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Strand, woods certified wildlife habitat

Published July 18, 2013

Nature lovers have long sung the praises of the North Campus.

Now, the National Wildlife Federation has joined the choir.

The nonprofit organization listed the Solar Strand and Letchworth Woods under its “Certified Wildlife Habitat” program.

“Receiving this recognition from the National Wildlife Federation helps illustrate the value in these natural areas that surround the North Campus,” says Erin Moscati, UB sustainability education manager.

The program, which includes more than 150,000 certified habitats nationwide, recognizes spaces that promote year-round wildlife residents, as well as migratory species.

Located near the Flint Road entrance, the Solar Strand and adjacent fields provide an important area for numerous birds.

Many species, including the chipping sparrow, barn swallow, red-winged blackbird and American robin, nest there. The area also hosts great blue herons, red-tailed hawks, eastern bluebirds and dozens of other species.

Located in the northwest corner of the campus near the Ellicott Complex, Letchworth Woods is comprised of roughly 65 acres.

It provides food, water and shelter to numerous animals including, but not limited to, coyote, deer, groundhogs, raccoons and skunks.