mayville, NY.

June 11th, 2019 – 7:00pm-8:00pm; Information Session at Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.

June 16th, 2019 – 1:00-5:00pm; Citizen Scientist Volunteer Field Survey ay Village Casino, Bemus Point, NY.

*** More events to be scheduled in July and August. Please check back! ***

This project is collaboration between the Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History. Funding was provided from the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, through the generous support of Senator Catharine Young. The County of Chautauqua provided support in the form of a pass-through grant to the Chautauqua Lake Watershed Management Alliance.

Please contact Melanie Smith at 716-665-2473 ext 221 or msmithATrtpi.org for more information.