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Search for Sandhills with Audubon on Friday afternoon, May 5

Search for Sandhills with Audubon on Friday afternoon, May 5

Jamestown, NY – Sandhill Cranes are tall, gray-bodied, crimson-capped birds whose elegance draws attention.

A few years ago, folks started seeing Sandhills at and near the Audubon Community Nature Center. Last year, a pair successfully hatched and raised a young crane nearby.

On Friday, May 5, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. you can join others to learn more about and then go out to look for Sandhill Cranes in the area.

Search for Sandhills will start inside at the Nature Center with a short program about these elusive birds, then carpool using Audubon’s van to nearby places where the cranes have been seen.

Directing the Search will be Audubon Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome, who developed the habit of looking for cranes as he drives and has found them more often than he expected. 

Participants are reminded to wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars or a spotting scope if you have them.

Audubon Supporting BOS Bird Count

Audubon Supporting BOS Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – Every May, the Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) sponsors a bird count in Western New York.

The first BOS count was held in 1939. It provides a historical reference for bird species found in Western New York.

It takes many people, beginning to advanced birders, to cover the four-county territory, whether watching on their own property or committing to a larger area. It is important that each person has an assigned territory, to give the broadest coverage without overlapping.

If you have experience in bird counting, you can be part of this important work by volunteering on Sunday, May 21.  If you’re interested but inexperienced, you could observe others and learn for future counts.   

Monday, May 8: Water and Septic Workshop for Rural Landowners

Monday, May 8: Water and Septic Workshop for Rural Landowners

Jamestown, NY – Whether you currently live in the country or are planning to, you have the vital responsibility to maintain your water resources.

On Monday, May 8, Bryan Swistock, Water Resources Extension Specialist in the College of Agricultural Science and Management at Penn State University, will present “Water and Septic Workshop: What Rural Landowners Should Know.”

The free two-hour event will be at 1 p.m. at Audubon Community Nature Center, and again at 6 p.m. at Jefferson DeFrees Family Center in Warren. Those attending the workshop at Audubon will receive with your reservation a 10% discount in Audubon’s Blue Heron Gift Shop and on a water test through Penn State Water Testing Lab, plus a free admission ticket to the Nature Center.

People often move to the country without realizing that they are taking on the responsibility for the safety and functionality of their own water supply and wastewater treatment.

Saturday, May 6 is Audubon Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

Saturday, May 6 is Audubon Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to go birding -- or make a pledge to someone who does -- to support the Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) and a local student.

On Saturday, May 6, you can join the Audubon Education Staff and their friends to see as many birds as you can on the Fledgling Birdathon, a one-day-only birdathon that raises money for the Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship.

At 6 a.m., the group will start on the Nature Center grounds and other locations to find as many species of birds as possible. Participants are encouraged to stay at least till noon, but for the ACNC naturalists it will be an (almost) all-day event.

The Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship is awarded every year to a local student heading off to college with an interest in pursuing the natural sciences. Generous supporters pledge an amount, either per species or in total, and the end result is a $500 scholarship. You can bird with the team or show your support by pledging.

Come Observe Bird Banding at Audubon

Come Observe Bird Banding at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Bird banding is an age-old technique used to discover details about the behaviors of birds.

On Saturday mornings from April 29 through May 20, you are invited to join ornithologists at the Audubon Community Nature Center to observe them bird banding.

Dr. Scott Stoleson and Don Watts, who have both federal and state permits as well as a great deal of training and experience, capture the birds in “mist” nets, so-called because they are so fine they are almost like mist. 

You can drop in any time between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. to learn exactly how this is done and why. Come on your own or bring the kids with you to view this amazing process. If the weather is too harsh for the safety of the birds, the nets will not be open and an alternate date will be chosen.

Audubon Nature Art Play Day Saturday, April 29

Audubon Nature Art Play Day Saturday, April 29

Jamestown, NY – Nature Art is the focus of the first in a series of three Audubon Community Nature Center Nature Play Days designed to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.

Children aged three to eight and their favorite adults can drop in anytime from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29, at Audubon’s natural play area. Extra materials around the topic of nature art -- such as string for weaving, rocks, pinecones and leaves to create patterns and more -- will be placed in the play area.

A naturalist will be available for questions and information.

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.

Audubon Workshop on Organic Gardening, Sunday Afternoon, April 30

Audubon Workshop on Organic Gardening, Sunday Afternoon, April 30

Jamestown, NY – If you’ve ever thought how wonderful it would be to harvest fresh produce in your backyard, Audubon Community Nature Center has just the thing for you.

Audubon is presenting “Seeds and Soil: Planning Your Garden” on Sunday, April 30, 1-2:30 p.m.

In this first of a series of workshops on organic gardening, you can plan a food garden and plant seeds to take home. You will leave with handouts that provide information on preparing a garden and where to get the best seeds and starter plants.

You will learn from a couple of experts with a lot of experience. Scott and Pam Stoleson 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.

Come prepared to get your hands dirty, as you will also be planting seeds to take with you for your own garden. You are welcome to bring your own gardening gloves if you like.