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Last Chance for Winter Night Lights at Audubon

Last Chance for Winter Night Lights at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – This Friday and Saturday is your last opportunity to experience the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Winter Night Lights.

A unique collaboration of naturalists, artists and engineers created a spectacular trail of interactive LED lights that is fun, educational and sustainable.  

Winter Night Lights was so well received for its scheduled first three weekends in December that it will be run for an extra weekend on December 27 and 28 from 6-9 p.m. 

With a third-of-a-mile walk on a paved and ice-free trail, participants are reminded to dress to be outside with winter coats, gloves and boots.

Volunteers tend a fire halfway out for warming up. Hot chocolate, coffee and tea as well as cookies and other snacks are available inside the Nature Center.

Learn About the Implications of Coca Production in Bolivia at Audubon

Learn About the Implications of Coca Production in Bolivia at Audubon

A young man who began participating in their programs at the age of three will be the presenter at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s next First Friday Lunch Bunch.

“The Political and Social Implications of Coca Production in Bolivia” will be Caleb Johnson’s topic at the January 3 meeting that begins at 11 a.m.

Johnson will discuss the current situation regarding coca, how much of it goes into cocaine production, and the impact on United States-led counternarcotic operations within Bolivia as a result.

Video Highlights Land Conservancy’s Stella Niagara Preserve Efforts

Video Highlights Land Conservancy’s Stella Niagara Preserve Efforts

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy’s efforts to create the Stella Niagara Preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston are featured in a new video produced by WGRZ-TV. The video is part of the “2 The Outdoors” series and originally aired on Dec. 15. 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is currently in the process of raising funds to purchase 29 acres of pristine land along the lower Niagara River, with the intent to make it a preserve that will be open to the public.

Audubon Invites You to Celebrate Christmas With the Critters

Audubon Invites You to Celebrate Christmas With the Critters
Jamestown, NY – The animals and staff of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary invite you to celebrate the holidays with them. On Friday, December 27, from 10 a.m. to noon, you can meet some Audubon animals during a live animal presentation at Christmas With the Critters. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with our education animals,” said Sarah Hatfield, Senior Naturalist, who heads up Animal Care at Audubon.

Audubon staff will bring some of the animals out to meet you. You can learn about them, touch them, and wish them a very happy holiday.

Activities will include making a gift for the animals, reading a story, and opening some of the animals’ presents.

Extended Holiday Hours at Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Extended Holiday Hours at Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Jamestown, NY – When you’re looking for something special to do between Christmas and New Year’s – indoors or out -- remember the Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

Normally closed Tuesday-Friday in the winter, Audubon’s extended holiday hours make it a wonderful destination for a family outing.

Audubon’s Nature Center and Blue Heron Gift Shop will be open:

  • Thursday-Saturday, December 26-28, 2013, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 29, 2013, 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Monday-Tuesday, December 30-31, 2013, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

An exhibit on pollination that illustrates how one-third of our food and much of our clothing are made possible by bees, butterflies and other pollinators is just one of many exhibits that both teach and entertain.

Celtic Creek to Perform at Winter Night Lights at Audubon

Celtic Creek to Perform at Winter Night Lights at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – As if Winter Night Lights at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary weren’t spectacular enough, for just one night there will also be live Celtic music!

This Saturday, December 14, Celtic Creek will be performing at 7 p.m. in the Nature Center.

Formed about 10 years ago, the duo of Jim and Beth McQuiston has performed in venues from Ireland to Belize. The Warren residents have also performed Civil War music for Ken Burns of PBS. You can learn more about them at their website, www.celticcreek.com.

Winter Night Lights is an interactive light show that is happening Friday and Saturday nights through December 21 from 6-9 p.m. at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

With about a half-mile walk on a paved and ice-free trail, participants are reminded to dress to be outside with winter coats, gloves and boots.

Audubon Seeking Sponsors, Vendors & Volunteers for Snowflake Festival

Audubon Seeking Sponsors, Vendors & Volunteers for Snowflake Festival

Jamestown, NY – As the Audubon Center & Sanctuary plans for its 2014 Snowflake Festival, it welcomes sponsors, vendors and volunteers to participate in the Saturday, February 1, event.

With horse-drawn sleigh rides, sled dog and live bird demonstrations, crafts, door prizes, great food, a Chinese auction, naturalist-led hiking tours and much more, this winter extravaganza is always a crowd pleaser.

“Every year Snowflake [Festival] gets a little bit better,” said Audubon Senior Naturalist Sarah Hatfield, “and it’s the participation of the community that makes it so. For 2014, we really want to extend a wide-reaching invitation to organizations, businesses and individuals to make this our most exciting Snowflake Festival yet!”