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Winter Lights at Nature Center Launching Thursday, December 10

Winter Lights at Nature Center Launching Thursday, December 10

Jamestown, NY – With 14 lasers and more than 10,000 LED lights along a luminary-lit trail, Winter Lights at the Nature Center is a spectacular show.  

But what makes this merger of nature with cutting edge technology unique is that YOU get to control your experience.

Beginning December 10 and running the last three weekends in December, you can play a drum to change the display of lights, play search-and-find with a flashlight that causes animals to light up and make noise, and roll the earth through the seasons. This all happens at the Audubon Nature Center in Jamestown, New York.

Visitors can expect to walk about a half mile on a paved and ice-free trail, stopping to control lights, warm up at the fire at the halfway point, and gasp at the finale at the Blue Heron Overlook.

Experience “Costa Rica: Bird Heaven” at Nature Center’s First Friday

Experience “Costa Rica: Bird Heaven” at Nature Center’s First Friday

Jamestown, NY – On her trip to Costa Rica, local birder Bonnie Bowen added 214 birds to her Life List, including 24 different hummingbirds.

You can experience her adventure at the Audubon Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on December 4, 2015, when Bowen presents “Costa Rica: Bird Heaven.” Beginning at 11 a.m., she will share stories and photos from her 10-day bucket list trip with Julie Zickefoose.

Bowen stayed an extra week to do some exploring on her own. She describes driving in Costa Rica as “more excitement than I bargained for.”

Following the program, coffee and tea will be provided for a BYO brown bag lunch. The fee for attending is $8 or $6 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations are not required.  

Make a Wreath at the Nature Center

Make a Wreath at the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – Being able to make a beautiful 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’s Wreath Making Workshop on Saturday, December 5, 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 popular event is $33 or $25 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 9-15.

Nature Center Volunteers and Staff Prepping for December’s Winter Lights

Nature Center Volunteers and Staff Prepping for December’s Winter Lights

Jamestown, NY – Cutting edge technology and nature are merging again this year as the Audubon Nature Center and Volt Vision team up to create Winter Lights. 

As he commandeers the preparation for the extravaganza that will be open to the public the last three weekends in December, Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome says, “The collaboration and volunteer time that goes into this thing is pretty darn amazing.  I’ve got half a mile of extension cords out there, as well as carpenters, photographers, electricians, painters, and engineers all grabbing different parts of this project and running with it!”

For eight evenings, the Nature Center will be aglow with 14 lasers, over 10,000 LED lights, and computers running light activities, stations, and interactive lights that are the size of your thumb. 

“Small Wonders” is Theme of Audubon Nature Center’s 2016 Calendar

“Small Wonders” is Theme of Audubon Nature Center’s 2016 Calendar

Jamestown, NY – For 2016, the Audubon Nature Center is presenting its fifth Natural History Calendar. With the theme of “Small Wonders,” it is filled with beautiful photography of things to look for outside that you might otherwise miss.

Nature Center Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome, who spearheads the calendars’ creation, noted that there is a lot happening outside that most people never notice. He said, “That is why the 2016 calendar is dedicated to the thousands of children whose curiosity and enthusiasm has forced us to stop and take a closer look at the world, often finding amazingly beautiful and fascinating things along the way.” 

Nature Center Gets Exciting News from Duck Stamp Art Winner

Nature Center Gets Exciting News from Duck Stamp Art Winner

Jamestown, NY – Folks at the Audubon Nature Center were already looking forward to a presentation by Jennifer Miller, winner of the competition for the 2015-2016 Federal Duck Stamp, at their annual Thanksgiving with the Birds on Saturday, November 21.

Now they are really excited by news Miller shared before taking off for travel related to the Duck Stamp. When she is at the Nature Center, not only is she going to donate a print, she will also bring Duck Stamps to sell and sign. All proceeds from the sale of the stamp go back to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where 98% goes into the Migratory Bird Fund, with the remainder covering administrative and printing costs.

Dr. Robin Kimmerer Plans Buffalo Presentation on ‘The Honorable Harvest’

Dr. Robin Kimmerer Plans Buffalo Presentation on ‘The Honorable Harvest’

Today’s news reports are full of buzzwords about the environment. Climate resiliency. Sustainability.

And it’s no surprise why. Humankind has left quite a mark on our land in the last couple hundred years. While we celebrate our new technological advancements, many of them separate us from the land even further. The scientific community analyzes our impacts and suggests ways to best manage our land. We struggle to find ways to lessen our footprint.

But not so long ago, indigenous peoples were sustained by this land for countless generations. What can we learn from native peoples as we look to the future?

Dr. Robin Kimmerer believes that the scientific community can apply traditional ecological knowledge in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge to reconnect people with the land.