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Audubon October 16 Gardening Workshop Free Thanks to Cummins

Audubon October 16 Gardening Workshop Free Thanks to Cummins

Jamestown, NY – The second of three free gardening workshops at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) will be 5-6 p.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017.

You can learn about “Extending the Season” with tips and tools.

In this climate, growing things all year long can be a challenge. You can learn about cold-hardy vegetables, tools such as cold-frames and cloches that create warmer microclimates, and simple frost protection to make the harvest last a little bit longer or come on a little bit earlier in the spring.

Audubon senior naturalist Sarah Hatfield, volunteer Reg Boutwell, and other local gardeners will show you the ways they keep their gardens producing into the fall and through winter. There will be a short program followed by a panel questions-and-answers session.

Hands-on demonstrations will be available in the ACNC kitchen garden, so come prepared to go outside, dressing for the weather with appropriate footwear.

Audubon Nature Photography Club Meeting, Thursday, October 12

Audubon Nature Photography Club Meeting, Thursday, October 12

Jamestown, NY – There will be a fall flavor to the Audubon Nature Photography Club’s regular meeting on Thursday evening, October 12.

“Fall foliage” and “non-traditional creative shots” are the topics for the image review that opens the meeting at 6:15 p.m. You are invited to come and see how members interpret and portray each subject 

There will also be a show-and-tell time when members can share some of their best pictures.

The featured speaker will be announced at the meeting.

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.

Audubon Community Nature Center Recognizes Thousands of Volunteer Hours, Installs New Board Members

Audubon Community Nature Center Recognizes Thousands of Volunteer Hours, Installs New Board Members

Jamestown, NY – “The History Begins With You” was the theme for the Annual Dinner and Volunteer Recognition that celebrated Audubon Community Nature Center’s 60th anniversary year. 

The event opened with a social time in the Fireplace Room followed by a delicious buffet dinner featuring food locally produced and prepared by 3 C’s Catering.

President Ruth Lundin shared a Year in Review that described the positive energy generated by the new brand, strong finances, and grounds in the best shape ever. Initiatives of the last three years have brought new programming and increased visibility, expanding Audubon’s efforts in Warren, northern Chautauqua County, and Randolph, and working with Jamestown Public Schools on programs for the new Universal Pre-Kindergarten for 3 year olds (UPK3). The exciting news for next year is the addition of another educator who will assist with the expanded school programming, special events, and public programming.

Little Explorers Learn about the Water Cycle at Audubon, Saturday, October 14

Little Explorers Learn about the Water Cycle at Audubon, Saturday, October 14

Jamestown, NY – “Oh, the places you’ll go and the creatures you’ll see,” as you join Pitter and Patter to learn about the water cycle.

“Pitter and Patter, A Water Story,” the theme for Audubon Community Nature Center’s next Little Explorers, is based on the book written by Martha Sullivan and illustrated by Cathy Morrison.  

On Saturday, October 14, 10-11:30 a.m., you and the three- to eight-year-old child(ren) in your life can learn about the water cycle through exploration and this book.

Water is everywhere, falling from the sky, sitting underground, even moving inside your body. Here you can learn how water moves through nature.

The water on the planet is finite and has been recycling itself for eons. With the help of the sun, wind, and gravity, water flows through habitats, in and out of living things, and forms the clouds that fill the sky. Water works to connect everything.

BBB’s Secure Your ID Day coming soon; free paper shredding and identity theft prevention advice and

BBB’s Secure Your ID Day coming soon; free paper shredding and identity theft prevention advice and

Identity theft is still a major problem in the United States. Over 15 million U.S. consumers lost $16 billion in 2016, compared with $15.3 billion and 13.1 million victims a year earlier. In the past six years, ID thieves have stolen over $107 billion.

To help combat ID theft and educate the public on best practices to secure personal information, Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York, in partnership with Tops Friendly Markets, Shred-It, AT&T, Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce, Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, and West Seneca Chamber of Commerce will host Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – noon across Upstate New York (Western New York, Rochester, and Central New York). 

The free community shredding events in Western New York will be held at Tops Friendly Markets at 355 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca and 3865 Union Road (corner of George Urban Blvd.), Cheektowaga in the parking lots.

Try “Diving into Ducks” at Audubon Workshop in Dunkirk October 18

Try “Diving into Ducks” at Audubon Workshop in Dunkirk October 18

Jamestown, NY – An amazing number of ducks migrate through Dunkirk.

You are invited to learn about and observe them at Audubon Community Nature Center’s “Diving into Ducks,” 2-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 18.

Dunkirk Harbor is known for the large number and diversity of ducks that migrate through each year. Birders have migrated to the pier and parks along the shore to see birds that are rarely found beyond the edges of Lake Erie.

The program will start inside at the Fredonia Technology Incubator where you will learn some common ducks and how to identify them. Afterward, participants will wander up to the Dunkirk Pier, just a block away, to see what ducks are around.

Instructor Jeff Tome is a senior naturalist at the Audubon Community Nature Center. He has been visiting Dunkirk and other spots on Lake Erie for years to watch the duck migration.

Make Reservations Now for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest, October 6 and 7

Make Reservations Now for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest, October 6 and 7

Jamestown, N.Y. – Audubon Community Nature Center’s Enchanted Forest is so popular that even with 26 time slots, several are already full.

This magical evening combines a luminary-lit trail with talking animals and is as fascinating for adults as it is for the children they accompany.

The Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, evenings begin with stories and songs at a backyard campfire. Then you are escorted around a trail by volunteer “fireflies” that light the way with lanterns. Larger-than-life-sized animals tell about their lives, sharing fun and educational information through dramatic and entertaining stories.

Animals featured this year are Spring Peeper, Garter Snake, Monarch Butterfly and Monarch Caterpillar, Pileated Woodpecker, Little Brown Bat, and Mice and Praying Mantid. The number of animals is increased this year as some are being paired together at the same station for more interaction and dialogue.