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Take a hike

by jmaloni
Fri, May 18th 2012 07:00 am

The Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a Wildflower Hike from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Frank L. and Julia Dersham Young Niagara Escarpment Preserve on Leete Road in Lockport.

Join hike leader, Jason Sorens, for a walk through the first protected property on the Escarpment. This unique geological formation is often associated with unusual plants and ecological communities and is responsible for the specific weather, soil conditions, and hydrology that define Niagara County's heritage and economy. Bordering Leete Road in Lockport, the 36-acre property contains several unique woodland plants, and 10 acres of restored grassland habitat.

Sorens, a professor and amateur naturalist, volunteers with the Western New York Land Conservancy to protect native habitats for birds, insects, and wildflowers. His backyard native plants meadow in Tonawanda will be featured on the Land Conservancy's Natural Gardens & Backyard Habitat Tour, Sunday, July 8.

Reservations are required to attend the Wildflower Hike. Call 716-687-1225 or email [email protected] for directions and reservations. The hike is a public event and is free of charge.

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