Our sanctuary is essential in protecting rare and threatened species.
We are leading the way in preserving and protecting some of the most significant habitats in WNY.
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.
Dates to Remember!
Deadline for contributions to the February issue of Nature Preserves: February 1, 2020
NSSWNY Board Meeting: February 11, 2020, 6:00 PM Hamburg Library Community Room
to be Speaker at NSSWNY Spring Membership Meeting
March 8, 2020, at 1:45 PM will
feature a presentation on spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) and related topics.
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!
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
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.
Check out a highlight of NSSWNY done by 2 the Outdoors!!
<click image below to watch>
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.
The position is open to members who may want to serve as stewards of the pristine habitat, Houghton bog. Our preserve custodian program, in place since the beginning of the Society in 1934, is a model for good management of the sanctuaries.
All preserve custodians serve as volunteers, with expenses for supplies and materials paid, and are appointed by the NSSWNY board of directors. Please contact any board member!
Houghton BOG seeking new member Custodian