Audubon, CWC To Hold ‘Healthy Waters’ Workshop

ASHVILLE – Area water quality continues to be of great concern.

Jamestown Audubon and the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy are partnering to host a summer series encouraging people to use landscaping techniques that will benefit native wildlife, retain water and minimize the need for fertilizers.

The first “Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waters” workshop for 2014 will be on Thursday 7-8 p.m. at the BOCES Hewes Educational Center on West Lake Road in Ashville.

Jon Titus, State University at Fredonia associate biology professor, will speak on native plants, describing the importance and benefits of using native plants and the damage that can be done by invasive (non-native) plants.

He will describe non-natives to avoid and some “workhorse” natives to plant instead.

Titus is a field ecologist whose current research is concentrated outdoors in the natural areas of Western New York.

Among his several research projects is an investigation of the effects that invasive non-native plant species have on native plant communities. He has laid the groundwork to study a potential invasion by the Emerald Ash Borer, and in 2007 he initiated a pilot project at Jamestown Audubon’s Bergeson Sanctuary to examine the impact of deer feeding on forest vegetation.

The event is free for Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy members and Audubon’s Friends of the Nature Center; the cost is a $10 donation for non-members.

While not required, reservations are appreciated by emailing info@chautauquawatershed.org or calling 664-2166.

Watch for more information on topics and additional dates in this summer series.

For more information on the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, visit www.chautauquawatershed.org.

For more information on the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.