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Audubon Offering Trip to Presque Isle to See Purple Martins

Audubon Offering Trip to Presque Isle to See Purple Martins

Jamestown, NY – Purple Martins have been described as “aerial acrobats” because of their speed and agility in flight.

This largest North American swallow captures all its food – insects, that is – while flying and drinks by skimming the surface of a pond and scooping up the water.

You are invited to participate in the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s field trip on Wednesday, August 13, to see hundreds of thousands of these striking birds at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Participants will meet at Audubon at 4:30 p.m., then travel to Presque Isle to meet with Purple Martin Conservation Association (PMCA) staffer Bob Aeppli to learn about banding and conservation efforts. The group will then go to watch the Purple Martins return to their roost.

Scouts: Earn a Badge at Audubon’s Butterfly Festival

Scouts: Earn a Badge at Audubon’s Butterfly Festival

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s annual Monarch Butterfly Festival is a wonderful end-of-summer highlight, and it will have special significance for Scouts this year.

Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts of any age group can earn the right to a Monarch Butterfly patch if they complete certain activities while at the Festival.

These activities will be the same that are available to all festival visitors: watching a butterfly being tagged, holding a caterpillar or butterfly, using an insect net, learning the Monarch's migration route and destination, taking a Butterfly Garden Tour, making a craft, posing as a butterfly or caterpillar, and more.

Some activities, such as sampling Mexican food, will have an additional cost, but everyone will be able to complete enough free activities to be eligible for the patch.

Sponsor Opportunity for Audubon Butterfly Festival

Sponsor Opportunity for Audubon Butterfly Festival

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is inviting additional sponsors for its Monarch Butterfly Festival on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

This event gives visitors a hands-on experience with live Monarch Butterflies flying around an indoor garden created just for this day. The day is full of great activities, from holding a caterpillar to catching a butterfly outside or eating Mexican food in honor of the Monarch Butterflies’ migration to Mexico each winter. Visitors will also learn how they can help a butterfly whose population is at record lows.

“We’re delighted to have a number of sponsors already on board,” said Audubon Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome. “We’re looking for others to join the Frewsburger Pizza Shop, Heritage Senior Living, Lena’s Pizza, Phoenix Metal, King’s Heating and Sheet Metal, Matt’s Nuisance Animal Control, Mike’s Nursery and Native Roots Landscaping.” 

Second Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waters Presentation on July 17

Second Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waters Presentation on July 17

Jamestown, NY – You can take home some landscaping designs for your own yard from “Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waters.”

Jamestown Audubon and the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy are co-sponsoring a summer series focusing on ways individual residents can improve the health of Chautauqua Lake through their landscaping choices.

The second workshop for 2014 will be on Thursday, July 17, 7-8 p.m., in the large group lecture hall in Building A at the BOCES Hewes Educational Center on West Lake Road (Route 394) in Ashville.

Josh Cerra, Assistant Professor in the Landscape Architecture Department of Cornell University, will discuss his recent collaborative project in the Chautauqua County communities of Point Chautauqua and Maple Springs.

Preregistration Deadline Near for Audubon’s July 26 Wild 5K Walk/Run

Preregistration Deadline Near for Audubon’s July 26 Wild 5K Walk/Run

Jamestown, NY – Would you like to get a little exercise and a cool tee-shirt, while helping a great cause?

Then you won’t want to miss the Jamestown (NY) Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s Wild 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 26. But you have to preregister by Thursday, July 17 to get the t-shirt!

Proceeds help with the care of Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, Liberty. The muscle damage in Liberty’s wing prevents her from flying well enough to hunt in the wild.

Following a trail through the distinctive beauty of Audubon’s Sanctuary, this 5K is an opportunity for all ages. Runners age groups are from 12 and under to 60+. Walkers are 25 and under; 26-55, and 56+.

Prizes will be awarded to the first overall male and female finishers in the run category. Age group awards will be given to the top three finishers in each division for both runners and walkers, a total of 10 divisions.

Learn to Raise Monarch Butterflies at Audubon

Learn to Raise Monarch Butterflies at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – You can learn how to successfully raise Monarch Butterfly caterpillars and help restore a population of butterflies that is quickly disappearing from our landscape.

From 7-9 p.m. on Thursday evening, July 24, 2014, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is presenting a workshop on “Raising Monarchs: How You Can Help a Species in Decline.”

Monarch Butterflies virtually disappeared from this region last summer. Habitat destruction in the Midwest combined with droughts decimated the population, which has dropped 97% from what it was a decade ago.

Monarch Butterfly eggs and caterpillars are eaten by many things in the wild, from ants to bugs to spiders. Only about six out of every 100 eggs laid in the wild survive to be butterflies. Carefully raising some eggs inside can help increase the Monarch Butterfly population.

Audubon Announces Secret Gardens Locations

Audubon Announces Secret Gardens Locations

Jamestown, NY –  “‘Spectacular’ is the only word to describe the 2014 Secret Gardens Tour,” said organizer Merle Szydlo, “and we can’t wait for everyone to be awed by our eight amazing gardens!”

Szydlo is confident that the Saturday, July 12, Tour presented by Jamestown Audubon will not only be the biggest ever but also the most interesting. “We have gardens from pocket size to palatial – and one that is a fallen barn turned into a sunken garden!” she added.

The gardeners and the locations of their hidden treasures are: