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Land Conservancy to Host Birdwatching Hike at Stella Niagara
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Land Conservancy to Host Birdwatching Hike at Stella Niagara


The Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a birdwatching hike at the future home of the Stella Niagara Preserve from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7. The 29-acre property on Lower River Road along the Niagara River in Lewiston sits across from the Stella Niagara Education Park and is owned by the Sisters of St. Francis. The Land Conservancy is working with the Sisters to acquire the property and create a publicly accessible nature preserve. 

The Niagara River is considered a globally Important Bird Area, a designation shared with Yellowstone and the Everglades, and the 29-acre property itself has forests, a large meadow and a quarter-mile of shoreline, all contributing to high bird diversity. 

The hike will be led by Greg Coniglio and Jajean Rose-Burney. Coniglio is a volunteer with several organizations including the Land Conservancy. He previously served on the Land Conservancy’s Board of Directors and is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) expert with Ecology and Environment, Inc. in Lancaster. Rose-Burney is the Land Conservancy’s current development director. Both are avid birdwatchers and experienced guides.   

The executive director of the Land Conservancy, Nancy Smith, said, “The Stella Niagara Preserve property is one of Western New York’s most scenic, ecologically important, and historically significant places. In only a few trips to Stella Niagara, we have seen over 50 species of birds, including the Bald Eagle and Black-crowned High Heron, as well as many species of waterfowl, woodpeckers and songbirds. We are grateful to the Sisters of St. Francis for working with us to protect this extraordinary place, and for allowing us to lead this hike on their property.” 

The hike is free and open to the public, but space is limited and attendees must register in advance by calling the Land Conservancy at (716) 687-1225 or emailing info@wnylc.org. The hike is appropriate for people of all ages and will not be strenuous. If you have binoculars, please bring them. The Land Conservancy will share directions and parking instructions with everyone who registers for the event. 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is a regional, not-for-profit land trust that permanently protects land with significant conservation value in Western New York for future generations. The Land Conservancy envisions a future in which open spaces, working lands, wildlife habitat and scenic beauty are cherished and protected as part of the landscape and character of Western New York. The Land Conservancy is one of 1,700 land trusts nationwide, including 90 in New York State. Land trusts have protected 40 million acres over the last 20 years. For more information on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities or the mission of the Western New York Land Conservancy, please call (716) 687-1225 or visit www.wnylc.org.

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