Healthy Landscapes: Native Plants

Date(s) - Thursday, Jun 26, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

BOCES Hewes Educational Center


Jamestown Audubon and the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy are partnering to host a summer series encouraging people to use landscaping techniques that will benefit native wildlife, retain water, and minimize the need for fertilizers.

The first “Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waters” workshop for 2014 will be from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at the BOCES Hewes Educational Center on West Lake Road in Ashville (2615 North Maple St. (Route 394).

Jon Titus, Associate Professor of Biology at SUNY Fredonia, will speak on “Native Plants,” describing the importance and benefits of using native plants and the damage that can be done by invasive (non-native) plants. He will describe non-natives to avoid and some “workhorse” natives to plant instead.

Come learn how you can make simple changes that have lasting effects.

Titus is a field ecologist whose current research is concentrated outdoors in the natural areas of western New York. Among his several research projects is an investigation of the effects that invasive non-native plant species have on our native plant communities. He has laid the groundwork to study a potential invasion by the Emerald Ash Borer, and in 2007 he initiated a pilot project at Jamestown Audubon’s Bergeson Sanctuary to examine the impact of deer feeding on forest vegetation.

This event is free for Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy members and Audubon’s Friends of the Nature Center; $10 donation for non-members.

While not required, RSVPs are appreciated at or (716) 664-2166.

For more information on the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, visit


For more information on the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, call (716) 569-2345 or visit