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MAPS Bird Banding Returns to Audubon Nature Center

MAPS Bird Banding Returns to Audubon 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. 

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

Butterfly Expert and Photographer at Nature Center’s First Friday, June 3

Butterfly Expert and Photographer at Nature Center’s First Friday, June 3

Jamestown, NY – Jeff Zablow is a biologist with a passion for photographing butterflies. That passion has led to his capturing the images of butterflies as nearby as the Audubon Nature Center and as far away as Israel.

The Pittsburgh resident will share his beautiful photographs at the Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on June 4. As a special feature of his presentation, he will lead a field walk after the brown bag lunch that follows.

Butterflies captured Zablow’s imagination when he was a young boy growing up in Brooklyn, New York. At the time, small fields still existed in the city, and he would go to them to watch and marvel at the bejeweled creatures.

Audubon Presenting DSLR Boot Camp

Audubon Presenting DSLR Boot Camp

Jamestown, NY – If you own a digital SLR camera and are wondering if you’ll ever know how to get the most from it, the Audubon Nature Center has something for you.

At the DSLR Boot Camp on Saturday, June 4, photography instructor Mark Kirsch will show you how to wean yourself off the automatic mode on your DSLR camera. 

This 1 p.m. Basic Training is a three-hour, hands-on workshop for those who want to do more than just “turn it on and hope for the best.” The focus will be on the different program options (Manual Operation, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority), special picture modes, how aperture and shutter settings affect a photograph, selecting proper white balance settings, choosing RAW versus jpg capture modes… all the basic important camera functions you need to know.

Dozens of Activities at Audubons’ June 3-5 Allegany Nature Pilgrimage

Dozens of Activities at Audubons’ June 3-5 Allegany Nature Pilgrimage

Jamestown, NY – Imagine a walk in the woods, soaking up the many sights, sounds, and smells around you. If you smile at the thought of learning more about that natural world with fellow nature lovers, then then you’ll want to be part of the June 3-5 Allegany Nature Pilgrimage.

This annual outdoor weekend in Allegany State Park combines fun with a variety of nature-oriented activities, welcoming both the seasoned naturalist and the inquisitive beginner.

Allegany State Park is comprised of over 60,000 acres and abounds with plants and animals. With some of the best examples of Old Growth Forest in the region, 176 bird species have been recorded there.

Workshop on Wild Edibles at Audubon Nature Center Thursday, June 2

Workshop on Wild Edibles at Audubon Nature Center Thursday, June 2

Jamestown, NY – Some people gather wild plants to eat for survival, others to save on the 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.

On Thursday evening, June 2, you can learn to identify late spring/early summer greens, flowers and other wild edibles at the Audubon Nature Center’s “Edible Audubon - Spring into Summer ” workshop.

At the 6-8 p.m. class participants will discover how to recognize edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar.

Land Conservancy Awarded $300,000; More Than Halfway to Goal of Protecting Jackson Falls

Land Conservancy Awarded $300,000; More Than Halfway to Goal of Protecting Jackson Falls

The Western New York Land Conservancy has just received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect a 57-acre property in the Town of Aurora. The land, known as Jackson Falls, has two gorgeous waterfalls and incredible Roycroft history. Once protected, it will become a publicly accessible nature preserve. 

The Land Conservancy and the Friends of Jackson Falls, a 30-person group of community members committed to protecting Jackson Falls, have until Oct. 31, 2016 to raise $600,000 and purchase the property, open its trails and ensure its long-term care. If not protected, the land could be cleared and subdivided, cutting the community off from the waterfalls. 

Nature Center Seeking Wild 5K Run/Walk Sponsors and Volunteers

Nature Center Seeking Wild 5K Run/Walk Sponsors and Volunteers

Jamestown, NY – On Saturday, July 30, 2016, runners and walkers of all ages will again participate in the Audubon Nature Center’s annual Wild 5K Run/Walk. The 2016 event will raise money to support the on-going efforts to protect the Nature Center’s more than 600 acres of unique habitat.

The goal of the event is to provide an opportunity to enjoy the distinctive beauty of Audubon’s sanctuary while posing a meaningful challenge. The Wild 5K brings together nature-enthusiasts, athletes, businesses, families, friends and volunteers to discover common interests and values in the happenings on race day.

By teaming up with Trackqua to speed up the registration process and provide chip-timed results, planners are expecting even greater participation this year.