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Audubon Photo Contest Winner from NYC Visits Nature Center

Audubon Photo Contest Winner from NYC Visits Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) Program Director Jennifer Schlick was delighted to present a prize in person to one of Audubon’s 2017 Nature Photography Contest winners.

Kyra Bettwy, a seventh grader who lives in New York City, spends summers with her family visiting her grandparents, John and Marie Plumb, and enjoying the outdoors in Randolph, New York. She saw the announcement of the Photography Contest online when she was signing up to run in Audubon’s Wild 5K Run/Walk in July.

The categories for entries in the contest are Landscapes, Plants, Wildlife, and Audubon Community Nature Center, with Adult and Youth Divisions in each category.

Local Educator Hopes to Share His Love for the Great Outdoors with a New, Younger Audience

Local Educator Hopes to Share His Love for the Great Outdoors with a New, Younger Audience

Dave Bauer made a career out of teaching environmental science to teenagers, and now that he’s retired, he wants to cut back a little bit. No, not on teaching students about his love for the environment and the great outdoors. That will never change.

What he would like to do is cut back on the age of the students a wee bit, and bring his message to the kindergarten through grade three population … and their parents, teachers, librarians, principals and school administrators.

Visit Kinzua Bridge State Park with Audubon on Wednesday, October 11

Visit Kinzua Bridge State Park with Audubon on Wednesday, October 11

Jamestown, NY – Built in 1882, the Kinzua Bridge was an engineering marvel built to move trains across Kinzua Creek. Now the Kinzua Sky Walk, it continues to marvel visitors today, with a glass-floored overlook and an expansive view.

You are invited to travel in the Audubon Community Nature Center van to Kinzua Bridge State Park in Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

The van will depart from the Nature Center for the hour-long trip at 10 a.m.

In this park with its interesting natural and human history, you will be able to walk out along the old Kinzua Viaduct until you are standing 200 feet above the surrounding valley during peak autumn color.

A recently added interpretive building makes a high tech addition while staying true to the history of the site. It is chock-full of entertaining exhibits, short movies, and more -- the perfect example of that place where human engineering and nature meet.

Volunteers Invited to Join Audubon’s Roadside Cleanup

Volunteers Invited to Join Audubon’s Roadside Cleanup

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center has adopted a section of Route 62 to pick up litter along the side of the road.

You are invited to join other volunteers on Saturday, October 7, to enjoy some fresh air and good company and be part of this twice-yearly endeavor to make our community a little cleaner.

Rain or shine, at 9 a.m. volunteers will meet at the Nature Center at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. After dividing into teams and gearing up with gloves and orange safety vests, you will ride in the van to Audubon’s section of highway.

Matching orange trash bags will be filled with roadside refuse, then workers will return to the Nature Center at noon.

Snacks will be provided in the kitchen for breaks and afterward.

Volunteers ages 12-18 are welcome as long as accompanied by an adult.

‘Plant Lady’ Sally Cunningham to Host Native Plant Gardening Talk in Niagara Falls

‘Plant Lady’ Sally Cunningham to Host Native Plant Gardening Talk in Niagara Falls

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host a special talk at the Niagara Falls Public Library with featured speaker Sally Cunningham at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. Sally is the author of the nationally popular gardening book “Great Garden Companions” and is well known in Western New York from her regular segments on Channel 4 News and articles in The Buffalo News. 

Sally will describe the critical importance of native plants and she will share ways that all Western New Yorkers can use natives in their own yards and gardens, just as the Land Conservancy is doing in the Niagara Gorge. 

Learn About the American Kestrel at Audubon’s October 6 First Friday

Learn About the American Kestrel at Audubon’s October 6 First Friday

Jamestown, NY – At Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch you can learn about what happens inside an American Kestrel nest box.

Tom LeBlanc will present “Kestrels in My Backyard” on October 6 at 11 a.m.

When LeBlanc, a naturalist for the New York State Office of Parks in the Allegany Region, discovered a pair of North America’s smallest falcons nesting in a box on his property outside Frewsburg, New York, he placed a camera inside the box. The photographs and videos he captured will be part of his presentation.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology says “the American Kestrel packs a predator’s fierce intensity into its small body.” One of the most colorful raptors, the male’s slate-blue head and wings contrast with his rusty-red back and tail; the female has the same warm reddish on her wings, back, and tail.

Time to Order Audubon Birdseed

Time to Order Audubon Birdseed

Jamestown, N.Y. – When we feed birds, we interact with nature at its most enjoyable.

Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) provides birdseed at special sales twice a year at prices that provide value for you and fundraising for the Nature Center.

The most popular seeds and mixes are offered so that you can stock up for the winter months. Conewango Blend, which is unique to ACNC, is featured, since the mix was developed to support favorite winter species such as chickadees, cardinals and titmice. There are also mixes to attract finches and suet cakes for the woodpeckers.

Saturday, September 30, 2017, is the deadline for ordering.  To place your order, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours, stop by the Nature Center, or click through the “Shop” button at auduboncnc.org.