Ellis Hollow Nature Preserve – town of Dryden
No registration required. Except in the case of extreme weather, walks go rain, sun or snow. Please check our Facebook page or this web page for updates.
Come explore the fascinating world of land snails and slugs with malacologist and naturalist Marla Coppolino. This will be an appropriately slow walk to discover the secretive and hidden microhabitats of land snails and slugs. The humble snails are among the least-studied and most under-appreciated organisms, yet they serve as a cleanup crew for the ecosystem as well as vital food for many insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Bring a magnifier and some insect repellent, if you have them. You can learn more about Marla Coppolino at www.thesnailwrangler.com.
Also, learn more about snails in this Closer Look article by Marla Coppolino, in preparation for this event.
From Ithaca, follow Ellis Hollow Road 2.5 miles past East Hill Shopping Plaza. Turn left on Genung Road, then right on Ellis Hollow Creek Road. Preserve entrance is located 0.2 miles past intersection, on left side of road.