Audubon Still Seeking Water Chestnut Pullers

The Jamestown Audubon is issuing an urgent plea to anyone who can help remove invasive water chestnut from the Big Pond area of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

A mass effort that began in May has been successful in removing large amounts of this species that threatens both plant and animal life in local waterways. However, the plants that remain are flowering and must be prevented from setting seed for next year.

The public is invited to join this mass effort and be part of a team of dedicated people who are working hard to save waterways throughout Chautauqua County and the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania.

The next Big Pull will be on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Reservations are appreciated to have enough tools and food for the lunch that follows.

What to Expect: Be prepared to work in boats, kayaks, waders, snowshoes and long pants. Be prepared to get muddy.

What Audubon still needs: Volunteers, team leaders, life vests, kayaks and more and more volunteers, both individuals and groups.

How you can contact Audubon: Send an email to waterchestnut@jamestownaudubon.org to express your interest and state your availability. Or call 569-2345 and ask for Amy or Ruth.

Upcoming Dates: In addition to Saturday’s Big Pull, group pulls which will begin with an orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut, will be held throughout July:

every Tuesday: 9 a.m. to noon

every Wednesday: 5-8 p.m.

every Sundays: 2-5 p.m.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. For more information, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.