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Experience Audubon’s Adult Day Camp, September 20-23

Experience Audubon’s Adult Day Camp, September 20-23

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to come to the Audubon Nature Center for three mornings of learning, laughter, and exploration at Adult Day Camp.

You will explore life under the water in ponds, fall flowers, and learn more about all the amazing plants and animals that share the more than 600-acre preserve.

Adult Day Camp at the Nature Center will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 20, 22, and 23.

This intensive nature learning experience will be combined with fun and games, and there will be a lot going on.

The Nature Center is blessed with a crew of happy, talented naturalists who get excited about many different subjects. Each naturalist will choose topics they love teaching and create lessons around them that involve some indoor learning followed by hands-on experiences outside.

Audubon Offering Workshop in Mushroom Identification

Audubon Offering Workshop in Mushroom Identification

Jamestown, NY – Mushrooms are popping up all over. There are red ones, green ones, and even purples ones. Some are edible. Some have deadly poison.

On Wednesday evening, September 14, the Audubon Nature Center is presenting Mushroom Mania, a workshop where you can discover the wonderful world of mushrooms and learn more about them.

Mushrooms can be hard to identify. This 6-8 p.m. class will showcase some good field guides, describe what to look for to identify a mushroom, and feature a foray on the trails to find and identify a variety of mushrooms.

Workshop instructor is Garrett Taylor, a dedicated mushroom hunter with years of experience finding and eating mushrooms. He recently discovered a new species of mushroom in Cattaraugus County and continues to expand his mushroom knowledge

Western New York Land Conservancy to Celebrate 25 Years of Conservation Success at Annual Gala

Western New York Land Conservancy to Celebrate 25 Years of Conservation Success at Annual Gala

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host its annual gala from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Golden Ballroom at Statler City, celebrating 25 years of conserving our region’s special places. The regional land trust and its thousands of supporters have saved more than 6,000 acres of forests, wetlands, meadows and farms in the eight counties of Western New York since 1991. These places include, among many others, the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston, Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport, Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve in Wales, Mill Road Scenic Overlook in Aurora and farmland throughout the region. These places are protected forever because of the Land Conservancy and the efforts of its members. 

Audubon Needs Volunteers for Saturday’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

Audubon Needs Volunteers for Saturday’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is looking for more volunteers to help visitors celebrate the life and migration of Monarch Butterflies at this Saturday’s (August 27) Monarch Butterfly Festival.  

While many volunteers have already signed up, a few more are needed to ensure that the festival’s many visitors all have an outstanding experience.

A number of job slots need filling at the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event. These include children’s crafts, admissions, butterfly room and caterpillar monitors, distributing insect nets, and kitchen staff.

Help is needed on Friday (August 26) as well to cut and arrange flowers for the indoor butterfly garden and to set up the children’s crafts room.

In addition to the reward of bringing joy to so many, especially children, all volunteers get free admission to the festival and a complimentary meal ticket.  

Renowned Bird Researcher Returns to Audubon

Renowned Bird Researcher Returns to Audubon

Jamestown, NY – With migratory birds often traveling at night, it is difficult for scientists to monitor their declining flocks.

The researcher who determined how to track these birds by using their distinctive nighttime vocalizations is returning to the Audubon Nature Center as the guest speaker at the September 2 First Friday Lunch Bunch.

William Evans’s 11 a.m. program will be on the flight calls songbirds give in nocturnal migration and how monitoring them is leading to an independent method to monitor populations.

While we sleep, large waves of migrant birds pass over our houses during the spring and fall migration periods. Many utter short vocalizations to maintain contact with others and avoid mid-air collisions. On good migration nights thousands of these calls can be documented.

Deadline for Nature Center Seasonal Naturalist Applications is September 1

Deadline for Nature Center Seasonal Naturalist Applications is September 1

Jamestown, NY – Whether it’s called a job or a paid internship, securing a position as a seasonal naturalist at the Audubon Nature Center is an opportunity to earn money while getting some great experience.

September 1, 2016, is the deadline for applications for this position that will have varying hours from October through March.

Three years ago, Corinne “Crin” Fredrickson submitted her application. “I had never visited the Center before my interview, but when I parked my car and walked toward the front door I had this overwhelming feeling of belonging,” she said.

Audubon Nature Center’s Butterfly Festival: A Not-to-be-Missed Event

Audubon Nature Center’s Butterfly Festival: A Not-to-be-Missed Event

Jamestown, NY – Whatever your interest – watching beautiful butterflies on wildflowers, having your picture taken as a giant butterfly or caterpillar, great crafts for the kids, yummy taste treats, and so much more – there will be something for you at the Audubon Nature Center’s Monarch Butterfly Festival.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, Audubon will celebrate this beautiful creature.

At the indoor garden, you can take pictures of Monarchs in every stage of their life cycle. Maybe you will see an adult emerge from its chrysalis or hold a caterpillar or butterfly. You can watch experts tagging butterflies and at 4 p.m. see them released to fly to Mexico, where their tags will help scientists track the migration of this rapidly dwindling species.