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You Can Be Part of Audubon/BOS Bird Count on Saturday, October 14

You Can Be Part of Audubon/BOS Bird Count on Saturday, October 14

Jamestown, N.Y. – If you will be anywhere in western New York on Saturday, October 14, 2017, you can join bird-lovers from four counties to report species seen that day.

The Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) was established in 1929 to promote the study of the birds of the Niagara Frontier Region, which includes western New York and southeastern Ontario, Canada. This region is rich in bird life, with over 380 species and 25 recognizable subspecies of birds recorded.

Every second Saturday in October since 1939, the BOS has sponsored a one-day census of all birds in the BOS territory. The date was chosen to coincide with the end of the fall migration.

Audubon Community Nature Center supports this effort that both provides a fun day of birding and generates data which make a real contribution to the understanding of local bird populations. 

View Elk in Pennsylvania with Audubon

View Elk in Pennsylvania with Audubon

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is offering a rare opportunity: a day-long fieldtrip to learn about and view herds of elk.

Elk once roamed much of North America but began to disappear from the East in the 1800s due to overhunting and habitat destruction. Reintroduction programs beginning in the early twentieth century brought wild stock from western populations back east. One strong population can be found in Benezette, Pennsylvania, about 80 miles southeast of the Nature Center.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4, the Audubon van will depart for Benezette to visit the beautiful Elk Country Visitor Center. After lunch in St. Marys, the afternoon will be spent learning about these majestic animals through displays and diorama, interactive touch screen exhibits, the touch and feel Discovery Room and, for an additional fee, the 4D story theater.

Carve a Pumpkin for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Carve a Pumpkin for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center is looking for families and folks who would like to carve pumpkins to light the Enchanted Forest trail.

Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, are the magical evenings when you will find talking animals along a lighted trail – and adults as fascinated as the children they accompany.

You can add to the magic by designing and carving a pumpkin to decorate the trail on Monday, October 2, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Nature Center.

There will be some pumpkins and carving tools provided but feel free to bring your own. This is great family volunteer opportunity but open to all. Children must be accompanied and assisted by an adult.

Carving will be inside or outside, depending on the weather. 

Participants at the weekend’s Enchanted Forest will vote for their favorite pumpkin design, with the winners receiving a one-year Audubon Family Membership.

Summit to Highlight Environmental Action Efforts

Summit to Highlight Environmental Action Efforts

Positive ways to take action on environmental issues will be addressed at the 13th annual Western New York Environmental Summit taking place Sept. 30 at Daemen College.

“Get Involved: A Toolkit for Action,” which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Daemen’s Wick Campus Center. A continental breakfast will be provided for all event attendees.

“This year’s event is designed to educate attendees on how they can make a difference and have a positive impact on environmental issues,” said Dr. Brenda Young, program director of global and local sustainability. “Understanding the tools that are available to create change will help make efforts more effective in our communities.”

The Environmental Summit will kick off with a keynote presentation, “Empowering Your Organization Brand Through Social Media, to be given by Daniel Wangelin, owner of [re]noun creative, a Buffalo-based design and marketing company.

October 1 is Early Bird Reservation Deadline for Audubon’s OctoberFEAST

October 1 is Early Bird Reservation Deadline for Audubon’s OctoberFEAST

Jamestown, N.Y. – Last year Audubon Community Nature Center staff and volunteers presented their gala fund raising dinner and auction at the Nature Center.

“OctoberFEAST 2016 was such a hit,” said program director Jennifer Schlick, “that we’re staying at the Nature Center and coming up with even more fun ideas for this fall!”

Saturday evening, October 21, is the date for OctoberFEAST 2017, and the Sunday, October 1, deadline for early bird discounts is fast approaching.

Tapas food stations will be in various locations, with new specials delivered from the kitchen throughout the dining hour. The delicious dinner is sure to please vegans and omnivores alike.

With an emphasis on experiences, the live auction features unique opportunities and outings like Sunday brunch and studio tours in an 1880s boardinghouse, an evening reminiscent of a jazz supper club, and a day with a wildlife biologist looking for mussels and hellbenders and enjoying a catered lunch.

Harvest and Enjoy Fall’s Bounty at Audubon Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, October 1

Harvest and Enjoy Fall’s Bounty at Audubon Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, October 1

Jamestown, NY – Beans, winter squash, Asian pears, apples, and quince.

These are some of the veggies, fruits, and tubers of the season that you can harvest and enjoy at the final session of Audubon Community Nature Center’s gardening series on Sunday afternoon, October 1.

You are invited to the home of organic gardeners Scott and Pam Stoleson in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, for the 1-3 p.m. event.

Likely things you will be able to pick and sample include Shinseiki and Yoinashi Asian pears, Beurre Bosc pears, Rose Finn and Austrian Crescent potatoes, winter squashes, American hazelnuts, and Aromatnaya Quince.

You will also discuss planting a cover crop in harvested areas to replenish the soil’s organic material, preparing to plant the first plants for next season (garlic!), and putting the garden to bed for the winter. 

The finale will be a feast of home-grown veggies, possibly augmented by harvests from other farms nearby.

Learn Botanical Drawing and Painting in Three Sessions at Audubon

Learn Botanical Drawing and Painting in Three Sessions at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center is offering a unique opportunity to learn “The Art of Botanical Drawing and Painting.”

In three Saturday morning sessions presented by two artists on staff, you can learn the basics of nature drawing and painting from observation.

Ruby Miller and Kim Turner will tag team instruction from 9 a.m. to noon on October 7, 14, and 21, 2017. Deadline for registration is Monday, September 25.

Artists and naturalists alike can benefit from this workshop. Beginners and seasoned artists are invited to hone their observation skills while developing drawing and watercolor techniques.

The sessions will progress each week, culminating with a finished watercolor painting of a botanical study. The methods used throughout the workshop are inspired by Agathe Ravet-Haevermans’s book, The Art of Botanical Drawing: An Introductory Guide.