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“Winter Night Lights at Audubon” Has Stunning Opening

“Winter Night Lights at Audubon” Has Stunning Opening

Jamestown, NY – Last weekend (December 5 and 6) was the debut for “Winter Night Lights at Audubon,” the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s newest outdoor attraction, and organizers say it couldn’t have gone better.

“We were thrilled with the response!” said Audubon Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome. “It’s been a huge undertaking to transform our outdoors into a winter fairyland, but the enthusiastic and awestruck responses of our visitors have made it all worthwhile.”

Along a luminary-lit paved trail, volunteers used the latest in interactive LED light technology to assist visitors to bring animals to life, to “see” the insides of a tree across the seasons, and to beat a drum to change the patterns of light shining on the Nature Center building.

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count in Warren and Jamestown

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count in Warren and Jamestown

Jamestown, NY – For more than a century, National Audubon has relied on the dedication and commitment of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas for its Christmas Bird Count.

As it has since the 1940s, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is participating again in this important event that makes a difference for science and bird conservation. Counting will be on Saturday, December 14, in Warren, Pennsylvania, and on Sunday. December 15, in Jamestown, New York.

With the goal of documenting all the species in an established 15-mile wide diameter circle, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Count does it for the love of birds and the excitement of friendly competition.

You are invited to be part of this adventure that has become a family tradition among generations.

Mill Road Scenic Overlook Will be a Reality

Mill Road Scenic Overlook Will be a Reality

 

The Friends of Mill Road, in partnership with The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Town of Aurora, are thrilled to announce that the John R. Oishei Foundation has awarded the project $75,000, bringing a three-year fundraising effort to a successful conclusion.  

According to Robert Gioia, president of the foundation, “Our directors were impressed with the community’s commitment to open space planning and the partnership between the Town of Aurora, the Western New York Land Conservancy and the over 300 individual donors who contributed to ensure the protection of the Mill Road site.”

Fishers to be Topic at Audubon’s First Friday Lunch Bunch

Fishers to be Topic at Audubon’s First Friday Lunch Bunch

Jamestown, NY – The Fisher, also known as the ‘fisher cat’, is a large, dark, long-haired member of the weasel family, similar to the marten.

A report on this forest dwelling creature will be the topic at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s next First Friday Lunch Bunch.

On December 6 at 11 a.m. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation biologist Ken Baginski will give a presentation on the DEC’s Fisher Monitoring Study conducted earlier this year in the Southern Tier.

Fisher populations have been expanding in New York in recent years as indicated by increased observation reports from hunters, trappers, and landowners.  To better understand the distribution and population size of Fishers, a large-scale monitoring effort was conducted by the Department of Environmental Conservation from January through April, 2013.  Results from this study will be incorporated into a Fisher Management Plan for future Fisher management.  

Enjoy Black Friday at Audubon

Enjoy Black Friday at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Even though the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is officially closed Tuesday-Friday from November through February, there are some days they just can’t resist being open.  

One of those this year is Black Friday, November 29, the day after Thanksgiving.

Hours for the Nature Center are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition to the Blue Heron Gift Shop, Audubon’s three-story building houses a collection of live animals including fish, reptiles, and amphibians. You and your friends and family can enjoy and learn from these as well as the many interactive displays that inform and engage visitors of all ages.

At 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Audubon’s naturalists will lead hikes where you can burn off some of those Thanksgiving dinner calories.

Regular fees apply for admission to the Nature Center: $6 or free for children and Friends of the Nature Center.

November 30 Deadline for Ordering Audubon 2014 “Bucket List” Calendars

November 30 Deadline for Ordering Audubon 2014 “Bucket List” Calendars

Jamestown, NY – Would you like to have a year’s worth of truly awesome natural history opportunities you could experience? Or would you simply like to find the perfect gift for that impossible-to-buy-for person on your holiday shopping list?

Either way, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary has just what you need: their 2014 Bucket List Calendar of 12 Local Natural Events. Note: A bucket list -- if you’re not familiar with the term-- is a list of things you want to experience before you “kick the bucket.”

Presentation on Northern Goshawks at Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds

 Presentation on Northern Goshawks at Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is again celebrating a dinner tradition that dates back to 1965:  great food, great company, and a fascinating talk.

On Saturday, November 23, Thanksgiving with the Birds will begin with a community soup pot, followed by a scrumptious turkey dinner and an enlightening program.

A presentation on Northern Goshawks by Maryland wildlife ecologist David Brinker will highlight this year’s event. Brinker has appeared in National Geographic, on National Public Radio, and was pictured recently in the Los Angeles Times.

At 11:30 a.m., folks will gather around the outdoor soup kettle for which they can bring a small container of their favorite broth-based soup to add to the mystery brew.