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Sun 22 Jan
2017 Winter Lecture Series: Why Are Birds Important?
Sunday, January 22, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Why Are Birds Important? - by Alexis VanWinkle, Supervising Conservation Steward, Ganondagan State Historic Site

Letchworth State Park is designated by the Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area (IBA). Look into the ecology of birds in New York and the impact they have on our environment.

Sun 29 Jan
2017 Winter Lecture Series: Elephants Without Borders
Sunday, January 29, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Elephants Without Borders - by Mike Landowski, Letchworth State Park

Elephants Without Borders, a non-profit based in Botswana, has a vision to open borders for Africa's wildlife through research and education, and to ensure a prosperous and compatible future between people and wildlife. Join us as Mike Landowski describes his time assisting with their efforts, including tales of collaring elephants and participating in aerial surveys over the Okavango delta.

Sun 05 Feb
2017 Winter Lecture Series: Skins and Skulls
Sunday, February 5, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Skins and Skulls - by Hunter Grosse

Local trapper Hunter Grosse will discuss the process of trapping native mammals and preparing animals for taxidermy. This lecture will also discuss the roles hunting and trapping play in environmental conservation.

Sun 12 Feb
2017 Winter Lecture Series: Deer Diary
Sunday, February 12, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Deer Diary - by Gary Lamitina, Letchworth State Park

Enjoy tales of some of the more famous deer from Letchworth State Park. This presentation will get you itching to set out to find some monster bucks yourself!

Sun 19 Feb
2017 Winter Lecture Series: A Disturbed Ecosystem: The Importance, Ecology, and Restoration of Grasslands in New York
Sunday, February 19, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

A Disturbed Ecosystem: The Importance, Ecology, and Restoration of Grasslands in New York by Brigitte Wierzbicki and Kyle Webster, Conservation Stewards, Ganondagan State Historic Site

Grasslands in New York are a diverse and imperiled ecosystem. Some of our most beloved birds and butterflies, plants and fungi inhabit these unique places. Come learn more about the history, ecology and conservation of grasslands in New York and the efforts at Ganondagan State Historic Site to restore this inspiring landscape.

Sun 26 Feb
2017 Winter Lecture Series: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: Ongoing Research and Potential Impacts in Letchworth State Park
Sunday, February 26, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: Ongoing Research and Potential Impacts in Letchworth State Park by Brandyn Balch, SUNY Geneseo Geography Student

Discussion on the current status of the invasion of hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an ecologically damaging aphid, in Letchworth State Park. Areas of focus will be survey methods, ongoing impact research, and recommendations for future management practices.

Sun 05 Mar
2017 Winter Lecture Series: Are There Mountain Lions in New York?
Sunday, March 5, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Are There Mountain Lions in New York? - by Dr. John Van Niel, a Professor of Environmental Conservation at Finger Lakes Community College

Join a lively discussion of the mountain lion story in New York. Van Niel will share stories and images that will shed light on this controversial topic. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions.

Sun 12 Mar
2017 Winter Lecture Series: Rochester Young Birders
Sunday, March 12, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Rochester Young Birders - by Nicholas Kachala and Robert Buckert

Nick and Robert, members of the Young Birders Club of the Rochester Birding Association, will talk about their experiences as young birders. They will share their own photos from their birding outings, and recount great stories of Muck Races, Big Days and life birds. Great program for kids!

Sun 19 Mar
2017 Winter Lecture Series: Animal Sounds
Sunday, March 19, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

Animal Sounds - by Jim Pomeroy, Biologist

There are many squawks, hisses, chirps and tweets to be heard out in the wild. Biologist Jim Pomeroy will introduce you to some of the "calls of the wild," and reveal what animals make those sounds.

Sun 26 Mar
2017 Winter Lecture Series: The World of Trout
Sunday, March 26, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3680

The World of Trout - by Mary Ronan, Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve

Join Mary Ronan, environmental educator with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, as she explores the world of freshwater invertebrates that make up the intricate ecosystems of our local trout streams and rivers. Discover their unique relationships, complex life cycles, and amazing adaptations for survival.