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Audubon’s Annual Plant Exchange and Sale Saturday, May 17

Audubon’s Annual Plant Exchange and Sale Saturday, May 17

Jamestown, NY – If gardening is on your mind, you’ll want to put the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Plant Exchange and Sale on your calendar.

Rain or shine, this annual event will be on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gardeners know that there are always volunteer plants that spring up and need new homes. The Plant Exchange & Sale was born to share those volunteers.

This event started out as a place for people to exchange extra plants with other gardeners. It grew to include donations from nurseries, a sale option for those just starting out who don’t yet have extras, and some seeds and informational displays.

Come and exchange plants, knowledge, tips and tricks with other gardeners. Bring plants in pots (no plastic bags) or money, and exchange or buy plants and take them home.

Audubon Workshop on Wild Edibles

Audubon Workshop on Wild Edibles

Jamestown, NY – Did you know that with a little bit of knowledge, nature can be your grocery store?

On Sunday afternoon, May 18, you can learn to identify spring greens, flowers and other wild edibles at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s “Edible Audubon” workshop.

Some people forage for survival, others to save on the grocery bill. Foraging can also be a wonderful way to spend time outside, learn plant identification, try new foods, and strengthen your connection to the earth and the food it produces to nourish our bodies.

From 2-4:30 p.m. workshop participants will discover how to recognize edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar.

“Spring Flowers” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

“Spring Flowers” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

Jamestown, NY – “Spring Flowers” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. Jennifer Schlick will demonstrate how she approaches shooting wildflowers. She will stress the creative process: what to include, how to adjust the background view with lens choice, how to organize the view with camera settings and then bring it all together with minor processing tweaks. 

Jennifer Schlick is the program director at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary in Jamestown. Her position has afforded her the opportunity to share her passion for the natural world with many people since 1998.  She finds that time disappears when she is out shooting, and she delights in photographing things both familiar and new.  Schlick is co-creative director for Women Create,  the biennial juried exhibit of women’s art, and an active blogger on nature.  

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.”