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Learn to Make Maple Syrup at the Nature Center

Learn to Make Maple Syrup at the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – For a sweet experience, the Audubon Nature Center is presenting a workshop on The Art of Making Maple Syrup.

This opportunity to learn the basic principles and procedures to make maple syrup will be held on Saturday morning, January 30, at the Nature Center. It will be followed by a trip to Uncle Rick’s Sugar House in Ashville, New York, in March.

The 10-11:30 a.m. program will begin in the Nature Center’s multipurpose room, where a slide show and lecture will describe what it takes to make maple syrup.  Instructor Rick Rupprecht will bring samples of the equipment he uses and talk about alternatives that are available.  A quick walk outside will help you learn to look closely at branches and bark to identify a sugar maple from the other trees in the yard by looking closely at branches and bark.

Senator Young, AT&T and Blue Star Mothers of NY Announce Successful Cell Phone Collection Drive

Senator Young, AT&T and Blue Star Mothers of NY Announce Successful Cell Phone Collection Drive

Residents of the Southern Tier and Livingston County stepped forward to help soldiers in need during the holiday season.

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- 57th District), AT&T and the Lake Erie Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of New York announced today that area residents donated more than 300 used mobile devices to Cell Phones For Soldiers.

Land Conservancy to Present Draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve

Land Conservancy to Present Draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host a presentation to unveil the draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve on Thursday, Jan. 21. The Concept Plan is a landscape design for the entire property. The keynote speaker is Darrel Morrison, the nationally-renowned landscape designer known for his ecological approach who is guiding the Land Conservancy’s restoration efforts at Stella. The public is welcome to attend and provide feedback. The presentation will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lewiston Senior Center at 4361 Lower River Road.

Take a Snowshoe Hike at the Nature Center

Take a Snowshoe Hike at the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – For a fun winter experience, it’s hard to beat snowshoeing.

Whether you have snowshoed before or are looking to try a new winter activity, you are invited to join a snowshoe hike at the Audubon Nature Center on Saturday afternoon, January 23. Snowshoes are available for rent from Evergreen Outfitters or you can bring your own.

Beginning at 1 p.m., you can snowshoe on the trails with a naturalist, looking for signs of animals, finding insects that are active in the winter, and seeing how plants handle the cold temperatures. If it grabs the group’s attention will be explored. General nature knowledge will be shared, along with enthusiasm and curiosity.

Learn About Volunteering at the Nature Center

Learn About Volunteering at the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – The workings of the Audubon Nature Center depend on the dedication and commitment of a strong volunteer crew.

In the past year, nearly 300 volunteers worked more than 12,000 hours to support the Nature Center’s mission to connect people to nature and promote environmentally responsible behaviors. On any given day, volunteers can be seen working on the trails, leading school groups, managing the membership program, feeding animals, and more.

With school programs reaching nearly 19,000 students and a similar number of visitors each year, the Nature Center could not survive without the dedication and commitment of a strong volunteer crew.

For the volunteer, there are many benefits too.  Volunteering provides an opportunity to use skills and pursue interests, meet new people, and become part of a community.

Nature Center’s 2016 Snowflake Festival Will Emphasize Sustainable Living

Nature Center’s 2016 Snowflake Festival Will Emphasize Sustainable Living

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center’s longest running festival is going to have a slightly different emphasis in 2016.

“We’ll have all the wonderful opportunities folks have come to expect of the Snowflake Festival,” said senior naturalist Sarah Hatfield of the Saturday, February 6, winter celebration. “In addition, we’ll be featuring demonstrators and vendors whose products focus on sustainable and local living.”

That means visitors can learn about ways to live a bit lighter on the planet through interactive gardening activities, making butter, learning to tap a maple tree, and building a nest box. Other possibilities will be trying out some old fashioned hand tools and making baskets, braided rugs, and soap. Textile demonstrations will include a spinner, weaver, knitters, dyers, and others who can turn fleece into clothing.

“Honduras: Mayan Ruins and Eco-Resort” at Nature Center Friday, January 8

 “Honduras: Mayan Ruins and Eco-Resort” at Nature Center Friday, January 8

Jamestown, NY – Cattaraugus County photographer Michael Weishan packed a variety of adventures into ten days in Honduras.

Weishan will share a photographic tour of his trip to the Mayan Ruins at Copan and his stay at an eco-resort in the Pico Bonito Rain Forest at the Audubon Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch. Because of the New Year’s holiday, the event will be on January 8, 2016, the second Friday of the month.

At the 11 a.m. gathering, Weishan will also show pictures of visiting Macaw Mountain Bird Park and Nature Reserve, snorkeling the reef in the Cayos Cochinos Islands, and taking a boat tour of the Cuero y Salado Manatee and Wildlife Refuge. Along with photographs, he will share his many experiences and what he learned about Honduras, including its Mayan History, wildlife, and culture.