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Experience Audubon After Dark on Friday Night, June 23

Experience Audubon After Dark on Friday Night, June 23

Jamestown, NY – On Friday night, June 23, you have the rare opportunity to explore Audubon Community Nature Center at night.

Many things happen at Audubon after the trails close at sunset. Different animals emerge from holes, under leaves and other hiding places. The forest looks different in the dark, with colors drained away. New sounds flow through the night: the trills of owls and the rumbles of frogs.

Learn more about the night while designing your own after-dark experience at the 9-11 p.m. “Aububon After Dark.” There will be mini-programs with naturalists and speakers, as well as interns to take people on general nature hikes.

From 9 to 9:45 p.m. you can choose to participate in a Family Night Hike, Owl Prowl, Bat Chat, or Moth Light.

From 9:45 to 10:15 p.m. you can relax by the fire and enjoy a s’more, visit the Moth Light, or go on a Bat Chat.

Audubon Nature Play Day – Mud Mania is Saturday, June 17

Audubon Nature Play Day – Mud Mania is Saturday, June 17

Jamestown, NY – Did you know that outdoor play for children: (1) supports creativity and problem-solving, (2) enhances cognitive abilities, (3) improves academic performance, (4) reduces attention deficit disorder, (5) reduces stress – and that’s not the full list.

“Mud Mania” is the subject of Audubon Community Nature Center’s final in a series of three Nature Play Days planned to inspire both kids and adults to make discoveries and feel more comfortable about the natural world through play.

Children ages three to eight and their favorite adults can drop in anytime from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 17, at Audubon’s Nature Play Area. Extra materials such as mud pie kitchen equipment, natural brushes, and water will be placed in the play area around the topic of playing with mud.

While children explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment, adults learn how to extend the play at home with handouts and a take-home item.

Heather Zimba Receives Audubon Community Nature Center Scholarship

Heather Zimba Receives Audubon Community Nature Center Scholarship

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center awarded its 2017 Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship to Heather Zimba of Jamestown, New York.

Every spring since 2003 Audubon’s Education Staff has raised scholarship funds through their Fledgling Birdathon. Participants look for as many species as possible over a 24-hour period, and generous supporters pledge an amount, either per species or in total. The end result is a $500 scholarship. 

This scholarship is named in memory of one of its very first recipients. Ryan Exline was an integral part of the Audubon family for many years, where he assisted with gardening, eagle care, live animal care, and educational programs. A resident of Russell, Pennsylvania, he was pursuing a master’s degree at Duke University when he died in a car accident. His love of nature and of nurturing future generations of “nature nerds” lives on through this scholarship.

Deadline Nearing for Jamestown (NY) Audubon Photo Contest

Deadline Nearing for Jamestown (NY) Audubon Photo Contest

Jamestown, NY – You still have this month to enter your best photos in the 2017 Nature Photography Contest sponsored by Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC).

Since a beautiful nature photograph inspires appreciation for the natural world, the Photo Contest helps fulfill Audubon’s mission of connecting people with nature,

Whether you choose favorites from your collection or decide to shoot new ones, Friday, June 30, is the deadline to submit your images. With a simple online submission process, you are encouraged to enter your work whatever your level of experience.

Prizes for the contest are awarded in two divisions with four categories each, for a total of eight winners.

The Youth Division is for ages 8 to18 or still in high school. Adult is 18 and over or post-high school.

Audubon Seeking Sponsors for Summer Events

Audubon Seeking Sponsors for Summer Events

Jamestown, NY – From stunning gardens to a 5K run/walk to a glorious butterfly festival, Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) has something for everyone this summer.

And each of these dynamic events is an opportunity for businesses and individuals to show their community spirit by making financial or in-kind contributions or donating gift certificates.

Sponsors will be recognized in a variety of ways, from listings in the program and on ACNC website and newsletters to receiving complimentary tickets to an Audubon event of their choosing.

Learn What Wind and Solar Energy Can Do for You at Audubon Workshop, Saturday, June 17

Learn What Wind and Solar Energy Can Do for You at Audubon Workshop, Saturday, June 17

Jamestown, NY – David Moller has been experimenting with alternative energy since his youth.

At the Audubon Community Nature Center workshop “What Can Wind and Solar Energy Do for You?” you can learn what he has discovered and how the sustainable energy sources of wind and solar can be applied to your lifestyle, home, small farm or small business.

The workshop will be 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Alternative energy has been a passion of David Moller for most of his life. He started experimenting with alternative energy 45 years ago in Boy Scouts, where he cooked food and heated water with the sun. He also learned the basics of creating electricity by spinning objects with the wind.

Build a Bird Feeder at Audubon on Father’s Day

Build a Bird Feeder at Audubon on Father’s Day

Jamestown, NY – After last year’s successful event, Audubon Community Nature Center is again offering a special experience on Father’s Day, June 18, 2017.

That Sunday afternoon you can build a birdfeeder in Audubon’s woodshop. The program is open to all, but this is a great opportunity for dads and granddads to be together with their family.

Feeding and watching birds is an activity that different generations can all enjoy. Any time between 2 and 4 p.m. you can join naturalists and volunteers in the workshop to build a birdfeeder that you can take home to attract birds to your yard.

Designed and prepared by Audubon volunteers, the parts will be cut out and ready to assemble with nails and a hammer. Materials, tools, and instructions will be given, and adults are expected to help younger children.

Then stop by the Window on Wildlife in the Nature Center to watch the birds at Audubon’s feeders.

The cost is $10 per birdfeeder.