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Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Grant Supports Field Trips to Audubon

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Grant Supports Field Trips to Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Playing outdoors has many benefits for children that help them in school, from enhancing their cognitive abilities to improving their academic performance to reducing attention deficit disorder. But not all children are at ease outside.

Audubon Community Nature Center’s outdoor programs help children become more comfortable in outdoor settings, and each year hundreds of school children take field trips to Audubon. But the schools alone don’t have the resources to fund all the related costs.

That’s where the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF) comes in.

The Community Foundation awarded Audubon a major grant to cover the gap between what the schools can afford to pay and the actual cost of offering the programs.

“Thanks to CRCF’s Fund for the Region and Thomas H. Brown Fund we are able to provide this wonderful experience for Chautauqua County children,” said Audubon Program Director Jennifer Schlick.

MAPS Bird Banding Returns to Audubon Community Nature Center

MAPS Bird Banding Returns to Audubon Community 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. 

Audubon Community Nature Center has been doing bird banding demonstrations in the spring since 2007. This is the sixth 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.

You Can Harvest Spring Crops at Audubon Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, June 11

You Can Harvest Spring Crops at Audubon Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, June 11

Jamestown, NY – “Early Spring Harvests and More Planting” is the theme of the second in a series of workshops on organic gardening presented by Audubon Community Nature Center.

You are invited to a hands-on, taste-buds-on workshop at the home of organic gardeners Scott and Pam Stoleson in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania. At the 1-3 p.m. event on Sunday afternoon, June 11, you can sample various greens and berries and help plant major crops.

The first crops of the year should harvestable by this date. Sure, there’s lettuce, but have you ever tried Minutina? Or Mizuna? Sorrel? Wrinkled Crinkled Cress? Or Osaka Purple mustard?

Everyone knows strawberries, but how about Honeyberries? Weather and groundhogs willing, you’ll sample these and other early harvests. This is also the time to plant heat-loving, frost-sensitive crops such as tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplants, and melons. You’ll learn how to use plastic mulch to help keep these tender veggies’ roots warm.

Audubon’s June 2 First Friday: “Furbearers in Western New York”

Audubon’s June 2 First Friday: “Furbearers in Western New York”

Jamestown, NY – You can learn about some interesting mammals in our area at the Audubon Community Nature Center’s next First Friday Lunch Bunch.

At 11 a.m. on Friday, June 2, Jennifer Kurilovitch, a wildlife biologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will present “Furbearers in Western New York.”

Kurilovitch’s program will include discussion of recent research and populations status of River Otters and Fishers in New York State’s Region 9, records of furbearer observations, and guidance for coexisting with furbearers. Region 9 includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, and Wyoming Counties.

You could learn some unexpected things about these appealing creatures: like that Fishers – sometimes called Fisher Cats – seldom, if ever, hunt for fish.

A BYO brown bag lunch and conversation follows the program, with coffee and tea provided.

Silk Scarf Workshop at Audubon Community Nature Center, Friday, June 2

Silk Scarf Workshop at Audubon Community Nature Center, Friday, June 2

Jamestown, NY – At the Audubon Community Nature Center’s Silk Scarf Workshop, you can learn an easy technique to create a beautiful nature-themed scarf.

On Friday, June 2, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Elaine Caflisch and Mary Barker will co-teach this hands-on workshop and provide all the materials you need to make a wearable nature-themed art piece.

Not only will you go home with a silk scarf to wear or give as a gift, you will also know how to make your own creations. The technique will be demonstrated on silk scarves, but can be applied to other fabric items as well.

Elaine Caflisch has been painting for 45 years, mostly on porcelain, but also murals, furniture, and other items. Mary Barker is retired from a 33-year career in art and elementary education and most recently has been repurposing old china to make mosaics. Both these “friends in art” are officers in the Chautauqua County Society of Artists.

Audubon’s Second Nature Play Day is Saturday, May 27

Audubon’s Second Nature Play Day is Saturday, May 27

Jamestown, NY – Unstructured play outside is beneficial to a child’s physical and mental development as well as their understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

However, concerns about safety, location, materials, and the value of play are often barriers to creating these experiences.

Audubon Community Nature Center’s Nature Play Day Series is designed to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.

Build with Nature is the focus of the second in the series of three Nature Play Days on Saturday morning, May 27.

Children ages three to eight and their favorite adults can drop in anytime from 9 a.m. to noon at Audubon’s natural play area. While children explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment, adults learn how to continue the nature play experience at home with information and a nature building kit.

Come Pull Garlic Mustard at Audubon on May Saturdays

Come Pull Garlic Mustard at Audubon on May Saturdays

Jamestown, NY – Garlic Mustard is an invasive plant from Asia that crowds out native wildflowers.

Volunteers have been pulling it for several years at Audubon Community Nature Center to reduce the spread of the plant.

On the remaining Saturdays in May there will be Garlic Mustard Pulling Parties from 9:30-11:30 a.m. followed by a pizza lunch.

Volunteer pull coordinator Tom Mooney will be hosting the pulling parties each week.

Call the Nature Center at (716) 569-2345 during business hours to register.

Come early – any time after 7 a.m. – on May 20 and you can observe bird banding, as ornithologists on the west side of Audubon’s property capture migrating and resident birds, fit them with identification bands, measure and weigh and then release them.