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Coming to Amherst State Park

Arboretum Committee Meeting  7:00 PM

“Sunday Walks & Talks”  “Nature Through the

                                                Camera Lens” 2:00 PM

Arboretum Committee Meeting  7:00 PM

“Sunday Walks & Talks”  “Wildflower Power” 2:00 PM

March 2014

17th    Tuesday

23th    Sunday

April 2014

21st    Tuesday

27th    Sunday

Walks and Talks program set for Amherst State Park

by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor


at Amherst State Park

Family oriented fun, FREE, and open to the public.

Amherst State Park is at 390 Mill St. - Meet at the brown kiosk.

All activities are Sunday afternoons at 2:00.

Sunday January 26 – “Tracks and Traces” – Mary Hughs, Naturalist

Sunday February 16 – “Winter Birding” – Morgan Jones, Ornithologist

Sunday March 23 – “Nature Through the Lens” – Robert Carey, President of Science Museum Camera Club

Sunday April 27 – “Wildflower Power” – JoAnn Schlagel, Past President Niagara Frontier Botanical Society

All activities are Rain or Shine. Wear weather appropriate clothing.

Questions: Call 716-688-6566 or email amherstarboretum@roadrunner.com

   For people interested in learning about animals and birds in nature in addition to wildflowers and foliage, the Amherst Conservation Advisory Council has created free Walks and Talks to be held in the winter and spring.

    All of the programs will be held Sunday at Amherst State Park, 390 Mill Street, near Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

   “Hopefully people will come out and see all of what the park has to offer.” said Roselyn Laub, member of the ACAC.

   Attendees of the programs should meet at the kiosk parking lot in front of St. Mary of the Angels apartment building, She said the first 20 students will each

receive a free issue of “New York State Conservationist” magazine.

   Lois Shriver, chair of the ACAC, said the Walks and Talks program is being held in conjunction as part of the arboretum project at Amherst State Park.

   “An arboretum is a place that has a collection of woody and ornamental plants for educational purposes” she said. ”We want this Walks and Talks program to get people acquainted with the park. Hopefully people will come and see the park and all of its nature and gardens.”

   The first Walks and Talks segment will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, and will feature titled “Tracks and Traces,” which consists of looking for animal tracks in the park.

   The activity will be led by Mary Hughes, a 25-year naturalist who has worked as a volunteer at Tift Nature Preserve, The Buffalo Museum of Science and the the Reinstein Woods.

Other segments include:

  1. *“Winter Birding in Western New York” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Morgan Jones, an attorney, will be leading the program. Jones has a life-long interest in birds.

  1. *“Nature Through the Lens” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, featuring photographer Robert Carey, president of the Buffalo Science Museum Camera Club. Cary has served in the U.S. Army and has been a photographer for more than 50 years.

  1. *“Wildflower Power” will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, and will be led by JoAnn Schiagel, vice president of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society. Schiagel, a past president of the organization, has studied botany at the college and profession level at the University of Florida, the University of New Mexico and the Humboldt Field Research Station in Maine.

Laub said all of the activities will be held in the event of rain. She said attendees should dress in weather-appropriate clothing because some areas may be wet and have large puddles.

For any questions or comments about the ACAC program, call 688-6566 or email amherstarboretum@roadrunner.com

Amherst State Park Information Kiosk

    Last fall (2013) some Amherst State Park Garden volunteers decided to do some work on the Park Kiosk to protect it from the weather.

    First some screws were added to the plywood to eliminate some of the warping that had occurred.

     Then some wood was added to strengthen the kiosk and to cover and seal the exposed edges of the plywood. The screws were covered with filler and the Kiosk was sanded smooth.

    Next Mike Procknel and Lois Shriver painted the kiosk and the park benches to finish protecting them from the weather.

The Town of Amherst Highway department over the winter made a sign for the kiosk. They installed it earlier this spring.

The Amherst Town Board also this spring approved some funding for Amherst State Park.

To the both of them. Thank You!

Some of the funding will be used for the Kiosk.

On the front of the Kiosk there be one 30” x 36” display area protected with plexiglass with a map of the park. On the right side of the Kiosk there will be a cork bulletin board to post notices. In the center there are plans to add up to three plastic brochure holders

On the rear of the Kiosk there be two 30” x 36” display areas protected with plexiglass. The small pictures in the two areas show some of the Official New York State Symbols. The four larger panels will show some of the Animals, Birds, Trees, and Invasive Plants that can be found at Amherst State Park.