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Dozens of Activities at Audubons’ June 3-5 Allegany Nature Pilgrimage

Dozens of Activities at Audubons’ June 3-5 Allegany Nature Pilgrimage

Jamestown, NY – Imagine a walk in the woods, soaking up the many sights, sounds, and smells around you. If you smile at the thought of learning more about that natural world with fellow nature lovers, then then you’ll want to be part of the June 3-5 Allegany Nature Pilgrimage.

This annual outdoor weekend in Allegany State Park combines fun with a variety of nature-oriented activities, welcoming both the seasoned naturalist and the inquisitive beginner.

Allegany State Park is comprised of over 60,000 acres and abounds with plants and animals. With some of the best examples of Old Growth Forest in the region, 176 bird species have been recorded there.

Workshop on Wild Edibles at Audubon Nature Center Thursday, June 2

Workshop on Wild Edibles at Audubon Nature Center Thursday, June 2

Jamestown, NY – Some people gather wild plants to eat for survival, others to save on the grocery bill.

Foraging can also be a wonderful way to spend time outside, learn plant identification, try new foods, and strengthen your connection to the earth and the food it produces to nourish our bodies.

On Thursday evening, June 2, you can learn to identify late spring/early summer greens, flowers and other wild edibles at the Audubon Nature Center’s “Edible Audubon - Spring into Summer ” workshop.

At the 6-8 p.m. class participants will discover how to recognize edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar.

Land Conservancy Awarded $300,000; More Than Halfway to Goal of Protecting Jackson Falls

Land Conservancy Awarded $300,000; More Than Halfway to Goal of Protecting Jackson Falls

The Western New York Land Conservancy has just received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect a 57-acre property in the Town of Aurora. The land, known as Jackson Falls, has two gorgeous waterfalls and incredible Roycroft history. Once protected, it will become a publicly accessible nature preserve. 

The Land Conservancy and the Friends of Jackson Falls, a 30-person group of community members committed to protecting Jackson Falls, have until Oct. 31, 2016 to raise $600,000 and purchase the property, open its trails and ensure its long-term care. If not protected, the land could be cleared and subdivided, cutting the community off from the waterfalls. 

Nature Center Seeking Wild 5K Run/Walk Sponsors and Volunteers

Nature Center Seeking Wild 5K Run/Walk Sponsors and Volunteers

Jamestown, NY – On Saturday, July 30, 2016, runners and walkers of all ages will again participate in the Audubon Nature Center’s annual Wild 5K Run/Walk. The 2016 event will raise money to support the on-going efforts to protect the Nature Center’s more than 600 acres of unique habitat.

The goal of the event is to provide an opportunity to enjoy the distinctive beauty of Audubon’s sanctuary while posing a meaningful challenge. The Wild 5K brings together nature-enthusiasts, athletes, businesses, families, friends and volunteers to discover common interests and values in the happenings on race day.

By teaming up with Trackqua to speed up the registration process and provide chip-timed results, planners are expecting even greater participation this year.

Audubon Nature Center Birds & Blooms Walk at Fredonia College Lodge

Audubon Nature Center Birds & Blooms Walk at Fredonia College Lodge

Jamestown, NY – The only thing that could improve a trail walk during the spring woodland wildflower and bird migration season would be enjoying it with expert guidance.

You are invited to join a “Birds & Blooms Walk” on Wednesday morning, May 25, led by retired SUNY Fredonia professor Terry Mosher. The 9-11 a.m. opportunity offered by the Audubon Nature Center will be at the College Lodge Nature Preserve in Brocton, New York.

The Nature Preserve supports some of the most diverse habitat in Chautauqua County, including old growth forest, northern hardwood and hemlock forest, evergreen plantations, forested swamp, shrublands, and open fields. It is one of only five Chautauqua County birding sites noted in the resource “Where to Find Birds in New York State” and harbors a number of rare and unusual plants.

Audubon Nature Center Offering Beginning Birding

Audubon Nature Center Offering Beginning Birding

Jamestown, NY – If you enjoy watching birds and wish you could identify the ones you see, the Audubon Nature Center has something just for you.

On Saturday morning, May 14, the Nature Center is offering Beginning Birding, where you can learn the basics of bird identification and how to use binoculars and spotting scopes.

The 8 a.m. to noon program will include a walk to look for birds in their natural settings, and – weather permitting -- a visit to the bird banding station.

Remember to dress for the weather. Bring binoculars and field guides, if you have them, and snacks and a water bottle if you would like.

Nature Center’s May 21 “Figure 8 the Lake” Has Some Openings

Nature Center’s May 21 “Figure 8 the Lake” Has Some Openings

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is presenting a personalized tour to learn about the social and scientific history of Chautauqua Lake. 

A few seats remain for the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. excursion on Saturday, May 21. Tom Erlandson and Linda Swanson will be on board the Nature Center van for a fabulous road trip tracing the path of their book, Figure 8 the Lake: A Driving Tour of Chautauqua Lake, and highlighting recent changes.

Since retiring from Jamestown Community College’s biology faculty, Dr. Erlandson has been an environmental consultant and was administrator for the Ohio River Consortium for Research and Education. He has written articles on various natural history and ecology topics.

Prior to her current position as executive director of the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Swanson taught geology at Jamestown Community College.