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Audubon Traveling to Allenburg Bog

Audubon Traveling to Allenburg Bog

Jamestown, NY – Pitcher plants, Sundews, cranberries: these plants don’t grow just anywhere. They need the special conditions that can be provided only by a bog.

On Saturday morning, October 11, 2014, nature photographer Gary Cuckler will lead an Audubon Center & Sanctuary field trip on an exploration of a floating bog.

A visit to the Allenburg Bog is deemed significant enough to be included on Audubon’s 2014 Bucket List of awesome natural history opportunities to experience before one “kicks the bucket.” The outing is planned for peak fall foliage time.

Also known to some as Waterman’s Swamp, Congdon’s Pond, and Owlenburg Bog, the Allenberg Bog is located on the border of the towns of Napoli and New Albion, New York, in Cattaraugus County. This unique and fascinating 390-acre refuge is a jewel of the Buffalo Audubon Preserve System.

Learn about the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds

Learn about the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds

Jamestown, NY – Beaches are popular summer destinations for humans, but they are essential breeding habitats for a number of coastal birds.

At the next First Friday Lunch Bunch on October 3, you can learn about a conservation project to protect these threatened birds when Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) Conservation & Outreach Coordinator Scott Kruitbosch talks about the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds.

At the 11 a.m. event, this award-winning writer and photographer will show how, through collaborative action and an extensive outreach and education effort, humans and birds can indeed share the beach successfully.

Join Audubon for Field Trip to Elk Country

Join Audubon for Field Trip to Elk Country

Jamestown, NY – As part of its Bucket List Series, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering a rare opportunity: a field trip to see elk in the wild.

Elk once roamed much of North America but began to disappear from the East in the 1800s due to overhunting and habitat destruction. Reintroduction programs beginning in the early twentieth century brought wild stock from western populations back east. One strong population can be found in Benezette, Pa., about 80 miles southeast of the Audubon Center.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1, the Audubon van will depart for Benezette to visit the beautiful Elk Country Visitor Center. The afternoon will be spent learning about these majestic animals through displays and diorama, interactive touch screen exhibits, the touch and feel Discovery Room, and the 4D story theater.

WNY Environmental Summit to Include Speaker From SolarCity

WNY Environmental Summit to Include Speaker From SolarCity

Developments over the past decade in the region’s sustainability efforts will be explored at the 10th annual Western New York Environmental Summit that will take place from 8:30 to noon Sept. 27 in the Daemen College Wick Campus Center.

“A Decade of Progress: Sustainability Comes of Age in WNY” will include a keynote address, “The Was, Is and Will Be of Solar Power,” at 9 a.m. by Ian Diamond, senior manager of commercial project development at SolarCity. The company has announced plans to build an expanded solar panel manufacturing plant in Buffalo that will be one of the biggest in the world and bring more than 1,000 jobs to the area.

“We are delighted to have Ian Diamond as keynote speaker given SolarCity’s planned investment in the RiverBend clean energy hub in South Buffalo,” said Cheryl Bird, executive director of the Daemen Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement (CSCCE).

Leaf Printing Workshop at Audubon

Leaf Printing Workshop at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center & Sanctuary has the perfect opportunity for you to get your creative juices going and make some beautiful items to keep for yourself or give as gifts.

From 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, September 27, 2014, Audubon is presenting a Leaf Printing Workshop where participants will make two leaf monoprints, one on paper and one on a scarf.

After a brief demonstration by retired fine arts teacher Sue Yauchzy of what is meant by “leaf monoprint,” the class will head outside with naturalist Jennifer Schlick to Audubon’s Ted Grisez Arboretum, a living museum containing over 60 native trees. You will learn a bit about the Audubon grounds and the trees in this gigantic garden while you collect a few fallen leaves for your project.

Back inside, Yauchzy takes over again to lead you through the process of making two projects – one on paper, and one on a scarf made from bamboo fabric that drapes beautifully.

Learn to Make Rope from Natural Fiber at Audubon

Learn to Make Rope from Natural Fiber at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – How would you like to learn to make rope from an abundant plant found in nature?

On Saturday afternoon, September 20, Master Naturalist and living historian Chris Collins will teach you to make natural fiber cordage using native plants at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Natural Fiber Cordage Workshop.

Using simple but time-honored techniques, from 1-2:30 p.m. Collins will demonstrate using Dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum L.), also called Indian Hemp. He will walk participants through the steps to identify the plant in the field, learn to extract the fibers from the stalk, and use those fibers to create cordage. Each participant will make approximately two feet of natural cordage.

First Call for Audubon Enchanted Forest Reservations

First Call for Audubon Enchanted Forest Reservations

Jamestown, NY – You don’t have to be a child to be charmed by human-sized animals that talk to you and tell you about their lives.

“Magical” is the best description for the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s annual Enchanted Forest. Friday and Saturday evenings, October 3 and 4, 2014, will be the ninth presentation of this event that continues to delight children and the adults – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends – fortunate enough to accompany them.

The evening begins with stories and songs at a backyard campfire. Then as you follow the trail lined with luminaries, you meet animals who tell you about their habits, homes, and more. After about a 45-minute walk, you can enjoy refreshments and crafts inside the building.