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Dozens of Activities at Audubons’ June 3-5 Allegany Nature Pilgrimage
Dozens of Activities at Audubons’ June 3-5 Allegany Nature Pilgrimage

Jamestown, NY – Imagine a walk in the woods, soaking up the many sights, sounds, and smells around you. If you smile at the thought of learning more about that natural world with fellow nature lovers, then then you’ll want to be part of the June 3-5 Allegany Nature Pilgrimage.

This annual outdoor weekend in Allegany State Park combines fun with a variety of nature-oriented activities, welcoming both the seasoned naturalist and the inquisitive beginner.

Allegany State Park is comprised of over 60,000 acres and abounds with plants and animals. With some of the best examples of Old Growth Forest in the region, 176 bird species have been recorded there.

A variety of naturalist-led nature walks, lectures, and programs begin Friday afternoon, June 3, and continue through Sunday morning, June 5.  Registration covers admission to dozens of  different activities including Fairy Houses and Toad Abodes, geocaching, bird banding, owl prowls, beginning and advanced birding, beaver walks, insects, trees, wildflowers, star watching, Underwater Monsters, and a Splash Hike where adventurous participants wade up a stream in search of natural curiosities. 

In addition to the lectures, walks, and other activities, a tent program is held each evening.  Friday night's tent program features award-winning author and environmental educator Ken Keffer, who will give a lighthearted presentation on his naturalist work from around the globe. Highlights will include coyote scats in the Tetons, flying squirrels in Alaska, monitoring black-footed ferrets for Ted Turner, and chasing camels around the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. Lowlights include getting shot at by prairie dog shooters and a brief stint with reality television. Keffer will discuss conservation lessons gleaned from his experiences.

Saturday night Robin Foster will speak on the Eastern Hellbender, a unique aquatic salamander found only in the eastern United States. Hellbenders are “living fossils” that have remained virtually unchanged for millions of years, giving us a glimpse into our ecological past. Foster will discuss the natural history and conservation of this fascinating species and describe how we can aid in its conservation in the Allegheny region.

Since 1959 the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage, founded by Gib Burgeson of Jamestown, New York, has been a cooperative presentation of Allegany State Park and volunteers from the Buffalo Audubon Society, Rochester’s Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, Jamestown Audubon Society, and Erie’s Presque Isle Audubon Society.

For all the details and to register, visit www.alleganynaturepilgrimage.com

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