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So Much to Do at the Nature Center’s 2016 Snowflake Festival!

So Much to Do at the Nature Center’s 2016 Snowflake Festival!

Jamestown, NY – The hardest thing you’ll have to do at the Audubon Nature Center’s Snowflake Festival will be deciding what to do first.

You can try snowshoes, tapping a maple tree, or making butter. Learn how to make soap, spin yarn, or forage for wild edibles. Enjoy good food, good company, and live animals.

All these and much more await you at this winter celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

Along with the printed program you’ll receive on arrival, it will help with your planning to know that you can take a guided walk with a naturalist at 10:30 in the morning or 12:30 in the afternoon.

Time to Order Bird Seed from the Nature Center

Time to Order Bird Seed from the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – Putting out a bird feeder and keeping it filled brightens the lives of our feathered friends as well as those who feed them. Watching these beautiful creatures from the comfort of our homes can bring optimism to our days and introduce young people to the natural world.

Monday, February 1, is the deadline for ordering bird seed and related treats from the Audubon Nature Center’s Winter Birdseed Fund Raiser. 

You will have a variety of seeds to choose from, with the most popular being the Nature Center’s exclusively formulated Conewango Blend, designed to attract local birds. Specialty seeds, cakes, and other selections are also available. 

Audubon Nature Center Awarding Scholarship

Audubon Nature Center Awarding Scholarship

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is accepting applications for its Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship.

Since 2003, the education staff of the Nature Center has held an annual birdathon to raise money to award a $500 scholarship to an area college-bound high school senior or Jamestown Community College student who intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an environmental or related field.

These educators describe a birdathon as “a team of crazy birders looking for as many species as possible over a 24-hour period.” Their event is held in early May. 

Learn to Make Maple Syrup at the Nature Center

Learn to Make Maple Syrup at the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – For a sweet experience, the Audubon Nature Center is presenting a workshop on The Art of Making Maple Syrup.

This opportunity to learn the basic principles and procedures to make maple syrup will be held on Saturday morning, January 30, at the Nature Center. It will be followed by a trip to Uncle Rick’s Sugar House in Ashville, New York, in March.

The 10-11:30 a.m. program will begin in the Nature Center’s multipurpose room, where a slide show and lecture will describe what it takes to make maple syrup.  Instructor Rick Rupprecht will bring samples of the equipment he uses and talk about alternatives that are available.  A quick walk outside will help you learn to look closely at branches and bark to identify a sugar maple from the other trees in the yard by looking closely at branches and bark.

Senator Young, AT&T and Blue Star Mothers of NY Announce Successful Cell Phone Collection Drive

Senator Young, AT&T and Blue Star Mothers of NY Announce Successful Cell Phone Collection Drive

Residents of the Southern Tier and Livingston County stepped forward to help soldiers in need during the holiday season.

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- 57th District), AT&T and the Lake Erie Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of New York announced today that area residents donated more than 300 used mobile devices to Cell Phones For Soldiers.

Land Conservancy to Present Draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve

Land Conservancy to Present Draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host a presentation to unveil the draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve on Thursday, Jan. 21. The Concept Plan is a landscape design for the entire property. The keynote speaker is Darrel Morrison, the nationally-renowned landscape designer known for his ecological approach who is guiding the Land Conservancy’s restoration efforts at Stella. The public is welcome to attend and provide feedback. The presentation will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lewiston Senior Center at 4361 Lower River Road.

Take a Snowshoe Hike at the Nature Center

Take a Snowshoe Hike at the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – For a fun winter experience, it’s hard to beat snowshoeing.

Whether you have snowshoed before or are looking to try a new winter activity, you are invited to join a snowshoe hike at the Audubon Nature Center on Saturday afternoon, January 23. Snowshoes are available for rent from Evergreen Outfitters or you can bring your own.

Beginning at 1 p.m., you can snowshoe on the trails with a naturalist, looking for signs of animals, finding insects that are active in the winter, and seeing how plants handle the cold temperatures. If it grabs the group’s attention will be explored. General nature knowledge will be shared, along with enthusiasm and curiosity.