September Program: The meetings are held at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Room 112, 301 Peninsula Drive in Erie. They begin with a social gathering at 7 p.m., followed by a 7:30 program.
SEPTEMBER 18 Jim Bissell ~Curator of Botany, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Thirty Years of Change within Wetlands along Lake Erie
Bissell will discuss the changes in wetlands and wetland plant species along the shores of Lake Erie, including Presque Isle State Park. Learn how the park's stewardship since 1996 of rare wetland types and rare wetland species has preserved many plants that have disappeared from many Lake Erie marshes.
The Friends of Erie National Wildlife Refuge and the Presque Isle Audubon Society invite all amateur photographers to enter their 15th biennial Nature Photo Contest for 2015. Here’s your chance to submit photos in any or all of three categories: plant life, wildlife and landscape. Prizes are awarded for each category-both cash prizes and honorable mentions. A $75 cash prize is awarded for best photo taken at the Refuge. But photos don’t have to be taken there to be submitted for entry.
Erie National Wildlife Refuge is over 5,000 acres of diverse habitat in and around Guys Mills, Pennsylvania, which is 10 miles east of Meadville. The Refuge was established in 1959 to provide migratory birds with nesting, feeding and resting sites. The Refuge is designated by the National Audubon Society as an Important Birding Area. Over 230 species of birds can be seen there.
Deadline for entry of photos is September 25th. Official contest rules can be found on the web at www.friendsofenwr.org or call the Refuge office at 814-789-3585.