Jamestown, N.Y. – Last fall Tom LeBlanc gave a presentation to Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch, sharing the photos and videos he took of the kestrels he found nesting in a box on his property outside Frewsburg, N.Y.
At the July 6 First Friday, the Allegany State Park naturalist will lead a tour along the new boardwalk system over a wetlands area below the Red House Lake dam and spillway.
With 25 years’ experience as an environmental educator and field biologist, LeBlanc led more than 30 people on the inaugural nature hike of the boardwalk in late March.
The walkway was constructed last year in a 15-acre segment of the wetlands under the $435,000 Red House Wetland Enhancement and Public Education Project.
With a bird blind and a large platform overlooking the marsh, there are three viewing areas connected by trail spurs. This is Allegany State Park’s first Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible program site for wetlands.
Participants are reminded to dress for the weather, and bring binoculars and camera if you have them.
A BYO brown bag picnic lunch and conversation follow the program.
Those interested in enjoying this wonderful outdoor experience can meet at the Park and Ride at Interstate 86 and Route 60 in Jamestown at 9:45 a.m. to carpool. The caravan leaves promptly at 10 a.m. Or you can meet the group at the parking lot near the boardwalk inside Allegany State Park on the Red House side at 10:45 a.m. The walk starts promptly at 11 a.m.
Directions to parking lot are: Exit Route 86 at the Red House exit. At the first main intersection, turn right as though heading to the Administration building. Do this even if the road is still closed for construction. Take the first right toward the maintenance area. Look for a large parking lot on the right.
The fee for attending is $8 or $6 for Nature Center Members. Registrations are accepted online on the Programs page at auduboncnc.org through Thursday, July 5. Walk-ins are welcome, and having exact change would be appreciated. There is an additional charge of $7 per vehicle to enter the park.
Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.