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Community Foundation Grants Make Audubon Success Possible

Community Foundation Grants Make Audubon Success Possible

Jamestown, NY – “It’s pretty simple,” said Jennifer Schlick, program director for Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC). “Outdoor programs are our most effective ways to connect children to nature.”

But, Schlick added, securing the funding to provide those programs isn’t always simple. “That’s why we’re so grateful to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF) for supporting our Schoolyard, Walking Field Trip, and Discovery Walk programs through their Thomas H. Brown Fund.”

Schlick noted that, “With the guidance of a trained naturalist, the children are always surprised at the wonders of nature right in their own schoolyard.” When possible, Audubon naturalists lead students on more extensive field trips to natural areas within walking distance of their school.

Audubon Community Nature Center Recognizes Thousands of Volunteer Hours

Audubon Community Nature Center Recognizes Thousands of Volunteer Hours

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Community Nature Center began its 60th anniversary year with the celebration of its Volunteer Appreciation Night and Annual Dinner and the announcement of its new name. 

The event began with a social time followed by a dinner featuring locally produced food prepared by Miley’s Old Inn of Jamestown.

In calling to order the annual meeting, Board Chair John Beard acknowledged Bob Crowley of the Community Foundation of Warren County and Randy Sweeney of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for helping to make the evening possible.

  President Ruth Lundin installed all the board members for 2016-2017. New board member Wendy Bale, an artist and photographer who works at Blair and lives in Kiantone, joined returning members John Beard, Pierre Chagnon, Bob Klebacha, Penny Lester, Pete Lombardi, Steve Maggio, Jim Murphy, Ellen Paquette, Bob Sokolski, Rose Stark, Nate Welker, and Carolyn Yurick.

Time to Make Reservations for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Time to Make Reservations for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Jamestown, NY – An evening of campfire, crafts, treats -- and a luminary-lit trail with human-sized creatures who share stories about their lives. What could be more “enchanting”!

All those experiences await you and the special young people in your life at the Audubon Nature Center’s Enchanted Forest on Friday and Saturday evenings, October 7 and 8.

The adventure begins with stories and songs at a backyard campfire. Then participants are escorted around a luminary trail by volunteer “fireflies” that light the way with lanterns. Human-sized animals tell about their lives, sharing fascinating, fun and educational information through dramatic and entertaining stories.

Visit Kinzua Bridge State Park with Audubon on Wednesday, October 12

Visit Kinzua Bridge State Park with Audubon on Wednesday, October 12

Jamestown, NY – Kinzua Bridge was an engineering marvel when it was built to move trains across Kinzua Creek. It continues to marvel visitors today, with a glass-floored overlook and an amazing view.

You are invited to be part of a field trip from the Audubon Nature Center to Kinzua Bridge State Park in McKean County, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. The Audubon van will depart from the Nature Center for the hour-long trip at 9 a.m., returning at 1:30 p.m.

You will be able to walk out along the old Kinzua Bridge until you are standing 200 feet above the surrounding valley during what is expected to be peak leaf season.

Voelkers Present “Bring Back the Monarchs!” at Audubon on Friday, October 7

Voelkers Present “Bring Back the Monarchs!” at Audubon on Friday, October 7

Jamestown, NY – At the Audubon Nature Center’s next First Friday Lunch Bunch you can learn about the miraculous Monarch migration, the threats to its continuation, and current efforts to meet those challenges.

Join Jack and Diane Voelker for “Bring Back the Monarchs!,” an exploration of the remarkable Monarch butterfly at 11 a.m. on October 7.

Through photos and discussion, you will learn about the Monarchs’ life cycle, their epic annual migration to Mexico, the considerable challenges they face, and the efforts both locally and nationally to preserve and protect them.

The Voelkers will also share information about their pilot Monarch project with fourth graders at Chautauqua Lake Central School.

Jackson Falls Becomes Owens Falls Sanctuary After Fundraising Goal is Surpassed

Jackson Falls Becomes Owens Falls Sanctuary After Fundraising Goal is Surpassed

The Western New York Land Conservancy made a big announcement at their 25th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 21 – the Jackson Falls Preserve fundraising goal of $600,000 has been surpassed! The Golden Ballroom at Statler City was filled with thunderous applause and cheers as more than 270 guests celebrated this milestone in the journey to create the new 57-acre nature preserve on Hubbard Road in the Town of Aurora.

The property features two magnificent waterfalls that were formed by a 2,000-foot long stretch of Mann’s Creek that flows through a 100-foot deep ravine. Its mature hemlock and beech woods, vernal pools and forested wetlands are home to migrating birds, breeding frogs and salamanders, and dense patches of rare wildflowers. The property also includes mature headwater forests, which, along with the wetlands, are vital to maintaining water quality in the Buffalo River and Niagara River watersheds.

Audubon Nature Center Supports Fall Regional Bird Count

Audubon Nature Center Supports Fall Regional Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center supports the Buffalo Ornithological Society’s (BOS) ambitious effort every fall to count birds in Western New York.

Whether watching on their own property or committing to a larger area, it takes many people -- beginning to advanced birders -- to cover the four-county territory that is counted. 

If you have experience in bird counting, you can be part of this important work by volunteering on Saturday October 8.  If you’re interested but inexperienced, you could observe others and learn for future counts.   

The BOS count has been held every second Saturday in October since 1939.  The date was chosen to coincide with the end of the fall migration.