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Take a Guided Tour of Patagonia at Audubon

Take a Guided Tour of Patagonia at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Does Patagonia sound like a fascinating locale for the adventurous explorer? 

You can find out at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on June 6, when Robert and Kathleen Barber present “Patagonian Frontiers: Argentine and Chile.”

Beginning at 11 a.m., the Barbers will share photos and stories from their amazing trip to the southern tip of South America.

You can experience the wonders of two of the world’s last great frontiers: the majestic fjords and glaciers of Southern Patagonia and the stunningly dramatic scenery of Torres del Paine. Visit Cape Horn and sail along as Charles Darwin did through the Strait of Magellan, the Beagle Channel, Drake’s Passage and many other estuaries to explore the flora and fauna of this cold rain forest.

Land Conservancy Event Celebrated Contributions from Members

Land Conservancy Event Celebrated Contributions from Members

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy held its 23rd annual Membership Meeting and Reception on Friday, May 16, at the Buffalo Yacht Club on Lake Erie. With 175 attendees, this was the most well-attended annual meeting in the Land Conservancy’s 23-year history. 

Get Your Cameras Out for Jamestown Audubon’s Nature Photo Contest

Get Your Cameras Out for Jamestown Audubon’s Nature Photo Contest

Jamestown, NY – Now that spring is here, it’s time to get out your camera to see if you can take a picture that wins a prize in the 2014 Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Contest.

The contest, presented by the Audubon Center & Sanctuary of Jamestown, New York, awards prizes in three categories and two divisions. The Youth Division is for ages 8-18 or still in high school; Adult is 18 and over or post-high school. Youth and Adult winners in the categories of Landscapes, Plants, and Wildlife each receive a $100 cash prize.

With entries being submitted on-line, the competition has attracted international attention, receiving submissions from around the world. 

The 2013 winners were:

Audubon Young Volunteer of the Year is Counselor Camp Alumna

Audubon Young Volunteer of the Year is Counselor Camp Alumna

Jamestown, NY – “I started [volunteering] because I really loved camp as a kid. It’s lots of fun to connect with other staff and kids!”

That’s how Emily Nelson, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Young Volunteer of the Year, describes her work at Audubon, including serving as a counselor in training and junior counselor at summer day camps. She said her experience has developed her people skills, and it is definitely “not boring!” She enjoys the beauty of Audubon and likes to “open up kids’ eyes and get them inspired.”

The high school sophomore is active in music and sports as well as being on the honor roll at Southwestern Central School. A summer day camper herself since she was five, Emily has been volunteering at Audubon for the past four years, for other events as well as camps.

Emily received training for her leadership experiences at Audubon’s Counselor Camp.

The 2014 Counselor Camp will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, June 24-26,

Audubon’s Annual Plant Exchange and Sale Saturday, May 17

Audubon’s Annual Plant Exchange and Sale Saturday, May 17

Jamestown, NY – If gardening is on your mind, you’ll want to put the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Plant Exchange and Sale on your calendar.

Rain or shine, this annual event will be on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gardeners know that there are always volunteer plants that spring up and need new homes. The Plant Exchange & Sale was born to share those volunteers.

This event started out as a place for people to exchange extra plants with other gardeners. It grew to include donations from nurseries, a sale option for those just starting out who don’t yet have extras, and some seeds and informational displays.

Come and exchange plants, knowledge, tips and tricks with other gardeners. Bring plants in pots (no plastic bags) or money, and exchange or buy plants and take them home.

Audubon Workshop on Wild Edibles

Audubon Workshop on Wild Edibles

Jamestown, NY – Did you know that with a little bit of knowledge, nature can be your grocery store?

On Sunday afternoon, May 18, you can learn to identify spring greens, flowers and other wild edibles at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s “Edible Audubon” workshop.

Some people forage for survival, others to save on the grocery bill. Foraging can also be a wonderful way to spend time outside, learn plant identification, try new foods, and strengthen your connection to the earth and the food it produces to nourish our bodies.

From 2-4:30 p.m. workshop participants will discover how to recognize edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar.

“Spring Flowers” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

“Spring Flowers” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

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

On Thursday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. Jennifer Schlick will demonstrate how she approaches shooting wildflowers. She will stress the creative process: what to include, how to adjust the background view with lens choice, how to organize the view with camera settings and then bring it all together with minor processing tweaks. 

Jennifer Schlick is the program director at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary in Jamestown. Her position has afforded her the opportunity to share her passion for the natural world with many people since 1998.  She finds that time disappears when she is out shooting, and she delights in photographing things both familiar and new.  Schlick is co-creative director for Women Create,  the biennial juried exhibit of women’s art, and an active blogger on nature.