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Audubon Opportunity Friday, May 12: Witness the Unusual Woodcocks

Audubon Opportunity Friday, May 12: Witness the Unusual Woodcocks

Jamestown, NY – It’s spring and time to think about finding a mate, at least if you are a woodcock! 

These bizarre looking birds attract mates every spring by making incredible whistling flights hundreds of feet up into the air above local fields, at dusk and at dawn.

You can learn about and observe the American Woodcock on Friday evening, May 12, in a Woodcock Walk presented by the Audubon Community Nature Center. The event will begin in the Warren County Conservation District at the corner of Hatch Run Road and Conewango Avenue in Warren.

At 7:30 p.m., a short presentation will showcase the unusual habits of American Woodcocks and their spring mating flights. Afterward, the group will travel to the Hatch Run Conservation Area to look for woodcocks.

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Audubon Presents Birdsong Walk at Fredonia’s College Lodge

Audubon Presents Birdsong Walk at Fredonia’s College Lodge

Jamestown, NY – Have you ever listened to a bird sing and wondered if you were hearing a robin or a cardinal or some kind of finch?

On Wednesday morning, May 10, you can get answers to your birdsong questions when Audubon Community Nature Center presents a Birdsong Walk and Workshop at the SUNY Fredonia College Lodge in Brocton, New York.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., in an informal, half-hour workshop, Terry Mosher will teach you to identify about 15 birds by song. Then you’ll walk two or three trails in the lovely College Lodge woods, listening for the songs you just learned, as well as others. There will be a friendly identification competition and a prize.

The event is planned to conclude at 10:30 a.m. In the event of rain, it will be rescheduled for Friday, May 12.

Shining Light on Top Five Myths About Solar Energy

Shining Light on Top Five Myths About Solar Energy

In Western New York and across the entire U.S., home solar installations are on the rise! In 2012, homeowners installed enough residential solar panels to power the equivalent of almost 24,000 homes.

Despite its growing popularity, solar technology remains unfamiliar to many Americans. As renewable energy becomes a mainstay topic for the nation's partisan political debates, consumers may struggle to separate the facts about solar energy from common misconceptions.

Here are the realities behind five common solar myths, courtesy of Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc. and SolarWorld Americas:

Audubon’s May 5 First Friday: Yosemite and Backpacking the John Muir Trail

Audubon’s May 5 First Friday: Yosemite and Backpacking the John Muir Trail

Jamestown, NY – Last year Yosemite National Park in northern California set a visitation record, surpassing five million visitors for the first time in its history.

Internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, glaciers, and biological diversity, it was designated a World Heritage Site in 1984.

At Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 5, David Lutsch and Yvonne Tovell will present “Yosemite and the John Muir Trail.”

Lutsch and Tovell did three days of hiking in Yosemite, then seven days of backpacking on the John Muir Trail, named for the Scottish environmentalist. They walked 100 miles in 10 days and took pictures which they will share.

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Celebrating 30 Years, Youth Symphony Orchestras Prep for May 7 Concert

Celebrating 30 Years, Youth Symphony Orchestras Prep for May 7 Concert

Jamestown, NY – “We’re proud that what began 30 years ago as the Jamestown Area Orchestra of Youth is now the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS), with three youth orchestras,” stated board president Katie Derrenbacher.

Announcing the plans for the CRYS Spring Gala Concert, Derrenbacher said Bryan Eckenrode, who has been the organization’s Conductor and Music Director since 2003, will conduct the 4 p.m. concert on Sunday, May 7, in the Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution.

Heavy April Showers Bring Water Woes for Area Homeowners; Tips Will Help Prevent Future Damage

Heavy April Showers Bring Water Woes for Area Homeowners; Tips Will Help Prevent Future Damage

Two inches of rain fell throughout Western New York on Thursday, April 20, causing sump pump failures and flooding issues in many homes. And if you’ve ever stood in those shoes — or boots — you know the aftermath can be an absolute mess!

“When your home suffers water damage, time matters and it’s important to take immediate action,” said Edmund Bedient, owner of Clear Choice Carpet Cleaning Services in West Seneca. “In order to prevent structural damage and mold growth, it’s important to act quickly and contact an experienced company with professional references and an outstanding reputation. This is no time to be scammed by a fly-by-night contractor.

Search for Sandhills with Audubon on Friday afternoon, May 5

Search for Sandhills with Audubon on Friday afternoon, May 5

Jamestown, NY – Sandhill Cranes are tall, gray-bodied, crimson-capped birds whose elegance draws attention.

A few years ago, folks started seeing Sandhills at and near the Audubon Community Nature Center. Last year, a pair successfully hatched and raised a young crane nearby.

On Friday, May 5, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. you can join others to learn more about and then go out to look for Sandhill Cranes in the area.

Search for Sandhills will start inside at the Nature Center with a short program about these elusive birds, then carpool using Audubon’s van to nearby places where the cranes have been seen.

Directing the Search will be Audubon Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome, who developed the habit of looking for cranes as he drives and has found them more often than he expected. 

Participants are reminded to wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars or a spotting scope if you have them.