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Learn the Magic Behind Winter Lights at Audubon

Learn the Magic Behind Winter Lights at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Winter Lights amazed Audubon visitors last year with an outdoor trail of interactive LED lights. The lights were controlled by flashlights, drums, dials and even by pushing the earth around the sun.

At the Audubon Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on December 5, Volt Vision’s Steve French will show how he engineered some of the effects at Winter Lights. Volt Vision is locally owned and operated in Warren, Pennsylvania.

You can learn how Volt Vision created animals that light up and make noise when they are activated by a flashlight. You can discover how low energy LED lights can be used in some amazing and creative ways.

French will also be using some of the new LED art pieces being installed in Audubon’s auditorium to demonstrate LED technology.

Visit the Audubon Nature Center on Black Friday

Visit the Audubon Nature Center on Black Friday

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is expanding their winter hours by being open on Black Friday, November 28, the day after Thanksgiving.

The Nature Center offers many opportunities to choose from, both indoors and out.

Outdoors you can burn off some Thanksgiving dinner calories by walking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing the more than five miles of beautifully maintained trails. You can also visit Liberty, Audubon’s resident bald eagle.

Audubon’s three-story building houses a collection of live animals including fish, reptiles, and amphibians. You and your friends and family can enjoy and learn from these as well as the many interactive displays that inform and engage visitors of all ages.

Audubon Presenting Wreath-Making Workshop

Audubon Presenting Wreath-Making Workshop

Jamestown, NY – Making an evergreen wreath is a skill you can put to use at holiday time every year.

You can learn this skill at the Audubon Nature Center’sWreath-Making Workshop on Saturday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participants will craft a homemade wreath using materials from the Audubon Nature Center and other local property. You will learn how to identify greens, harvest materials, prepare them for the wreaths, assemble your wreath, and decorate it. You should be able to finish your wreath during the workshop.

All materials are provided, but you may want to bring your own hand pruners and gloves.

The cost for this ever-popular event is $33 or $25 for Friends of the Nature Center.

Reservations with payment are required by Wednesday, December 3. Call (716) 569-2345 or use the on-line form by clicking through “Wreath-Making Workshop” at www.jamestownaudubon.org.

Bird Photography to be Featured at Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds

 Bird Photography to be Featured at Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to a dinner tradition at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary that dates back to 1965 and features great food, great company, and an absorbing talk.

On Saturday, November 22, Thanksgiving with the Birds will begin with a community soup pot, followed by a scrumptious turkey dinner and an enlightening program.

After dinner, Kim Sherwood will share some of his favorite photographs in “From Analysis Paralysis to Creative License: How I Wandered into Bird Photography.”

At 11:30 a.m., folks will gather around the outdoor soup kettle for which you can bring a small container of your favorite broth-based soup to add to the mystery brew.

Audubon provides the roasted turkeys and beverages for the indoor buffet dinner that begins at 12:30. Participants are asked to bring a side dish (dressing, vegetables, potatoes, salad or dessert) and their own table service, including a mug for soup.

“iPhone Abstracts” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

“iPhone Abstracts” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

Jamestown, NY – “iPhone Abstracts” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, November 13, at 6:15 p.m. Butch Poole will demonstrate how he approaches shooting and creating abstract nature photos. He will stress the creative process: using a starting image, adding other images to complement that, experimenting with iPhone apps while on location, deleting and adding other elements and then bring it all together with minor processing tweaks back at home. 

Butch Poole is a former high school biology teacher and has been involved in the art show circuit for over 30 years selling nature videos and still photography.  In 2009, he evolved into iPhone abstract nature photography using multiple exposures and layer effects from an iPhone app. Poole really appreciates now only having to carry a phone into the woods!  

See the Monarchs in Mexico at Audubon Nature Center

See the Monarchs in Mexico at Audubon Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – At the end of their autumn migration, almost every Monarch Butterfly east of the Rocky Mountains ends up clustered in the Oyamel Fir forests high in the mountains of Mexico. 

On November 7 at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s First Friday Lunch Bunch, Jack and Diane Voelker will present “Following the Monarchs to Mexico.” They will recount their journey to the mountains of Mexico in search of the migrating Monarch butterflies at the 11 a.m. event.

The Voelkers have a long-time interest in Monarchs. As they watched the population plummet last year, they decided to visit Mexico before the phenomenon of Monarch migration disappeared from North America. 

Learn “Contemplative Photography” at Audubon

Learn “Contemplative Photography” at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering a workshop in photography that takes a very different approach from the usual.

From 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, Jennifer Schlick will instruct you not in how your camera works, but in an approach to photography that helps you develop your ability to see.

Entitled “Contemplative Photography,” the workshop will be is less about subject matter and more about flashes of perception – those colors, textures, and plays of light that grab your attention.

Bring your favorite camera: any type will do.

Exercises will include being open to perceptions of color, texture, and light.