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 2022 Nature Programs

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The Restless River-Genesee River Lecture Thursday, June 16th Start Time: 6:30 pm Program Length: 1.5 hours

Taking a Walk on the Wild Side-Genesee River Field Trip Thursday, June 23rd Departure Time 8:50 am Return Time 5:00 pm

Restless River?  A walk on the wild side?  What’s this all about?  It’s the title of a two-part Pfeiffer Nature Center series in June.  On the evening of Thursday, June 16th at the Portville Free Library, Jim Pomeroy will present a PowerPoint program which will explain why he thinks the Genesee especially deserves to be described as the “restless” river. The Genesee always seems to be on the move — altering its channel here and there and often picking up enough sediment to roil its waters.  Learn about how during the Hurricane Agnes flood, exactly fifty years ago, the Genesee River undermined and destroyed an entire wing of a hospital as well as the story of the Genesee during the last Ice Age, a story which has always fascinated geologists.   Even though glaciers left our area at least 10,000 years ago, the Genesee and some of its tributaries are still adjusting to changes set in motion way back then.  All are welcome to attend the lecture. This program will be held at The Portville Free Library, 2 North Main Street, Portville, New York 14770. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required. The program is free for members, $5 for non-members and free for children 13 and under.  To register, e-mail or contact the office at 716-933-0187. 

Then on Thursday, June 23rd (rain date Thursday, June 30th), Jim will lead a field trip which complements the PowerPoint program.  The field trip will take us to Letchworth State Park but there will be some stops at a few places of interest both on the way to Letchworth and later in the day on our way back to Olean. When we get to Letchworth, the time we spend in the Park (about two and a half hours) will be entirely at its south end and on its east side.  The east side of the Park is the less visited side, the less “touristy” side, the less developed side and therefore the side that is a little wilder.  Hence, we’re going to be walking on the “wild” side.  Our time in the Park will definitely not be the traditional tourist’s tour of the Park and will include two relatively easy level hikes with some stairs included.  Each hike will take about 45 minutes.  Be sure to wear proper footwear such as sneakers or day hikers.  Picnic tables are available so please bring along your lunch.  The Nature Center will provide drinking water and coolers with ice if refrigeration is needed.  We would like to carpool as much as possible while keeping COVID safety in mind.  Details on carpooling and the meeting location to begin the trip will be shared following your registration.  Space is limited so reserve your spot today! The reservation deadline is Tuesday, June 21st.   The program fee is $10 per person.   To register, e-mail or contact the office at 716-933-0187.  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way Funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.


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