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First Call for Audubon Enchanted Forest Reservations

First Call for Audubon Enchanted Forest Reservations

Jamestown, NY – You don’t have to be a child to be charmed by human-sized animals that talk to you and tell you about their lives.

“Magical” is the best description for the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s annual Enchanted Forest. Friday and Saturday evenings, October 3 and 4, 2014, will be the ninth presentation of this event that continues to delight children and the adults – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends – fortunate enough to accompany them.

The evening begins with stories and songs at a backyard campfire. Then as you follow the trail lined with luminaries, you meet animals who tell you about their habits, homes, and more. After about a 45-minute walk, you can enjoy refreshments and crafts inside the building.

Learn about Bird Research at Audubon

Learn about Bird Research at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Hundreds of area residents as well as out-of-towners have been fascinated by the bird banding they have observed at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

At the next First Friday Lunch Bunch on September 5, you can learn about some of the bird-related research happening at Audubon when Terry LeBaron and Jennifer Schlick present “A Bird in the Hand.”  

At the 11 a.m. event you can see pictures and hear stories about the group of ornithologists doing research at the Riverside Road sanctuary. Starting the last Saturday in April, these bird scientists do a spring migration demonstration of bird banding. Throughout the summer, they continue banding to collect data about the birds that breed there.

Audubon also has many nest boxes on the property that are monitored by volunteers and student interns. All of these projects enable many people to see birds “up close and personal.”

Wild Edibles Workshop at Audubon

Wild Edibles Workshop at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Learning what is safe to eat in the wild can be tasty, cost saving, fun, and even help control some invasive species!

On Wednesday evening, September 10, you can learn to identify fall fruits, greens, and nuts as well as other wild edibles at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s “Wild Edibles” workshop.

From 6-8:30 p.m. workshop participants will discover how to recognize edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar.

Some people forage for survival, others to save on their grocery bill. Foraging can also be a wonderful way to spend time outside, learn plant identification, try new foods, and strengthen your connection to the earth and the food it produces to nourish our bodies. Enjoying the tasty Autumn Olive berries could even help control this invasive species.

Labor Day Weekend Treat: Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

Labor Day Weekend Treat: Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

Jamestown, NY – Volunteers have spent much of the summer raising Monarch Butterflies for the Jamestown (NY) Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Monarch Butterfly Festival on Saturday, August 30.

“It’s a challenge to provide Monarchs for this wonderful event,” said Audubon Senior Naturalist and Festival Coordinator Jeff Tome. “With the Monarchs’ very existence being threatened, part of the purpose of the festival it to encourage a nourishing environment for these lovely creatures.”

The 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Labor Day weekend experience is one for which you want to be sure to bring your camera.

Leadership of Audubon and RTPI Explore Future Collaborations

Leadership of Audubon and RTPI Explore Future Collaborations

Jamestown, NY – Two area non-profit organizations with a history of cooperation, common goals and a shared linkage to Jamestown’s famous naturalist, Roger Tory Peterson, have begun exploratory conversations about expanded collaborations. A task force comprised of board leadership and the presidents of the Jamestown Audubon Society (JAS) and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) have met to assess the desirability and feasibility of new program collaborations and the potential for consolidation of some administrative functions.

Enjoy “Monarchs & Margaritas” at Audubon

Enjoy “Monarchs & Margaritas” at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – You can enjoy live butterflies, music, food, games, and margaritas at the first-ever “Monarchs & Margaritas” presented by the Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

From 5-7 p.m. on Friday, August 29, you are invited to support the Monarch Butterflies as they prepare for their migration to Mexico.

Audubon will be a flurry of activity preparing for the next day’s Monarch Butterfly Festival as the staff creates in indoor butterfly house full of beautiful flowers and Monarch Butterflies. For the first time, Audubon is opening up for an exclusive sneak peak the night before.

Monarchs need help. Throughout the last decade, their populations have been decimated by habitat loss, deforestation, and drought. Through a fun game and the opportunity to view all stages of the Monarch life cycle up close, you will learn more about their plight and how you can help.

Third Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waters Presentation on August 14

Third Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waters Presentation on August 14

Jamestown, NY – You can take actions that will improve the health of our local waterways.

On Thursday, August 14, 7-8 p.m., Jamestown Audubon, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, and the Chautauqua Lake Association are presenting the third in their summer series “Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waters.”

Scott Kischbaugh of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will discuss the condition of the nation’s lakes along with more details about the lakes of New York State. When he talks about “Reducing the Likelihood of Algal Blooms by Doing the Little Things,” Kischbaugh will emphasize how the small actions of individuals -- buffer strip installations, septic tank maintenance, invasive species control and more -- can promote healthier conditions in the nearby waters.

The event will be in the main lecture hall in Building A at the BOCES Hewes Educational Center on West Lake Road (Route 394) in Ashville.