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Land Conservancy Seeks Donations to Create Owens Falls Trails System

Land Conservancy Seeks Donations to Create Owens Falls Trails System

The Western New York Land Conservancy needs help from the community to complete a walking trail system at their newest preserve, The Owens Falls Sanctuary. The trail was designed by nationally-renowned firm Tahawus Trails. With two beautiful waterfalls, a deep ravine and acres of mature forest, the sanctuary is incredibly ecologically important. The Land Conservancy needs to raise at least another $25,000 by Nov. 15 to create the first section of the walking trail system so the preserve can be opened to the public as soon as possible.

Audubon’s Rebel Nature Journal Sparks Creativity

Audubon’s Rebel Nature Journal Sparks Creativity

Jamestown, NY – Rachel Carson was a naturalist who wrote like a poet. Robert Frost was a poet who wrote about nature and science. Jamestown’s Roger Tory Peterson painted what he saw.

Two Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) staff have produced Rebel Nature Journal to lay the groundwork for its readers to learn to see and know their world like these well-known artist/naturalists, to engage with the world in a tangible way, and to express their experiences artistically.

With Projects Pool grant funding from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County, naturalist Katie Finch and artist Kimberly Turner created and published this gem of a book that focuses on the sights, sounds, feel and smell of the natural world and how to capture just a little bit of that on the page. 

Audubon’s October 21 Auction Features Unusual Opportunities

Audubon’s October 21 Auction Features Unusual Opportunities

Jamestown, N.Y. – Distinctive dining, professional sports, outdoor adventures, delightful handcrafted items – if any of these sound appealing, you won’t want to miss OctoberFEAST, Audubon Community Nature Center’s annual dinner and auction.

This year’s evening of fun, friendship, and giving will be Saturday, October 21, at the Nature Center.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for viewing live auction prizes, bidding on the silent auction, and visiting the cash bar.

During the six o’clock hour will be a delicious dinner that is sure to please vegans and omnivores alike.  As new specials are delivered to tapas food stations, you can eat as you wander throughout the building or fill your plate and take a comfy seat where you can enjoy the gorgeous fall scenery.

Jovial banter between the two board member auctioneers, John Beard and Nate Welker, guarantee an entertaining live auction from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Come to Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, October 15

Come to Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, October 15

Jamestown, NY – You and the young one(s) in your life are invited to come and play outside with a naturalist.

On Sunday afternoon, October 15, 2017, Audubon Community Nature Center is offering a Nature Play Day to let children explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment and learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.

Children ages two to eight and their favorite adults can drop in anytime from 1 to 4 p.m. in Audubon’s Nature Play Area.

Unstructured play outside is beneficial to a child’s physical and mental development as well as their understanding and appreciation of the natural world. However, concerns about safety, location, materials and the value of play are often barriers in creating these experiences. This program aims to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.

Audubon October 16 Gardening Workshop Free Thanks to Cummins

Audubon October 16 Gardening Workshop Free Thanks to Cummins

Jamestown, NY – The second of three free gardening workshops at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) will be 5-6 p.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017.

You can learn about “Extending the Season” with tips and tools.

In this climate, growing things all year long can be a challenge. You can learn about cold-hardy vegetables, tools such as cold-frames and cloches that create warmer microclimates, and simple frost protection to make the harvest last a little bit longer or come on a little bit earlier in the spring.

Audubon senior naturalist Sarah Hatfield, volunteer Reg Boutwell, and other local gardeners will show you the ways they keep their gardens producing into the fall and through winter. There will be a short program followed by a panel questions-and-answers session.

Hands-on demonstrations will be available in the ACNC kitchen garden, so come prepared to go outside, dressing for the weather with appropriate footwear.

Audubon Nature Photography Club Meeting, Thursday, October 12

Audubon Nature Photography Club Meeting, Thursday, October 12

Jamestown, NY – There will be a fall flavor to the Audubon Nature Photography Club’s regular meeting on Thursday evening, October 12.

“Fall foliage” and “non-traditional creative shots” are the topics for the image review that opens the meeting at 6:15 p.m. You are invited to come and see how members interpret and portray each subject 

There will also be a show-and-tell time when members can share some of their best pictures.

The featured speaker will be announced at the meeting.

A social time follows the program.

First-time visitors are welcome to participate free of charge. The annual membership is $30. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

Audubon Community Nature Center Recognizes Thousands of Volunteer Hours, Installs New Board Members

Audubon Community Nature Center Recognizes Thousands of Volunteer Hours, Installs New Board Members

Jamestown, NY – “The History Begins With You” was the theme for the Annual Dinner and Volunteer Recognition that celebrated Audubon Community Nature Center’s 60th anniversary year. 

The event opened with a social time in the Fireplace Room followed by a delicious buffet dinner featuring food locally produced and prepared by 3 C’s Catering.

President Ruth Lundin shared a Year in Review that described the positive energy generated by the new brand, strong finances, and grounds in the best shape ever. Initiatives of the last three years have brought new programming and increased visibility, expanding Audubon’s efforts in Warren, northern Chautauqua County, and Randolph, and working with Jamestown Public Schools on programs for the new Universal Pre-Kindergarten for 3 year olds (UPK3). The exciting news for next year is the addition of another educator who will assist with the expanded school programming, special events, and public programming.