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Enjoy Audubon After Dark on Friday, June 24

Enjoy Audubon After Dark on Friday, June 24

Jamestown, NY – On Friday, June 24, the Audubon Nature Center is offering a rare opportunity to explore the Nature Center at night.

The world changes after dark. Huge numbers of frogs start to sing, from the deep, low voices of Bullfrogs to the piercing pitch of Spring Peepers. Owls come out with their haunting hoots echoing through the forest.  Fireflies light up the night.

From 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. there will be a campfire and tons of great activities, including a night hike, moth night light, and a chance to see Synchronous Fireflies that all flash at once.

Some events will be continuous and self-directed, others will be scheduled with a naturalist.

Visitors can gather at the fire or the moth light any time. The moth light attracts many kinds of moths, some with wingspans of six inches or more.

“Easy Edibles” Part of Nature Center Summer Series

“Easy Edibles” Part of Nature Center Summer Series

Jamestown, NY – You can learn about easy to find and easy to identify wild edible plants at the Audubon Nature Center’s “Easy Edibles” workshop for beginning foragers.

In addition to saving 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 us.

At the 9:15-11:15 a.m. workshop on Thursday, June 23, you can learn how to recognize edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar.

After indoor class time covering basic ground rules and safety considerations about harvesting wild edibles, the group will go outdoors to identify a few edibles growing in easily accessed locations like lawns and gardens. There will also be information about plants you definitely do not want to eat. Returning indoors, participants can taste some samples and discuss easy ways to make wild plants part of your meal.

Learn to Create Nature Play Areas in Your Yard

Learn to Create Nature Play Areas in Your Yard

Jamestown, NY – Outdoor nature play helps create healthy, happy kids. And you don’t need to live in a forest to have natural places kids will love.

At the Audubon Nature Center on Wednesday morning, June 22, you can learn how to create natural play areas in your yard using plantings, cuttings, and on-hand materials.

From 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. you can learn to look at your yard from a child’s point of view. Think landscaping meets playground. A hedge becomes a house. Gardens become jungles. Rocks become pathways to secret worlds.

There are many ways to enhance the “playability” of a yard that no one but the children notices, as well as projects that can potentially be huge. Participants will discuss interesting ways to create play areas, and the group will get out pens and paper and brainstorm ways to make little or big changes in their yards.

“Nature Tangles” Launches Coffee Shop Series at Nature Center

“Nature Tangles” Launches Coffee Shop Series at Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is offering an opportunity for you to unleash your creativity in a fun, bold way.

At “Nature Tangles” on Tuesday morning, June 21, fine arts teacher Sue Yauchzy will lead you through this process in a “drawing” workshop that requires no previous experience or expertise.

The 9:15-11:15 a.m. class will include a walk outdoors to look for shapes, lines, patterns, and textures.

Inside, you will transform what you saw into interesting abstract designs on paper and other surfaces. This meditative technique, based on practices developed in the ZenTangle™ program, not only creates beautiful results, but also serves to calm your mind and body.

Build a Bird Feeder at the Nature Center on Father’s Day

Build a Bird Feeder at the Nature Center on Father’s Day

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is offering a very special activity on Father’s Day this year.

On Sunday, June 19, there will be two afternoon times when you can learn about birds that visit feeders, different types of feeders, and spend time with family while you build a wooden birdfeeder. The one and a half hour sessions will be at 1:30 and 3 p.m.

The program is open to all, but this is a great opportunity for dads and granddads to spend time with their family.

Feeding and watching birds can be an enjoyable activity that different generations can do together. The session will open inside for a short, family-friendly program about birds, specifically the species that visit birdfeeders. Then the group will head out to the maintenance shop to put together a small wooden birdfeeder.

Audubon Photo Contest Deadline is June 30

Audubon Photo Contest Deadline is June 30

Jamestown, NY – The Jamestown Audubon Nature Center’s 2016 Nature Photography Contest is drawing to a close.

However, as Program Director Jennifer Schlick pointed out, “Whether you choose photographs from your collection or decide to shoot new ones, there is still time to submit entries by the June 30 deadline.” 

Schlick said that the Nature Photography Contest, now in its eighth year, helps fulfill Audubon’s mission of connecting people with nature, since a beautiful nature photograph truly inspires appreciation for the natural world.

Photographers with any level of experience are encouraged to submit their favorite images. Entry is simple, as all submissions are made online. Deadline for entry is Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Prizes for the contest are awarded in two divisions with four categories each, for a total of eight winners.

The Youth Division is for ages 8-18 or still in high school; Adult is 18 and over or post-high school.

Audubon Nature Center Lunch Bunch at Fredonia Grange

Audubon Nature Center Lunch Bunch at Fredonia Grange

Jamestown, NY – Thanks to the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF), the Audubon Nature Center is offering another free program that is sure to be as popular as the previous ones have been.

At the Nature Center Lunch Bunch on Friday, June 10, 2016, hydrogologist and photographer Kim Sherwood will share his fascination with birds: their beauty, their behavior and their habitat.

The 11 a.m. event at the Fredonia Grange #1 is the third of six free programs to be presented in the northern part of Chautauqua County to introduce residents to the types of programs offered at the Nature Center. Modeled after the monthly First Friday Lunch Bunch in Jamestown, it will be followed by a BYO brown bag lunch and conversation. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Sherwood is calling his presentation “From Analysis Paralysis to Creative License: How I Wandered Into Bird Photography.”