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“360 Degree Photography” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

“360 Degree Photography” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

Jamestown, NY – Bruce Isaacson will be the presenter at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, November 10.  His subject will be 360 degree photography, virtual tours, and the tools used to create these images

“Fog” and “Fall Colors” are the topics for the image review that opens the meeting at 6:15 p.m. Fog is about seeing what fog can bring to enhance or hinder an image. Fall colors is an overview of the spectacular colors autumn brings to this region of northwest Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York 

An illustrated presentation on adjusting your color to create better black & white photos will be in the 15-minute tech portion of the meeting.

There will also be a show and tell time when members can show off some of their best pictures.

A social time follows the program.

Audubon Presenting Volunteer Opportunities

Audubon Presenting Volunteer Opportunities

Jamestown, NY – The workings at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) depend on the dedication and commitment of a strong volunteer crew.

On Thursday evening, November 10, you can learn about Audubon and the volunteer opportunities available, and discover how you might fit into the organization.

From 6:30-7:30 p.m. naturalist and volunteer coordinator Katie Finch will present “Introduction to Volunteering” for people interested in volunteering as well as new volunteers. Her presentation will cover a brief history of ACNC, review the many facets of the organization in which volunteers are involved, and acquaint participants with faces and places at Audubon.

Learn about Bat Research in Chautauqua County at Audubon’s First Friday, November 4

Learn about Bat Research in Chautauqua County at Audubon’s First Friday, November 4

Jamestown, NY – Bat species worldwide are in decline. In Chautauqua County and most of the eastern United States, some of our most common bats have seen up to 99% declines due to White-nose Syndrome and others have been impacted by wind energy developments.

You can learn about bat biology and current research in Chautauqua County at the Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on November 4.

At the 11 a.m. event, Jonathan Townsend and Sandra Emke will talk about their research utilizing bat echolocation calls to identify species’ range and population trends in Chautauqua County.

Audubon and Watershed Conservancy Announce Collaboration

Audubon and Watershed Conservancy Announce Collaboration

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is pleased to announce the expansion of its sanctuaries to include the Bentley Sanctuary, a unique wildlife preserve off of Fluvanna Avenue Extension near Fluvanna that is known for its ephemeral spring wildflowers and winding trails.

The Sanctuary was the first property acquired by Jamestown Audubon Society when 40 acres were donated by Gustavus Bentley in December, 1960. It was a favorite birding site for the famous naturalist and Jamestown native Roger Tory Peterson.  In 1933 Peterson mapped 50 species of nesting birds on the property.  Bentley also surveyed the site between 1960 and 1965 and published a booklet listing the plant species he found.  Audubon Community Nature Center has continued to hold annual Mother’s Day Wildflower Walks at Bentley, but for many years it has been underutilized beyond this one event. 

Audubon Celebrating Birds of Prey Saturday, October 29

Audubon Celebrating Birds of Prey Saturday, October 29

Jamestown, NY – Live owls and hawks will be the highlight of Birds of Prey Day at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) on Saturday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mark Baker, a licensed raptor rehabilitator at Eagle Dream Rehabilitation Center, will be at the Nature Center with several of his birds that are unable to be released back into the wild. You can visit with Baker and his birds during his programs at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Birds of prey are also known as raptors and are divided into two main groups. Those that fly during the day are called diurnal birds of prey and include hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures. Those that fly at night are nocturnal and include owls.

Land Conservancy Plans Voice & Viola: A Celebration of Autumn Color in Music, Poetry and Nature

Land Conservancy Plans Voice & Viola: A Celebration of Autumn Color in Music, Poetry and Nature

The Western New York Land Conservancy invites the public to join them for an enchanting fall afternoon of exquisite music, poetry and locally sourced wine and hors d'oeuvres at the iconic Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve in Wales on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event will feature viola music from folk and classical traditions paired with original poetry in an engaging program specially created to honor Kenneglenn’s lovely autumn setting. If weather permits, this event will take place outside overlooking a colorful meadow and fall foliage.

Community Foundation Grants Make Audubon Success Possible

Community Foundation Grants Make Audubon Success Possible

Jamestown, NY – “It’s pretty simple,” said Jennifer Schlick, program director for Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC). “Outdoor programs are our most effective ways to connect children to nature.”

But, Schlick added, securing the funding to provide those programs isn’t always simple. “That’s why we’re so grateful to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF) for supporting our Schoolyard, Walking Field Trip, and Discovery Walk programs through their Thomas H. Brown Fund.”

Schlick noted that, “With the guidance of a trained naturalist, the children are always surprised at the wonders of nature right in their own schoolyard.” When possible, Audubon naturalists lead students on more extensive field trips to natural areas within walking distance of their school.