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GLIN==> Press release: ADA Compliant Trail Tour and Birding Program July 12



Title: Press release: ADA Compliant Trail Tour and Birding Program July 12
PRESS RELEASE: Use before July 11, 2007
Contact: Steward Program Coordinator Mary Penney, New York Sea Grant, 312-3042.

ADA Compliant Trail Tour & Birding Program at Black Pond July 12

On Thursday, July 12 at 2 pm Eastern Lake Ontario Dune Steward Michael T. Slattery will guide visitors along the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant trail and point out the many bird species at Black Pond Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the Town of Ellisburg.

A nearly half-mile raised boardwalk suitable for people with all types of disabilities was added at Black Pond WMA in 2001. The Nature Conservancy’s checklist of the Birds of the Eastern Lake Ontario Shoreline lists 281 species of birds that can be seen in the forest, marsh, pond, dune and lake habitats that are part of this 526-acre site.
 
Slattery will talk about how bird habitat is protected through special land use regulations such as staying on the trails, and not collecting or disturbing plants, birds, or wildlife. Additional regulations for the bird sanctuary include no motor vehicles, bicycles, hunting, fishing or trapping, and restricted access from May 15 to September 30. He will also note other ADA-compliant areas provided by the State of New York for nature observation.

Managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and interpreted in the summer months by Eastern Lake Ontario Dune Stewards, the Black Pond WMA is part of the Eastern Lake Ontario Marshes Bird Conservation Area. From the observation platforms of the ADA-compliant trail, complete with side rails and benches are spectacular views of Black Pond and Lake Ontario.
 
Slattery says the colorful diversity of birds to be seen here include songbirds, waterfowl, breeding birds including the Indigo Bunting and Scarlet Tanager.

“The lucky observer may see Bald Eagles, Tundra Swans, or the Black Tern, an endangered species in New York State,” Slattery says.

This unique area includes the bird sanctuary at the El Dorado Nature Preserve, which Northern New York Land Steward Chris Lajewski of The Nature Conservancy says, “provides a vital stopover for fall migrating shorebirds traveling thousands of miles from the Arctic to South America.”

Black Pond Wildlife Management Area is on Bolton Road off Route 3 in the Town of Ellisburg. Program registration is appreciated: contact Steward Program Coordinator Mary Penney, New York Sea Grant, 312-3042.