red admiral butterfly

Citizen scientists: Help with BioBlitz on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

by Connie Oswald Stofko Be a citizen scientist and help the Pollinator Conservation Association with its BioBlitz through Dec. 1 on the Outer Harbor in Buffalo. Help to discover and identify flora and fauna there to improve conservation planning for future projects. The area includes Times Beach, Tifft Nature Preserve, the Union Ship Canal, and all of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation land and State Park land on the Outer Harbor. You can post pictures and observations on INaturalist.org….

gloved hand weeding garden

Volunteers needed by two groups to help with gardening tasks

Two WNY groups are seeking volunteers to help with gardening. North Tonawanda Botanical Garden Volunteers are needed for community work days with the North Tonawanda Botanical Garden Organization, 1825 Sweeney St., North Tonawanda. Meet at the gazebo. Sessions will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Dates are Sept. 12 and Oct. 3 and 17. Ongoing projects are weeding, mulching and setup of raised beds in the fenced-in perennial bed area. There are 11 acres to keep social distance. Any level…

Niagara Arts and Cultural Center

Garden volunteers sought to help arts center, neighborhood in Niagara Falls

__________ The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (NACC), a nonprofit group, is looking for help to improve the landscaping on their campus, in turn beautifying their downtown neighborhood. They are looking for volunteers to help. The NACC is housed in the former Niagara Falls High School at 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The massive, neoclassic revival building served as Niagara Falls’s central high school until 2000 and was almost torn…

dyer's garden at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Volunteers needed for gardens at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Volunteers are needed to help with the gardens at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst. The gardeners work from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, weather permitting. They start in May and work through October. You don’t have to be experienced; the group has Master Gardeners who are happy to share their knowledge. Please take your favorite hand tools. For more information, contact Rosalind Rivers at rdrivers123@roadrunner.com….

hands of a docent and child at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Love plants? Love people? Become a docent at Botanical Gardens

If you like to talk to people and have an interest in plants, consider  becoming a docent at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Docents lead tours, teach hands-on programs and help with many educational events at the Botanical Gardens. An education background is not required, but a high level of interest and enthusiasm is. The docent training will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29 and Sept. 5 and 12 at…

Volunteers needed for tree planting June 30 at Hope House in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko Imagine Community Gardens is looking for volunteers to help plant trees, shrubs and perennials at the “Peace Garden” at Hope House, a homeless shelter for woman and children, 585 Genesee St., Buffalo (one block from the Jefferson Street exit of the Kensington Expressway/Route 33). What is now a lawn area is being turned into a butterfly garden with nature paths and a seating area. On the work day, volunteers will also lay wood chips on the…