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Western New York Land Conservancy to Celebrate 25 Years of Conservation Success at Annual Gala

Western New York Land Conservancy to Celebrate 25 Years of Conservation Success at Annual Gala

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host its annual gala from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Golden Ballroom at Statler City, celebrating 25 years of conserving our region’s special places. 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 since 1991. These places include, among many others, the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston, Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport, Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve in Wales, Mill Road Scenic Overlook in Aurora and farmland throughout the region. These places are protected forever because of the Land Conservancy and the efforts of its members. 

Audubon Needs Volunteers for Saturday’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

Audubon Needs Volunteers for Saturday’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is looking for more volunteers to help visitors celebrate the life and migration of Monarch Butterflies at this Saturday’s (August 27) Monarch Butterfly Festival.  

While many volunteers have already signed up, a few more are needed to ensure that the festival’s many visitors all have an outstanding experience.

A number of job slots need filling at the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event. These include children’s crafts, admissions, butterfly room and caterpillar monitors, distributing insect nets, and kitchen staff.

Help is needed on Friday (August 26) as well to cut and arrange flowers for the indoor butterfly garden and to set up the children’s crafts room.

In addition to the reward of bringing joy to so many, especially children, all volunteers get free admission to the festival and a complimentary meal ticket.  

Renowned Bird Researcher Returns to Audubon

Renowned Bird Researcher Returns to Audubon

Jamestown, NY – With migratory birds often traveling at night, it is difficult for scientists to monitor their declining flocks.

The researcher who determined how to track these birds by using their distinctive nighttime vocalizations is returning to the Audubon Nature Center as the guest speaker at the September 2 First Friday Lunch Bunch.

William Evans’s 11 a.m. program will be on the flight calls songbirds give in nocturnal migration and how monitoring them is leading to an independent method to monitor populations.

While we sleep, large waves of migrant birds pass over our houses during the spring and fall migration periods. Many utter short vocalizations to maintain contact with others and avoid mid-air collisions. On good migration nights thousands of these calls can be documented.

Deadline for Nature Center Seasonal Naturalist Applications is September 1

Deadline for Nature Center Seasonal Naturalist Applications is September 1

Jamestown, NY – Whether it’s called a job or a paid internship, securing a position as a seasonal naturalist at the Audubon Nature Center is an opportunity to earn money while getting some great experience.

September 1, 2016, is the deadline for applications for this position that will have varying hours from October through March.

Three years ago, Corinne “Crin” Fredrickson submitted her application. “I had never visited the Center before my interview, but when I parked my car and walked toward the front door I had this overwhelming feeling of belonging,” she said.

Audubon Nature Center’s Butterfly Festival: A Not-to-be-Missed Event

Audubon Nature Center’s Butterfly Festival: A Not-to-be-Missed Event

Jamestown, NY – Whatever your interest – watching beautiful butterflies on wildflowers, having your picture taken as a giant butterfly or caterpillar, great crafts for the kids, yummy taste treats, and so much more – there will be something for you at the Audubon Nature Center’s Monarch Butterfly Festival.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, Audubon will celebrate this beautiful creature.

At the indoor garden, you can take pictures of Monarchs in every stage of their life cycle. Maybe you will see an adult emerge from its chrysalis or hold a caterpillar or butterfly. You can watch experts tagging butterflies and at 4 p.m. see them released to fly to Mexico, where their tags will help scientists track the migration of this rapidly dwindling species.

Have Fun at the Nature Center’s Monarchs & Margaritas

Have Fun at the Nature Center’s Monarchs & Margaritas

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to a festive time at the Audubon Nature Center’s Monarchs & Margaritas.  At this adults-only event, you can treat yourself to an evening with grown-ups and butterflies!

On Friday, August 26, the Nature Center will be prepared for the next day’s Monarch Butterfly Festival with an indoor butterfly garden full of beautiful flowers and Monarch butterflies.

From 5-7 p.m. you can enjoy an exclusive sneak peek of the Festival and have special fun while you support the Monarch butterflies as they prepare for their migration to Mexico.

Each admission includes two margaritas, appetizers, a crowd-free/child-free experience with the live butterflies, and a chance to win some great prizes. Miley’s is providing the drinks and catering south-of-the-border-themed appetizers with vegetarian options. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

Audubon Art Camp a Great Success

Audubon Art Camp a Great Success

Jamestown, NY – Eleven third and fourth graders were immersed in both nature and art this summer at the Audubon Nature Center’s Art Camp, made possible in part by support from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County Projects Pool Grants Program.

Artist and Audubon Nature Center administrative staff person Kimberly Turner filled the week with a variety of opportunities and experiences for her young charges. They learned about light by doing shadow drawings in the garden, wandered the arboretum to gather supplies for their cyanotypes (photographic blueprints), had a mini lesson on English botanist and photographer Anna Atkins, made sun prints, decorated their art supply carrying totes – and that was just the first day!