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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.

Funding Needed to Turn a 140-acre Forest on Grand Island Into an Iconic New Nature Preserve

Funding Needed to Turn a 140-acre Forest on Grand Island Into an Iconic New Nature Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy and residents of Grand Island hope to create a new 140-acre forested nature preserve along the Niagara River. That dream came closer to reality this month when funding was committed by the Niagara River Greenway Ecological Standing Committee and the Gallogly Family Foundation totaling more than $700,000. This funding will be just enough for the Land Conservancy to purchase the property and open it to the public. The Land Conservancy is hoping to raise at least another $600,000 to create an even better walking trail system, restore wildlife habitat and help maintain the preserve in the long run. 

Take a Happy Hour Hike into Autumn at Audubon

Take a Happy Hour Hike into Autumn at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to welcome autumn with a hike on the splendid grounds at the Audubon Community Nature Center.

Audubon will provide the landscape and Senior Naturalist Sarah Hatfield will lead you through the woodlands on the first day of autumn, Friday, September 22, 2017.

At this 3-4 p.m. Happy Hour Hike, you can explore Audubon’s trails to see autumn color the world.

There is a flurry of activity in the natural world as everything gets ready for the lean season. Animals are packing away food, as are some plants, while others are sending their offspring out into the world as their final gesture.

Meet new people, learn a little bit, and enjoy the season. After the hike, bring a bit of cash to enjoy a (completely optional) follow-up beverage at a local restaurant with your fellow nature-nerds.

Remember to wear shoes that are suited to the trails. The walk will happen rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather.

Annual Western New York Land Conservancy Gala Taking Place on September 26

Annual Western New York Land Conservancy Gala Taking Place on September 26

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host its annual gala in the Golden Ballroom at Statler City from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. For more than 26 years, the regional land trust and its thousands of supporters have saved more than 6,000 acres of forests, wetlands, meadows and farms in the eight counties of Western New York. These places include, among many others, the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston, Owens Falls Sanctuary in Aurora and farmland throughout the region. These places are protected forever because of the Land Conservancy and the efforts of its members.

Audubon Celebrating 60 Years at Annual Dinner on Monday, September 25

Audubon Celebrating 60 Years at Annual Dinner on Monday, September 25

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center has a tradition of recognizing volunteers and holding its annual meeting in late September.

This year’s event on Monday, September 25, is an unusually special occasion. In addition to Volunteer Appreciation Night, it is also a celebration of Audubon 60th anniversary.

“Sixty years ago a committed core of volunteers had the vision to create what has become Audubon Community Nature Center,” said Audubon President Ruth Lundin. “It is most appropriate that this milestone celebration highlights the many volunteers who continue to make it possible for us to connect people with the natural world!”

During Audubon’s 2016-2017 fiscal year, 311 volunteers logged more than 12,350 hours to support Audubon’s mission throughout all aspects of the organization. Lundin noted that volunteers contribute to every department – administration, buildings and grounds, education, research, conservation, and more.

Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, September 17

Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, September 17

Jamestown, NY – Unstructured outdoor play benefits a child’s physical and mental development as well as his or her understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

Too often, concerns about safety, location, materials and the value of play are barriers in creating these experiences.

On Sunday aftenoon, September 17, Audubon Community Nature Center is offering a Nature Play Day to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.

Children ages two to eight and their favorite adults can drop in anytime from 1:00 to 4 p.m. in Audubon’s Nature Play Area.

Extra materials will be placed in the play area such as mud kitchen equipment, hammocks, weaving material or natural building materials. A naturalist will be present to answer questions and provide information.

Audubon Nature Photography Club Meeting, Thursday, September 14

Audubon Nature Photography Club Meeting, Thursday, September 14

Jamestown, NY – Nature and landscape photographer Monika Garami will be the presenter at the Audubon Nature Photography Club’s regular meeting on Thursday evening, September 14.

“Sky shots” and “Depth of field” are the topics for the image review that opens the meeting at 6:15 p.m. You are invited to come and see how members interpret and portray each subject 

There will also be a show-and-tell time when members can show off some of their best pictures.