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Audubon Blue Heron Gift Shop Celebration Saturday, March 22
Audubon Blue Heron Gift Shop Celebration Saturday, March 22

Jamestown, NY – Following a recent renovation, the Blue Heron Gift Shop at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is adding locally made jams and jellies, honey and maple syrup, comfy neck pillows, and a wide assortment of fleeces in bold new colors to its varied selection of merchandise.

On Saturday, March 22, on the heels of the official beginning of spring, Audubon will celebrate its new space its new merchandise.

“Our Gift Shop has long been a kind of ‘hidden treasure’ at Audubon,” said President Ruth Lundin. “Now we’re looking forward to its becoming a regular part of our visitors’ experience.”

Lundin said that over the past few months a committee of board members and volunteers has explored ways to create more space to display all the gift shop’s traditional stock and new items that will interest both frequent and one-time tourist visitors.

“Knowing that people like to give gifts with a local ‘flavor’ inspired our planners to add more edibles to the Stedman Corners bird-friendly coffee we already have,” Lundin said.  “We really carry a remarkable variety of items that make great gifts – for yourself or someone else!”

The many non-edibles on Audubon’s Gift Shop shelves include puppets, puzzles, jewelry, notecards and stationery, handcrafted walking sticks, nature related books and field guides, t-shirts, embroidered polo shirts and fleece jackets, bird feeders and bird seed …and the list goes on.

The Blue Heron carries jewelry made by Women of the Cloud Forest artists who create different types of earrings, bracelets and necklaces using rainforest seeds. This Fair Trade project supplies a never ending range of colors, styles and patterns of beautiful jewelry to many of the leading, zoos, botanical gardens, museums and boutique shops across the country.

At the March 22 celebration all visitors will be entered into a drawing for a variety of door prizes, including Audubon Bucks good for free admission to programs and events. And there will be free samples of some of the treats.

There is no admission fee to visit the Blue Heron Gift Shop. Anyone who becomes a Friend of the Nature Center that day will receive a 10% discount on all items, free admission to the Nature Center, and be entered in a drawing to get two years membership as a Friend of the Nature Center for the price of one. 

Nature Center visitors can enjoy displays of local reptiles and amphibians, plus tanks of fish. Other indoor exhibits include Frogs, Energy and Pollination. There is also seating to observe a beautiful view of birds, chipmunks, squirrels and sometimes even deer at the Center’s birdfeeders.

Outdoors, Audubon offers miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Liberty, a non-releasable Bald Eagle, can be seen in her own outdoor habitat.

Located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania, Nature Center building hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1-4:30 p.m. Blue Heron Gift Shop hours are the same.

Friends of the Nature Center and children are admitted to the exhibits free of charge; non-member adults pay only $6. Sunday is a free admission day. There is no admission fee for shopping.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the trails or visit Liberty free of charge daily, from dawn until dusk. 

To learn more about the Audubon Center & Sanctuary and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.

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