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Nature-related news from Western New York

West Seneca Oxbow Wetland Restoration, WNY

As someone who is not exactly from Western New York originally — {:-) — I had no idea that there even were any old oxbow lakes in the area, let alone one on which restoration efforts had been made, but there is and its in West Seneca.

The Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper [BNRK] website states that “West Seneca’s oxbow wetland on Buffalo Creek is just a few miles upstream from the industrialized Buffalo River, a Great Lakes ‘Area of Concern’. As one of only three major wetlands in the lower Buffalo River watershed, it is considered a source area for future habitat and species restoration in the AOC.  Planning studies over the past 40 years have recommended that the oxbow site be protected.”

According to the  ERIE [Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange] webpage, “the restoration of the  oxbow wetland began in 2008 as part of the Buffalo River Watershed and AOC  restoration effort.  The project was led by BNRK and funded by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

“In Fall 2009, six ERIE trainees became involved  in the restoration project… [and] donated over  1000 hours in fieldwork and analysis of flora, fauna, soils and groundwater.  The trainees developed a habitat restoration  and management plan for the 14-acre parcel of the oxbow. The plan used an  adaptive management framework to control invasive plant species and reintroduce  native plants to the site based on historical and nearby reference  communities. ”

To see pictures of the Oxbow and ERIE trainees working on the project (courtesy of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper), click here.

IfI can establish that there is public access to this site, or get us permission to visit, then this seems like a good venue for one of our ‘Wildlife Watchers & Nature Photographers’ group walks.  I’ll let you know the outcome of this.

Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Survey – Your Help is Requested

Scott Kruitbosch, the Conservation & Outreach Coordinator at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown, NY, is asking for help monitoring Rusty Blackbirds during the Spring Migration.

Learn more in this blog entry:

Soott asks:  “Please help find Rusty Blackbirds — one of the fastest declining species on the continent — wherever you are during the blitz.    Feel free to email me if you have any other questions and good luck finding them.”

His e-mail address is:

You might also like to visit the website of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.

Bobcat sightings around Western New York show range map is in need of revision

This article, by Gerry Rising, was published in the Buffalo News at the end of December, 2013, but it is of more than enough interest for us to give the URL again, here:


Links to Wildlife-related Organizations and Websites in New York State

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Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

Buffalo Audubon Society

Buffalo Ornithological Society

Nature Conservancy – Central & Western New York

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation – Western New York

Rochester Area Mycological Association – RAMA

Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (Jamestown)

Sierra Club – Niagara Group

Tifft Urban Nature Preserve, Buffalo



Audubon – New York State (with Chapter links)

Audubon – New York State – Calendar of Events

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology – All About Birds

NYOG – New York Odonate Group (Yahoo groups)


Please feel free to add a comment below, recommending additional websites that should be included on this list.

US experiences largest influx of snowy owls in decades (video)

Feb. 04, 2014 – 2:11 – Huge number of birds fly south from the Arctic

Winter on Cape Cod is a solitary time. The beaches are empty and the summer tourists a memory, but this year visitors from the far north are drawing quite a crowd.

Snowy owls have flown down from the arctic tundra, spotted as far south as Florida and many more are being seen in the Northeast. Experts say it’s the largest migration of snowy owls to the United States in decades….

Read the full article and view a two-minute video from Cape Cod, at:


See also:  Snowy Owls in Western New York, January 2014