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Audubon Welcomes Wild 5K Walkers and Runners

Audubon Welcomes Wild 5K Walkers and Runners

Jamestown, NY – If you are a runner, a walker, a nature lover, or a fan of Jamestown Audubon, you won’t want to miss the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s new Wild 5K Run/Walk.

The Saturday, July 26, 2014, event is reviving the popular Run for Liberty that has taken a break for a few years.

Audubon is giving a new beginning to this popular run/walk that brought the community together in a unique way. Nature-enthusiasts, athletes, businesses, families, friends and volunteers will all discover common interests and values in the happenings on race day.

Like its predecessor, the Wild 5K will provide an opportunity to enjoy the distinctive beauty of the Sanctuary while posing a meaningful challenge.

Also like the Run for Liberty, proceeds from the race will support Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable resident Bald Eagle.

Land Conservancy to Host a Private Tour of the Future Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston

Land Conservancy to Host a Private Tour of the Future Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host a private tour at the future home of the Stella Niagara Preserve from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 13. The property on Lower River Road along the Niagara River in Lewiston sits across from the Stella Niagara Education Park and is owned by the Sisters of St. Francis. The Land Conservancy is working with the Sisters to acquire the property and create a publicly accessible nature preserve, and has already raised $2.3 million of the $3.2 million needed. 

Audubon and Pennsylvania Group Plan Joint Effort for Water Chestnut Challenge

Audubon and Pennsylvania Group Plan Joint Effort for Water Chestnut Challenge

Jamestown, NY – The Jamestown Audubon Society and the Water Chestnut Committee of Conewango Creek Watershed Association (CCWA) are planning to take on a major effort to minimize the spread of Water Chestnut.

This invasive, non-native aquatic plant has taken a foothold in the Big Pond at the Audubon sanctuary on Riverside Road, threatening both the ponds and lakes of Chautauqua County and the Conewango Creek Watershed in Pennsylvania including the Akeley swamp if it spreads.

During the winter, Audubon’s Land Use Management Committee worked on their second year plans to continue the attack on the problem.

According to Ruth Lundin, Jamestown Audubon president, “This is an undertaking different from anything we have researched. We are working to control this plant using a series of measures that have not been tried on such a scale, including lowering the water level of Big Pond. Our goal is to continue the successful removal of all plants from Big Pond.”

Audubon at Great Lakes Experience Festival

Audubon at Great Lakes Experience Festival

Jamestown, NY – You can enjoy a fun family day at the Great Lakes Experience Festival, and there’s no charge.

On Saturday, June 21, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., visitors can stop by Memorial Park on Lakeshore Drive in Dunkirk to learn about the environment, ecology and recreational opportunities in the Great Lakes region.  There will be family entertainment, environmental exhibitors, food vendors and more.

Naturalists and volunteers from the Audubon Center & Sanctuary will have live animals and natural artifacts for visitors to learn about wetlands habitat in the Great Lakes area. Artifacts will include furs, skulls, shells and nests.  Visitors can also find information about the programs, events and volunteer opportunities that Audubon has to offer.

Friends Treat Friends for Audubon

Friends Treat Friends for Audubon

Jamestown, NY – “Friends Treat Friends” is the theme of the Jamestown Audubon fundraiser at the Bob Evans in Warren, Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, June 18, 15% of your purchase will be donated to Audubon when you present a flyer when paying for your dine-in or carry-out meal.

Flyers for the restaurant at 360 Jackson Run Road can picked up at Audubon or downloaded and printed by clicking through “Friends Treat Friends/June 18” at www.jamestownaudubon.org.    

Since June is Membership Month at Audubon, this will be a special opportunity.

The flyers will provide Audubon a donation from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but when you come between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 5:30-8 p.m., you can meet Audubon staff, have an opportunity to become a member on the spot, and win prizes.

Firefly Field Trip on Audubon’s Bucket List

Firefly Field Trip on Audubon’s Bucket List

Jamestown, NY – Have you ever seen a forest full of fireflies all blink on and off at the same time?

These fun flashing fireflies are called synchronous fireflies, and they were discovered in our region only recently.

On Friday night, June 27, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering a field trip to see these late-night insects that only come out after 10 p.m. 

Participants will meet at 9 p.m. at the Center to travel in Audubon’s van to a hot spot in Allegany State Park where thousands of synchronous fireflies have been seen in past years. 

These insects were once thought to be only in the Great Smoky Mountains, where tens of thousands of people make the trip to see them each year. They were discovered in Western New York for the first time only a few years ago.

Volunteers Needed for Audubon Summer Water Chestnut Removal

Volunteers Needed for Audubon Summer Water Chestnut Removal

Jamestown, NY – If you love a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary needs you.

Audubon is beginning the summer effort in its second year of continuing to remove the invasive Water Chestnut. 

Starting Saturday, June 14, Audubon will be having a series of “Chestnut pulling” days, a huge undertaking that will require scores of volunteers to get these plants pulled before their seeds disperse in August.  Otherwise, they will choke out both plant and animal life in waterways throughout the area.

With the help of many volunteer crews using kayaks, canoes, waders and rakes, successful pulls were held during June and July last year. This summer the work will continue toward the goal of 100% elimination. 

Volunteers are invited to participate and consider putting together a team that will “adopt” an area of Audubon’s Big Pond to keep it clear of Water Chestnut.