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Do You Know Your River? River Academy Registration Now Open!

Do You Know Your River?  River Academy Registration Now Open!

Have you ever wondered how the Niagara River works?  What animals and plants depend upon our unique stretch of the Great Lakes system?  How much has the River recovered from past abuses, and what are the most pressing current concerns? 

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s new River Academy is a comprehensive training course that provides an introduction to our Niagara River watershed through classes in stream science, stream restoration and watershed management.  Academy students will experience field-oriented class sessions with local experts as well as hands-on restoration workshops on Niagara River tributaries.  All students will receive a certificate of completion upon finishing the course. 

$1.7 Million in Grants for Lake Erie Research Projects

Buffalo State's Great Lakes Center received three grants totaling $1.7 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office. The highly competitive grants, awarded through the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), were awarded to projects that address the most significant Great Lakes ecosystem problems, including invasive species, lake health, and pollution from many different sources.

“Buffalo State was the only college in Western New York to receive three grants,” said Alexander Karatayev, the center's director and a research scientist. “We have been working on these issues, and the GLRI funding is allowing us to build on our success.” All three efforts will be collaborations among the center’s research scientists and Buffalo State faculty members, as well as researchers from other institutions.

Walsh Insurance Group Donates $50,000 to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

On Saturday, October 23rd, over 100 employees from the Walsh Insurance Group donated their time to plant 150 trees and dozens of flower bulbs along the ring road in Delaware Park.  These new trees and their maintenance will be paid for by a generous donation of $50,000 from the Walsh Insurance Group and their subsidiaries.

Alpacas to Visit the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market

Coming to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market on Saturday, October 16: Wine-tasting courtesy of Freedom Run, and a visit from the Alpaca Play Pen! Market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Don’t miss it!

And, don’t forget to pick up some fresh and delicious apple cider, and maybe even a Halloween pumpkin or two!

Please note that guests are subject to change. For a complete list of events and vendors, visit www.elmwoodmarket.org. Frequent updates are also available by becoming a fan of the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market page on Facebook.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Weekend Attractions

Coming Saturday, September 18, to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market: A beer brewing demonstration with Community Beer Works, and wine-tasting courtesy of Schultze Vineyards & Winery and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery! Feed Your Soul will also be touring the Market with Chef Steven Gedra of Bistro Europa. Sounds like the makings of a memorable day!

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Seeks Help to 'Releaf' Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The 2006 October Storm destroyed 33,000 trees in our Olmsted Parks. One vote on line per day at the Pepsi Refresh Project website can help the Conservancy win $50,000 to plant 1,000 trees over the next year. 

Just go to www.refresheverything.com/releafbuffalo or text 102378 to PEPSI (73774) to vote today and every day in the month of September. 

Your votes help Buffalo now, and for the future. A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs. per year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two human beings.