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Nature Center Taste of Nature Series: Worm Composting

Nature Center Taste of Nature Series: Worm Composting

Jamestown, NY – Did you know that worms can convert your food scraps into nutrient-rich compost for your garden?

You can learn how at the Audubon Nature Center’s next Taste of Nature Series class on Tuesday evening, May 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Juliette Enfield from Penn State Cooperative Extension will cover the basics of worm composting, also known as vermicomposting. She will share techniques on keeping a low maintenance and odorless worm compost bin.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about worm biology.
  • Learn how to maintain a worm compost bin indoors and out.
  • Learn how small farms are using worm composting to reduce waste and fertilize crops.
  • Create and take home their very own worm bin with Red Wiggler worms.
     

Bins, worms and some food scraps and bedding will be provided.

Join the Nature Center’s May 16-17 Birdathon

Join the Nature Center’s May 16-17 Birdathon

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center invites you to participate in Birdathon II, their second birdathon of the season, on Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17.

The Nature Center welcomes bird lovers of every level and at any location to keep a list of the birds they see during the weekend and report the species to the Center. Audubon will tally the total number of species seen and ask for donations for the effort, either per species or a total amount.

If you want to join others who will be enjoying the birds, come to the Bird Banding from 7-11 a.m. on May 16 at the Nature Center.  You can observe birds up close and also watch them in the trees. Local bird experts will help you locate them, identify them and enjoy their springs songs.

Learn About Mississippi’s Pascagoula River at Nature Center’s First Friday

Learn About Mississippi’s Pascagoula River at Nature Center’s First Friday

Jamestown, NY – The Pascagoula River in Mississippi is the only major river in the lower 48 states that is undammed and unchanneled, remaining essentially in this same ecological state since before the birth of this nation.

At the Audubon Nature Center’s next First Friday, at 11 a.m. on May 1, you are invited to “Experience the Pascagoula River” and learn its global ecological significance. The presentation by Jan Mengel will briefly acquaint you with this amazing river, its history, and the diverse plants and wildlife that make it such a special place.

Nature Center Wildflower Walk on Mother’s Day

Nature Center Wildflower Walk on Mother’s Day

Jamestown, NY – Continuing a decades-long tradition, on Sunday afternoon, May 10, naturalist Jack Gulvin will lead the Audubon Nature Center’s annual Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk at the Bentley Sanctuary.

The walk starts at the Sanctuary and meanders through the woods in search of spring wildflowers. The hike features all the spring flowers, from Spring Beauties to Marsh Marigolds.

The 2-4 p.m. Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk is an opportunity to take a couple hours to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of even the smallest and the most common wildflowers.  You can learn which are native and which were brought here by Europeans eager to see a familiar sight from the home country. You will also learn about some that tagged along uninvited.

May 2 is Nature Center Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

May 2 is Nature Center Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center’s education staff and their friends and fans invite you to join them to see as many birds as possible on a one-day-only birdathon. 

Since 2003 this group that calls themselves “The Fledglings” has been holding a birdathon to raise scholarship funds.  

On Saturday, May 2, The Fledglings will raise money for the Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship, awarded each year to a local student heading off to college with an interest in pursuing the natural sciences.

This year’s recipient is Brandon Allen from the Southwestern School District. Brandon is pursuing a degree in Natural Resource Conservation: Law Enforcement at Finger Lakes Community College. The scholarship supports Brandon's efforts to help protect our natural resources by becoming a Department of Environmental Conservation officer.  

WNY Land Conservancy Awarded $59,600 from Conservation Partnership Program Grants

WNY Land Conservancy Awarded $59,600 from Conservation Partnership Program Grants

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $1.8 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 55 nonprofit land trusts across the state on April 20. Representatives of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Land Trust Alliance unveiled the grantees at an event at Teatown Lake Reservation in Westchester County. 

Nature Center Presenters at Lake Erie Bird Club

Nature Center Presenters at Lake Erie Bird Club

Fredonia, NY – “Bird in Hand” is the program at the next Lake Erie Bird Club meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 27, at BOCES on the Fredonia-Stockton Road, Fredonia.

Jamestown Audubon Nature Center’s Jennifer Schlick and Terry LeBaron will give a presentation about the Center’s spring bird banding. On Saturday mornings from April 25 through May 16, the public can observe ornithologists (bird scientists) and possibly even participate in this age-old technique used to discover details about the lives of birds.

Scientists who have both federal and state permits – and a great deal of training and experience – capture the birds in “mist” nets, so-called because they are so fine they are almost like mist. Observers can watch how they capture migrating and resident birds, fit them with identification bands, measure, weigh, and then release them.