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Learning about New York's natural environment is being enhanced in 182 school districts in the state by two resource guides published and donated by the Seaway Trail Foundation, a non-profit tourism organization that develops and promotes educational resources highlighting the diverse natural, cultural, scenic, historic and recreational resources found along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway.

The 176-page illustrated Seaway Trail Wildguide to Natural History details the habitat types and identifies 127 sites of natural interest, including New York State Parks, botanical gardens, zoos, nature centers, and walking, bicycling, canoe and winter sports trails.

THe 196-page Birding the Great Lakes Seaway Trail by professional ornithologist Gerald A. 'Gerry' Smith includes artwork by Robert McNamara, maps, bird species calendars, and information on Audubon-designated Important Areas in New York and Pennsylvania.

Those receiving the books are issuing raves. Rochester City School District Instructional Director of School Library System and Media Services Colleen D. Sadowski said, 'One of the high school librarians was ecstatic when she received the books. She had a class doing research on birds and the Seaway Trail guidebooks arrived at a perfect time.'

Cattauraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES Assistant Superintendent Lynda Quick said, "These guidebooks are valuable tools that help bring the wildlife and natural history of our region to life."

The 518-mile Great Lakes Seaway Trail byway reaches from Wayne County west along the freshwater shoreline of Lake Ontario, the Niagara River and Lake Erie to the PA-Ohio border and east along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River to the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation. Learn more at www.seawaytrail.com.

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