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Bilingual Birdwalk to Take Place at Forest Lawn Cemetery
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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.

Forest Lawn Cemetery is one of Buffalo’s best places to see interesting birds, especially in early spring. Well over 100 species are recorded each year in the cemetery during the month of May. This includes five different species of herons, five species of hawks, and 28 species of small but colorful warblers, among many others. Most of these birds are migratory, spending winter in the Caribbean or Central and South America.

 The hike will be guided by Loren Smith, Jajean Rose-Burney and Ana Hernández Balzac. Smith is the executive director of the Buffalo Audubon Society. Audubon is one of the region’s oldest and most renowned environmental education organizations. 

Rose-Burney and Hernández are married and work together at the Land Conservancy, a land trust that protects some of the region’s most important natural places and farmland. Ana was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, while Jajean is from Buffalo. Both Ana and Jajean served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Puebla, Mexico, where they helped protect threatened bird habitat, train new bird guides and write several books about the birds of Puebla. 

Participants are invited to bring their own binoculars if they have them. For more information, please call Jajean Rose-Burney at 247-1255. 

 

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