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See Thousands of Waterfowl on Audubon April 8 Outing

See Thousands of Waterfowl on Audubon April 8 Outing

Jamestown, NY – For an exciting experience this spring, the Audubon Community Nature Center invites you to travel to Oak Orchard, New York, to see the huge waterfowl migration.

The Oak Orchard Wildlife Management area is famous for hundreds of thousands of geese, ducks and other water birds stopping to feed as they migrate. The boardwalks and towers overlook vast ponds and marshes that fill with birds.

The Saturday, April 8, adventure is the first of several trips and programs to honor Audubon Community Nature Center’s 60th anniversary.  Many ardent birders have visited Oak Orchard in hopes of seeing a rare migrant, such as a White-fronted Goose, Eurasian Widgeon, or other rare bird mixed in with the thousands of migrating waterfowl. 

The trip will be led by Don Watts, a local birder and bird bander who enthusiastically shares his knowledge and expertise with birders of all levels.

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Audubon Community Nature Center Supports Regional Bird Count

Audubon Community Nature Center Supports Regional Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – You can celebrate the beginning of the spring migration season by watching birds, documenting where they are, and adding your observations to those of people throughout western New York.

Every second Sunday in April since 1939, members of the Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) perform a one-day census of all birds in their territory. Both experienced and novice birders participate.

Along with the Ontario Field Ornithologists, the Cattaraugus Bird Club, and the Allegheny Bird Club, the Audubon Community Nature Center is supporting this ambitious effort to count as many birds as possible on one day.

If you have experience in bird counting, you can be part of this important work by volunteering on Sunday, April 9.  If you’re interested but inexperienced, you could observe others and learn for future counts.   

Volunteer Trail Guide Training at Audubon Wednesdays in April

Volunteer Trail Guide Training at Audubon Wednesdays in April

Jamestown, NY – Question: How can Audubon Community Nature Center’s four-member education staff provide an outdoor experience for more than 3,000 schoolchildren every spring?

Answer: With the help of volunteers who have a passionate enthusiasm for sharing nature with children.

Trail Guides volunteers are essential to the education programming at Audubon. Most often these volunteers lead Discovery Walks with elementary age students visiting Audubon on a fieldtrip. Hour and a half Discovery Walks consist of a series of activities that engage the students in learning.

Audubon is offering training to provide new and returning volunteers with the skills to lead small groups on Audubon trails and become Trail Guides.

Youth Symphony Fund Drive Nearing Close

Youth Symphony Fund Drive Nearing Close

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s (CRYS) annual fund drive will be closing soon.

“We really appreciate all the support we receive from the community,” said CRYS board president Katie Derrenbacher. “In order to best acknowledge that support, we need to hear from folks soon.”

CRYS is celebrating its 30th season of offering exceptional music opportunities to talented and motivated young musicians.

The three orchestras sponsored by the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony are Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and the String Chamber Orchestra of advanced musicians in high school and college. 

Weekly rehearsals are led by Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode, with additional coaching by other professionals. Students pay tuition for their training, but significant assistance is provided to those who need it.

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April 15 is United Arts Appeal Grant Application Deadline

April 15 is United Arts Appeal Grant Application Deadline

Jamestown, NY – With an April 15 application deadline, Chautauqua County artists and organizations are reminded that now is the time to be preparing their applications for the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County’s Projects Pool Grants Program.

Eligible organizations must have non-profit status and may include libraries, municipalities, churches and other community groups. 

An artist who has been a Chautauqua County resident for at least one year and works in any artistic discipline, including but not limited to crafts, choreography, film, fiction, poetry, printmaking, sculpture, painting, video, play writing, performance, music composition and photography, may apply for funding.  Priority will be given to those applicants who demonstrate that a fellowship would have significant impact on their career.

Mount Mercy Academy to Host Trivia Night

Mount Mercy Academy to Host Trivia Night

The Mount Mercy Academy Athletic Boosters will host a Trivia Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the high school, 88 Red Jacket Parkway, Buffalo. Proceeds from the event will support the Mount Mercy athletics program.

Light snacks will be provided, and guests can bring their own food and refreshments for their table. Admission is $25 per person and tables of eight are available for $200 per team. You must be 21 or older to participate. Doors open at 7 p.m., with trivia beginning at 8 p.m.

For more information, please email mmaab@mtmercy.org. To register for the event, visit www.mtmercy.org/booster-club.

Six Athletes Now Scheduled to Appear at Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo

Six Athletes Now Scheduled to Appear at Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo

Western New York’s next Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo, the area’s largest biannual sports card and memorabilia show featuring over 100 tables of merchandise, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Grapevine Banquet Hall, 333 Dick Road, Depew. The event will now feature appearances by six former professional athletes!

Former Buffalo Braves forward John Shumate and MLB great Denny McLain are the latest to be added to the lineup. Shumate will sign autographs from 11 a.m to noon at a cost of $15 per item, while McLain will host a memorabilia table at the event.