Bell Station—town of Lansing, Tompkins County
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.
Also, learn more about snails in this Closer Look article by Marla Coppolino, in preparation for this event.
From Ithaca, take Route 34/East Shore Drive approximately five miles to the intersection with Route 34B in Lansing. Turn left onto Route 34B/Ridge Road and after approximately 8 miles, veer left onto Lake Ridge Road. After less than one mile, turn left on Nut Ridge Road. Drive to the end of the road—approximately one mile—turn around and park along the south side of the road. (Do not turn right into the private drive).
While this walk is not specifically designed for kids, families with children are welcome to attend.
Except in the case of extreme weather, walks go rain or shine. Please check this web page for updates.
Please refrain from bringing dogs as they may impede the observation of wildlife.