The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy invites the public to a cross country skiing and snow shoeing tour of its Loomis Goose Creek Wetland Preserve on Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Participants and friends are invited to re-gather afterwards for warm conversation at the Southern Tier Brewing Company.
This preserve is 30 acres in size with 25 acres of wetlands, 450 feet of lakeshore, and 3,000 feet of the wild west bank of Goose Creek. The moving creek waters help keep this area more ice-free and available for waterfowl use for extended periods when the rest of the lake is ice covered. The third largest wetland on Chautauqua Lake, this site is also one of the most important fish and wildlife habitats remaining on the lake, providing habitat for kingfishers, heron, mallards, wood ducks, Canada geese, waterfowl, beavers, mink, turtles and amphibians.
Participants should meet at the Loomis Goose Creek Wetland Preserve parking lot near 2500 Route 394 and Fardink Road in North Harmony and are asked to dress accordingly for the weather. Participants are requested to pre-register by calling 664-2166 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to leave your name, e-mail and phone contact information. The event is free for CWC members, with a suggested donation of $5 for prospective members and the public.
The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is a local 501(c)(3) not-for-profit supported primarily by membership donations. CWC's mission is to preserve and enhance the water quality, scenic beauty, and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Over the past 19 years, the organization has conserved more than 700 acres across Chautauqua County.