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Honeoye Inlet Restoration

Pesticides; fertilizers; increased upstream development. This all leads to increased sediment transport, excessive nutrient loading, soil erosion, and degradation of water quality downstream. All along the way, we get destruction of wildlife habitat – mammals, amphibians, fish and birds are all affected. And then, the dreaded blue-green algae! What to do?!? We have all heard about these issues. Sometimes it gets overwhelming to take it all in. But sometimes we get to hear about solutions. Practical solutions that use nature’s own methods to protect our precious resources. In January I had the opportunity to hear about a completed project that is making a difference in the Honeoye Lake waters

Celebrating Honeoye Lake - Sandy Bottom Park and Nature Trail

Honeoye Creek, a tributary of the Genesee River, emerges from the north end of Honeoye Lake where, with a lot of help from the Honeoye Lake Rotary Club, a swampy area has been transformed into a beautiful park . At Sandy Bottom Park and Nature Trail you will find a sandy beach, a bath house, pavilions, a tennis court, a basketball court, a softball field, a volleyball sand court and two playgrounds. North of the beach area, the creek flows into a catchment area before flowing into grassy wetlands. Here you will find a quiet place to sit under the trees and the entrance to the nature trail. The trail is an easy, flat hike of .8 miles, half of which is grass/dirt trail, the other half on rais

Making a Difference...for Spotted Salamanders

This blog post was originally published in FLCC Connects on April 9, 2016. Reprinted here with permission to celebrate Honeoye Lake during our Focus on the Finger Lakes initiative of 2018. Every spring, with the first warm evening rains, spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) begin a synchronous migration from hillside forests to the southern Honeoye Valley floor. They are seeking breeding pools, ponds, and shallow depressions in the extensive silver maple-ash swamp forest that occupies nearly 900 acres of the valley floor. Perhaps it is this abundance of potential breeding sites that contributes to the large migrating population observed every spring. As adults during the summer, spot

Focus on the Finger Lakes!

This year the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium will Celebrate 10 years on 11 lakes in 12 months! In 2008 founder John Adamski had the vision that the Finger Lakes region needed to have a place that celebrates the natural and cultural history of this unique region. Having visited the Adirondack Museum and The Wild Center, he was inspired to write an article in Life in the Finger Lakes. He noted that “. . . we have no cultural or natural history museum to focus attention on one of the most beautiful, ecologically diverse and popular regions of New York State.” He found others that agreed: It’s time! Thus began the vision that became The Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium! In the ensuing years,

Townsend-Grady Wetlands Update

“You learn something new every day”. My grandmother always used to say that whenever I assumed I knew everything, and proven I knew less than the obvious. As I grow older and experience more days, I understand that statement more and more. When I first began to volunteer in the efforts taking place at the FLM&A, I thought I knew what to expect. I had a background in biology, and I knew I had a desire to help manage and preserve our natural resources. So when the museum director, Natalie Payne asked me to begin constructing something of a “bio assessment” I thought “ok, I’ll get to work on that”. Then came the day I stepped in to the Townsend Grady wildlife preserve, full of intention to begi

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