Posts Tagged ‘ Environment ’

Learn more about invasive species during monthly teleconferences, videos

March 25, 2014
Learn more about invasive species during monthly teleconferences, videos

You can find information on invasive species through the 2014 New York State Invasive Species Speaker Series organized by Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM). Selected recordings can be found at the  NY Invasives You Tube Channel. People who don’t feel tech savvy may feel most comfortable accessing the information there. If you’re...
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Get a sneak peek of ‘Innuendo: The Secret Sex Life of Plants,’ then see it live!

March 11, 2014
Get a sneak peek of ‘Innuendo: The Secret Sex Life of Plants,’ then see it live!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Birds do it. Bees do it. And birds and bees help plants do it. In the video below, we bring you a sneak peek of “Innuendo: The Secret Sex Life  of Plants,” the kick-off presentation of Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens’ 2014 Science Café Series. In this entertaining video,...
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Winter has been bitter, but all that snow should help WNY gardens

March 3, 2014
Winter has been bitter, but all that snow should help WNY gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko This has been one bitterly cold winter. On the plus side, it has been snowy. You may think the cold and snow combine to create a double whammy, but when it comes to our gardens in Western New York, it would have been worse without the snow. “If you see...
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Make food a permanent part of your Western New York yard with edible landscapes

February 25, 2014
Make food a permanent part of your Western New York yard with edible landscapes

by Connie Oswald Stofko When we want to grow food, we generally think of smallish plants that we would categorize as “vegetables” or “herbs,” such as tomatoes or zucchini or parsley. Today we’re going to challenge you to think bigger. When you think of food, think of trees and shrubs. The concept is called...
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Rain barrel-painting contest set for high schools in Erie & Niagara Counties; register by Feb. 24

February 11, 2014
Rain barrel-painting contest set for high schools in Erie & Niagara Counties; register by Feb. 24

Students in grades 9-12 in Erie and Niagara Counties can enter a rain barrel-painting contest with cash prizes held in conjunction with Earth Day 2014. Schools are encouraged to enter a team, either through a class or an after-school program. The team will design and paint a rain barrel provided by the Coca-Cola Bottling...
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Gardeners can help the environment & save money, too

February 4, 2014
Gardeners can help the environment & save money, too

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Just because something is good for the environment, it doesn’t mean you have to spend more money for it,” said Albert J. Gilewicz. “Sometimes you end up paying less.” Gilewicz, who describes himself as a pragmatic environmentalist with a background in engineering and business, will present “The Garden Revolution: A...
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90-acre farm in WNY will remain agricultural land under conservation easement

January 28, 2014
90-acre farm in WNY will remain agricultural land under conservation easement

Even those of us who grow vegetables in our gardens still depend on farmers for most of our food. But that food supply could be constrained if we lose Western New York farmland to housing and other development. The Western New York Land Conservancy is working to protect local farmland. Earlier this month it...
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Good news: Funding completed for scenic overlook in Town of Aurora

December 10, 2013
Good news: Funding completed for scenic overlook in Town of Aurora

Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians will be able to enjoy the view at a scenic overlook to be constructed on Mill Road in the Town of Aurora thanks to the successful conclusion of a three-year fundraising effort. The Friends of Mill Road, in partnership with the Western New York Land Conservancy and the Town of...
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Gardeners who love birds: Participate in 114th Christmas Bird Count

December 3, 2013
Gardeners who love birds: Participate in 114th Christmas Bird Count

For many of us, part of the enjoyment of our gardens is watching the birds that come to visit. You can help scientists learn more about the birds in our area by participating in Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count. The census events take place around Christmastime, from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. The Buffalo Audubon...
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Think about your garden when you de-ice your sidewalk

December 2, 2013
Think about your garden when you de-ice your sidewalk

How can you make your sidewalk safe in icy weather while still protecting your garden? John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County, shares some tips. First, instead of buying rock salt, look for products that are labelled plant or pet safe. These products use calcium chloride, which pose less risk...
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