Water Chestnut Pullers Are Critically Needed

The Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary is still looking for people to help pull water chestnuts from its Big Pond area.

“With a goal of zero new nutlets being produced this year, now is the critical period to keep Water Chestnuts from going to seed,” said Ruth Lundin, Jamestown Audubon president.

Allowing the water chestnuts to seed will choke out both plant and animal life in waterways throughout Chautauqua County and the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania.

“We continue to have excellent pulls,” Lundin said. “Right now the water is lower, so we are using waders, life preservers, and ski poles for balance. Bring what you have, and we will provide the rest.”

Volunteers are asked to attend as many of the pull days as possible and to spread the word for more volunteers. Everyone should wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

Scheduled pull dates are:

Wednesday, 5-8 p.m.

Big Pull: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Lunch and debrief at 11:30 a.m. with some people going back out Saturday afternoon

Sunday, 2-5 p.m.

Tuesday, July 30, 9 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, July 31, 5-8 p.m.

Groups may go out other times with advanced arrangements.

Volunteers are asked to let Audubon know when they are coming by calling 569-2345 or emailing waterchestnut@jamestownaudubon.org

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.