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Ripley Hawk Watch
Spring brings thousands of hawks, eagles, vultures and other migrating birds over the Ripley Hawk Watch (RHW). In their journey north to their nesting areas, these raptors pass through the corridor between the Lake Erie shore and the Allegany Plateau a few miles south of the lake. Since 1985, 21 species of raptors and vultures, including bald eagles, golden eagles, ospreys and peregrine falcons, have been recorded. In all, the RHW has officially counted more than a quarter-of-a-million raptors since 1985 including a number of raptor rarities, such as swallow-tailed kites, mississippi kites, ferruginous hawks and swainsons hawks. The RHW also has observed non-raptor birds of considerable interest, including last year’s sighting of whooping cranes, the first such sighting in New York State. The New York State Audubon has noted that the RHW reports "the highest number of sandhill cranes on any migration flyway in the northeast."Depending on weather conditions, during the season RHW observers operate one or several sites in the towns of Westfield and Ripley. The sites include Shorehaven on Route 5, about a mile east of Forsythe Road; Parker Road, just north of Barber Road; Creamery Road, just south of Barber Road; and the intersection of Creamery and Belson Roads. The Ripley Hawk Watch (RHW) formally begins its 2017 season on March 15th. Between March 15 and May 15 the daily observations at the RHW can be viewed on the internet at www.hawkcount.org. Data from the RHW also is published annually in the journal Hawk Migration Studies.
Visit http://www.tourchautauqua.com/Birding.aspx to find more birding areas in Chautauqua County.
Double DAB Riding Stables, in Ripley, offers beautiful Scenic Trail Rides, Pony Rides, and an ever-growing Petting Farm. We have something to offer the whole family. http://www.doubledab.net/
Explore cycling routes recommended by area cycling shops, clubs, and race organizers. Each of the following options provides a summary map and description of the route in a printable PDF format. Visit MapMyRide to see additional courses and routes posted by recent riders
Enjoy Our Rich Farming History-
Satisfy all your wine desires at Lake Erie Wine Country. Pennsylvania’s moderate climate and rolling terrain provides some of the best grape growing conditions on the East Coast. Take the scenic route outside Erie and head east on Route 5; the Great Lakes Seaway Trail (An America’s Byway) to experience the 25 distinct wineries of that span PA and NY along the southern shores of Lake Erie. With approximately 14,000 acres of grapes, this region ranks 4th nationally in the amount of grapes grown and 8th in wine production
Visit the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield, NY and view exhibits and displays that tell the story of over 150 years of grape-growing along the southeastern shores of Lake Erie in western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. This area is home to the oldest and largest Concord grape-growing region in the world and is bursting with natural beauty, historic communities, and places to explore. From wineries and museums, to festivals, fishing, shopping and dining, you’ll find plenty to discover and enjoy in America’s grape country. http://www.grapediscoverycenter.com/
Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum
Tribute to Jamestown's most famous daughter. Museum offers a personal look at the lives and careers of TV's first couple of comedy-Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. https://www.iloveny.com/listings/Lucille-Ball-Desi-Arnaz-Museum/2651/#.VoSBmrQkBVs
Where To Dine-
Bistros, cafe's, Lakeside, French Cuisine and Old-Order Amish settlements and country style settings.
Where To Shop-
Amish Country to lakeside villages with walkable streets, boutique shops, Art and Wine Trails, galleries, antiques, historic villages, farmers' markets.
Begin your search at the Millcreek Mall Complex with over 150 stores, restaurants and plazas. The 1.3 million square-foot Mall is a must-shop stop featuring a food court area, the promenade shops and playful kid’s zone. http://www.millcreekmall.net/