Audubon Leading ‘Meet Me At The Riverwalk’ Event

Beavers, swallows and warblers in downtown Jamestown?

On Saturday, Aug. 16, the public can meet an Audubon Center and Sanctuary naturalist to walk the Riverwalk and discover the plants and animals that call Jamestown “home.” Despite concrete, pavement and 30,000 people, nature still has a foothold in Jamestown. Residents have seen beavers gathering sticks and ducks nesting, and heard warblers singing along the Riverwalk.

The Riverwalk starts behind Brooklyn Square – at the northwest corner of South Main and Harrison streets – and runs along the Chadakoin River to Panzarella Point behind the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities. Walking with Corinne Fredrickson, Audubon naturalist, those participating will see one of Jamestown’s most unique locations by observing the plants, birds, insects, reptiles, and mammals that are using or living along the Chadakoin River.

The group will gather at 7 p.m. at Friendly’s restaurant on South Main Street. The walk will end around 8:30 p.m. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather and bring insect repellent, binoculars, and a camera. There are no public restrooms along the Riverwalk itself, but there is plenty of easily-accessible public parking in Brooklyn Square.

This event is free, made possible by funding from the Chautauqua County Health Network, part of which came from the network’s Creating Healthy Places Initiative.

Participation is limited to 25, and reservations are required by Wednesday, Aug. 13, by calling 569-2345 or clicking on “Meet Me at the Riverwalk” at www.jamestownaudubon.org.