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Bilingual Birdwalk to Take Place at Forest Lawn Cemetery

Bilingual Birdwalk to Take Place at Forest Lawn Cemetery

The Buffalo Audubon Society and the Western New York Land Conservancy will host their first ever bilingual birdwalk – offered in both Spanish and English – at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo. The event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, and is free and open to the public. Participants should meet just inside the main entrance of the cemetery at Delaware and Delavan.

Western New York Land Conservancy to Hold Annual Meeting and Reception at Buffalo Yacht Club

Western New York Land Conservancy to Hold Annual Meeting and Reception at Buffalo Yacht Club

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is very pleased to announce the 2014 Annual Meeting and Reception to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the Buffalo Yacht Club at the foot of Porter Avenue in Buffalo. The historic building is right on Lake Erie, and the spectacular second floor dining area and outdoor patio boast views of passing sail boats and the summer sunset. 

Tomasik Optical Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

Tomasik Optical Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

 

April 22 is Earth Day, a day of great importance to the local eye care experts at Tomasik Optical. In fact, they strive to make a difference in the Western New York community every day — 365 days a year!

For example, Tomasik Optical is proud to carry the only brand of frames certified to be made of at least 95 percent recycled materials. ECO — or Earth Conscious Optics — are the choice of actor Leonardo DeCaprio, who wears both prescription and sunglass styles from this environmentally conscious brand. Are you interested in helping the environment? Ask the experts at Tomasik Optical to show you this unique line of high-quality and earth-friendly frames!

Keep a Pet-safe Yard This Spring

Keep a Pet-safe Yard This Spring

 

(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

The yard can be a wonderland for your pet, full of interesting smells, grass to roll in, bugs to chase and shady spots for naps. But if you use fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals, it can be a potentially dangerous place pets, too. Dr. Simon Starkey, a veterinarian with PetSmart Canada, gives us some important aspects to keep in mind for a safer outdoor adventure:

The Land Conservancy Permanently Protects Eden’s Meyer Farm

The Land Conservancy Permanently Protects Eden’s Meyer Farm

 

This week, the Western New York Land Conservancy permanently protected 90-acres of farmland – home to Frank and Linda Meyer – in the Town of Eden. The Meyer Farm conservation easement will ensure that the farmland remains available for agriculture even as development pressure increases in the surrounding area. This $244,000 project was made possible thanks to $120,000 from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program, $60,000 from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and $4,000 from the Town of Eden, as well as a bargain sale of the development rights by the owner that reduced the cost by $60,000. 

Mill Road Scenic Overlook is Protected

Mill Road Scenic Overlook is Protected

 

The Friends of Mill Road, in partnership with the Western New York Land Conservancy and the Town of Aurora, are thrilled to announce that the Town of Aurora is now the proud owner of the 60-acre Mill Road Scenic Overlook. The Land Conservancy now holds a conservation easement on the property, protecting it for the benefit of the community in perpetuity. When the weather warms, a scenic overlook will be constructed, providing a safe pull-off for passing motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the views at this property. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will follow.

Scouts Can Earn Badge at Audubon Snowflake Festival

Scouts Can Earn Badge at Audubon Snowflake Festival

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s annual Snowflake Festival is always a highlight of the winter season, and it will be of special significance to Scouts this year.

Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts of any age group can earn a Winter Fun patch if they complete certain activities while at the Festival.

These activities will be the same that are available to all festival visitors: attending a program about birds of prey, watching the dog sled demonstrations, making a craft, taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride, hiking with a naturalist, and more.

Scout Leaders are encouraged to sign up their groups to attend the Snowflake Festival.  When they arrive, Scouts will receive a checklist of “requirements” to complete throughout the day. When they complete at least four of them, they will be earn a Winter Fun Patch.