Water Chestnut Pullers Critically Needed in Jamestown

July 21, 2013 Updated Jul 21, 2013 at 11:36 AM EDT

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Water Chestnut Pullers Critically Needed in Jamestown

July 21, 2013 Updated Jul 21, 2013 at 11:36 AM EDT

Jamestown, NY – “With a goal of ZERO new nutlets being produced this year, now is the critical period to keep Water Chestnuts from going to seed!”

That’s how Jamestown Audubon President Ruth Lundin explained her plea for help to get these plants pulled before their seeds disperse. Otherwise, they will choke out both plant and animal life in waterways throughout Chautauqua County and the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania.

“We continue to have excellent pulls,” Lundin said. “Right now the water is lower, so we are using waders, life preservers, and ski poles for balance. Bring what you have, and we will provide the rest.”

Volunteers are asked to attend as many of the pull days as possible and to spread the word for more volunteers. Everyone should wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

Scheduled pull dates are:

Tuesday, July 23, 9 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, July 24, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
BIG PULL: Saturday, July 27, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Lunch and debrief at 11:30; some people will go back out Saturday afternoon, also.
Sunday, July 28, 2 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 30, 9 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, July 31, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Groups may go out other times with advanced arrangements.

Volunteers are asked to let Audubon know when they are coming by calling (716) 569-2345 or emailing waterchestnut@jamestownaudubon.org.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62, between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.