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Boy Scouts Merit Badge Study at Audubon

Boy Scouts Merit Badge Study at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Boy Scouts have the opportunity to earn some of the requirements for the Bird Study Merit Badge at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary on Saturday morning, May 3, 2014.

From 8 a.m. till noon, Boy Scout leader and longtime birder Bob Ungerer will cover topics including the use and care of binoculars, how to use a field guide, and the identification of common birds by sight and sound.

Weather permitting, the program will include a visit to Audubon’s bird banding station where Scouts will meet career ornithologists who are gathering data for research studies. They can watch the scientists capture birds using mist nets, then band, weigh, and measure before releasing them back into the wild.  The hike will also include a peek into at least one of Audubon’s nest boxes.

Audubon Resumes Bird Banding

Audubon Resumes Bird Banding

Jamestown, NY – On Saturday mornings from April 26 through May 17 and May 31, you can experience a scientific study: you can observe, and possibly even participate in, the annual bird banding at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

If you’ve never taken advantage of the opportunity to view this amazing process, now is the time. Come on your own or bring the kids with you.

You can drop in any time between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on any of these four Saturdays and learn from the researchers exactly how it is done.

The age-old technique of bird banding is used to discover details about the lives of birds. Scientists who have both federal and state permits – and a great deal of training and experience – capture the birds in “mist” nets, so-called because they are so fine they are almost like mist.

Dr. Scott Stoleson, Emily Thomas Perlock, and Don Watts will lead the bird banding.

Audubon Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

Audubon Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

Jamestown, NY – The community is invited to join the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s educators and their friends and fans to see as many birds as possible on a one-day only birdathon. 

Since 2003 this group, that calls themselves “The Fledglings,” has been doing the Birdathon in order to raise an annual scholarship.  

On Saturday, May 3, The Fledglings will raise money for the Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship, awarded each year to a local student heading off to college with an interest in pursuing the natural sciences.

In this 12th annual (almost) all-day event, participants try to find as many species of birds as possible. Generous supporters pledge an amount – either per species or in total – and the end result is a $500 scholarship. 

The award is named in honor of the young man who was an integral part of the Jamestown Audubon family for many years.

Western New York Land Conservancy to Hold Annual Meeting and Reception at Buffalo Yacht Club

Western New York Land Conservancy to Hold Annual Meeting and Reception at Buffalo Yacht Club

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is very pleased to announce the 2014 Annual Meeting and Reception to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the Buffalo Yacht Club at the foot of Porter Avenue in Buffalo. The historic building is right on Lake Erie, and the spectacular second floor dining area and outdoor patio boast views of passing sail boats and the summer sunset. 

Tomasik Optical Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

Tomasik Optical Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

 

April 22 is Earth Day, a day of great importance to the local eye care experts at Tomasik Optical. In fact, they strive to make a difference in the Western New York community every day — 365 days a year!

For example, Tomasik Optical is proud to carry the only brand of frames certified to be made of at least 95 percent recycled materials. ECO — or Earth Conscious Optics — are the choice of actor Leonardo DeCaprio, who wears both prescription and sunglass styles from this environmentally conscious brand. Are you interested in helping the environment? Ask the experts at Tomasik Optical to show you this unique line of high-quality and earth-friendly frames!

Volunteer at Audubon on Saturday, April 19

Volunteer at Audubon on Saturday, April 19

Jamestown, NY – Celebrating Earth Day with a Volunteer Day is becoming a tradition at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

The event has been such a success -- with more than 80 volunteers each of the past two years -- that on Saturday, April 19, Audubon will celebrate an early Earth Day again by working to make their buildings and grounds more beautiful, improve habitat and make the sanctuary more visitor friendly.

Folks of every age will work rain or shine and have a blast doing it. After all the hard work, lunch will be provided to all volunteers.

The schedule is:

Time for Mud Camp at Audubon

Time for Mud Camp at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – It doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy Audubon Day Camp.

On Monday, April 14, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering Mud Camp, an opportunity for kids to enjoy some of the same adventures they would at Summer Camp – but in the muddy springtime.

For grades kindergarten and up, activities begin at 9 a.m. and go till 3 p.m. Campers will explore the sanctuary, looking for birds, snakes, salamanders, tadpoles, and more. The children will break into age groups for some activities and join together in a large group for others.

Participants need to dress for the weather and bring an extra set of clothes -- just in case – as well as a lunch that does not need refrigeration and a couple of snacks.

Cost for the day is $30; $25 for Friends of the Nature Center. There is a $5 sibling discount.