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Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

As a follow up to Earth Day, the Western New York Land Conservancy is bringing award-winning author Doug Tallamy to the UB Center for the Arts for a presentation on the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of our region.

Tallamy’s research and his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” have sparked a national conversation about the importance of using native plants in our gardens and landscapes to reverse the loss of wildlife and to make our communities healthier. After decades of intense urban sprawl, our natural places are shrinking and becoming more fragmented. The use of native plants in our yards and gardens will make a difference, no matter the size. 

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 8, 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 entrance to the sanctuary and meanders through the woods in search of spring wildflowers. The hike features all the spring flowers, from Spring Beauties to False Mermaid.

The 2-4 p.m. Mother’s Day event 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.

Prize-Winning Journalist and Photographer at JCC Friday, May 6

Prize-Winning Journalist and Photographer at JCC Friday, May 6

Jamestown, NY – The public is invited to hear a presentation by Boston Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jackson at noon on Friday, May 6.

The prize-winning journalist and photographer will speak in Jamestown Community College’s Carnahan Theatre on the Jamestown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Jackson is the co-author and photographer of Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock, the inspiring story of how puffins were restored to long-abandoned nesting colonies off the Maine coast.

Project Puffin has restored more than 1,000 puffin pairs to three Maine islands. Techniques developed during the project have helped to bring back rare and endangered seabirds worldwide. Reestablished puffins now serve as a window into the effects of global warming. The success of Project Puffin offers hope that people can restore lost wildlife populations and the habitats that support them.

Audubon Nature Center Offering Wildflower Wander

Audubon Nature Center Offering Wildflower Wander

Jamestown, NY – Stunning blankets of wildflowers coating the forest floor are one of the surest signs of spring, but wildflower season is a moving target that changes with the weather.

This year, the Audubon Nature Center is offering a wildflower walk with a date to be determined. The Wildflower Wander will be 1-3 p.m. on a Saturday in May, depending on the when the flowers peak.

You can join this adventure for a beautiful look at the wide array of spring flowers in the region.  Participants will also look at how to identify them, some of their unusual stories and more. Bring a wildflower book, camera, or notebook if you want to extend your knowledge.

There are a host of possibilities for the location. Wander leader Jeff Tome will scout out several to find one that showcases the best flowers in the region. It may be muddy and sloppy, but those are some of the best flower locations in the county.

Project Puffin Co-Author at RTPI on Thursday, May 5

Project Puffin Co-Author at RTPI on Thursday, May 5

Jamestown, NY – Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock is the inspiring story of how puffins were restored to long-abandoned nesting colonies off the Maine coast.

When the book’s co-author, prize-winning journalist and photographer Derrick Jackson, visits Jamestown, he will make a presentation at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History. A 6 p.m. meet and greet will precede his 7 p.m. talk on Thursday, May 5.

Audubon Nature Center Supports Regional Bird Count

Audubon Nature Center Supports Regional Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – Every May, the Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) sponsors a bird count in Western New York.

Whether watching on their own property or committing to a larger area, it takes many people -- beginning to advanced birders -- to cover the four-county territory that is counted. The Audubon Nature Center supports this ambitious effort.

 The Nature Center is assisting Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties to encourage bird watchers to join in the effort.  If you have experience in bird counting, you can be part of this important work by volunteering on Sunday, May 15.  If you’re interested but inexperienced, you could observe others and learn for future counts.   

Come Observe Bird Banding at the Nature Center

Come Observe Bird Banding at the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – On Saturday mornings from April 30 through May 21, you are invited to join ornithologists at the Audubon Nature Center to observe the age-old technique of bird banding.

Dr. Scott Stoleson, Emily Thomas Perlock, and Don Watts are the bird scientists leading the work to discover details about the lives of birds. You can watch how they capture migrating and resident birds, fit them with identification bands, measure and weigh and then release them to go on with their lives. You might even be selected to help release a bird.

These scientists, who have both federal and state permits as well as 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.

You can drop in for any amount of time between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Come on your own or bring the kids with you to view this amazing process. If the weather is too foul, the nets will not be open.