The Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, N.Y., with help from the National Audubon Society and the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, has started to pull water chestnut plants out of the sanctuary’s Big Pond and is looking for volunteers to help with the effort.
Water chestnut is a non-native plant, and left alone, it will spread, crowding out the native vegetation and covering the pond with a mat of vegetation.
The Center is planning a major undertaking this year to help eradict the plants and is seeking volunteers to help. Several training sessions and water chestnut pulling sessions are already scheduled, but the eradication project will be an ongoing effort.
Team leader training sessions will take place on Sunday at 3 p.m. and Monday at 6:30 p.m. Team leaders will be assigned to oversee 1-acre sections of the pond and will be responsible for coordinating groups to pull plants in those sections. Volunteers are needed to serve as team leaders.
The first group Water Chestnut Pull will take place on June 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested in helping, either as a team leader or as a crew member, on a one-time or ongoing basis, call Ruth Lundin or Amy Noga at (716) 569-2345 for more information or to sign up.