Audubon for All Guided Birding Hike – Saturday, June 19

Saturday, June 19
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Join the Montezuma Audubon Center for a fun and inclusive birding walk with a Montezuma Audubon Center environmental educator during this month’s celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community. Enjoy a leisurely 1-mile walk through the grassland and forest while learning about the many birds that live there. This nature walk is for anyone who appreciates community, adventure, and wants to get outdoors to explore. We welcome those who identify as LGBTQIA+, allies, families, and anyone looking for a fun, educational, and inclusive outdoor experience. Facial coverings will be required, and we will follow physical distancing guidelines. This tour is funded in part through the generous support of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Please note: This hike will depart from the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY).

-Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family.
-Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to get checked in and use the restroom.
-Space is limited and pre-paid online reservations are required.
-Call 315.365.3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with questions.

Registration is required. https://act.audubon.org/a/audubon-all-guided-birding-hike-colvin-marsh-61921

Wayne County Coastal Lakeshore Economy And Resiliency initiative (CLEAR)

Thursday, June 10th at 5:00 is a presentation on the Wayne County Coastal Lakeshore Economy and Resiliency (CLEAR) initiative including information on public survey #1. A recording of the presentation will be made available after the event.
        Join the Zoom webinar June 10th 5:00-5:45 pm
Or by Telephone: +1 301 715 8592 or
+1 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 845 5617 4596
For more information, please visit: https://www.waynecountyclear.com/

NYS Invasive Species Awareness Week

New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week #NYISAW begins Sunday, June 6!

Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) is a program established to raise public awareness of the economic and ecological impacts of invasive species to prevent their spread. New York State is particularly vulnerable to invasive species due to its role as a center for international trade and travel.

Invasive species are harmful to our natural resources; fish, wildlife, plants and overall ecosystem health. They can disrupt natural communities and their ecological processes by outcompeting native species for food and habitats and sometimes even cause their extinction.

Managing invasive species is a long-term effort. Public awareness and vigilance are key components to preventing the establishment and spread of invasive species. You can take action in your backyard.

Multi-flora Rose

During ISAW week, take the Invasive to Native gardening challenge by finding a patch of invasive species and replanting with native plants. Many local garden centers can help. One common invasive, multiflora rose is showing up right now, (May – June.) These drought tolerant fast spreading plants are full of white flowers, but don’t let these panicles of white fool you.

The multi-flora rose crowds out native plants and reduces biodiversity and can quickly grow up to 12 feet. Since multiflora rose is not easily controlled, the goal has become to eradicate it. The best method for getting rid of this plant is through a combination of mechanical and chemical techniques. Mowing is a first action to take. It prevents seedlings from further development. For a fully developed plant, digging, pulling, and cutting the bush to a stump is effective if you treat the stump with an herbicide.

Virginia rose

Once the area is cleared, plant the native Virginia rose (Rosa virginiana) in its place. Their pretty pink fragrant flowers in June- August attract butterflies. The rose hips or fruit is rich in vitamin C and can be eaten. They also make delicious jams and can be steeped to make rose hip tea.

Free public events and invasive species challenges are being offered including:

For more information and other tips on Invasive to Native, visit Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District at www.waynecountynysoilandwater.org/ISAW or the Finger Lakes PRISM http://fingerlakesinvasives.org/ for a full list of regional events.

Birding and Boating: Howland’s Island 5/26/21

Registration is required. Wednesday, May 26  5:00 PM – 7:30 PM 

What better way to enjoy a beautiful spring evening than by taking a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle to explore the birds, other wildlife, and their habitats in the NYSDEC Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area? Paddle approximately 3 miles along the Seneca River to explore a variety of songbirds, shorebirds, and birds of prey including the Bald Eagle and Osprey. Facial coverings will be required when entering and exiting the water and we will follow physical distancing guidelines. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from Montezuma Audubon. This tour is funded in part through the generous support of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Please note: We will meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY) to check in, and then will caravan to the boat launch.

-Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child).
-Space is limited and pre-paid reservations are required.
-Call 315.365.3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with questions.

3-mile hike at Howland’s Island with Montezuma Audubon

Join the Montezuma Audubon for a guided 3-mile hike at Howland’s Island. Step back in time as we discuss the historical uses of the island while looking for migratory songbirds. Most of the route will be on old gravel roads but some lesser-used grassy trails will be utilized as well. Wear sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting a little muddy, dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, and a bottle of water if you like. This tour is funded in part through the generous support of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Space is limited.

Howland’s Island Parking Lot
Saturday, May 22, 2021
10 AM EDT – 12:30 PM EDT
Registration Required: act.audubon.org/a/guided-hike-howlands-island-52221
Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family.

Please note: This hike will depart from the Howland’s Island parking area which is accessible via Carncross Road, Savannah, NY (43°04’43.6″N 76°41’23.1″W). The parking area is on the island itself.-Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family.
-Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to get checked in.
-Space is limited and pre-paid online reservations are required.
-Call 315.365.3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with questions.

Master Gardeners Plant Sale

Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 8, 2021, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Join the Cornell Master Gardeners for some great plants for your gardens and home landscapes. Plants available for purchase are a combination of shrubs, perennials, herbs, annual vegetables and flowers that are provided by local nurseries and from Master Gardener’s private collections. We sell out quickly so don’t delay!

Proceeds help support the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Community Horticulture program.

For more information call 315-331-8415.

Location
1581 Route 88 North
Newark, NY 14513

Crescent Beach REDI PROJECT Public Meeting Announced

Wayne County invites you to a virtual meeting to provide residents and stakeholders with more in-depth explanation of the REDI project and objectives. Links have been distributed to residents – via email and mail to landowners within the property boundaries, and also by email and social media to the landowner’s associations – email hquigley@bartonandlogudice.com  for  the link  to  the  meeting.

Are you a Hiker? FL-PRISM is looking for Volunteer Invasive Species Detectives On Your Favorite Trails

The Finger Lakes PRISM (Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management ) is looking for VOLUNTEERS to help them search for invasive species while you hike your favorite trail.

Invasive species lead to IRREVERSIBLE economic, environmental, and cultural damage. Some invasive species that you might be familiar with include the Spotted Lanternfly, Brown Marmorated Stinkbug, Japanese Knotweed, and Garlic Mustard.

HOW can you help? – Well.. it’s pretty simple, all you have to do is hike a trail and note the invasive species you see about every 50 feet. Upload what you see to the iMapInvasives app on your phone (https://www.nyimapinvasives.org/), and keep checking every 50 feet along the trail.

HOW do you start?  – Start by registering for “Terrestrial Surveying” here”: https://forms.gle/jV1WgMU8mPBJkAGNA . By registering the Finger Lakes PRISM can send updates on invasive species to watch out for.

Also, join the Facebook group, where photos can be shared and identified and questions can be asked.

PRISM will be hosting training sessions in May to teach you how to IDENTIFY invasive species, SURVEY along the trail, and REPORT what you found using the iMapInvasives App.

As this is a volunteer program, there is no commitment to how often you need to survey, or what you need to look for, or where (although we will have suggestions if you’re unsure!).

Project Feeder Watch

The 2021 season of Project Feeder Watch has begun. Turn your love of feeding birds into scientific discoveries. FeederWatch is a survey of birds that visit backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. You don’t even need a feeder! Visit https://feederwatch.org/ to learn more and register.

You can also visit them on Facebook at

Give the Gift of Green this Holiday – Gift Certificates Available

Give the gift of Green this Holiday Season. The 2021  Forever Green Tree and Shrub sale catalog and online store will be available in January, 2021 but you can purchase gift certificates for that perfect “green” gift! Each certificate will be made out to the recipient and mailed to you. These vouchers must be used at the 2021 Tree and Shrub sale where there are over 50 items to choose from. Certificates must be redeemed by March 5th, 2021 and orders picked up during the tree sale. Tree sale orders with the gift voucher must be placed by phone. 315-946-7200. Certificates have “No Cash Value” and can only be used for products.

Importance of Trees and Plants
The top benefits are:
Trees increase property values
Trees clean the air
Trees slow water runoff
Trees prevent soil erosion
Trees help buffer noise pollution
Trees cool our homes, streets, and cities
Trees can save you money on energy costs
Trees are beautiful

The Tree sale pick up is located at
7312 Route 31; Lyons, 14489

Questions? You can also send an email to drew@wayneNYSwcd.org or call us at 315-946-7200