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Audubon Accepting 2017 Nature Photo Contest Entries

Audubon Accepting 2017 Nature Photo Contest Entries

Jamestown, NY – Entries have begun to arrive for Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Nature Photography Contest.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is designed to encourage anyone who enjoys doing photography – from beginners to professionals – to enter their images for consideration.

“The Photo Contest helps us fulfill our mission of connecting people with nature in two ways,” said Audubon Photo Contest Coordinator Ruby Miller. “The photographer experiences nature while shooting pictures and the viewer becomes inspired to connect with nature when looking at the often stunning results.”

Prizes are awarded in four 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.

Some Audubon Summer Day Camps Already Full

Some Audubon Summer Day Camps Already Full

Jamestown, NY – Maybe it’s because registration is simpler.

Maybe it’s because you have to register early to be able to buy a t-shirt.

Or maybe it’s because they’re just so much fun that some Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) Day Camps for next summer are already full.

Forest Adventures, Furballs, Art of Nature, Wanderers, Wild Things, Teen Treks and Tween Treks are a few of the opportunities still open for preschoolers through 12th graders.

Audubon camps have one basic rule: Respect. Respect nature. Respect yourself. Respect others and their things. ACNC believes that all children benefit from having great experiences outdoors, learning more about the natural world and more about themselves.

Audubon Offering Snow Camp for Kids 4-14 on Presidents’ Day

Audubon Offering Snow Camp for Kids 4-14 on Presidents’ Day

Jamestown, NY – It’s Day Camp in the winter, and a great way to celebrate Presidents’ Day.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, February 20, kids ages four to 14 can experience the fun of the Audubon Community Nature Center’s summer Day Camp with a winter twist.

Time will be spent outside, with camp games and songs inside.

Campers are asked to dress for the weather and pack a complete change of clothes, winter gear, a snack, and a lunch.

Cost for the day is $30 or $25 for members. Siblings receive a $5 discount.

Enrollment is limited. Paid reservations are required by Thursday, February 16. To register, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or click through Plan Your Visit/Attend a Program at auduboncnc.org.

Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, and Lenna Foundation.

Homeowners Can Reap the Financial Benefits of Solar Energy

Homeowners Can Reap the Financial Benefits of Solar Energy

Whether you’re putting an addition on your house or simply giving the interior a fresh coat of paint, there’s nothing like the feeling of achievement that comes with the completion of a home improvement project. Now imagine if that completed project also resulted in significant energy savings, putting more cash into your pocket and less pollution into the environment. 

Does that sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not. Welcome to the world of solar energy.

Little Explorers Learn about Maple Mysteries at Audubon, Saturday, February 11

Little Explorers Learn about Maple Mysteries at Audubon, Saturday, February 11

Jamestown, NY – “Maple Mysteries” is the topic at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Little Explorers on Saturday morning, February 11. The program is for children aged three to eight and their favorite grownups.

Maple trees are forest residents all year long, but humans take special interest in them come late winter.

While the trees prepare for the coming spring by pushing winter-stored sap through their trunks into branches, humans take a bit of that sap and turn it into maple syrup. Come and learn how this process happens, a little bit about the tree’s biology, and taste some maple syrup.

A hike will follow the lesson and then a snack and craft inside.

The 10 to 11:30 a.m. program runs rain or shine, and going outside is the most important part, so please come dressed for the weather.

Daemen Recognized With EPA Regional Award

Daemen Recognized With EPA Regional Award

AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College has received a Food Recovery Challenge Regional Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2, making it the only college in New York State to receive this distinction.

“We are proud to have Daemen recognized as a regional leader in sustainability practices and for our ongoing commitment to reduce the college’s environmental footprint,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “As an educational institution, we strive to foster an environmentally conscious campus culture that actively engages our students, faculty, and staff.”

Audubon’s Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival Saturday, February 4

Audubon’s Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival Saturday, February 4

Jamestown, NY – If you’re looking for a way to chase away the winter blahs, the Audubon Community Nature Center has just what you need.

On Saturday, February 4, Audubon will present the 2017 Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival, a family-friendly event celebrating nature, living sustainably, and fun.

With its recent emphasis on learning to live lighter on the planet, this event continues to serve the community and is now in its 35th year. 

You can experience hands-on activities that can be done at home to help have a smaller impact on the environment. These include making butter and soap, wool spinning, knitting, leather working, wheat grinding, drilling maple taps and syrup making. You can even make a wooden nest box or bird feeder.

You can get up close with owls and hawks when Wild Spirit Education present an owls program at 11 a.m., a meet and greet at noon, and a birds of prey program at 1 p.m.