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Heather Zimba Receives Audubon Community Nature Center Scholarship

Heather Zimba Receives Audubon Community Nature Center Scholarship

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center awarded its 2017 Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship to Heather Zimba of Jamestown, New York.

Every spring since 2003 Audubon’s Education Staff has raised scholarship funds through their Fledgling Birdathon. Participants look for as many species as possible over a 24-hour period, and generous supporters pledge an amount, either per species or in total. The end result is a $500 scholarship. 

This scholarship is named in memory of one of its very first recipients. Ryan Exline was an integral part of the Audubon family for many years, where he assisted with gardening, eagle care, live animal care, and educational programs. A resident of Russell, Pennsylvania, he was pursuing a master’s degree at Duke University when he died in a car accident. His love of nature and of nurturing future generations of “nature nerds” lives on through this scholarship.

Deadline Nearing for Jamestown (NY) Audubon Photo Contest

Deadline Nearing for Jamestown (NY) Audubon Photo Contest

Jamestown, NY – You still have this month to enter your best photos in the 2017 Nature Photography Contest sponsored by Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC).

Since a beautiful nature photograph inspires appreciation for the natural world, the Photo Contest helps fulfill Audubon’s mission of connecting people with nature,

Whether you choose favorites from your collection or decide to shoot new ones, Friday, June 30, is the deadline to submit your images. With a simple online submission process, you are encouraged to enter your work whatever your level of experience.

Prizes for the contest are awarded in two divisions with four categories each, for a total of eight winners.

The Youth Division is for ages 8 to18 or still in high school. Adult is 18 and over or post-high school.

United Arts Appeal Announces 2017 Grant Winners

United Arts Appeal Announces 2017 Grant Winners

Jamestown, NY – The United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County (UAA) is awarding grants to artistic projects of five Chautauqua County non-profit organizations and two local artists.

“It’s hard to imagine Chautauqua County without all of the wonderful cultural opportunities and talented artists that reside here,” UAA President Shane Hawkins said, in announcing the recipients of the 2017 Projects Pool Grants Program. “The United Arts Appeal is happy to be able to support local artists and arts programming through our Projects Pool grants.”

Time to Start Taking Pictures for Audubon Nature Photography Contest

Time to Start Taking Pictures for Audubon Nature Photography Contest

Jamestown, NY – With spring come new growth to wildflowers, plants, and trees, new critters in ponds, fields, woods, and forest, and beautiful landscapes to charm the eye.

What better time to set your eye to your camera and enter Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Nature Photography Contest.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is designed to encourage anyone who enjoys doing photography – from beginners to professionals – to enter their images and compete for prizes.

Winners over the years have come from as far away as Beijing, China, and as near-by as just down the road from Audubon’s 600-acre wetland preserve with its more than five miles of trails, native tree arboretum, natural play space, educational gardens, and Liberty, a non-releasable Bald Eagle, in her outdoor enclosure. 

Audubon Has Patch Opportunities for Scouts and Others

Audubon Has Patch Opportunities for Scouts and Others

Jamestown, NY – Jennifer Schlick, Program Director at Audubon Community Nature Center recently sent information about earning Fun Patches to area Scout Councils and leaders.

“But really,” Schlick explained, “we’re happy to have any interested child earn a patch at one of four special events over the next few months.”

To earn these brightly colored patches, a child just needs to pick up and complete a list of requirements any time during the hours the event is held. He or she can then purchase a patch for $3 (in addition to the regular admission), on a first-come, first-served basis.

Events where patches can be earned are:

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.

Audubon Accepting 2017 Nature Photo Contest Entries

Audubon Accepting 2017 Nature Photo Contest Entries

Jamestown, NY – Entries have begun to arrive for Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Nature Photography Contest.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is designed to encourage anyone who enjoys doing photography – from beginners to professionals – to enter their images for consideration.

“The Photo Contest helps us fulfill our mission of connecting people with nature in two ways,” said Audubon Photo Contest Coordinator Ruby Miller. “The photographer experiences nature while shooting pictures and the viewer becomes inspired to connect with nature when looking at the often stunning results.”

Prizes are awarded in four categories and two divisions. The Youth Division is for ages 8-18 or still in high school; Adult is 18 and over or post-high school.