Wildflower hike by Western New York Land Conservancy

Date(s) - Saturday, May 02, 2015
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Niagara Escarpment Preserve


The Western New York Land Conservancy will hold a wildflower hike from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2 at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve, Leete Rd., Lockport.

The hike is free and open to the public, but space is limited. You must register in advance by calling the Land Conservancy at (716) 687-1225, or emailing info@wnylc.org. The Land Conservancy will share directions and parking instructions with everyone who registers for the event.

The hike is appropriate for people of all ages and will not be strenuous. Participants will be able to see several unique woodland plants as they walk through the preserve’s mature hardwood forests.

“Before the trees in the hardwood forest have a full canopy, the sun is able to reach the forest floor and the spring ephemerals begin to bloom,” said Nancy Smith, executive director of the Land Conservancy. “This hike is a unique opportunity for people to learn about the ecological diversity of the Niagara Escarpment Preserve and to experience this local treasure firsthand.”

The Niagara Escarpment Preserve is a 36-acre property protected by the Land Conservancy in 2011. It is rich in flora and fauna because of its location on the Niagara Escarpment, a unique rock formation that extends 750 miles across Ontario and into Wisconsin.

The wildflower hike will be led by Ed Fuchs and Joanne Schlegel, long-time members and past presidents of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society, and Erin Redding, an environmental scientist with Gomez and Sullivan Engineers.