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Create a Fairy Terrarium at the Audubon Nature Center

Create a Fairy Terrarium at the Audubon Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – How much fun could you have making your own fairy garden terrarium?

You can find out at the Audubon Nature Center on Wednesday morning, August 3.

There is something charming about terrariums – the green moss and damp air and growth behind glass. There is something magical, even for adults, about fairies – delicate, fleeting, and rare. Combine the two and you get something unique and intriguing that grows plants and imaginations.

At this 9:15-11:15 a.m. workshop in a coffee shop-like setting, you can learn the basics of how to make a terrarium. Under the guidance of senior naturalist Sarah Hatfield, participants will use sustainably harvested materials from the Nature Center Grounds, collect a few extras, and create a touch of whimsy with some fairyland additions.  

You will have a beautiful terrarium to take home, complete with care instructions, and make some friends and have great conversations, too.

Learn Culinary Herb Container Gardening at Audubon

Learn Culinary Herb Container Gardening at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – You don’t need a large space to grow tasty herbs for use in your kitchen.

At the Audubon Nature Center on Monday morning, August 2, you can learn how to plant, grow, harvest, divide, and propagate culinary herbs.

You can build your own container garden in this 9:15-11:15 a.m. hands-on workshop and get some tips on using herbs to flavor your cooking as well.

Master Gardener Janet Forbes will teach how to put together a container garden and the herbs that would thrive in this region. She will discuss the wide variety of herbs available, how to grow and harvest both annual and perennial herbs, and how to divide and propagate these plants. There may be some herbs available for tasting too.

Then the class will head outside to the Nature Center’s gardens and get dirty hands dividing herbs and creating their own container gardens to take home. Pots, soil, plants, and tools will be provided for a garden that will last through the fall.

Audubon Asking for Help to Fight Water Chestnut Invasion

Audubon Asking for Help to Fight Water Chestnut Invasion

Jamestown, NY – “We’re fighting the good fight, but we could sure use some more help!”

That’s how Audubon Nature Center President Ruth Lundin described their work in trying to eliminate the European Water Chestnut, the invasive species that can wipe out other species of aquatic plants and animals in a water body.

Water Chestnut floats on the water with a single root to the bottom. If left alone, plants grow to cover an entire pond so densely that nothing can easily navigate through them, reducing the light to the bottom and significantly impacting populations of other plants and animals.

Much of the Nature Center’s 600-acre wetland preserve is covered by a series of ponds, so there is plenty of opportunity for the Water Chestnut to take root.

Audubon Nature Center’s July 30 Wild 5K Run/Walk Adds Awards Group

Audubon Nature Center’s July 30 Wild 5K Run/Walk Adds Awards Group

Jamestown, NY – Whatever your age, whether you like to run or if walking is more your speed, there’s a spot for you at the Audubon Nature Center’s Wild 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 30.

Thanks to requests from participants, a new age group has been added to this year’s competition.  Now with a 70+ category for both walkers and runners, those 70 and older will no longer have to compete against 60-year-olds.

Prizes will be awarded to the first three overall male and female walker and runner finishers. Age group awards will be given to the top three finishers in each for runners and top finisher in each for walkers. Age groups are 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. The awards ceremony will begin at 10:30 for those who have finished.

While Trackqua speeds up the registration process and provides chip-timed results, you can enjoy exceptional natural beauty and help restore and preserve an incredible woodland habitat.

Challenge Gift Brings Jackson Falls Preserve One Step Closer to Reality

Challenge Gift Brings Jackson Falls Preserve One Step Closer to Reality

Last week, the Western New York Land Conservancy and Friends of Jackson Falls received notice of a $20,000 grant from the Gallogly Family Foundation to help save Jackson Falls in Aurora, N.Y., and turn it into a nature preserve. This grant is a challenge gift, which means the community must step up to match it, dollar for dollar, in order to for it be used towards creating the Jackson Falls Preserve. 

But there’s a twist: a single donor must match the entire $20,000 challenge gift. That donor will have one of five benches to be placed at the preserve named in their honor. As a special bonus, those five benches will be hand-crafted by Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan Thomas Pafk, who is also a neighbor to the Jackson Falls property. Only two of those five benches are still available to donors of $20,000, so time is of the essence. 

Learn How to Raise Monarch Butterflies at Nature Center Workshop

Learn How to Raise Monarch Butterflies at Nature Center Workshop

Jamestown, NY – It is a sad fact that Monarch Butterflies are disappearing. Few Monarch caterpillars even survive to become butterflies.

At the Audubon Nature Center on Thursday evening, July 14, 2016, you can learn how to raise Monarch caterpillars and release the butterflies to help increase their numbers.

At the 7-8:30 p.m. “Raising Monarchs” workshop, you will also learn how to find Monarch eggs and caterpillars and how to avoid butterfly diseases and parasites that infect the caterpillars.

Depending on the local Monarch Butterfly population and the success of Audubon’s breeding program, you may be able to take a caterpillar home to care for.

The Audubon Nature Center has been raising and releasing large numbers of Monarch Butterflies for ten years as part of the annual Monarch Butterfly Festival in late August.

NYS Senator Cathy Young Visits Audubon Nature Center

NYS Senator Cathy Young Visits Audubon Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center recently welcomed New York State Senator Cathy Young so they could show her how her support is helping them tackle the invasive water chestnut.

Water chestnut is a fast-growing annual herb that floats on the water with a single root to the bottom. Forming large mats that shade out native aquatic vegetation, it reduces oxygen levels for fish. Left alone, it can cover an entire water body so densely that nothing can easily navigate through it, reducing light to the bottom and significantly impacting other plants and animals. Native to southern Europe and Asia, it is not the same species used in Asian cooking.

Audubon began a serious fight against water chestnut in 2012, but the extensive volunteer efforts over the next three summers were not enough to eradicate the invasion.

“I really don’t know where we’d be without the help Senator Young has given us,” said Audubon President Ruth Lundin.