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Young Golden Eagle to Soar Wild and Free

Young Golden Eagle to Soar Wild and Free

East Aurora - Hawk Creek Wildlife Center’s young golden eagle, Legacy, is well on her way to adulthood in the wild! Hatched on May 16, 2011 at the Center, she has grown from a tiny, helpless chick, into a gorgeous, healthy golden eagle. At the beginning of September, Hawk Creek staff drove 12 hours to take Legacy to the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis, Missouri. The young feathered traveler handled the van ride beautifully, without a peep! She is now under the supervision of the Sanctuary's director, Walter Crawford - a long-time mentor of Hawk Creek's director, Loretta Jones. 

Double Rainbow in Cowlesville

Double rainbow taken at Jim & Doris Scott's home in Cowlesville, NY, courtesy of WGRZ viewer Paul Melville. 

Earthquake Rattles Some Towns, Not Others

Earthquake Rattles Some Towns, Not Others

The effect of Tuesday's earthquake in Western New York was widespread, but not universal. People in some neighborhoods didn't notice it at all while others were left feeling queasy from the unaccustomed shaking.

Go to the WGRZ-2 On Your Side Facebook page to compare for yourself reports from places where the earthquake was felt to places where it wasn't. (Follow the posts beginning on Tuesday at about 2pm. We asked both questions and received well over 800 responses from across Western New York and beyond.)

Share your earthquake stories below. Did you even feel it? Or not? Where were you at the time? (01:51:03 PM EST.)

Any friends or relatives out of town who felt it? Where were they when it hit?

Earthquake Safety Tips

Earthquake Safety Tips

We don't get them often and many of us don't know what to do when they happen so we here at 2 Your Town have compiled a list of safety procedures to help keep you and your family safe during an earthquake/aftershock. 

During an Earthquake

  • If you're indoors, stay there. Get under -- and hold onto --a desk or table, or stand against an interior wall. Stay clear of exterior walls, glass, heavy furniture, fireplaces and appliances. The kitchen is a particularly dangerous spot. If you’re in an office building, stay away from windows and outside walls and do not use the elevator.
     

  • If you're outside, get into the open. Stay clear of buildings, power lines or anything else that could fall on you.
     

  • If you're driving, move the car out of traffic and stop.

Geology Hike at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve

Geology Hike at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve

On Saturday, August 20, from 10am til noon, the Western New York Land Conservancy will be offering a hike through the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Varysburg.

Led by Stan Radon, this hike features views of the gorge walls and a beautiful waterfall. Please be prepared to walk in the creek with shoes that have great traction. This is a great family hike on a hot August day. Please register early as this hike fills to capacity very quickly. Hike leader Stan Radon has been a geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for 20 years. He also teaches geology and environmental studies at SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo State College, and Daemen College.

Reservations are required to attend as space is limited. Please call (716) 687.1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations.

Wild Photo Day

Wild Photo Day

Wild Photo Day

East Aurora - Capture the beauty of live wildlife through the lens of a camera.  Professional, amateur, and recreational photographers are invited to bring their camera and their courage during Hawk Creek Wildlife Center’s last event of the summer, Wild Photo Day on Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Join Hawk Creek’s wildlife experts as they provide a unique opportunity to photograph many of their popular, rare, and endangered animals up-close, in natural settings, and without barriers. Looking for that perfect bald eagle shot?  Having trouble with your lighting when shooting at night? On Wild Photo Day the eagles, owls, falcons, wild cats, and more await you! You will even have the chance to photograph some of Hawk Creek’s birds as they free fly over the fields and even over your heads!

State Releases Complete 'RFEI' for Knox Farm State Park

State Releases Complete 'RFEI' for Knox Farm State Park

From a Statement Released July 22:

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has released a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) for Knox Farm State Farm to seek alternatives to adaptively reuse unused structures and facilities to further the recreational, educational and community service missions of the Park.

“This request is a way to reach out to potential partners who appreciate the value of the Knox Farm State Park and its importance to the surrounding community,” State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. “We would like to hear from individuals, foundations, philanthropists, businesses, park user groups, and other prospective partners who have a vision for the park and the capacity to capitalize on the exceptional resources it has to offer.”

The RFEI is aimed at soliciting ideas for projects to enhance and improve the park with the following elements as priorities: