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Little Explorers Learn about Squirrels at Audubon, Saturday, November 11

Little Explorers Learn about Squirrels at Audubon, Saturday, November 11

Jamestown, NY – Squirrels in this region come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

On Saturday, November 11, 10-11:30 a.m., you and the three- to eight-year-old child(ren) in your life can learn about squirrels through artifacts, stories, and a walk outside.

You will learn what squirrels live here, how they are similar and different, and go outside to look for some of them or signs of where they have been.

The biggest squirrels in the region usually live underground and the smallest ones soar through the treetops. Though related, squirrels have different adaptations to help them survive. Some hibernate for the winter, while others stay active through the cold months. Squirrels eat everything from nuts to frogs. Learn all this and more when you attend the program. 

After a lesson inside, the group will head for a hike outdoors, returning indoors for a snack and, if there is time, a craft.

Audubon Celebrating Birds of Prey Saturday, November 4

Audubon Celebrating Birds of Prey Saturday, November 4

Jamestown, NY – Live owls and hawks will be the highlight of Birds of Prey Day at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) on Saturday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mark Baker, a licensed raptor rehabilitator at Eagle Dream Rehabilitation Center, will be at the Nature Center with several of his birds that are unable to be released back into the wild. You can visit with Baker and his birds during his programs at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Birds of prey are also known as raptors and are divided into two main groups. Those that fly during the day are called diurnal birds of prey and include hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures. Those that fly at night are nocturnal and include owls.

Learn About Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy at Audubon’s November 3 First Friday

Learn About Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy at Audubon’s November 3 First Friday

Jamestown, N.Y. – Did you know that the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy (CWC) currently owns and manages more than 20 nature preserves with more than 1,000 acres of land throughout Chautauqua County?

You can learn more about the CWC at Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on November 3, 2017, at 11 a.m.

Through a talk and slide show, Conservation Lands Manager Jonathan Townsend will share the work of his organization that established these nature preserves to protect vital habitats for native plants and wildlife and to preserve the ecological functions of our watershed.

With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the not-for-profit has been dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region since 1990.

Land Conservancy Seeks Donations to Create Owens Falls Trails System

Land Conservancy Seeks Donations to Create Owens Falls Trails System

The Western New York Land Conservancy needs help from the community to complete a walking trail system at their newest preserve, The Owens Falls Sanctuary. The trail was designed by nationally-renowned firm Tahawus Trails. With two beautiful waterfalls, a deep ravine and acres of mature forest, the sanctuary is incredibly ecologically important. The Land Conservancy needs to raise at least another $25,000 by Nov. 15 to create the first section of the walking trail system so the preserve can be opened to the public as soon as possible.

Audubon’s Rebel Nature Journal Sparks Creativity

Audubon’s Rebel Nature Journal Sparks Creativity

Jamestown, NY – Rachel Carson was a naturalist who wrote like a poet. Robert Frost was a poet who wrote about nature and science. Jamestown’s Roger Tory Peterson painted what he saw.

Two Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) staff have produced Rebel Nature Journal to lay the groundwork for its readers to learn to see and know their world like these well-known artist/naturalists, to engage with the world in a tangible way, and to express their experiences artistically.

With Projects Pool grant funding from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County, naturalist Katie Finch and artist Kimberly Turner created and published this gem of a book that focuses on the sights, sounds, feel and smell of the natural world and how to capture just a little bit of that on the page. 

Audubon’s October 21 Auction Features Unusual Opportunities

Audubon’s October 21 Auction Features Unusual Opportunities

Jamestown, N.Y. – Distinctive dining, professional sports, outdoor adventures, delightful handcrafted items – if any of these sound appealing, you won’t want to miss OctoberFEAST, Audubon Community Nature Center’s annual dinner and auction.

This year’s evening of fun, friendship, and giving will be Saturday, October 21, at the Nature Center.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for viewing live auction prizes, bidding on the silent auction, and visiting the cash bar.

During the six o’clock hour will be a delicious dinner that is sure to please vegans and omnivores alike.  As new specials are delivered to tapas food stations, you can eat as you wander throughout the building or fill your plate and take a comfy seat where you can enjoy the gorgeous fall scenery.

Jovial banter between the two board member auctioneers, John Beard and Nate Welker, guarantee an entertaining live auction from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Come to Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, October 15

Come to Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, October 15

Jamestown, NY – You and the young one(s) in your life are invited to come and play outside with a naturalist.

On Sunday afternoon, October 15, 2017, Audubon Community Nature Center is offering a Nature Play Day to let children explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment and learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.

Children ages two to eight and their favorite adults can drop in anytime from 1 to 4 p.m. in Audubon’s Nature Play Area.

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. This program aims to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.