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Cayuga Lake: Past and Present exhibit

Cayuga Lake: Past and Present exhibit

Location: Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY
3 miles south of Taughannock Falls on Route 89

Dates: Regular Hours (Memorial Day through Columbus Day) Daily: 10am - 5pm
Winter Hours (Columbus Day through Memorial Day) Daily: 10am - 4pm

Get a new view into the life in Cayuga Lake--and how it has changed over the past 200 years--at the new "Cayuga Lake: Past and Present" aquaria exhibit at the Cayuga Nature Center. The centerpieces are a pair of 650-gallon aquaria that are inhabited by the fishes of past and present Cayuga Lake. See what life under the surface of Cayuga Lake looked like after the last ice age, and how it has changed since the first European settlers came into the Finger Lakes region.

The exhibit that tells the story of one specific site along Cayuga Lake at two different times: today and 300 years ago. Learn about life in and around Cayuga Lake, how it has changed in recent history, and the implications of these changes for the future of the lake.

Displays in the exhibit explain Cayuga Lake’s complex ecology and rich biodiversity. Besides the species in the aquaria, displays and interactive videos inform visitors about fish species that are native to the Finger Lakes, as well as facts about some of the introduced species.

Cayuga Lake—38 miles long, up to 435 feet deep, and covering almost 43,000 acres—is the second largest of Central New York’s 11 Finger Lakes and among the 40 deepest lakes in the United States. The surrounding land surface that drains into the lake, the Cayuga Lake Basin, covers around 785 square miles. Changes in the region’s biota and landscape occurred with the arrival of European settlers in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. As a result of these changes, the kinds and communities of plants and animals that live in and around Cayuga Lake today are very different than they were just two centuries ago. Come learn more about our lake at the new Cayuga Lake: Past and Present exhibit!

Contact: For more information visit www.cayuganaturecenter.org

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