Monthly Archives: June 2011

Life through the lens

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Nigel P. Kent, freelance photographer for the Genesee Land Trust, Finger Lakes Land Trust, and other regional conservation organizations. Aside from exploring 57 different countries, Nigel has explored western New York in great depth, capturing his discoveries through the lens. I guarantee a breathtaking experience. Scroll to wetlands, then to use and recreation, then down to photography.

All the Best,

Jon

A splash of color

I am starting to compile a rough guide to Chili’s endemic bird species. These are birds that I have found and observed in our local wetlands, thus it is a working list, filled with my own personal observations and a few pertinent characteristics provided by good friend, David Allen Sibley. Scroll to wetlands, and you will find this section under “ecology.” I hope you enjoy it. And remember, please share your own birding experiences; this is a communal effort!

All the best,

Jon

Got Venison?

John Dailey, a citizen of the Town of Chili, appreciates wetlands differently than most people do — they’re dinner. He does not eat ‘wetlands’ fromĀ an ecosystem perspective, but he certainly likes a few members of the ecosystem. Read about John Dailey and his interactions with our wetlands resources by scrolling over wetlands, then down to recreation, then to hunting. Enjoy!

All the best,

Jon

The Open Space Index is Complete!

It’s official folks! The Town of Chili has completed an Open Space Inventory, a comprehensive study of all the open spaces in the town, which includes vacant lots between houses to farm fields to forests and wetlands. The inventory process has taken a good part of two years, and in my opinion, it was worth it! The final edition of the inventory is quite impressive, giving a detailed perspective of Chili’s open space resources as well projections for the future of particular open areas. I am quite intrigued by the GIS generated maps, personally. The Open Space Inventory is the initial step for drafting an Open Space Masterplan, slated to be accomplished in the next few years. A draft of the Open Space Inventory can be downloaded off the Town’s website. It’s a good read!

Oh, I apologize for the lack of regular updates, I just returned from Kenya. It is a bit difficult to manage a blog in Africa! Expect new material soon! A big thanks to those who have been keeping tabs on my work!