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MAPS Bird Banding Returns to Nature Center

MAPS Bird Banding Returns to Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to join research ornithologists – scientists who study birds -- as they capture, band, and release birds, recording information for science. 

The Audubon Nature Center has been doing bird banding demonstrations in the spring since 2007. This is the fifth year it has hosted the MAPS research program that is specifically timed to target breeding birds.  

MAPS stands for Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship.  The MAPS Program is made up of a continent-wide network of hundreds of mist netting stations that capture and band birds for study. The data gathered during these sessions help bird scientists understand more about longevity, breeding, and movement of bird species in our region and beyond.

Auction Winners Enjoy “Figure 8 the Lake”

Auction Winners Enjoy “Figure 8 the Lake”

Jamestown, NY – The successful bidders at the Audubon Nature Center’s Falling for Nature Auction last October recently enjoyed their prize: a day-long tour of Chautauqua Lake guided by Tom Erlandson and Linda Swanson, authors of Figure 8 the Lake: A Driving Tour of Chautauqua Lake.

Beautiful weather awaited the travelers who departed from the Boat Landing at Jamestown’s McCrea Point Park on Saturday morning, May 30. They journeyed in the Nature Center van driven by volunteer Wanda Lucariello.

Each participant received an autographed copy of Figure 8 the Lake. As it was originally published in 2003, the authors challenged their fellow road-trippers to keep a list of changes along the way since the book was written.

Nature Center’s All-Day Photography Intensive is Saturday, June 20

Nature Center’s All-Day Photography Intensive is Saturday, June 20

Jamestown, NY – “We’re really sticking our necks out here and have our fingers crossed that we’ll have a full house.”

That’s how Audubon Nature Center Program Director Jennifer Schlick described the plans for an all-day Photography Intensive Workshop at the Center on Saturday, June 20.

“We’ve presented a number of different photography workshops in the past,” Schlick said, “but this is the first time we’ve ever planned a day-long experience with such a stellar array of professionals!”

Schlick said participants at the 9 a.m.-3 p.m. event will be able to choose four different sessions on 11 subjects ranging from camera mechanics to photographing insects or your pets to taking artistic pictures on your iPhone.

Experience “Andes to Patagonia” at Nature Center’s First Friday

Experience “Andes to Patagonia” at Nature Center’s First Friday

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to take a virtual trip to “Chile & Argentina: Andes to Patagonia” at the Audubon Nature Center’s next First Friday Lunch Bunch.

At 11 a.m. on June 5 Lee Stein will share pictures from an amazing trip to the other end of the world. Through his photographs and stories, you can explore the natural wonders and the local flora and fauna of the diverse, often harsh, regions of Chile and Argentina.

Stein has a lifelong fascination with nature and need to be outdoors. His interest in photography began in the 1970s and was nurtured by several courses in film photography at Jamestown Community College. He recently joined the digital era with the purchase of a DSLR camera and membership in the Camera Club of Brevard in Brevard County, Florida.

Nature Center Taste of Nature Series: Summer Foraging

Nature Center Taste of Nature Series: Summer Foraging

Jamestown, NY – At the Audubon Nature Center’s Taste of Nature series you can learn how nature can be your grocery store.

In addition to saving on the grocery bill, foraging can also be a wonderful way to spend time outside, learn plant identification, try new foods, and strengthen your connection to the earth and the food it produces to nourish us.

On Sunday afternoon, June 7, at the “Summer Foraging” class you can learn to identify spring and summer edibles on the Nature Center property. During the 1-3 p.m. workshop participants will discover how to recognize edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar.

Enjoy Moths, Rocks and Hops at Nature Center

Enjoy Moths, Rocks and Hops at Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – What could go better with a campfire than music, locally brewed beer, and black lights?

On Saturday evening, June 6, the Audubon Nature Center will offer all these at “Moths, Rocks and Hops.”

During the 8:30-10:30 p.m. event, participants will sit around a campfire enjoying a Southern Tier beer or glass of wine and the music of Davis & Eng. Then folks can check out the moths and other incredible insects that come out at night, attracted by a black light.

June moths range in size from the tiny, colorful Hickory Tussock Moth to huge green Luna Moths, among the largest in North America. Black lights and moth bait will bring the moths near enough to be seen up close.

WNY Land Conservancy to Hold Annual Meeting and Reception at Buffalo History Museum

WNY Land Conservancy to Hold Annual Meeting and Reception at Buffalo History Museum

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is pleased to announce that its 2015 Annual Meeting and Reception to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the Buffalo History Museum in Delaware Park, Buffalo. The Buffalo History Museum, which is a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1901 for the Pan-American Exposition and is the only surviving permanent structure from the exposition.