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Audubon’s Monarchs and Margaritas for Adults Only

Audubon’s Monarchs and Margaritas for Adults Only

Jamestown, NY – The Monarch Butterfly Festival is for all ages, but the night before is for adults only.

Three years ago Audubon Community Nature Center staff decided it would be fun to add a new twist to the all-day Saturday event with its activities for all ages. Since then Friday evening has been Monarchs and Margaritas – a special treat just for grown-ups.

At the 5-7 p.m. celebration, while supporting Monarchs you can enjoy an exclusive sneak peek of the Festival, plus food, games, and margaritas.

The Nature Center multipurpose room will be transformed into a butterfly house full of beautiful flowers and Monarch Butterflies and ready for visiting by the evening’s participants as well as Saturday festival-goers.

Bring your friends for a crowd-free/child-free experience with the live butterflies and a chance to win some great prizes.

Audubon Staff and Volunteers Collecting Monarch Eggs

Audubon Staff and Volunteers Collecting Monarch Eggs

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center’s (ACNC) staff and volunteers have already raised and released dozens of butterflies this summer.

Now they are collecting eggs that will be raised for Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival in late August. These eggs will hatch and grow to be part of the migration generation that heads to Mexico.

The Festival offers much to do -- great food, photo opportunities with human-sized caterpillar and butterfly cutouts, fun patches to earn – but the real stars are the butterflies.

Visitors experience an indoor garden filled with free-flying Monarchs, where they can examine Monarch eggs, hold caterpillars and butterflies, and possibly even see one emerge from its chrysalis.

Senior Naturalist and Festival Coordinator Jeff Tome is leading the search for Monarch eggs that will develop into the stages that fascinate visitors.

Last Call for Pulling Water Chestnut at Audubon

Last Call for Pulling Water Chestnut at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – “We are nearing the end!”

Those were the optimistic words of Julie Gibson, who has spent her summer coordinating the removal of the European Water Chestnut from the ponds at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC).

“In these next two weeks I hope to put the final few nails in the coffin!!” was her message earlier this week to anyone who would be willing to put on waders or get in a canoe or kayak to make the final effort.

The European Water Chestnut is an invasive species that can cover a water body so densely it chokes out other plants and animal life. Much of ACNC’s 600-acre wetland preserve is covered by a series of ponds, making it dangerously vulnerable to the annual invader. Audubon staff and hundreds of volunteers have worked tirelessly every summer since its first appearance in 2013 to control the infestation and prevent it from spreading to other waterways in the region.

Make a Beautiful Beaded Monarch Pendant at Audubon, August 21 and 24

Make a Beautiful Beaded Monarch Pendant at Audubon, August 21 and 24

Jamestown, NY – The Monarch Butterfly Festival is a delightful way to celebrate these beautiful and valuable creatures as well as the impending close of summer.

Audubon Community Nature Center is adding a pre-Festival event as a special salute to the Saturday, August 26, celebration.

At a two-afternoon workshop on Monday and Thursday, August 21 and 24, you can make a lovely beadwork butterfly pendant to wear to the Festival or give as a gift.

From 1 to 3 p.m. both days, bead artist Anne Jackson will work with you to create a life-like Monarch Butterfly using various colors of seed beads. The completed butterfly can be worn as a necklace or pendant, or it can be framed. Students will learn to do the beading stitch known as brick stitch.

Jackson is a member of the Chautauqua County Society of Artists. She teaches beading privately, as well as at Audubon.

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

Join the Harvesting at Audubon Gardening Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, August 20

Join the Harvesting at Audubon Gardening Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, August 20

Jamestown, NY – Late summer is the time for harvesting tomatoes, potatoes, squash, and berries.

“Late Summer Harvests” is the theme for the fourth in a series of five gardening classes presented by organic gardeners Scott and Pam Stoleson through Audubon Community Nature Center.

This hands-on, taste-buds-on workshop is set for 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, at the Stolesons’ home in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania.

You may get to sample such distinctive items as Black from Tula tomato, kohlrabi, multi-colored carrots, and Ma Guan, also known as fuzzy gourd.

You will learn the tasks needed to keep the veggies coming in: tying up tomatoes, snapping suckers, monitoring mildews and blights, and squishing squash bugs.

The Stolesons have been raising some of their own food for more than 15 years. They estimate that they produce 85% of the vegetables, 50% of the fruit, and 10% of the nuts that they consume.

Keep in mind that you could get dirty.

Audubon Nature Photography Club Meeting, Thursday, August 10

Audubon Nature Photography Club Meeting, Thursday, August 10

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to participate in the Audubon Nature Photography Club’s regular meeting on Thursday evening, August 10.

There will be two topics for the image review that opens the meeting at 6:15 p.m.: “People in Nature” and “Animals.” This is an opportunity to see how each subject is interpreted and portrayed.

In addition to a 15-minute tech time, there will be a show-and-tell time when members can share some of their best pictures.

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.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Community Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Little Explorers Learn about Nighttime Animals at Audubon, Saturday, August 12

Little Explorers Learn about Nighttime Animals at Audubon, Saturday, August 12

Jamestown, NY – “Shh…look…listen…to the sounds of the dark say Goodnight!”

These words of Richard Jackson from his book All Ears All Eyes set the stage for Audubon Community Nature Center’s next Little Explorers.

You and the three- to eight-year-old child(ren) in your life can learn about nighttime animals and their senses on Saturday, August 12, at this 10-11:30 a.m. program.

A brief lesson inside will be about the nighttime world. Then the group will go outdoors to look for signs of the animals not seen during the day, before returning inside for a snack and, if time allows, a craft.

Night ushers in a whole new world. A chirp and a swoosh and a chatter and a hoot. These are the sounds that fill the night woods and fields. Who makes them? Who hears them? What do they mean?

Animals that are active at night have to use their ears so much more than their eyes, as well as their sense of smell and touch.