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Chemung River Friends holds monthly educational meeting

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The Chemung River Friends held their monthly meeting, where the public is invited to attend to learn about a variety of topics related to the Chemung River.

The topic on Monday was rattlesnakes, specifically the timber rattlesnakes found in the Chemung River. Madeline Wlasniekwski, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Technician, was also in attendance.

“We are trying to teach people when you see a snake don’t be afraid of it,” Jim Pfiffer, Executive Director of Chemung River Friends said. “Don’t kill it. It plays a big role in our environment. I doubt they will leave here loving them, but they will see we are fortunate to have them. It means the area is relatively pristine, and there is very little human encroachment and problems.”

The full lineup of educational programs for the rest of the year: 

  • June 10: Beer Barrels, Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens.
  • Aug. 12:  We’re Not Playing Opossum or is it Possum?
  • Sept. 23: Leave It to Beavers.
  • Oct. 21:  How Rivers Improve Our Lives and Communities.
  • November 18: Where Do All the Animals Go During Winter?

Each event is $15 at the door and takes place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Finger Lakes House in Elmira.

For more information check out the Chemung River Friends website.

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