Audubon Needs Volunteers for Water Chestnut Pull Saturday, June 12

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 12, for Audubon Community Nature Center’s annual summer attack on the invasive European Water Chestnut. Your reward will be a lot of fun and a great sense of accomplishment, like these volunteers experienced at an earlier pull.

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You are invited to join other Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) volunteers in the yearly battle to clear Big Pond of the European Water Chestnut.

Your help would be greatly appreciated on Saturday, June 12, 9 a.m.-noon. Three hours of your time will make a huge difference in the problem. Your reward will be a lot of fun and a great sense of accomplishment.

The European Water Chestnut can cover a water body so densely it chokes out other plants and animal life. A different species from the water chestnut that can be purchased in cans, the plant is kept in check in its native habitat in Europe, Asia and Africa by local insect parasites not found in North America.

Since 2013 Audubon staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to control this infestation and prevent it from spreading to other waterways in the region, including Conewango Creek and Chautauqua Lake.

Water Chestnut pullers can expect to get wet and muddy. ACNC has a limited number of waders and kayaks that people can use, or bring your own if you have them. Call (716) 569-2345 to reserve waders or a kayak.

Registering that you are coming helps with the planning: Call (716) 569-2345 or click through “Register for a Program” at Walk-ins are also welcome.
Face coverings are required for outdoor programs during which participants cannot maintain six feet of distance between family groups. Please have a face covering available.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. While practicing safe social distancing measures, you can enjoy the six miles of trails on the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily.

The Nature Center building includes the Blue Heron Gift Shop, live animals, and the winning photographs from the 2020 Nature Photography Contest. Visitors are welcome Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is by donation only.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345, visit, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.