Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve
| The Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity
Preserve consists of about 450 acres of lakes, forests, meadows, brushland,
gorges, streams and wetlands. Thirty-six and a half acres were given to
the Finger Lakes Land Trust by Tompkins County, while the remainder has
been purchased from private landowners.
The Preserve was named after Anne Marguerite Victoria Lindsay, from North Bay, Ontario; and Wilbur Fay Parsons, who was from Central New York. We are thankful for the generosity and sense of land stewardship of their daughter, Elizabeth Parsons Kirchner of State College, Pennsylvania. Ms. Kirchner donated $50,000 to the Land Trust in honor of her parents who instilled in her the lifelong love of nature.
In 1998, Edmond G. Blumner donated $40,000
for the project, in memory of his wife, Celia, who had recently died.
Mr. Blumner graduated from Cornell University in 1931 and read about the
project in the Cornell Magazine -- the same article that inspired Elizabeth
Kirchner to help the project. A few months after making this
generous donation to the Land Trust, Mr. Edmond Blumner passed away.
A bench has been placed on top of a knoll near the entrance trail,
in Celia Blumner's memory and the large kettlehole (formerly, "The Cup")
is now, "Celia's Cup." The forest east of Cayuga Inlet is now named
A bench has been placed on top of a knoll near the entrance trail, in Celia Blumner's memory and the large kettlehole (formerly, "The Cup") is now, "Celia's Cup." The forest east of Cayuga Inlet is now named Blumner Forest.
The diverse habitats found in the preserve are home to an equally diverse variety of flora and fauna. Some rare species have been identified in the preserve although a thorough inventory has not yet been completed. The preserve provides an exceptional place for bird watching; for example, in May 1995, during a two-hour period, 76 species of birds were counted!
There are several trails at the Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve, and the public is welcome to visit. Trails on the property lead to the forest, the lake and the beaver pond. The Conrail track also crosses the property and provides a convenient section of trail. Contact the Land Trust for directions and a map (free to Land Trust members; $1 for others).
One of the Land Trust 's and the Cornell Institute for Research in Chemical Ecology (CIRCE)'s goals for this preserve was to make it the world's first temperate-zone "Preserve for Research in Biodiversity and Chemical Ecology." With this aim in mind, the scientists and students at Cornell now use the preserve to study the chemical interactions of organisms there. In addition, the preserve may also be used by the public for hiking, skiing, birding, and nature walks. Due to the size and diversity of this preserve, it is ideal for use by area colleges and schools for different educational purposes. It also provides a place for quiet contemplation.