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LIVINGSTON COUNTY – As these first beautiful days of spring finally warm the sun-starved earth, the Genesee Valley Conservancy (GVC) has announced their planned outdoor adventures for 2015, including walks among the valley’s famous bluebell flowers, guided bird watching walks, and paddles on the Genesee River.
This year, GVC will of course continue to feature the Oak Tree Half Marathon on September 6 and Valley Hunt Races on October 10, as well as an October 23 talk at the Riviera in Geneseo on the amazing recovery of the bald eagle by eagle biologist Peter Nye. All of these events come courtesy of donations by the community and regional businesses.
“I hope to see you at many of these events this year,” said GVC Director Ben Gajewski. “In the meantime, your support of our work will help us conserve even more land in the coming year.”
The two Bluebell Walks will begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on May 16, and will follow 3.5 miles of trails through privately owned fields and forests carpeted with this beautiful bright blue wildflower. Trails will most likely be muddy and uneven, so GVC encourages hikes to dress appropriately.
The Rare Species Bird Walk will start at 7:30 a.m. on May 30, guided by local expert Dr. Jim Kimball in the Nations Road Grassland, identified as an Important Bird Area by the National Audobon Society. This is where GVC completed its first conservation project 25 years ago, and says they continue to protect the important mix of forest and grasslands in this prime birding location. This event will involve easy road-walking and short driving.
The Genesee River Float with Genesee River Wilds will begin on June 7 at 10 a.m. Paddlers must bring their own craft to Transit Bridge (County Route 16 and County Route 19.) Parking will be downstream at the Caneadea Access Site on County Route 19, and the group will be transported upstream to begin the long float back to their cars.
The meetup and parking will begin at 9 a.m., and the group will get on the water at 10 a.m.
The Fathers Day Bird Walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. on June 21, guided by Hans Kunze. GVC says bring binoculars and spotting scopes.
The Genesee River Paddle will be free in 2015. Paddlers will bring their watercrafts to behind the Park Inn Liquor/Genesee Valley Resturant in Mount Morris, then proceed to the Indian Fort Nature Preserve to park their vehicles. Transports will take the group back to Mount Morris to start the paddle, and everyone will end up back at their cars.
Meetup and parking will begin at 9 a.m. and the group will get on the water at 10 a.m. There will be a stop and some snacks, but GVC says feel free to pack a lunch if you like. Participants will have to sign a waiver before paddling.
The Geology of Indian Fort Nature Preserve event will begin at 9 a.m. on August 15, where the group will hike around the rim of the gully of the preserve and then hike up to the waterfall where many interesting layers of rock can be easily seen. This hike will be on very uneven terrain and through water, so GVC advises to dress appropriately.
The Riviera in Geneseo will host bald eagle biologist Peter Nye for his talk, Bald Eagles: Rising from the Brink of Extinction at 7 p.m. on October 23. Reserved seating will be offered to GVC members.
The Nature Conservancy also thanks the Steuben Trust Company for underwriting these events, called the nature series, for 2015.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photo/Genesee Valley Conservancy website)