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Enjoy Ducks & Dinner with Nature Center

Enjoy Ducks & Dinner with Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to participate in an outing to see an amazing array of ducks and then go out to dinner to warm up afterward.

On Saturday afternoon, February 21, the Audubon Nature Center is presenting “Ducks & Dinner.”

On this getaway to Dunkirk Harbor on Lake Erie you can expect to see a variety of ducks and many more interesting birds, including dozens of eagles.

Dunkirk Harbor is one of the few places where ducks can go when the water freezes. The power plant in Dunkirk discharges warm water into the lake, creating the perfect place for ducks to gather. It is not unusual to see a wild congregation of birds there, many of them quite close. Last year, over 30 Bald Eagles gathered nearby to dine on the ducks sitting in the water.

Emerald Ash Borer is Topic of Nature Center’s First Friday in February

Emerald Ash Borer is Topic of Nature Center’s First Friday in February

Jamestown, NY – With confirmation that the Emerald Ash Borer is now resident in Chautauqua County, how will you deal with the Emerald Ash Borer when it arrives in your back yard?

Betsy Burgeson, chair of the Chautauqua County Emerald Ash Borer Task Force, will give a presentation on this invasive species at the Audubon Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on 11 a.m. February 6, 2015.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an insect of Asian origin that is rapidly making its way across the United States, threatening all of our ash trees. It tunnels under the bark, cutting off water and nutrients and ultimately killing the tree in two to four years. Municipalities are making management plans for ash trees on public lands, and residents will also need to have a plan to manage ash trees on their property.

Snow Camp at Nature Center on Presidents’ Day

Snow Camp at Nature Center on Presidents’ Day

Jamestown, NY – Are you looking for a different experience for your child on Presidents’ Day?

The Audubon Nature Center is presenting Snow Camp – like summer Day Camp only with a winter twist -- on Monday, February 16, 2015.

So much happens at Day Camp in the summer, and it is so long between the seasons, that Audubon takes a winter day and invites all the campers and their friends back for a fun day during a winter break.

This special winter opportunity for kids ages four through 18 begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.

Time will be spent outside, but there will also be inside camp games and songs.

Nature Center Accepting Scholarship Applications

Nature Center Accepting Scholarship Applications

Jamestown, NY – Since 2003, the education staff of the Audubon Nature Center has held an annual birdathon to raise money to award a $500 scholarship to an area college-bound high school senior or Jamestown Community College student who intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an environmental or related field.

These Audubon educators describe a birdathon as “a team of crazy birders looking for as many species as possible over a 24-hour period.” Their event is held in early May. 

In 2009 the award was named in honor of Ryan Paul Exline, a graduate student at Duke University who was studying for a Conservation Degree. An integral part of the Nature Center family for many years, the Russell, Pennsylvania, resident was 22 when he died on December 17, 2008, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Nature Center Announces Snowflake Festival Schedule

Nature Center Announces Snowflake Festival Schedule

Jamestown, NY – It would be hard to find a better way to spend a winter day than at the Audubon Nature Center’s annual Snowflake Festival.

The 2015 date for this family-friendly event is Saturday, February 7.

Appealing to all ages, the festival runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with live animals, fun foods, exhibits and vendors throughout. Horse drawn sleigh rides – or wagon, depending on the weather – will be available all afternoon.

Times for special activities are:

Time to Order Audubon Bird Seed

Time to Order Audubon Bird Seed

Jamestown, NY – Winter can be a challenging time for wild birds to find food.

Putting out a feeder and keeping it filled brightens the lives of our feathered friends as well as those of their human feeders: watching these beautiful creatures from the comfort of our homes can bring optimism to our days and introduce young people to the natural world.

Tuesday, February 3, is the deadline for ordering bird seed and related treats from the Audubon Nature Center’s Winter Birdseed Fund Raiser. 

Audubon offers a variety of seed choices, with the most popular being its exclusively formulated Conewango Blend, designed to attract local birds. Specialty seeds, cakes, and other selections are also available. 

Wealth of Activities on Tap for Nature Center Snowflake Festival

Wealth of Activities on Tap for Nature Center Snowflake Festival

Jamestown, NY – Now is the time to put the Audubon Nature Center’s oldest running festival on your calendar. The 2015 Snowflake Festival is set for Saturday, February 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At this winter extravaganza you can try snowshoeing and cross country skiing with equipment provided if there’s snow. Other outdoor opportunities include naturalist-led hikes, horse-drawn wagon or sleigh rides, demonstrations of husky sled dogs and outdoor cooking, alpacas in a petting pen, and behind-the-scenes tours of Audubon’s resident bald eagle.

Inside you can enjoy a scavenger hunt, building  nest boxes or suet feeders, children’s crafts, spinning wheel demonstrations, woodcarving demonstrations, Native American cord-making demonstrations, gardening activities, and more.