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Audubon Community Nature Center Planning 35th Annual Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival

Audubon Community Nature Center Planning 35th Annual Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center is planning for its 35th Annual Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival to be the best yet.

Magic Moments horse-drawn Carriage Rides, Wild Spirit Education programs with owls and hawks, alpacas from Dun Roving Farms, Chautauqua County Humane Society, and Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue are some of the animal experiences being lined up.

The Festival’s emphasis on sustainability means visitors can learn about and experience ways to live a bit lighter on the planet. Opportunities are being planned for bird nest box and feeder building, butter making, soap making, wool spinning, knitting, leather working, wheat grinding, maple tapping and syrup making.

Also indoors will be children’s crafts, a basket raffle, door prizes, great shopping at the Blue Heron Gift Shop, and the opportunity to win a handmade 100% repurposed braided wool rug in the feature raffle.

Land Donation Protects Lakeshore Forest; Land Conservancy Seeks Community’s Help to Cover Costs

Land Donation Protects Lakeshore Forest; Land Conservancy Seeks Community’s Help to Cover Costs

Last spring, a generous landowner donated a beautiful eight-acre forest on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie in Derby to the Western New York Land Conservancy. The Land Conservancy is a non-profit land trust that protects forests, farms and scenic vistas forever, including places like the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston and The Owens Falls Sanctuary in Aurora.  

The Lakeshore Forest is the Land Conservancy’s first preserve directly on Lake Erie. There is very little natural land like this left along the shoreline. The forest has trees that are more than 100 years old. Many birds find food and shelter in these trees during their long spring and fall migrations. Scattered wetlands provide habitat for frogs, toads and salamanders. 

Winter Lights at Audubon Closes This Friday and Saturday

Winter Lights at Audubon Closes This Friday and Saturday

Jamestown, NY – If you haven’t made it yet, Friday and Saturday (January 6 and 7, 2017) are your last opportunities this season to experience Winter Lights at the Audubon Community Nature Center.

Visitors the past three weeks have gasped in amazement and delight at this light show that has grown every year since it began in 2013. It now features more than 10,000 LED lights along a luminary-lit trail.

According to Senior Naturalist and Exhibits Coordinator Jeff Tome, “Even more lasers were added to Winter Lights this year, including some near the building.  There is also a magic wand that controls lights and an 8 foot by 12 foot interactive outdoor movie screen.”

Little Explorers Learn about Plant Skeletons at Audubon, Saturday, January 14

Little Explorers Learn about Plant Skeletons at Audubon, Saturday, January 14

Jamestown, NY – Children aged three to eight and their favorite grownups will learn about plants in the winter at Audubon Community Nature Center’s next Little Explorers.

On Saturday morning, January 14, the topic will be “Plant Skeletons.”

Some plants completely die back for the winter. Other leave stalks or seedpods, and still more stay as is, perhaps losing leaves but keeping their structure.

Participants will learn how different plants get through winter and how they are formed on the inside. After going for a walk to collect and investigate these plant skeletons, there will be a snack and craft inside.

The 10 to 11:30 a.m. program runs rain or shine, and going outside is the most important part, so please come dressed for the weather.

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.

Learn About Banding Hawks in Allegheny National Forest at Audubon’s First Friday

Learn About Banding Hawks in Allegheny National Forest at Audubon’s First Friday

Jamestown, NY – You can learn about hawks and how scientists band and research them at Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on January 6, 2017.

“Banding Raptors in the Allegheny National Forest” is the subject of Don Watts’s 11 a.m. presentation. He will report on the work of several scientists who band and research Northern Goshawks and other forest hawks.

Dave Brinker of the Maryland Natural Heritage Program puts transmitters on Goshawks. Rebecca McCabe and Laurie Goodrich of Hawk Mountain put transmitters on Broad-winged Hawks. Meghan Jensen, a graduate student at West Virginia University, captures and bands Sharp-shinned Hawks and Cooper’s Hawks and obtains blood samples for a DNA study she is doing for her doctorate.

Audubon Seeking Winter Lights Volunteers

Audubon Seeking Winter Lights Volunteers

Jamestown, NY – “It takes a lot of willing folks to present the exciting experience of Winter Lights,” said Audubon Community Nature Center Volunteer Coordinator Katie Finch. “We couldn’t make it happen without the dedication of many volunteers.”

With a thanks to those who are already on board, including some through RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Finch is putting out a call for more help for the eights nights of Winter Lights from December 16 through January 7.

A collaboration between Audubon staff and Volt Vision in Warren, Pennsylvania, Winter Lights is an exhibition with 14 lasers and more than 10,000 LED lights along a luminary-lit trail.

Give the Kids (and Yourself) a Break with Audubon’s Holiday Camp

Give the Kids (and Yourself) a Break with Audubon’s Holiday Camp

Jamestown, NY – The holiday break can be hectic, and sometimes a getaway for the kids can be good for everyone.

The Audubon Community Nature Center is inviting kids to come and play and learn for a day during the school vacation.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 29, kids from Pre-K through Grade 7 can experience the fun of summer day camp with a winter twist.

Time will be spent enjoying the outdoors, learning about nature, playing, and meeting or spending time with friends. There will also be inside camp games and songs.

Children need to bring a non-refrigerated lunch, a snack, a water bottle, and a complete change of clothes. Be sure to dress for being outside, with an extra pair of gloves, boots, and snowpants if possible.

Cost for the day is $30 or $25 for Friends of the Nature Center. Additional siblings receive a $5 discount.