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Land Conservancy to Host Birdwatching Hike at Stella Niagara

Land Conservancy to Host Birdwatching Hike at Stella Niagara

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a birdwatching hike at the future home of the Stella Niagara Preserve from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7. The 29-acre property on Lower River Road along the Niagara River in Lewiston sits across from the Stella Niagara Education Park and is owned by the Sisters of St. Francis. The Land Conservancy is working with the Sisters to acquire the property and create a publicly accessible nature preserve. 

The Niagara River is considered a globally Important Bird Area, a designation shared with Yellowstone and the Everglades, and the 29-acre property itself has forests, a large meadow and a quarter-mile of shoreline, all contributing to high bird diversity. 

Land Conservancy Awarded $49,700 from Conservation Partnership Program Grants

Land Conservancy Awarded $49,700 from Conservation Partnership Program Grants

 

On Thursday, April 24, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $1.4 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 50 nonprofit land trusts across the state. Representatives of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Land Trust Alliance unveiled the grantees at an event at Indian Ladder Farms in Albany County as part of a weeklong celebration of Earth Day. The grants, funded through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), will be matched by nearly $1.1 million in private and local funding and will support projects to enhance public access and recreational opportunities, protect farmland and conserve open space.

Mary Queen of Angels Students Participate in Environmental Competition

Mary Queen of Angels Students Participate in Environmental Competition

 

Eighth grade students at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga recently participated in the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning’s 2014 Earth Day Rain Barrel Painting Contest. The theme of the contest was “Rainwater is a Resource, Not Just Runoff.”

Rain barrels are used to collect and store rainwater from roofs that would otherwise flow across lawns, driveways, roads and parking lots, picking up dirt, oil, fertilizers and other chemicals along the way. The rain barrels used in the contest were converted from 35-gallon syrup concentrate drums donated by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo. Other sponsors of the event were the Western New York Stormwater Coalition and the Erie County Water Quality Committee.

Land Conservancy to Present Findings from the Niagara Escarpment Legacy Project

Land Conservancy to Present Findings from the Niagara Escarpment Legacy Project

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy will present important findings from the Niagara Escarpment Legacy Project from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the Pekin Fire Hall, 3024 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn. The presentation is the culmination of over a year of work and is part of the Land Conservancy’s efforts to increase awareness of the importance of the escarpment, and also to find ways to protect its important resources. 

Daemen Wins Sustainability Award for Environmentally-Friendly Efforts

Daemen Wins Sustainability Award for Environmentally-Friendly Efforts

Daemen College has been presented a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) New York Upstate Chapter in honor of its campus-wide green initiatives.

Daemen President Gary A. Olson accepted the award on behalf of the college from Aliesa Adelman, who serves on the chapter’s board of directors, at a presentation held April 22 in the college’s Research and Information Commons. Also in attendance was Dr. Brenda Young, chair of the global and local sustainability program at Daemen.

“This honor underscores Daemen’s steadfast dedication and support of campus sustainability and green initiatives that are important to improving our environment,” said Olson. “We are proud of the culture of sustainability that exists at Daemen and excited to have the collaborative efforts of our faculty, staff and students recognized by the USGBC.”

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!