During a summer in the early 1990s, a freighter laden with shipments from northeast Asia pulls into port in Detroit, Michigan. The port authority, which oversees over 17 million tons of cargo per year, has just received a shipment it did not expect — a stowaway, hidden within the thousands of pallets and wooden crates.
A 19-day-old baby kicks its legs as the 6-year-old boy lifts him out of the gourd that holds its nest. “Careful,” said Jack Gulvin, local naturalist and bird caregiver. “You have to be really gentle with him.”
In the forests and fields of Western New York, pools of rainwater ripple with the growth of pollywogs, salamanders and insect larvae. These mud puddles, known to the scientific community as vernal pools, serve as an important habitat for the emergence of warm weather creatures.
To anyone who has driven along the lake or on some of the area’s more rural roads, it may not be surprising that Chautauqua County has the highest density of farms in the state of New York: more than 90 percent of Chautauqua’s farms are small-time operations run by families or individuals.
The Chautauqua Lake Association is a nonprofit that works 13 weeks a year to maintain the health and productivity of the lake. Monday night, members convened for the organization’s annual meeting.
Most people have heard the talk on the birds and the bees. The birds, butterflies and botany speech is a little less common. Terry Mosher, former president of the Lake Erie Bird Club, will be speaking at 12:15 p.m. today in Smith Wilkes Hall on the subject of “Birds, Blooms, and Butterflies,” and how it is possible to set a natural calendar by the appearance of certain species.
An airborne fighter crash-lands into the 49-acre Big Pond at the Jamestown Audubon Center. The black, spiked escape pod jettisoned from above sinks into the murky depths to settle in the thick sludge blanketing the pond’s floor.
Thousands of visitors each year flock to Chautauqua Lake to take in its beauty, but how many of these people actually see it? This is one of the questions conservationist and retired high school teacher Jane Conroe will address at her Bird, Tree & Garden Brown Bag lecture “Chautauqua Lake: Seeing Her with New Eyes,” at 12:15 p.m. today in Smith Wilkes Hall.
The 2014 season showcases a new host of initiatives aimed at generating interest in environmental issues affecting the local public.