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Make a Beautiful Beaded Bracelet at Audubon Saturday Afternoon, July 8

Make a Beautiful Beaded Bracelet at Audubon Saturday Afternoon, July 8

Jamestown, NY – Artist Anne Jackson has been teaching beading for more than 20 years.

On Saturday afternoon, July 8, she can teach you how to create a beaded owl and attach it to a fun, colorful, bracelet.

At the 1-3 p.m. workshop you will learn how to use the brick stitch to bead the small owl, then fasten it to a memory wire bracelet you create with larger beads.

Whether you choose to keep your nature-themed jewelry or give it as a gift, you will be delighted with your work. You will also receive full print instructions so you make more at home.

Be sure to bring your glasses if you need them for close-up work.

Jackson is a member of the Chautauqua County Society of Artists. She has taught beading for more than two decades, both privately as well as at Audubon and other venues.

Visit a Hobby Farm for Audubon’s July 7 First Friday

Visit a Hobby Farm for Audubon’s July 7 First Friday

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to enjoy a different experience from the usual for Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday on July 7.

Instead of meeting at the Nature Center, participants will tour a 14.5-acre hobby farm.

Meet at Dan and Shauna Anderson’s Alpacaville, 4463 Mahanna Road, Bemus Point, New York, at 11 a.m. You can pull right in to the large circular driveway at the house.

A hobby farm is more than the animals. The animals depend on the land, and so a farmer must care for the plants and condition of the land in order to truly care for the animals on the farm.

Learn how special attention is paid to recycling and care of animals that are not native to the area. Runoff will also be addressed.


Muck boots may be appropriate, depending on what the weather has been like leading up to the program.

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.

Experience Audubon After Dark on Friday Night, June 23

Experience Audubon After Dark on Friday Night, June 23

Jamestown, NY – On Friday night, June 23, you have the rare opportunity to explore Audubon Community Nature Center at night.

Many things happen at Audubon after the trails close at sunset. Different animals emerge from holes, under leaves and other hiding places. The forest looks different in the dark, with colors drained away. New sounds flow through the night: the trills of owls and the rumbles of frogs.

Learn more about the night while designing your own after-dark experience at the 9-11 p.m. “Aububon After Dark.” There will be mini-programs with naturalists and speakers, as well as interns to take people on general nature hikes.

From 9 to 9:45 p.m. you can choose to participate in a Family Night Hike, Owl Prowl, Bat Chat, or Moth Light.

From 9:45 to 10:15 p.m. you can relax by the fire and enjoy a s’more, visit the Moth Light, or go on a Bat Chat.

Audubon Nature Play Day – Mud Mania is Saturday, June 17

Audubon Nature Play Day – Mud Mania is Saturday, June 17

Jamestown, NY – Did you know that outdoor play for children: (1) supports creativity and problem-solving, (2) enhances cognitive abilities, (3) improves academic performance, (4) reduces attention deficit disorder, (5) reduces stress – and that’s not the full list.

“Mud Mania” is the subject of Audubon Community Nature Center’s final in a series of three Nature Play Days planned to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.

Children ages three to eight and their favorite adults can drop in anytime from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 17, at Audubon’s Nature Play Area. Extra materials such as mud pie kitchen equipment, natural brushes, and water will be placed in the play area around the topic of playing with mud.

While children explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment, adults learn how to extend the play at home with handouts and a take-home item.

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.