As one of the oldest conservation organizations founded and operating today out of the Niagara Frontier, the organization has preserved and protected some of the most significant habitats, plants and animal species in the region for 85 years.
We acquire, own, and manage preserves for the protection, stewardship, and conservation of native plants and animals and their habitats. We also promote educational programs and scientific research relative to nature preserves. Connecting nature and the WNY community.
Your membership will support our mission of acquiring, preserving, and protecting some of the most significant habitats and plant and animal species in WNY. We led the way in stewardship and conservation on the Niagara Frontier. Find out what you will receive as a member...
Donate and Help Preserve beatiful Western New York. NSSWNY is a 501(C)3 non-profit educational corporation in New York State. All donations are therefore fully deductible within the limits of IRS and your state and local tax laws. Find out how donating becomes more than money, and join as a member.
Contact and Connect with NSSWNY. Becoming a member gives opportunties for hands-on stewardship and leadership opportunities to serve on our board of directors, lead field trips, or serve as a preserve custodian. Build and create friendships that bond over nature.
We cannot know what we are doing until we know what nature would be doing if we were doing nothing.
And that is why we need small native wildernesses widely dispersed over the countryside as well as large ones in spectacular places.
--from the essay "Preserving Wildness" by Wendell Berry, 1986
President of nsswny, Jacqueline Swift and President Emeritus Steve McCabe at Zoar Valley
beauty of the earth
find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.
"NSSWNY members are all passion-ate about the nature that sustains us. We’re energy-savers, recyclers, and definitely tree-huggers—all doing the daily tasks of conservation, environmental stewardship, and raising awareness about the preciousness of our natural world. Every single act adds to the goodness quotient of preservation."
*For more information on membership, visit the Get Involved page.
Annual field trip with the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society on June 20th is a GO!
This NSSWNY tradition has been in place for decades and is a special opportunity to see at least three kinds of wild orchids, among the many other wonders of the Houghton and Furman Preserves. The picnic and art workshop, two other events held in conjunction with the trip, are cancelled for this year but we can all look forward to the return of these special gathereings in the future.
To attend the field trip, meet at Sprague Brook County Park at 8:30AM in the parking lot north of the main entrance.
The park is located at 9674 Foote Road, Glenwood 14069.
Sign up by contacting Houghton Custodian Ed Fuchs at EdFuchs.NFBS@gmail.com or 716-598- 1307.
Registration is mandatory and masks, hand sanitizer and no-carpooling are required. In the case of registrations beyond ten, we'll split up into
two groups for the tours.
As cases of COVID-19 increase in New York State, we are taking recommended precautions to protect our nature-lovers community and smoothly carry on our preservation work.
*Our board, custodians, newsletter editor, consultant, researchers, and partners work together remotely already and are seamlessly continuing our regular operations.
*The Annual Meeting and Banquet, originally scheduled for May 20, is rescheduled to October 28, 2020.
*Future field trips and workdays will be kept on the calendar as announced, with possible adjustments and cancellations in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and local and state guidelines as we move forward.
Many Hands Make for Light Lifting: Volunteer for NSSWNY Today!
NSSWNY welcomes help from anyone interested in furthering its mission.
Want to be a part of the team? Contact the wetland's custodians to volunteer by sending us a message!
NSSWNY Notecards, Perfect for Giving
Thanks to Ana Hernandez-Balzac’s concept and the work of Arkwright Printing, beautiful notecards have been produced and are available in bundles of six for $10. Within each set are the three amazing wildflower images shown below; these photographs were taken at our sanctuaries and donated by Jamie Hoggard.
Just send your check for $10 per packet, plus $7 shipping per order to our P.O. Box
Moments to Remember
President Theodore Roosevelt and Sierra Club Founder and President John Muir visited Yosemite together in 1903.
At our fall membership meeting on October 20th, Judi Geer delivered a fascinating presentation on the life and accomplishments of Theodore Roosevelt (“TR”), the 26th and “greenest” president of the United States. Judi, a longtime NSSWNY member with interests in nature and history, finds these two themes
interwoven in TR’s unique persona.
Read MORE in NATURE PRESERVES
NSSWNY’s NEWEST PRESERVE in the Allegheny River Watershed
The acquisition of 7.6 acres in Cattaraugus County targeted an identified need for biodiversity preservation by seeking protection for the Eastern Hellbender salamander (Cryptobranchus a. alleganiensis).
This is one of the priority vertebrate species we are seeking to protect through acquisition
and protection of habitat.
2019 Annual Awards & Recognition
Congratulations to the following 2019 NSSWNY awardees:
Volunteer of the Year: Timothy Dye
Environmental Stewardship Award: Paul Fuhrmann
Environmental Educator Award: Jonathan Townsend
Honorary Life Members: Don & Irene Hedger
Check out a highlight of NSSWNY done by 2 the Outdoors!!
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On a recent trip to the Society's crown jewel, the Clifford Furman Preserve, Orchids bloomed, birds sang, and the forest danced with light that was alive with Mother Nature's abundant gifts.Landau describes the experience. " The light is different, the temperature changes, it's cool , you're out of the heat and the sun. There are multiple sensory changes that go on, on the way into them, while you're out on them, and as you come back out into, quote, reality . "
READ in NATURE PRESERVES:
The Seven Sleepers
By Gerry Rising
"All of these an-imals that hibernate have the same problem: how to make it through the winter months faced with the reduced amount of available food to provide their body warmth, the low temperatures that drain what little warmth they do have, and the deep snows that make getting around so difficult and that further de-plete their energy.
When you think about it, hibernation, if you can pull it off, is a wonderful response to winter. You simply batten things down, just as you do your summer cot-tage, and wait for better times. I suspect that at vari-ous times each winter most of us wish that we had such an alternative to cabin fever."
Dave Bauer, a local children’s book author gave an insightful presentation on the importance of children connecting with nature.
In his presentation, Dave talked about ways in which adults and children can work together to address and reverse this unhealthy trend.
A key aspect of nature discovery for children is through unstructured “creative nature play.” Here, children utilize their rich capacity through the use of their senses, curiosity, and wonder to catalyze their nature experiences. These types of moments can occur in any outdoor space, even right in your own backyard!
Stream Corridor Conservation and the Buffalo Creek Oxbow
Dr. Margaret Wooster, NSSWNY’s 2014 Stewardship Award honoree, was the speaker at this year’s banquet. In her presentation, she described her work on stream corridor conservation and the Buffalo Creek oxbow, specifically. She has summarized her presentation for: Saving the Planet, One Stream at a Time
The Big Impact Of A Tiny Product:
Sam Mason's Work Against Micro-beads
Our speaker at 2015 NSSWNY banquet was Dr. Sherri “Sam” Mason from the Dept. of Chemistry & Environmental Sciences at SUNY Fredonia,
speaking on “The Great Plasticized Lakes.” While other researchers have been investigating plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, Sam’s work has shown that the Great Lakes face a similar problem. Pieces of plastic, ranging from tiny pellets, beads, and fibers to larger pieces, are found throughout the Great Lakes. Some of the pieces are small enough to be ingested and are present in the digestive tracts of fish.
retired NYSDEC Senior Wildlife Biologist, Ken Roblee showed a number of slides and talked about the rare herptiles (amphibians and reptiles) of our region and their associated habitats and restoration activities. The eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus a. alleganiensis), read more in the November 2014 Issue of Nature Preserve.