Chautauqua County Envirothon Winners Announced

The 24th annual Chautauqua County Envirothon was held recently at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown. A beautiful, sunny day allowed 14 schools comprising 27 teams to participate in the event. The teams spent the day answering ecological-based questions focused around the core areas of wildlife, forestry, soils, aquatics and current issues. The Envirothon, an environmental competition for students in grades 9-12, held its first competition in the spring of 1979. New York held its first Envirothon in 1990, and will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next year.

Overall winners were Panama Central Team I in first place, Hewes Center Team II in second, and Chautauqua Lake Team II in third.

Brocton Team I and Hewes Center Team I tied for first in the soils category, coming down to two tiebreakers and an eventual coin flip to give Brocton the win. Southwestern Team I placed first in both the aquatics and forestry categories, with Chautauqua Lake Team I came in first for the current issues category and Cassadaga Team II for the wildlife portion. Mark Baldwin presented winning teams in each category with field manuals from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.

Truly though, everyone ended up winners. All competing teams, coaches and volunteers received a T-shirt, coupons from McDonald’s, and a mug donated by Whirley Industries. A Certificate of Participation was presented to each student as well.

Panama Central Team I will travel to SUNY Morrisville May 21-22 to represent Chautauqua County in the New York State Envirothon.

The following businesses contributed donations to ensure a successful day: Lakewood Rod and Gun Club; Rock Hill Engineering, LLC; Chautauqua County Town and Village Highway Superintendents Association. Food and beverage donations were compliments of Welch Corporation; McDonald’s of Western New York; Wegmans of Lakewood; Sam’s Club of Lakewood; and Save-A-Lot Stores of Silver Creek and Jamestown. Additional financial support was provided by: NYFOA, Allegheny Foothills Chapter; Double A Vineyards, Inc.; Red House Brook Chapter Trout Unlimited, INC.; Frewsburg Rod and Gun Club; Carroll Rod and Gun Club; A P Tree Care; Fredonia Beaver Club; Jamestown Macadam, Inc.; Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy; Chautauqua Hydroseeding, LLC; Conewango Creek Watershed Association; Ronald Cunningham/Texas Refinery Corp.; Viking Lodge #65; Robert W VanEvery; County Line Stone Co., Inc.; Advanced Septic Service, LLC; Cattaraugus County Bank; Lictus Keystone, Inc.; S. St George Enterprises, Inc.; Mr. and Mrs. William R Reynolds III; Wendy J. Woodbury, Land Surveyor; Chautauqua County Pomona Grange; Tops Stores in Mayville, Frewsburg, Silver Creek, Dunkirk/Fredonia, and Jamestown; Chautauqua Energy Inc.; Fredonia Walmart; H & H Enterprises; Westfield Fish and Game Club Inc.; Tri-James Services Inc.