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Little Explorers Learn about Incredible Insects at Audubon, Saturday, June 10

Little Explorers Learn about Incredible Insects at Audubon, Saturday, June 10

Jamestown, NY – “Incredible Insects” is the theme for Audubon Community Nature Center’s next Little Explorers.

You and the three- to eight-year-old child(ren) in your life can learn about insects and discover some outside at this 10-11:30 a.m. program on Saturday, June 10.

Insects are one of the most common animals on the planet. Flying, crawling, jumping – insects survive in the world in many different ways.

This is an opportunity to investigate different insect families, learn more about each, catch some, and discover more about their lives.

A brief lesson indoors prepares you for a hike. Then you will explore outdoors to see what insects you can find. Investigate, wonder, and explore this fascinating world and learn how insects help humans carry on their lives. Learn more about them during an activity indoors, when a snack and craft follow the hike.

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With Significant Electrical Rate Increase on the Horizon, More Consumers are Switching to Solar

With Significant Electrical Rate Increase on the Horizon, More Consumers are Switching to Solar

It’s not a joke, and not at all funny. National Grid is asking the Public Service Commission to raise its residential electricity delivery prices beginning April 1, 2018.

If the rate hike is approved, the average National Grid customer would see their monthly bill increase by $11.23 a month! The company says it needs the money to make infrastructure investments.

National Grid is also proposing increases in monthly electricity bills for commercial customers — as high as $10.01 per month. 

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation Grant Supports Audubon Programs

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation Grant Supports Audubon Programs

Jamestown, NY – After supporting a successful outreach last year, the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) is again aiding Audubon Community Nature Center in extending their programming into northern Chautauqua County.

With help from a Community Grant from the NCCF, a number of Audubon events are planned in their area. This grant was made possible through generous community-minded donors who have established community benefit funds at the NCCF.

Earlier this month, retired SUNY Fredonia professor Terry Mosher gave a workshop at the College Lodge in Brocton. He taught participants how to identify bird songs then led them on the trails of the lovely College Lodge woods where they could listen for those songs and others.

On Saturday afternoon, June 24, beadwork artist and teacher Anne Jackson will lead a Dragonfly Pendant Workshop at the Fredonia Technology Incubator in Dunkirk.

Invasive Water Chestnut is Back; Audubon Hires Removal Specialists

Invasive Water Chestnut is Back; Audubon Hires Removal Specialists

Jamestown, NY – Accidentally released into waters of the Northeast in the late 1800s, the European Water Chestnut is slowly but relentlessly spreading throughout New York State, clogging waterways, lakes and ponds and altering their environments.

A different species from the water chestnut that can be purchased in cans, in its native habitat in Europe, Asia and Africa, the plant is kept in check by local insect parasites not found in North America. 

It is time to be on the lookout for this invasive species in lakes and ponds and slow-moving streams and rivers, where it floats on the water with a single root to the bottom. If left alone, plants will grow to cover an entire water body so densely that they reduce the light to the bottom and choke out other plants and animal life. It can clog up waterways, making boating, fishing and other water recreation very difficult.

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Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Grant Supports Field Trips to Audubon

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Grant Supports Field Trips to Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Playing outdoors has many benefits for children that help them in school, from enhancing their cognitive abilities to improving their academic performance to reducing attention deficit disorder. But not all children are at ease outside.

Audubon Community Nature Center’s outdoor programs help children become more comfortable in outdoor settings, and each year hundreds of school children take field trips to Audubon. But the schools alone don’t have the resources to fund all the related costs.

That’s where the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF) comes in.

The Community Foundation awarded Audubon a major grant to cover the gap between what the schools can afford to pay and the actual cost of offering the programs.

“Thanks to CRCF’s Fund for the Region and Thomas H. Brown Fund we are able to provide this wonderful experience for Chautauqua County children,” said Audubon Program Director Jennifer Schlick.

Explore Buffalo Announces Extensive June Tour Schedule

Explore Buffalo Announces Extensive June Tour Schedule

Explore Buffalo, a nonprofit organization providing tours and other opportunities where guests can discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history and neighborhoods, has announced an extensive lineup of June events. The list includes all of your favorites, plus some new tours added this summer. 

MASTERS OF AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE
June 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30 • 10 a.m.
Meet: Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo, corner of Washington and Mohawk streets. Two-hour metered parking is available on surrounding streets, and the Mohawk Parking Ramp is on the opposite corner. The Lafayette Square Station of the Metro Rail is around the corner on Main Street.
Cost: General $15, Student $5, Explorer Pass Free 

MAPS Bird Banding Returns to Audubon Community Nature Center

MAPS Bird Banding Returns to Audubon Community Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to join research ornithologists – scientists who study birds -- as they capture, band, and release birds, recording information for science. 

Audubon Community Nature Center has been doing bird banding demonstrations in the spring since 2007. This is the sixth year it has hosted the MAPS research program that is specifically timed to target breeding birds.  

MAPS stands for Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship.  The MAPS Program is made up of a continent-wide network of hundreds of mist netting stations that capture and band birds for study. The data gathered during these sessions help bird scientists understand more about longevity, breeding, and movement of bird species in our region and beyond.