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Learn to Raise Monarch Butterflies at Audubon

Learn to Raise Monarch Butterflies at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – You can learn how to successfully raise Monarch Butterfly caterpillars and help restore a population of butterflies that is quickly disappearing from our landscape.

From 7-9 p.m. on Thursday evening, July 24, 2014, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is presenting a workshop on “Raising Monarchs: How You Can Help a Species in Decline.”

Monarch Butterflies virtually disappeared from this region last summer. Habitat destruction in the Midwest combined with droughts decimated the population, which has dropped 97% from what it was a decade ago.

Monarch Butterfly eggs and caterpillars are eaten by many things in the wild, from ants to bugs to spiders. Only about six out of every 100 eggs laid in the wild survive to be butterflies. Carefully raising some eggs inside can help increase the Monarch Butterfly population.

Audubon Announces Secret Gardens Locations

Audubon Announces Secret Gardens Locations

Jamestown, NY –  “‘Spectacular’ is the only word to describe the 2014 Secret Gardens Tour,” said organizer Merle Szydlo, “and we can’t wait for everyone to be awed by our eight amazing gardens!”

Szydlo is confident that the Saturday, July 12, Tour presented by Jamestown Audubon will not only be the biggest ever but also the most interesting. “We have gardens from pocket size to palatial – and one that is a fallen barn turned into a sunken garden!” she added.

The gardeners and the locations of their hidden treasures are:

Audubon Schedules July Water Chestnut Pulls

Audubon Schedules July Water Chestnut Pulls

Jamestown, NY – “Volunteers are making progress with clearing Water Chestnut from the Big Pond, but much work remains,” said Jamestown Audubon President Ruth Lundin. “Now our July ‘Pulls’ are really important.”

Lundin issued an invitation to help save local waterways from this invasive species that has taken a foothold at the Audubon Sanctuary on Riverside Road. All adults and children 13 and older (accompanied by an adult) who care about a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed are welcome.

Volunteers use canoes, kayaks and waders to reach and remove this fast-growing, floating annual herb that forms large mats that shade out native aquatic vegetation.  Water Chestnut reduces oxygen levels for fish and encourages sedimentation by restricting silt movement. Native to southern Europe and Asia, it is not the same species used in Asian cooking.

Make a Dragonfly Pendant at Audubon

Make a Dragonfly Pendant at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – You don’t need previous experience to learn to make an eye-catching dragonfly pendant from beautiful glass beads. 

On Saturday, July 19, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary is offering “Flight of the Dragonfly.”

At the 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. workshop, you can make a colorful pendant in the shape of a dragonfly using Swarovski crystals, seed beads, glass “dagger” beads for the wings, and tiny metal spacers between the crystals.

Beadwork artist and teacher Anne Jackson will instruct you in making this charming piece of jewelry that you will be proud to wear or give as a special gift. A member of the Chautauqua County Society of Artists, Jackson teaches beading privately and also at Imagine in Bemus Point, New York.

As a bonus, Audubon Program Director Jennifer Schlick will give a short presentation about local dragonflies.

Cost of the class is $50, $42 for Friends of the Nature Center, and includes all supplies.

Cabela’s Announces Opening Date of Cheektowaga, NY, Store

Cabela’s Announces Opening Date of Cheektowaga, NY, Store

Cabela’s Incorporated, the World's Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will celebrate the official grand opening of its Cheektowaga, N.Y., store Thursday, August 7, 2014.

A ribbon cutting ceremony, hosted by Cabela's executives and special guests, will begin at 10:45 a.m. and conclude with the grand-opening ribbon being cut by an arrow shot from a bow by a local Cabela’s employee. Doors will open for business at 11 a.m.

Opening day will kick off a weekend-long celebration highlighted by special appearances, family events, giveaways and more. A complete schedule of events will be available on www.cabelas.com/stores when finalized.

Audubon Needs New Memberships by End of June

Audubon Needs New Memberships by End of June

Jamestown, NY – “We are making progress, but we’re not there yet,” said Jamestown Audubon President Ruth Lundin in reporting on Audubon’s goal of 100 new Friends of the Nature Center for June.

Lundin said that with the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation’s commitment to match all new Audubon memberships, 100 is the target they are working to reach. 

“Sheldon has given us a rare opportunity and a distinct challenge as well,” she said. “We want all those who appreciate what we do, who love hiking our trails, visiting Liberty [Audubon’s resident Bald Eagle], or coming to any of our many programs, workshops and events, to know that now is the time to join!” 

Lundin explained that every dollar raised in new memberships to the Friends of the Nature Center will be doubled by Sheldon.  She added, “We are encouraging our current members to consider buying a membership for a friend or family member who would love the opportunity to be part of Audubon.”

New Features on Audubon’s Secret Gardens Tour

New Features on Audubon’s Secret Gardens Tour

Jamestown, NY – You’ll be inspired by gardens large and small, traditional and contemporary, at the Jamestown (NY) Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s 11th Secret Gardens Tour. 

The Saturday, July 12, event boasts eight gardens, from pocket size to palatial, in Jamestown, Lakewood, and Celoron, New York. One of these hidden treasures has been so popular that this is its fourth time on the circuit. And imagine a fallen barn turned into a sunken garden!

As if eight stunning gardens weren’t enough, Audubon has added some new features this year.

The event will include a drawing for a beautiful hand-crafted tote bag and matching purse with a garden theme. Donated by Jamestowner Mary Anne Harp, often credited with the original idea for Secret Gardens, the ensemble was hand-crafted by local artisan Brenda Everett. The tote bag will be on display in the Nature Center building at Audubon prior to the tour.