Sea Grant New York

Sea Grant New York

Press Release: August 31, 2016 Distributed by New York Sea Grant for The Friends of Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center

Media Contact: Francine Geyer, Friends of Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center, 716.308.9754, Sea Grant Specialist to Present Lake Erie: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow at Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center September 21 Hamburg, NY. The Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center Speaker Series will feature a 7 pm presentation on Wednesday, September 21 on Lake Erie: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow by Helen Domske, Associate Director of the Great Lakes Program at the University of Buffalo and Senior Education Specialist with New York Sea Grant Extension of Cornell University. Doors open at 6:30 pm at the Center at 4968 Lake Shore Road in Hamburg. Domske, a 2016 Western New York Science Congress Distinguished Scientist, will begin with a look at the early history, fishery and ecology of Lake Erie and progress to the issues, including algal blooms and invasive species, facing this Great Lake today. She will offer a forecast of what the future might bring with new scientific developments and management steps underway.

Preserved aquatic specimens and artifacts will add a hands-on component to the free admission program sponsored by The Friends of the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center. The Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center serves as a tourism and visitors center for the western segment of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail system. It is a valuable resource enhancing knowledge of important historic, cultural, environmental, scenic and recreational resources in the immediate Hamburg area as well as the wealth of tourist and recreational opportunities in Erie and Niagara counties, the Southern Tier and the western Great Lakes Seaway Trail corridor region. The Center has incorporated a working aquatic lab and environmental conservation and education center with emphasis on the Lake Erie-Niagara River watershed.

Admission to the Center is free; donations are gratefully accepted at the door. For more information, visit the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center Facebook page or email Photo: New York Sea Grant Education Specialist Helen Domske, at right, leads periodic hand-on workshops for teachers aboard federal Great Lakes research vessels on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Photo: New York Sea Grant/Paul Focazio

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