North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve in the Klydel
Owl prowls, nature walks, and educational programs are
held at the North
Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve in Niagara County. A brochure that
includes a map of self-guided nature trails through the wetlands is
available at the North Tonawanda Public library, the Beaver Meadow
Audubon Center, or on the web at:
There are no motorized vehicles allowed in the preserve. There is no
hunting, trapping, or removal of plants. Visiting hours are from dawn to
dusk. The best time to visit is in March, April, and May (wear boots)
and from September through November (no boots necessary). Snowshoes or
cross country skis can make the going easier in winters with heavy
snowfall. Use insect repellent if visiting the preserve from Mid-June to
The North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve is located in the Klydel
Wetland. It is one of the largest contiguous urban ecosystems of its
type remaining in Western New York. It is regulated by both the state and
federal governments. The total undeveloped acreage remaining is
approximately 70 acres, of which a total of about 36 acres of this
exemplary, forested wetland is now available to the public as part of the
North Tonawanda Audubon preserve. In addition, 9 adjacent acres owned by
the city school district are also open to the public.
The preserve is part of Audubon's Niagara River Corridor Important Bird
Area. It provides habitat to hundreds of species of flora and fauna
native to the Tonawandas. It serves as a rest stop for over 100 species
of migrating birds en route to their seasonal destinations.
Mike Igoe of WGRZ-TV Channel 2 and students and teachers involved with
the North Tonawanda High School Outdoor Awareness Club played a critical
role in saving these wetlands that were endangered by development. The
Klydel Wetland/NT Audubon Nature Preserve are located across Meadow Drive
from NT High School.
Significant funding has been granted to the partnership of the Western
New York Land Conservancy, Buffalo Audubon Society, and Citizens for a
Green North Tonawanda for the preservation of the Klydel Wetland.
Negotiations are continuing with additional private landowners to
purchase more properties for preservation.
For more information, check out the following partner links on the web:
Buffalo Audubon Society: http://www.buffaloaudubon.com/
Citizens for a Green North Tonawanda:
Western New York Land Conservancy: http://www.wnylc.org/