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Posted by Joel Keefer
Photo L-R Doug Conroe and Mark Baldwin (Photo submitted)
Doug (despite unexpected technical difficulties) gave a fascinating presentation regarding invasive species management. Doug focused heavily on Chautauqua Lake. An invasive species can be a plant, fungus or animal not native to Chautauqua Lake.
However, Doug was quick to point out that there are many different invasive species affecting our area, such as the Emerald Ash Borer.
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has worked on a plan to help keep invasive species from entering the waters of Chautauqua Lake utilizing their rapid response program. There are or will be signs placed at the lake's many boat launches reminding boaters/fishers to not bring invasive species into the lake. One of the main culprits are boaters who launch their boat without making sure it's clean and dry, thus lowering the chance of introducing an invasive species to the lake.
Thankfully, Doug felt that they are keeping things under control regarding Chautauqua Lake. And while there may be 4 invasive species of plants on the lake, 21 native species still thrive.
Posted by Chris Anderson on Jun 13, 2016
Posted by Joel Keefer on May 20, 2016
Photo L-R Yvonne Tovell, Irina Rey, Lisa Yaggie, Irina's Host Moms Liz Bowers and Heidi Morgenstern
Irina is pretty much like any other 15 year. She loves to shop, loves hanging out with her friends, and is looking forward to going to prom at Maple Grove High School. Irina, who is from Bulle, Switzerland, gave her year-end presentation to the club this day.
Entitled "My Life in Switzerland", Irina spoke about her mom and dad, as well as her brother. Her mom works as an accountant, while her father works in IT.
Because of where Bulle is located, Irina impressed the club by saying that she goes to Paris, France on weekend trips for shopping. Irina, who speaks French, also explained that Italian, German and the rarely spoken Romansh are Switzerland's national languages.
As part of her presentation, Irina showed awe inspiring photos taken of the mountains close by her home, as well as an aerial view and street levels views of Bulle. Irina also presented pictures of some of the things Switzerland is well-known for; chocolate, cheese and wine.
Irina also wowed the gathered members by saying that she will be done with school this year, but quickly explained that she can continue her studies and then perhaps go on to University. She admitted that at 15 she still hasn't quite figured out what she plans to do later on in life.
The club expressed how they will miss Irina while wishing her the best of luck!
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