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Make a Dragonfly Pendant at Audubon

Make a Dragonfly Pendant at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – You don’t need previous experience to learn to make an eye-catching dragonfly pendant from beautiful glass beads. 

On Saturday, July 19, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary is offering “Flight of the Dragonfly.”

At the 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. workshop, you can make a colorful pendant in the shape of a dragonfly using Swarovski crystals, seed beads, glass “dagger” beads for the wings, and tiny metal spacers between the crystals.

Beadwork artist and teacher Anne Jackson will instruct you in making this charming piece of jewelry that you will be proud to wear or give as a special gift. A member of the Chautauqua County Society of Artists, Jackson teaches beading privately and also at Imagine in Bemus Point, New York.

As a bonus, Audubon Program Director Jennifer Schlick will give a short presentation about local dragonflies.

Cost of the class is $50, $42 for Friends of the Nature Center, and includes all supplies.

Cabela’s Announces Opening Date of Cheektowaga, NY, Store

Cabela’s Announces Opening Date of Cheektowaga, NY, Store

Cabela’s Incorporated, the World's Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will celebrate the official grand opening of its Cheektowaga, N.Y., store Thursday, August 7, 2014.

A ribbon cutting ceremony, hosted by Cabela's executives and special guests, will begin at 10:45 a.m. and conclude with the grand-opening ribbon being cut by an arrow shot from a bow by a local Cabela’s employee. Doors will open for business at 11 a.m.

Opening day will kick off a weekend-long celebration highlighted by special appearances, family events, giveaways and more. A complete schedule of events will be available on www.cabelas.com/stores when finalized.

Audubon Needs New Memberships by End of June

Audubon Needs New Memberships by End of June

Jamestown, NY – “We are making progress, but we’re not there yet,” said Jamestown Audubon President Ruth Lundin in reporting on Audubon’s goal of 100 new Friends of the Nature Center for June.

Lundin said that with the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation’s commitment to match all new Audubon memberships, 100 is the target they are working to reach. 

“Sheldon has given us a rare opportunity and a distinct challenge as well,” she said. “We want all those who appreciate what we do, who love hiking our trails, visiting Liberty [Audubon’s resident Bald Eagle], or coming to any of our many programs, workshops and events, to know that now is the time to join!” 

Lundin explained that every dollar raised in new memberships to the Friends of the Nature Center will be doubled by Sheldon.  She added, “We are encouraging our current members to consider buying a membership for a friend or family member who would love the opportunity to be part of Audubon.”

New Features on Audubon’s Secret Gardens Tour

New Features on Audubon’s Secret Gardens Tour

Jamestown, NY – You’ll be inspired by gardens large and small, traditional and contemporary, at the Jamestown (NY) Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s 11th Secret Gardens Tour. 

The Saturday, July 12, event boasts eight gardens, from pocket size to palatial, in Jamestown, Lakewood, and Celoron, New York. One of these hidden treasures has been so popular that this is its fourth time on the circuit. And imagine a fallen barn turned into a sunken garden!

As if eight stunning gardens weren’t enough, Audubon has added some new features this year.

The event will include a drawing for a beautiful hand-crafted tote bag and matching purse with a garden theme. Donated by Jamestowner Mary Anne Harp, often credited with the original idea for Secret Gardens, the ensemble was hand-crafted by local artisan Brenda Everett. The tote bag will be on display in the Nature Center building at Audubon prior to the tour.

Learn About Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waters

Learn About Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waters

Jamestown, NY – Area water quality continues to be of great concern.

Jamestown Audubon and the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy are partnering to host a summer series encouraging people to use landscaping techniques that will benefit native wildlife, retain water, and minimize the need for fertilizers.

The first “Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waters” workshop for 2014 will be on Thursday, June 26, 7-8 p.m. at the BOCES Hewes Educational Center on West Lake Road in Ashville.

Jon Titus, Associate Professor of Biology at SUNY Fredonia, will speak on “Native Plants,” describing the importance and benefits of using native plants and the damage that can be done by invasive (non-native) plants. He will describe non-natives to avoid and some “workhorse” natives to plant instead.

Come learn how you can make simple changes that have lasting effects.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Opens Construction Phase at Mill Road Scenic Overlook

Groundbreaking Ceremony Opens Construction Phase at Mill Road Scenic Overlook

 

A groundbreaking ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday, June 13, kicked off the construction phase of the long-awaited Mill Road Scenic Overlook in the Town of Aurora. 

The 60-acre Mill Road Scenic Overlook property was protected at the end of 2013 after a successful, multi-year, $650,000 capital campaign. The Town of Aurora now owns the property and the Land Conservancy holds a conservation easement on it, protecting it in perpetuity from development. The property is an iconic feature of the Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway and the pull-off along Mill Road will allow visitors to safely experience the spectacular views across the broad valley below.

Audubon Welcomes Wild 5K Walkers and Runners

Audubon Welcomes Wild 5K Walkers and Runners

Jamestown, NY – If you are a runner, a walker, a nature lover, or a fan of Jamestown Audubon, you won’t want to miss the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s new Wild 5K Run/Walk.

The Saturday, July 26, 2014, event is reviving the popular Run for Liberty that has taken a break for a few years.

Audubon is giving a new beginning to this popular run/walk that brought the community together in a unique way. Nature-enthusiasts, athletes, businesses, families, friends and volunteers will all discover common interests and values in the happenings on race day.

Like its predecessor, the Wild 5K will provide an opportunity to enjoy the distinctive beauty of the Sanctuary while posing a meaningful challenge.

Also like the Run for Liberty, proceeds from the race will support Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable resident Bald Eagle.