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South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour Set for July 20

South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour Set for July 20

 

South Buffalo Alive’s 14th annual Garden Tour, showcasing more than 40 beautiful properties throughout South Buffalo and the Old First Ward neighborhood, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 20. 

The Garden Tour includes a wide variety of homes and businesses showcasing amazing gardens, landscaping and other outdoor features. Tours begin at Tim Russert’s Children’s Garden located at 2002 South Park Ave., between Choate and Whitfield avenues and next to the Dudley Library. Participants are encouraged to make this their first stop, where they will receive a tour brochure and information to make the tour very simple to follow. 

Land Conservancy to Host a Private Tour of the Future Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston

Land Conservancy to Host a Private Tour of the Future Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host a private tour at the future home of the Stella Niagara Preserve from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 13. The 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, and has already raised $2.3 million of the $3.2 million needed. 

Discover WNY’s Rich History with Explore Buffalo Tours

Discover WNY’s Rich History with Explore Buffalo Tours

 

Explore Buffalo, a nonprofit organization providing tours and other opportunities where guests can discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history and neighborhoods, has announced an extensive lineup of June events. 

Land Conservancy Event Celebrated Contributions from Members

Land Conservancy Event Celebrated Contributions from Members

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy held its 23rd annual Membership Meeting and Reception on Friday, May 16, at the Buffalo Yacht Club on Lake Erie. With 175 attendees, this was the most well-attended annual meeting in the Land Conservancy’s 23-year history. 

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.