Saturday, May 21, 2011
Finger Lakes revival story part of a series
A Finger Lakes success story of lakes, land, people and wildlife will unfold before your eyes in "Back From the Brink: The Story of Hemlock and Canadice Lakes," the inaugural program of the Finger Lakes Museum.
The programs will take attendees on a journey spanning 150 years as experts trace the history of Canadice and Hemlock lakes, the rescue of the Bald Eagle and the permanent protection of the lakes for all to enjoy.
The series includes three programs, which will be presented June 4, 16 and 23 at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, on July 2, 14 and 28 at Keuka College and Aug. 6 and 18 and Sept. 1 at the Finger Lakes Wine Center in Ithaca. The series is open to the public at no charge, although advance registration is requested online or by calling (315) 595-2200.
In addition, family-oriented outdoor events such as lake paddles, hiking and a plant and folklore walk also are being offered.
John Adamski, chairman of the museum, summarized the focus of the programs: "Learn how these two lakes evolved to become wild and undeveloped; how America’s bald eagle was saved from the brink of extinction, beginning at Hemlock Lake; and how inspiring community action, spanning more than a century, has protected both lakes, so they now offer visitors a glimpse of the past when all the Finger Lakes were wild."
In July 2010, the state completed a landmark conservation agreement with the City of Rochester and the Nature Conservancy by purchasing Hemlock and Canadice lakes and nearly 7,000 surrounding acres, creating the Hemlock-Canadice State Forest. These lakes, the last two undeveloped Finger Lakes, now are classified as forever wild.
"This was, without a doubt, the most important land acquisition project the state has undertaken outside of the Adirondack and Catskill Parks in more than a generation," said Pete Grannis, then commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The series will begin with "From the Brink of Extinction: The Bald Eagles of Hemlock and Canadice, at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in the Eisenhart Auditorium at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue.
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