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Wild Spirit Returning to Audubon Snowflake Festival

Wild Spirit Returning to Audubon Snowflake Festival

Jamestown, NY – With winter fully upon us, it’s time to look forward to the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s annual Snowflake Festival, always a highlight of the winter season.

Planners at Audubon are excited to announce that Paul Fehringer, the licensed wildlife rehabilitator who founded Wild Spirit Education, will be returning this year to the Saturday, February 1 event.

“Paul’s presentations of his rehabilitated birds, including owls and other raptors, have been a highlight of previous Snowflake Festivals,” said Audubon Senior Naturalist and Festival Coordinator Sarah Hatfield. “We are thrilled that he will be able to be with us again this year!”

Mill Road Scenic Overlook is Protected

Mill Road Scenic Overlook is Protected

 

The Friends of Mill Road, in partnership with the Western New York Land Conservancy and the Town of Aurora, are thrilled to announce that the Town of Aurora is now the proud owner of the 60-acre Mill Road Scenic Overlook. The Land Conservancy now holds a conservation easement on the property, protecting it for the benefit of the community in perpetuity. When the weather warms, a scenic overlook will be constructed, providing a safe pull-off for passing motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the views at this property. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will follow.

Scouts Can Earn Badge at Audubon Snowflake Festival

Scouts Can Earn Badge at Audubon Snowflake Festival

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s annual Snowflake Festival is always a highlight of the winter season, and it will be of special significance to Scouts this year.

Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts of any age group can earn a Winter Fun patch if they complete certain activities while at the Festival.

These activities will be the same that are available to all festival visitors: attending a program about birds of prey, watching the dog sled demonstrations, making a craft, taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride, hiking with a naturalist, and more.

Scout Leaders are encouraged to sign up their groups to attend the Snowflake Festival.  When they arrive, Scouts will receive a checklist of “requirements” to complete throughout the day. When they complete at least four of them, they will be earn a Winter Fun Patch.

Search for Snowy Owls at Audubon

Search for Snowy Owls at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – This has been the winter of Snowy Owls, as these magnificent arctic birds have flown south in large numbers. 

On Saturday, January 11, at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary you can learn how and why they have moved down here for the winter, then take a short field trip to see a Snowy Owl.

From 2-4 p.m., the class will explore what is known about the unusual sightings of Snowy Owls this year.  You can discover what their native tundra habitat is like and how that affects where and when the birds appear in our area.

The informational portion will be indoors at Audubon, followed by an outdoor excursion which will use Audubon’s van combined with carpooling to see the owl.  Bring binoculars or spotting scopes if you have them; if not, Audubon will have some available to use. 

Audubon Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome is the instructor for this unusual opportunity.

Learn About Beekeeping Basics at Audubon

Learn About Beekeeping Basics at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – You already know that one-third of our food and much of our clothing are made possible by bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

You also know that the world’s bee population is being seriously threatened by the sometimes unexplained disappearance of millions of bees.

Perhaps you’ve considered doing something about this disturbing situation by becoming a beekeeper yourself.

If so, you’ll want to participate in the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Beekeeping Basics Workshop on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

From 10 a.m. to noon you will get an overview of the basics of beekeeping from beekeepers Dennis and Laura Lamonica. They will describe the equipment you need to start a beekeeping operation as well as present information about honeybees and the care they require. 

Learn About Beekeeping Basics at Audubon

Learn About Beekeeping Basics at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – You already know that one-third of our food and much of our clothing are made possible by bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

You also know that the world’s bee population is being seriously threatened by the sometimes unexplained disappearance of millions of bees.

Perhaps you’ve considered doing something about this disturbing situation by becoming a beekeeper yourself.

If so, you’ll want to participate in the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Beekeeping Basics Workshop on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

From 10 a.m. to noon you will get an overview of the basics of beekeeping from beekeepers Dennis and Laura Lamonica. They will describe the equipment you need to start a beekeeping operation as well as present information about honeybees and the care they require. 

Learn About Beekeeping Basics at Audubon

Learn About Beekeeping Basics at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – You already know that one-third of our food and much of our clothing are made possible by bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

You also know that the world’s bee population is being seriously threatened by the sometimes unexplained disappearance of millions of bees.

Perhaps you’ve considered doing something about this disturbing situation by becoming a beekeeper yourself.

If so, you’ll want to participate in the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Beekeeping Basics Workshop on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

From 10 a.m. to noon you will get an overview of the basics of beekeeping from beekeepers Dennis and Laura Lamonica. They will describe the equipment you need to start a beekeeping operation as well as present information about honeybees and the care they require.