This weekend is shaping up to be a great one for snowmobiling in Chautauqua County. Recent snows have put the clubs to work, getting the trails prepared for an influx of traffic, while local businesses have been readily waiting for winter visitors to pass through the area once again.
One business in particular, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History located in Jamestown, has been anticipating more snow so that visiting and local snowmobilers may have another opportunity to check out their "Nature at Your Fingertips" audio cellphone tour. This season RTPI teamed up with the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club to establish a self-guided, multimedia cellphone tour on the CLSC's trail system.
The tour starts riders off in Stockton State Forest and takes them to 10 stops across a 100-mile loop of the club's trails. Every tour stop is marked with a blue, snowy owl sign and on them are the stop number, corresponding tour phone number and QR code. The stops have been placed in areas where it is convenient for riders to stop, such as junctions, road crossings or trailheads, and each highlights something that will likely be seen at each location or things to be on the lookout for. Through the tour, snowmobilers or other outdoor enthusiasts out on the trails will learn about things from a historic train wreck to hellbenders that exist in the area's waterways. Smartphone users will be able to access photos, video links and other related information through the mobile website by scanning the QR code on each sign, while all cellphone users will be able to listen to the audio recording.
Every stop on the “Nature at Your Fingertips” tour is marked with a blue, snowy owl sign and on them are the stop number, corresponding tour phone number and QR code.
The tour is free to use and has been designed to be a fun and interactive attractor to the trails. So, for those looking to visit the area or others that have ridden the trails over and over can check out RTPI's new addition to the CLSC's trail system.
More information on the tour can be found by visiting the Roger Tory Peterson Institute's winter trails page, rtpi.org/conservation/winter-trails-cell-phone-tour/. Also, stay tuned to www.rtpi.org to learn more about their current and upcoming exhibits, events and additional cellphone tours that are planned to be established throughout other areas and trail systems within the region.