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Train cuts off Sunset Bay for more than 6 hours


SUNSET BAY - A CSX train broke down on the tracks adjacent to Sunset Bay, blocking access to the beachfront community for more than six hours until crews could move it.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said the train was blocking both Hanover Road and Allegany Road -- the only two access points to Sunset Bay -- from about 2:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The train was eventually moved without incident. CSX officials were unavailable for comment Sunday evening.

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Learn About Volunteering at the Nature Center

Learn About Volunteering at the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – With programs reaching nearly 19,000 students and a similar number of visitors each year, the Audubon Nature Center could not survive without the dedication and commitment of a strong volunteer crew.

In 2014, almost 300 active volunteers worked more than 12,000 hours to support the Nature Center’s mission to connect people to nature and promote environmentally responsible behaviors through education. On any given day, volunteers can be seen working on the trails, leading school groups, managing the membership program, feeding animals, and more.

From 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 13, Nature Center naturalist and volunteer coordinator Katie Finch will present “Intro to Volunteering at the Nature Center.”

Local High Schools to Host Visiting Drums Along the Waterfront Drum Corps

Local High Schools to Host Visiting Drums Along the Waterfront Drum Corps

 

Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions is excited to bring the top eight drum corps in the world to Western New York. The event will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, and all of the corps will be staying at local high schools as they prepare for the big event.

Nature Center Hosts National Bird Banding Program

Nature Center Hosts National Bird Banding Program

Jamestown, NY – A few opportunities remain to observe the Audubon Nature Center’s participation in the continent-wide MAPS bird banding program now in its fifth year there.

You are welcome to watch ornithologists as they capture, band, and release birds, recording information for science. Remaining work dates are Friday, July 3; Saturday, July 11; Wednesday, July 22; and Saturday, August 8.

The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program is a collaborative effort among public agencies, non-governmental groups, and individuals to assist the conservation of birds and their habitats through demographic monitoring. Since 1989, more than 1,200 MAPS stations spread across nearly every state and Canadian province have collected over two million bird capture records that can increase the effectiveness of conservation efforts. 

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The Resource Training Center Says Designate a Sober Driver this July 4th

The Resource Training Center Says Designate a Sober Driver this July 4th

 

The Fourth of July is a favorite American holiday filled with fun, food, fireworks, friends and family. But celebrating can quickly turn to tragedy when people choose to drive after drinking. Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst, is urging everyone to plan ahead this Independence Day and designate a sober driver! 

“The Fourth of July festivities can be so much fun,” said Farrar. “People make plans for the partying, but too many drivers don’t plan ahead to get home safely.” 

Nature Center Offering Photography Walks

Nature Center Offering Photography Walks

Jamestown, NY – Following up on the excitement generated by its recent day-long Photography Intensive Workshop, the Audubon Nature Center is offering “Photography Walks” where you can take your nature photography to new levels.

Walks are scheduled for Wednesday evenings, July 8 and 22, and August 5 and 19, 2015. From 7-8:30 p.m., expert photographers will share tips and tricks as you walk along the Nature Center trails.

The July 8 Walk will be led by professional photographer and artist Kimberly Turner. No matter what camera you have, this session will give you fresh ways to approach making photographs. In addition to the traditional “rules” of composition, Turner will offer ideas that will take you to new creative places.

Learn to Find Your Way with a Compass at Nature Center Workshop

Learn to Find Your Way with a Compass at Nature Center Workshop

Jamestown, NY – Orienteering – that is, navigating with a compass -- is an important, but often forgotten, outdoor skill in this technological world.

Finding our way today with GPS or internet maps is fine, but when the batteries go dead or the cell service is poor, a compass can be a reliable tool for outdoor adventures. 

From 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, the Audubon Nature Center is offering a workshop where you can learn to use a map and compass to navigate from point to point. After participants feel comfortable with the basics, they will be able to try a compass course around the Nature Center grounds, with a treasure at the end.