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Audubon Benefits in Many Ways from Stephanie Frucella Memorial Fund

Audubon Benefits in Many Ways from Stephanie Frucella Memorial Fund

Jamestown, NY – When Jamestown residents Bob and Kathleen Frucella lost their daughter, a fourth grade teacher, they established a fund at Audubon Community Nature Center in her memory.

Since 2009, young people have earned their way to Summer Day Camps at Audubon Community Nature Center by receiving the Stephanie Frucella Memorial “Making A Difference” Scholarships.

As a child, Stephanie loved to come to the Audubon with her family to walk the trails and discover wildlife, flowers, and the beauty of nature. In her life, Stephanie strived daily to make a difference in the lives of her students and her community. Through this fund, her legacy continues.

Preference for the merit-based scholarship is given to campers in grades five and up who have demonstrated interest in volunteering, giving back to their communities, mentoring others, or who wish to start volunteering as a counselor in training or junior counselor for Day Camps.

Invasive Species Awareness Week Volunteers Wanted for Honeysuckle Harvest at Kenneglenn

Invasive Species Awareness Week Volunteers Wanted for Honeysuckle Harvest at Kenneglenn

In honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, on Thursday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Western New York Land Conservancy is partnering with the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) to remove Tartarian Honeysuckle from the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Wales. 

Tartarian Honeysuckle is an invasive shrub that was introduced to the United States from Asia. Here in Western New York, where it has no natural controls, its leaves appear early in the spring and remain into late fall, giving it a competitive advantage over native plants. The implications of an invasive plant infestation are wide reaching, from impacts to native woodland plants to insects and birds. 

East Aurora’s Annual Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale Returns on July 29

East Aurora’s Annual Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale Returns on July 29

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s 48th annual Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29, along Main Street in the heart of the Village of East Aurora. The event will feature local vendors, plenty of activities for kids and families, food and entertainment, Chalk Walk Murals, Operation Kids and much more!

Opening festivities will include the National Anthem at 9:45 a.m. with the American Legion Post #362 Color Guard. Other highlights will include the popular Chalk Walk Murals sponsored by the Town of Aurora Recreation Department from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a West Herr Buick GMC, West Herr Cadillac new car display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at TNT Oil Change; Holland NASCAR Race Car display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and DJ entertainment from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Audubon July 6 Raised Bed Gardening Workshop Free Thanks to Cummins

Audubon July 6 Raised Bed Gardening Workshop Free Thanks to Cummins

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) has added raised beds to its kitchen garden and will be offering three free gardening workshops, all thanks to a grant from Jamestown Cummins Engine Plant

Reg Boutwell, an avid gardener with years of experience, designed and built the raised beds. He is also instructing the 6-7 p.m. Raised Bed Gardening workshop on Thursday, July 6. Rain date is the same time on July 13.

Raised beds require some thought when it comes to design, and filling the beds requires a bit of know-how to get the best results. They also have some advantages over in-ground gardens.

Volunteers Needed for Audubon Water Chestnut Pull on Saturday Morning, June 24

Volunteers Needed for Audubon Water Chestnut Pull on Saturday Morning, June 24

Jamestown, NY – Much of Audubon Community Nature Center’s 600-acre wetland preserve is covered by a series of ponds, making it dangerously vulnerable to what has become the annual arrival of the European Water Chestnut.

Accidentally released into waters of the Northeast in the late 1800s, this invasive species is native to Europe, Asia and Africa, where it has natural predators.  A different species from the edible water chestnut, this plant is capable of spreading rapidly. It forms a thick layer on top of ponds, lakes and streams, blocking sunlight from other plants and animals and making boating, fishing, and other water recreation very difficult.  

Since 2013 Audubon has worked hard every summer to control its infestation and prevent it from spreading to other waterways in the region, including Conewango Creek and Chautauqua Lake.

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.

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.