Lakeshore Meadow and Werly Island

Cornell Botanic Gardens: Beebe Lake

Lakeshore Meadow and Werly Island

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Cornell Botanic Gardens


There are rich plant communities around Beebe Lake. This lakeshore meadow is ideal for prairie species such as sneezeweed, asters and blue lobelia. The small island here, called Werly Island, was created in 1986 when gravel and silt were dredged from Beebe Lake. The island was engineered to deflect the flow of Fall Creek and allow the sediment load to be carried further downstream to reduce the frequency of future dredging. Werly Island is a popular bird-watching spot, great blue heron, osprey and other water birds are a common sight.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Cornell Botanic Gardens: Beebe Lake


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