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Events

An Evening with Conservation Journalist
Ben Goldfarb

Wednesday, August 28, 2024

7:00 p.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Buffalo, NY

We are absolutely thrilled to host conservation journalist Ben Goldfarb this August. His first book, Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, was a breakout sensation in 2019. His second book, Crossings: How Road Ecology is Shaping the Future of Our Planet, is a critically-acclaimed study of how roads have fragmented and transformed habitats around the globe.

Crossings' message reinforces the habitat restoration and permanent land protection work of the Land Conservancy here in WNY. You can purchase Crossings wherever books are sold, but we encourage you to shop at local Buffalo bookstores such as Burning BooksFitz Books, or the official bookstore of the event, Talking Leaves.

Thank you to our event sponsors. If you or your organization would like to sponsor, email Kyle Semmel at ksemmel@wnylc.org.

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About:

Ben Goldfarb is an independent conservation journalist. He's the author of Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping The Future of Our Planet, named one of the best books of 2023 by the New York Times, and Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His writing has appeared in the Atlantic, Science, the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, the Guardian, High Country News, Outside Magazine, Smithsonian, bioGraphic, Pacific Standard, Audubon Magazine, Scientific American, Vox, OnEarth, Yale Environment 360, Grantland, the Nation, Hakai Magazine, VICE News, and other publications.

Praise for Crossings:


“Goldfarb is perceptive about how roads tangle animals together with humans…Crossings is well-paced and vivid, an engaging account.” ― Timothy Farrington, Wall Street Journal

“A powerhouse of a book, a comprehensive and engaging study of the many ways that roads damage natural habitats.” — David Gessner, the Washington Post


“Chronicles the enormous ecological damage caused by roadbuilding…Goldfarb guides the reader through an array of often heartbreaking stories, from the Los Angeles mountain lions so isolated by highways that they could inbreed themselves into extirpation to salmon populations smothered by tire pollution.” ― David Zipper, Bloomberg

Summer Kids Hike Series: Critters in the Creek

Location: Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve

Date: Tuesday, June 25

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Join Western New York Land Conservancy Staff and volunteers this summer for a series of kids hikes throughout western New York, where learning and adventure come together! These guided hikes will invite kids and their families to explore nature and wildlife throughout our preserves.

 

NOTE: At least one parent must accompany each registered child on each hike. In the event that we have to postpone the event due to weather or other circumstances, a rain date will be scheduled at a later date. These hikes are best for kids grade K-5.

Highlights:

 

  • Guided Exploration: Discover the wonders of our preserves from an experienced naturalist.

  • Hands-On Learning: Engage in fun, educational activities that highlight the importance of ecosystems in our area.

  • Wildlife Signs: Look for signs of insects, birds, and other wildlife in their natural habitats.

 

What to Bring:

-        Comfortable, hiking or water-friendly shoes

-        A small backpack with water and snacks

-        Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat

-        A notepad and pencil for nature journaling

-        A curious mind and enthusiasm for nature!

Spots are limited.

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Farm Easement Walk: Clear Water Farm

Location: Clear Water Farm

Date: Saturday, June 29

Time: 9:00-11:00am

Experience the charm of Clear Water Farm in Marilla! Learn about this permanently protected farm from the owner, Lee Dobbins, and find out more about farmland protection from the Land Conservancy's Farmland Conservation Director, Rachel Chrostowski. Get up close with the farm's friendly animals as we explore the lovely farmstead and before you head home, visit the farm store, and support your local farmer by purchasing some milk, eggs, meats, or other locally-sourced agricultural products!

Spots are limited. Register today!

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Summer Kids Hike Series: Forest Adventure Trek

Location: Owens Falls Nature Sanctuary

Date: Thursday, July 18

Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm

Join Western New York Land Conservancy Staff and volunteers this summer for a series of kids hikes throughout western New York, where learning and adventure come together! These guided hikes will invite kids and their families to explore nature and wildlife throughout our preserves.

NOTE: At least one parent must accompany each registered child on each hike. In the event that we have to postpone the event due to weather or other circumstances, a rain date will be scheduled at a later date.

Highlights:

 

  • Guided Exploration: Discover the wonders of our preserves from an experienced naturalist.

  • Hands-On Learning: Engage in fun, educational activities that highlight the importance of ecosystems in our area.

  • Wildlife Signs: Look for signs of insects, birds, and other wildlife in their natural habitats.

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What to Bring:

-        Comfortable, hiking or water-friendly shoes

-        A small backpack with water and snacks

-        Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat

-        A notepad and pencil for nature journaling

-        A curious mind and enthusiasm for nature!

Spots are limited.

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Summer Kids Hike Series: World of Wildlife Signs

Location: Gallogly Nature Sanctuary

Date: Sunday, August 18

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Join Western New York Land Conservancy Staff and volunteers this summer for a series of kids hikes throughout western New York, where learning and adventure come together! These guided hikes will invite kids and their families to explore nature and wildlife throughout our preserves.

NOTE: At least one parent must accompany each registered child on each hike. In the event that we have to postpone the event due to weather or other circumstances, a rain date will be scheduled at a later date.

Highlights:

 

  • Guided Exploration: Discover the wonders of our preserves from an experienced naturalist.

  • Hands-On Learning: Engage in fun, educational activities that highlight the importance of ecosystems in our area.

  • Wildlife Signs: Look for signs of insects, birds, and other wildlife in their natural habitats.

 

What to Bring:

-        Comfortable, hiking or water-friendly shoes

-        A small backpack with water and snacks

-        Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat

-        A notepad and pencil for nature journaling

-        A curious mind and enthusiasm for nature!

Spots are limited.

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Summer Kids Hike Series: Colors of Fall

Location: College Lodge Forest

Date: Sunday, September 29

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Join Western New York Land Conservancy Staff and volunteers this summer for a series of kids hikes throughout western New York, where learning and adventure come together! These guided hikes will invite kids and their families to explore nature and wildlife throughout our preserves.

NOTE: At least one parent must accompany each registered child on each hike. In the event that we have to postpone the event due to weather or other circumstances, a rain date will be scheduled at a later date.

Highlights:

 

  • Guided Exploration: Discover the wonders of our preserves from an experienced naturalist.

  • Hands-On Learning: Engage in fun, educational activities that highlight the importance of ecosystems in our area.

  • Wildlife Signs: Look for signs of insects, birds, and other wildlife in their natural habitats.

 

What to Bring:

-        Comfortable, hiking or water-friendly shoes

-        A small backpack with water and snacks

-        Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat

-        A notepad and pencil for nature journaling

-        A curious mind and enthusiasm for nature!

Spots are limited.

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Rescuing the Planet: An Evening with Tony Hiss 

Did you miss the May 25th 2023 event? Use the link to watch the presentation on YouTube. The event featured acclaimed author Tony Hiss, one of the strongest advocates for land protection in the United States, who braided the thesis of his seminal book, Rescuing the Planet: Protecting Half the Land to Heal the Earth, with the Land Conservancy's efforts to save the Floating Fen and develop the Western New York Wildway. 

We Are Each Other's Harvest: An Evening with Natalie Baszile 

Did you miss the June 21st 2022 event? Use the link to watch the presentation on YouTube. The eventfeatured a special conversation with Allison DeHonney (Buffalo Go Green/Urban Fruits & Veggies), Mahamud Mberwa (Bwedo Farm), Dao Kamara (Liberian Community Farming Project), and Hamadi Ali (Providence Farm Collective).

An Evening with Ed Marx of the Wildlands Network 

Did you miss the October 27th 2021 event? Use the link to watch the presentation on Youtube. Listen to Ed Marx discuss the Eastern Wildway, an effort to create a wildlife corridor from the Gulf of Mexico to eastern Canada. You’ll also hear from Jajean Rose-Burney, our Deputy Executive Director, about how you can save the Allegany Wildlands.

Finding the Mother Tree: A Virtual Evening with Suzanne Simard

Did you miss the June 16th 2021 event? Use the link to watch the presentation on YouTube. Finding the Mother Tree: An Evening with Suzanne Simard  included a presentation on her pioneering work and a conversation. 

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