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Stories in the Woods

Stories in the Woods

 

Sat. Jul 16 201110:30 a.m.Listen to a nature story followed by a walk in the
woods. For children ages 4-6. Registration
required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. h/c accessReinstein Woods Nature Preserve93 Honorine Dr., Depew 14043www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html683-5959

 

Nighttime Nature Nuts

 

Fri. Jul 15 20118:30 p.m.Come explore the trails at sunset and nighttime,
and learn about nocturnal wildlife. Registration
required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. h/c accessReinstein Woods Nature Preserve93 Honorine Dr., Depew 14043www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html683-5959

 

Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary

Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary

 

Every Sunday in July & Aug from 2pm-5pmSee over 500 endangered and exotic geese, ducks and swans from all over the world. Hand feed 2,000 Koi fish and 100's of geese. Walk with the birds in their aviary up close and personal. Guided Tours. Gift shop. h/c access, $Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Farm5067 Lindsley, Townline Road, Delevan 14042www.gooseneckhillwaterfowlfarm.com

 

National Grid Has Simple Tips to Cut Energy Use as Temps Rise

National Grid Has Simple Tips to Cut Energy Use as Temps Rise

NATIONAL GRID PREPARES FOR SUMMER DEMAND

June 23, 2011 – One way to make the lazy days of summer even more relaxing is to be ready for what the weather will bring.  National Grid has prepared its New York system to help customers beat the heat and urges customers to take steps to cut costs when the temperature rises.

"National Grid's increased investment in the upstate New York electric system in recent years directly supports our reliability during summer's peaks," said Kenneth D. Daly, National Grid president for New York.  "As the frequency and length of customer outages continue to improve, National Grid recognizes that ongoing investment in the system will provide our customers with the service reliability they deserve."

Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Buffalo

Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Buffalo

EMERALD ASH BORER DETECTED IN BUFFALO

Collaborative Control Efforts Underway to Contain First Infestation Found in Erie County

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced an infestation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found in the City of Buffalo’s South Park. This is the first EAB infestation to be detected in Erie County. EAB is a small but destructive beetle that infests and kills North American ash tree species, including green, white, black and blue ash.

Garden Walks in Your Town

Garden Walks in Your Town

Many, many neighborhoods are hosting Garden Walks this summer - and many of them are free!  Click on the title of the Garden Walk to go to that community's website for even more information!

June 25
10am-4pm:  8th Annual Village of Williamsville Garden Tour, sponsored by the Williamsville Business Assoc.  FREE.  30+ gardens, local businesses hosting a huge sidewalk sale.  Tour starts at Williamsville Village Hall, 5565 Main Street – table will be set up outside day of event. 

Mulch Volcano Madness!

Mulch Volcano Madness!

Excessive Mulching Kills Trees
June 14, 2011 

Spring is in the air, along with the appearance of a deadly perennial threat to the health of trees everywhere.  It is not an insect, nor is it a disease.  It is not a new and exotic scourge that has invaded our borders from some far off region of the planet.  No, it is much worse than any of these.

It is... the deadly mulch volcano.

This crime against arboriculture is annually perpetrated by “professional” landscapers and well-meaning homeowners who follow their example.  Each year, literally tons of mulch are piled high against the trunks of trees everywhere... and it’s killing them.

To some, this pile of mulch may look neat and tidy, but unfortunately it results in the slow decline and eventual death of the tree.  But what’s really maddening is the fact that people pay good money to “professional” landscapers to do this.