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Catch and Observe Critters at the Nature Center

Catch and Observe Critters at the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – Observing wild creatures is fascinating and often creates a life-long connection with nature.

If catching critters was a part of your childhood you’d like to revisit or share with a young person you know, you are invited to the Audubon Nature Center for “Catching & Observing Critters” on Saturday afternoon, April 11.

From 1:30-3 p.m., you can learn how to safely catch some critters and create safe and ideal observation containers for common “catches” that you will make outside.

Whether using a mason jar or a bug box, the childhood rite of catching fireflies and crickets, toads and worms often meant caging the critters, at least for a bit. In this program you will learn the basic needs of these creatures, how to build temporary observation homes for them, and the importance of letting them go back in their real homes.

“Digital Darkroom Demos” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

“Digital Darkroom Demos” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

Jamestown, NY – “Digital Darkroom Demos” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m. member Bill Smith will demonstrate creating a panorama from several shots and explain why combining shots can be better than just using a wide-angle lens.

Smith will also demonstrate creating a greater depth macro flower picture by combining shots of a single flower where the focus point changes from shot to shot.

It’s Trail Guide Training Time at Audubon

It’s Trail Guide Training Time at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is looking for volunteers with a love of nature to lead Discovery Walks with students from local schools.

“Our trail guides are so generous in sharing their time and themselves for the important work of connecting children to nature,” said Nature Center Program Director Jennifer Schlick. “Without these critically important volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to accommodate the more than 3,000 schoolchildren who visit every spring. And their impact lasts a LONG time!”

On four Thursday mornings in April, the Nature Center’s education staff is presenting a training series for seasoned and new trail guides to learn what the Audubon Nature Center does, how to lead Discovery Walks, and some natural history. Experience with children is helpful, but natural history knowledge is not.

Invasive Species is Topic at Nature Center’s April First Friday

Invasive Species is Topic at Nature Center’s April First Friday

Jamestown, NY – If you would you like to know more about alien invaders, then you will want to participate in the Audubon Nature Center’s next First Friday Lunch Bunch.

On Friday, April 3, at 11 a.m., retired Jamestown Community College biology professor Dan Anderson will present “Invasive Species: Why the Concern?”

You can learn what is meant by the term “invasive species,” how they affect the food web, and what makes them such a growing problem.

Anderson will share some surprising new findings about plants and animals now being found in our region that can be a real headache.

Photo Contest Announced by Audubon Nature Center

Photo Contest Announced by Audubon Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is encouraging anyone who enjoys photography – from beginners to professionals – to enter their images for consideration in the 2015 Nature Photography Contest.

The deadline for this fifth annual competition is June 30, 2015.

“If you don’t have a photo you’ve already taken that you want to enter,” said Audubon Nature Center Program Director Jennifer Schlick, “there is plenty of time to get outdoors and do some shooting!”

“Part of our mission is to connect people with nature,” Schlick said. “The photo contest helps us fulfill that mission in two ways: The photographer connects with nature while making images, and the viewer becomes inspired to connect with nature by seeing the images.”

Boy Scouts Merit Badge Study at Nature Center

Boy Scouts Merit Badge Study at Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is pleased to announce that they will offer a Boy Scout Bird Study Merit Badge program on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The program is planned so that Scouts who are just beginning their Bird Study Merit Badge can get a good start and those who have already begun can be tested. Bird Study Merit Badge Counselors will be on hand from both the Allegheny Highlands and the Cornplanter Councils.

Several learning stations will be set up to help Scouts learn about or review bird anatomy and songs, field guides, and binoculars. Boys will select the stations they need to visit in order to complete requirements of the badge.

Walks with birding experts will be scheduled at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m.  In addition, there will be a bird feeder building station.

Mud Camp Time at Audubon

Mud Camp Time at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – It doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy Day Camp at the Audubon Nature Center.

On two Mondays, March 30 and April 6, the Nature Center is offering Mud Camp, an opportunity for kids to enjoy some of the same adventures they would at Summer Camp – but in the muddy springtime. The two dates cover both Pennsylvania’s and New York’s school breaks, and youngsters are welcome to sign up for both if they can.

For kindergarteners through seventh graders, activities begin at 9 a.m. and go till 3 p.m. In addition to games and songs inside, campers will explore the sanctuary, looking for birds, snakes, salamanders, tadpoles, and more. Some activities will be by age groups and other in the large group.

Participants need to dress for the weather and bring an extra set of clothes as well as a snack and lunch that does not need refrigeration.