Down by the Riverwalk

JAMESTOWN – Beavers, swallows and warblers in downtown Jamestown? On Saturday evening, Aug. 16, members of the public can join Audubon Center & Sanctuary naturalist Corrine Frederickson to walk the Riverwalk and discover the plants and animals that call Jamestown “home.”

It is amazing what lives in the city. Despite concrete, pavement and 30,000 people, nature still has a foothold. Residents have seen beavers gathering sticks and ducks nesting, and heard warblers singing along the Riverwalk.

The Riverwalk starts behind Brooklyn Square – at the northwest corner of South Main and Harrison streets – and runs along the Chadakoin River to Panzarella Point behind the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities. Under Frederickson’s guidance participants can appreciate unique locations by observing the plants, birds, insects, reptiles and mammals that are using or living along the Chadakoin River.

The group will gather at 7 p.m., at Friendly’s restaurant on South Main Street. At the completion of the walk at 8:30, walkers are invited to enjoy an ice cream.

Participants are reminded to dress for the weather and bring insect repellent, binoculars and a camera. There are no public restrooms along the Riverwalk itself, but there is plenty of easily-accessible public parking in Brooklyn Square.

This event is free, made possible by funding from the Chautauqua County Health Network, part of which funds came from their Creating Healthy Places Initiative.

Participation is limited to 25, and reservations are required by Wednesday, Aug. 13. Call 569-2345 or click on “Meet Me at the Riverwalk” at www.jamestownaudubon.org.