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May 27, 2013

Going to the birds: Restoration work under way at Joseph Davis State Park

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Niagara Gazette — Neighbors, visitors, and community members should be aware that initial phase of this project will involve the removal of invasive species from large areas within the eastern portion of the park. This will be followed by over-seeding with native grasses before native shrub species are planted in the fall. Work on the project will be halted from June 1 through July 15 to correspond with the primary breeding season of shrubland bird species.

Initial mapping of plant communities, invasive species, and the development of the habitat restoration plan was supported by a generous $195,550 grant from the Niagara River Greenway Ecological Standing Committee to the Buffalo Audubon Society. Subsequent funding for invasive species removal and habitat restoration comes from two sources: $197,585 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Sustain our Great Lakes Stewardship Grants program and $160,031 from the United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service Joint Venture Habitat Restoration and Protection program — part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

For more information, contact Chuck Bartlett, Ecological Projects Manager, Buffalo Audubon Society. 1610 Welch Road, North Java NY 14113. 585-457-3228, or bartlett@buffaloaudubon.org.

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