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Chad Ecklof Presenting at Audubon Photo Club Meeting, Thursday, April 13

Chad Ecklof Presenting at Audubon Photo Club Meeting, Thursday, April 13

Jamestown, NY – You can learn about low light photography at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club’s meeting on Thursday, April 13.

Featured presenter is Chad Ecklof, who writes the “Let’s Talk Photography” column for the Jamestown Post-Journal. Ecklof’s website is www.ecklof.com, and you can find him on Facebook at “Chad Ecklof Photo Art.”

“Beauty in unexpected places” and “Beside peaceful waters” are the topics for the image review that opens the meeting at 6:15 p.m. You are invited to come and see how each subject is interpreted and portrayed.

An illustrated presentation on better black and white photos will be in the 15-minute tech portion of the meeting.

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

A social time follows the program.

Monday, April 17, is Mud Camp at Audubon Community Nature Center

Monday, April 17, is Mud Camp at Audubon Community Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – Mud Camp is Audubon Community Nature Center’s spring opportunity for children to explore, learn, and play.

On Monday, April 17, children ages 4-14 are invited to come to Audubon for the day to experience nature first-hand.

Campers will be divided into groups based on grade and engage in a variety of activities that are fun and educational. Each group is led by a naturalist and sometimes the groups will come together for activities.

In addition to games and crafts inside, campers will explore the grounds, looking for birds, snakes, salamanders, tadpoles, and more.

For those who have never been to camp before, this is a great opportunity to see what it is all about.

Children should bring a non-refrigerated lunch, two water bottles, a complete change of clothes and shoes (or boots), and outdoor gear appropriate for the weather forecast.

Little Explorers Learn about Spring Happenings at Audubon, Saturday, April 8

Little Explorers Learn about Spring Happenings at Audubon, Saturday, April 8

Jamestown, NY – “Coming Alive” is the theme for Audubon Community Nature Center’s (ACNC’s) Little Explorers in April.

The 10-11:30 a.m. program on Saturday, April 8, is for you and the three- to eight-year-old child(ren) in your life.

April is a month that is full of beginnings and ACNC will help you investigate the life cycles of local nature.

It is when birds return to build nests and lay eggs. Frogs and turtles emerge from muddy bottoms to bask in the sun. Plants send up shoots, and insects hatch from dormant eggs.

A lesson inside will spark curiosity about what’s happening and then you will head out on a walk with a naturalist to find evidence of the life cycles you learned about. A snack and craft will follow.  

Little Explorers is an opportunity to learn about a new nature topic on the second Saturday of each month. Some time is spent both inside and out, and a snack and a craft are always included.

Explore Nature through Literature at Audubon’s April 7 First Friday

Explore Nature through Literature at Audubon’s April 7 First Friday

Jamestown, NY – At Audubon Community Nature Center’s next First Friday Lunch Bunch Terry Mosher will present, “Let’s go Birding with Rachel Carson and Robert Frost.”

At the 11 a.m. event on April 7, Mosher will lead you on an exploration of nature through literature.

All their lives, Robert Frost and Rachel Carson studied birds. By looking closely at a few poems by Frost and a few prose passages by Carson, you will discover that a poet and a literary naturalist have much to teach you about birds.

Frost’s and Carson’s interests were never general. Particular species – their habitat preferences, migrations, breeding and feeding habits, songs and calls – fired the imaginations of these great American writers.

See Thousands of Waterfowl on Audubon April 8 Outing

See Thousands of Waterfowl on Audubon April 8 Outing

Jamestown, NY – For an exciting experience this spring, the Audubon Community Nature Center invites you to travel to Oak Orchard, New York, to see the huge waterfowl migration.

The Oak Orchard Wildlife Management area is famous for hundreds of thousands of geese, ducks and other water birds stopping to feed as they migrate. The boardwalks and towers overlook vast ponds and marshes that fill with birds.

The Saturday, April 8, adventure is the first of several trips and programs to honor Audubon Community Nature Center’s 60th anniversary.  Many ardent birders have visited Oak Orchard in hopes of seeing a rare migrant, such as a White-fronted Goose, Eurasian Widgeon, or other rare bird mixed in with the thousands of migrating waterfowl. 

The trip will be led by Don Watts, a local birder and bird bander who enthusiastically shares his knowledge and expertise with birders of all levels.

Audubon Community Nature Center Supports Regional Bird Count

Audubon Community Nature Center Supports Regional Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – You can celebrate the beginning of the spring migration season by watching birds, documenting where they are, and adding your observations to those of people throughout western New York.

Every second Sunday in April since 1939, members of the Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) perform a one-day census of all birds in their territory. Both experienced and novice birders participate.

Along with the Ontario Field Ornithologists, the Cattaraugus Bird Club, and the Allegheny Bird Club, the Audubon Community Nature Center is supporting this ambitious effort to count as many birds as possible on one day.

If you have experience in bird counting, you can be part of this important work by volunteering on Sunday, April 9.  If you’re interested but inexperienced, you could observe others and learn for future counts.   

Volunteer Trail Guide Training at Audubon Wednesdays in April

Volunteer Trail Guide Training at Audubon Wednesdays in April

Jamestown, NY – Question: How can Audubon Community Nature Center’s four-member education staff provide an outdoor experience for more than 3,000 schoolchildren every spring?

Answer: With the help of volunteers who have a passionate enthusiasm for sharing nature with children.

Trail Guides volunteers are essential to the education programming at Audubon. Most often these volunteers lead Discovery Walks with elementary age students visiting Audubon on a fieldtrip. Hour and a half Discovery Walks consist of a series of activities that engage the students in learning.

Audubon is offering training to provide new and returning volunteers with the skills to lead small groups on Audubon trails and become Trail Guides.