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Land Conservancy Awarded $49,700 from Conservation Partnership Program Grants

Land Conservancy Awarded $49,700 from Conservation Partnership Program Grants

 

On Thursday, April 24, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $1.4 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 50 nonprofit land trusts across the state. Representatives of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Land Trust Alliance unveiled the grantees at an event at Indian Ladder Farms in Albany County as part of a weeklong celebration of Earth Day. The grants, funded through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), will be matched by nearly $1.1 million in private and local funding and will support projects to enhance public access and recreational opportunities, protect farmland and conserve open space.

Audubon Wildflower Walk on Mother’s Day

Audubon Wildflower Walk on Mother’s Day

Jamestown, NY – For decades now, Jamestown Audubon has been offering a special treat on Mother’s Day: a guided tour of beautiful spring wildflowers.

Naturalist Jack Gulvin will continue this annual tradition at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 11. Participants will begin at Audubon’s Bentley Sanctuary and meander through the woods in search and awe of the spring wildflowers.

The Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk is an opportunity to take a couple hours to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of even the smallest and the most common wildflowers.  You can learn which are native and which were brought here by Europeans eager to see a familiar sight from the home country. You will also learn about some that tagged along uninvited.

Jack Gulvin is a naturalist at Chautauqua Institution, where he leads nature walks Friday mornings at 9 a.m. during the Chautauqua season. He also oversees the Purple Martin colonies, leading walks the first four Fridays of the season at 4:15 p.m.

Audubon: Turn Your Yard into a Butterfly Haven

Audubon: Turn Your Yard into a Butterfly Haven

Jamestown, NY – Monarch Butterfly populations have decreased 97% over the last ten years.

Your yard can help them recover.

On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, “Butterfly Activism: Turning Your Yard into a Butterfly Haven” will walk you through everything you need to know to create a place where butterflies thrive.

From 7- 9 p.m., you will learn how a few simple plants and paying attention to basic butterfly needs can transform your yard into a butterfly paradise.

While butterflies seem to appear like magic in some yards and to only fly through others, you can learn how to make the butterflies stay in your yard by providing the food, habitat and shelter they require for all stages of their lives.

The workshop will be indoors and will include a tour of Audubon’s butterfly garden at the end.

Daemen Wins Sustainability Award for Environmentally-Friendly Efforts

Daemen Wins Sustainability Award for Environmentally-Friendly Efforts

Daemen College has been presented a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) New York Upstate Chapter in honor of its campus-wide green initiatives.

Daemen President Gary A. Olson accepted the award on behalf of the college from Aliesa Adelman, who serves on the chapter’s board of directors, at a presentation held April 22 in the college’s Research and Information Commons. Also in attendance was Dr. Brenda Young, chair of the global and local sustainability program at Daemen.

“This honor underscores Daemen’s steadfast dedication and support of campus sustainability and green initiatives that are important to improving our environment,” said Olson. “We are proud of the culture of sustainability that exists at Daemen and excited to have the collaborative efforts of our faculty, staff and students recognized by the USGBC.”

Audubon Offers a Snipe Hunt on Its Bucket List

Audubon Offers a Snipe Hunt on Its Bucket List

Jamestown, NY – A Snipe hunt conjures images of kids running through the woods with burlap sacks and sticks, but the truth is even stranger.

On Saturday morning, May 10, from 7-9 a.m., you can go on a real Snipe Hunt, to see these small, oddly shaped birds that fly hundreds of feet into the air with odd vibrating “woowoowooowooowooo” calls.

Snipes haunt the swamps and bottomlands of the county and are rarely seen except when performing their mating dance.

The program will start inside at Audubon to learn about this odd little bird. Then participants will take a short drive to the Akeley Gamelands to find the elusive Snipe while it performs its aerial mating dance to attract a mate.

Audubon’s staff thinks seeing a Snipe is so exciting that they added it to the Bucket List Series created for their 2014 calendar – that is, a year’s worth of amazing natural history opportunities to experience before you “kick the bucket.”

Take a Photographic Tour of the Allegheny National Forest at Audubon

Take a Photographic Tour of the Allegheny National Forest at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to take a photographic tour of the beautiful Allegheny National Forest.

On May 2 at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s First Friday Lunch Bunch, U.S. Forest Service employee Kathleen Creek will present “Exploring the Allegheny National Forest.”

Beginning at 11 a.m., Creek will share photographs she has taken in the Forest, State Game Lands, State Parks and private lands throughout the Allegheny region. Her subject matter includes wildflowers, birds, wildland firefighting, waterfalls, and beautiful landscape scenery.

Born and raised in Warren, Pennsylvania, Creek graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Ecosystem Science in 2004. She has been working with the U.S. Forest Service since 2005 in various capacities including biological technician, wildland fire fighter and forestry technician. She is also a former volunteer at Jamestown Audubon.

Audubon Offering Walking Field Trip Training

Audubon Offering Walking Field Trip Training

Jamestown, NY – Jamestown Audubon wants people to get outside and connect with nature. The Chautauqua Health Network wants people to get outside and exercise.  

These missions are being combined to create the Walking Field Trip.  

Instead of boarding a bus and driving to a distant location, you can organize your group and walk to a closer destination.  What you do along the way can be tied to your own mission or curriculum.  It’s a great way to introduce folks to outdoor opportunities in the Jamestown community.

From 6-9 p.m. on Monday, May 19, staff from the Audubon Center & Sanctuary will show you how to lead them.

The training will take place at the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, 119-121 West Third Street, in downtown Jamestown, New York