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Audubon Nature Center Offering Wildflower Wander

Audubon Nature Center Offering Wildflower Wander

Jamestown, NY – Stunning blankets of wildflowers coating the forest floor are one of the surest signs of spring, but wildflower season is a moving target that changes with the weather.

This year, the Audubon Nature Center is offering a wildflower walk with a date to be determined. The Wildflower Wander will be 1-3 p.m. on a Saturday in May, depending on the when the flowers peak.

You can join this adventure for a beautiful look at the wide array of spring flowers in the region.  Participants will also look at how to identify them, some of their unusual stories and more. Bring a wildflower book, camera, or notebook if you want to extend your knowledge.

There are a host of possibilities for the location. Wander leader Jeff Tome will scout out several to find one that showcases the best flowers in the region. It may be muddy and sloppy, but those are some of the best flower locations in the county.

Project Puffin Co-Author at RTPI on Thursday, May 5

Project Puffin Co-Author at RTPI on Thursday, May 5

Jamestown, NY – Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock is the inspiring story of how puffins were restored to long-abandoned nesting colonies off the Maine coast.

When the book’s co-author, prize-winning journalist and photographer Derrick Jackson, visits Jamestown, he will make a presentation at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History. A 6 p.m. meet and greet will precede his 7 p.m. talk on Thursday, May 5.

Audubon Nature Center Supports Regional Bird Count

Audubon Nature Center Supports Regional Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – Every May, the Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) sponsors a bird count in Western New York.

Whether watching on their own property or committing to a larger area, it takes many people -- beginning to advanced birders -- to cover the four-county territory that is counted. The Audubon Nature Center supports this ambitious effort.

 The Nature Center is assisting Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties to encourage bird watchers to join in the effort.  If you have experience in bird counting, you can be part of this important work by volunteering on Sunday, May 15.  If you’re interested but inexperienced, you could observe others and learn for future counts.   

Come Observe Bird Banding at the Nature Center

Come Observe Bird Banding at the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – On Saturday mornings from April 30 through May 21, you are invited to join ornithologists at the Audubon Nature Center to observe the age-old technique of bird banding.

Dr. Scott Stoleson, Emily Thomas Perlock, and Don Watts are the bird scientists leading the work to discover details about the lives of birds. You can watch how they capture migrating and resident birds, fit them with identification bands, measure and weigh and then release them to go on with their lives. You might even be selected to help release a bird.

These scientists, who have both federal and state permits as well as a great deal of training and experience, capture the birds in “mist” nets, so-called because they are so fine they are almost like mist.

You can drop in for any amount of time between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Come on your own or bring the kids with you to view this amazing process. If the weather is too foul, the nets will not be open.

Live Animals at Nature Center’s “Living with Wildlife” Presentation

Live Animals at Nature Center’s “Living with Wildlife” Presentation

Jamestown, NY – The chance to see wild animals “up close and personal” is exciting for people of all ages.

Barb Haney, Director of Wildlife at the SPCA of Erie County, New York, will bring her animal ambassadors with her when she presents “Living with Wildlife” at the Audubon Nature Center on Saturday, April 30.

Her 11 a.m. talk will describe how we all can help preserve and protect wildlife.

Spring time brings warm weather and baby animals. There are times when we think these animals need our help. Sometimes our intervention can be lifesaving, but there are other times when creatures are best left on their own.

You can learn from Haney and her non-releasable animals when it is appropriate to help and what we can do to live with wildlife in our neighborhoods.

You can also learn what the SPCA does to care for injured and orphaned wildlife at their Tonawanda facility.

Nature Center Workshop on Wild Edibles, Saturday, April 30

Nature Center Workshop on Wild Edibles, Saturday, April 30

Jamestown, NY – Did you know that with a little bit of knowledge, nature can be your grocery store?

On Saturday afternoon, April 30, you can learn to identify spring greens, flowers and other wild edibles at the Audubon Nature Center’s “Edible Audubon - Spring Greens and Other Things” workshop.

Some people forage 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.

At the 2-4 p.m. workshop participants will discover how to recognize edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar.

Collaboration Brings Distinguished Author to Jamestown in May

Collaboration Brings Distinguished Author to Jamestown in May

Jamestown, NY – A unique collaboration of local organizations is bringing an award-winning journalist and photographer to Jamestown for a two-day visit.

On Thursday and Friday, May 5 and 6, Derrick Z. Jackson, co-author of Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock, will speak at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Jamestown Community College.

Jackson’s visit is made possible through the teamwork of the Audubon Nature Center, Jamestown Community College Earth Awareness Club and college program committee, the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, and the RTPI Ornithological Club.