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Give the Kids (and Yourself) a Break with Audubon’s Holiday Camp

Give the Kids (and Yourself) a Break with Audubon’s Holiday Camp

Jamestown, NY – The holiday break can be hectic, and sometimes a getaway for the kids can be good for everyone.

The Audubon Community Nature Center is inviting kids to come and play and learn for a day during the school vacation.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 29, kids from Pre-K through Grade 7 can experience the fun of summer day camp with a winter twist.

Time will be spent enjoying the outdoors, learning about nature, playing, and meeting or spending time with friends. There will also be inside camp games and songs.

Children need to bring a non-refrigerated lunch, a snack, a water bottle, and a complete change of clothes. Be sure to dress for being outside, with an extra pair of gloves, boots, and snowpants if possible.

Cost for the day is $30 or $25 for Friends of the Nature Center. Additional siblings receive a $5 discount.

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count in Warren and Jamestown, December 17

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count in Warren and Jamestown, December 17

Jamestown, NY – It’s that time of year again!  Fill your bird feeders.  See who shows up.  Some will be feathered friends -- some may be bird watchers with binoculars.

This year marks the 117th Annual Christmas Bird Count held by National Audubon Society. 

Saturday, December 17, in Warren and Sunday, December 18, in Jamestown are the days when bird watchers will take to the roadways and the woods to see how many birds and how many species they can observe in the defined birding Circle. Others will watch their bird feeders. 

Winter Lights at Audubon Even More Exciting in 2016

Winter Lights at Audubon Even More Exciting in 2016

Jamestown, NY – As if 14 lasers and more than 10,000 LED lights along a luminary-lit trail weren’t enough, Winter Lights at Audubon is adding even more to this year’s spectacular show.  

The Audubon Community Nature Center’s merger of nature with cutting edge technology is a special treat because YOU get to control your experience. Interactive LED lights, including a drum that changes lights in the building, firefly lasers and animal quiz boards, create a new twist on light shows.

Extending over four weekends this year, Winter Lights is adding an interactive video, where visitors can push a button to add new characters to an 8’ by 4’ screen with a video of an underwater pond. Local artist Gary Peters is creating the interactive animation that will be projected outside.

Little Explorers Learn What’s Under Blankets of Snow at Audubon, Saturday, December 10

Little Explorers Learn What’s Under Blankets of Snow at Audubon, Saturday, December 10

Jamestown, NY – Winter blankets the world in layers of snow, sometimes very deep snow.

On Saturday, December 10, children aged three to eight and their favorite grownups can learn about snow, how it forms layers, and how wildlife depends on those layers at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Little Explorers.

There is a whole world of activity under the snow. A walk outside with a naturalist will show tunnels, footprints, food caches, burrows, and more.

The 10 to 11:30 a.m. program runs rain or shine, and going outside is the most important part, so please come dressed for the weather.

Little Explorers is an opportunity to learn about a new nature topic on the second Saturday of each month. Some time is spent both inside and out, and a snack and a craft are always included.

Smackdab/Adults-Only Opening Winter Lights at Audubon Friday, December 16

Smackdab/Adults-Only Opening Winter Lights at Audubon Friday, December 16

Jamestown, NY – Winter Lights at Audubon opens this year with an Adults Only night featuring the exciting regional favorite live band Smackdab.

After walking a luminary-lit trail of interactive lights, you can listen to music and enjoy snacks and a beer or glass of wine at the Audubon Community Nature Center on Friday evening, December 16, 2016. Soda, hot chocolate, and coffee will also be available for designated drivers and those not interested in beer or wine.

The 5:30-8:30 p.m. event features 14 lasers and more than 10,000 LED lights, a merger of nature with cutting edge technology where YOU get to control your experience. Interactive LED lights, including a drum that changes lights in the building, firefly lasers and animal quiz boards, create a new twist on light shows.

You can warm up at the fire at the midpoint of the half-mile walk on a paved and ice-free trail, and gasp at the finale at the Blue Heron Overlook.

Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Calendar Celebrates 60 Years!

Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Calendar Celebrates 60 Years!

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) has again produced the perfect holiday gift: A 2017 Natural History Calendar, full of local pictures and lore.

In celebration of the ACNC’s 60th anniversary year, the calendar features some success stories in nature from the last 60 years – like nesting Ospreys, Otters, and Fishers.

It also takes a look at some less successful stories – like Water Chestnut, and Rusty Blackbird declines of up to 99%.

Featuring a curious raccoon, the cover highlights Audubon’s new name, logo, and slogan. Along with photos of the past, there is natural history for each month.

Audubon Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome, who spearheads the calendar’s creation, noted that it was printed locally at MW Graphics and uses photos primarily by local and regional photographers. Proceeds support the ACNC’s educational programs.  

The Land Conservancy Purchases The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Protecting It In Perpetuity

The Land Conservancy Purchases The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Protecting It In Perpetuity

Through the generosity of many donors, the Western New York Land Conservancy has now purchased The Owens Falls Sanctuary in the Town of Aurora. The Land Conservancy and the Friends of Jackson Falls raised more than $700,000 over the last nine months to create this permanently protected nature sanctuary. The Land Conservancy will open the sanctuary’s walking trails to the public later next year. 

As the name suggests, the highlight of The Owens Falls Sanctuary are two magnificent waterfalls. But there is more to the land than these waterfalls. Its beautiful hemlock and beech forest are home to migrating birds, breeding frogs and salamanders, and dense patches of stunning wildflowers. The property also includes wetlands and mature headwater forests which are vital to maintaining water quality in the Buffalo River and Niagara River watersheds.