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Audubon Photo Contest Deadline is June 30

Audubon Photo Contest Deadline is June 30

Jamestown, NY – “A beautiful nature photograph truly inspires our appreciation for the natural world,” says Jamestown Audubon’s program director, Jennifer Schlick.  

“Whether you choose photographs from your collection or decide to shoot new ones, there is still time to submit your entries to Jamestown Audubon’s 2014 Nature Photography Contest by the June 30 deadline.”

Schlick explained that this annual competition, now in its sixth year, helps fulfill Audubon’s mission by connecting the photographer with nature and inspiring the viewer of the images to connect with nature. She added that Jamestown Audubon has a long history of appreciating and supporting nature art.

Photographers with any level of experience are encouraged to submit their favorite images. Entry is simple, as all submissions are made on-line. Deadline for entry is Monday, June 30, 2014.

Learn to Find Your Way with a Compass at Audubon

Learn to Find Your Way with a Compass at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – You can learn the art of navigating using a good, old-fashioned compass – and it never needs batteries.

In order to find our way today we rely on GPS or internet maps. But when the batteries go dead or the service is poor, a compass can be a reliable tool for outdoor adventures. 

On Saturday afternoon, June 14, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary is offering a workshop where you can learn orienteering – that is, using a map and compass to navigate from point to point, an important but often forgotten outdoor skill in this technological world.

From 1-3 p.m., Audubon naturalist Katie Finch will teach the basics of compass use and how to measure distance for orienteering.  

MAPS Bird Banding Returns to Audubon

MAPS Bird Banding Returns to Audubon

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to join research ornithologists – those are scientists who study birds -- as they capture, band, and release birds, recording information for science. 

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary has been doing bird banding demonstrations in the spring since 2007. This is the fourth year it has hosted the MAPS research program that is specifically timed to target breeding birds. 

MAPS stands for Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship.  The MAPS Program is made up of a continent-wide network of hundreds of mist netting stations that capture and band birds for study. The data gathered during these sessions helps ornithologists understand more about longevity, breeding, and movement of bird species in our region and beyond.

The public is welcome to observe ornithologist Emily Thomas band birds at the Audubon Sanctuary on the mornings of:

Geocaching at Audubon

Geocaching at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Hey, all you Cachers out there ….. the cold days of winter are behind us now, so come to the Jamestown Audubon Center & Sanctuary to hang out with your caching friends and enjoy the warmer weather!

Sponsored by geocachers Dove 78 and the Yoders 2012, this event cache is being held on Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 10 a.m. to noon. That will be enough time for everyone to find some temporary hidden caches, meet back at the posted coords for a few door prizes, and still have time left in the day to go geocaching.

The temporary caches will hold the coordinates to a permanent cache hidden off the grounds that will not be published until after the event. For your caching enjoyment, several new permanent caches will be hidden near the event but not on Audubon’s grounds.

Discover WNY’s Rich History with Explore Buffalo Tours

Discover WNY’s Rich History with Explore Buffalo Tours

 

Explore Buffalo, a nonprofit organization providing tours and other opportunities where guests can discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history and neighborhoods, has announced an extensive lineup of June events. 

Moths & Music at Audubon

Moths & Music at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Campfire, acoustic guitar, beverages, natural wonders….

If this sounds like a delightful evening to you, you’ll want to be at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s “Moths & Music” on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

The 8:30-10:30 p.m. event will begin around a campfire in Audubon’s backyard with Jamie Haight entertaining on his acoustic guitar.

As the sun sets, Haight will switch gears and put on his entomologist -- that’s a biologist who studies insects -- hat.

To learn what is making those chirping and buzzing sounds, Audubon will put up some lights and explore what insects are attracted to them. Haight will also lead a short walk around Audubon’s property to look at moths attracted by “moth mash,” a special mixture of fermenting fruit and liquid.

Jamie Haight is a Health Department Biologist.  As a musician, he has played guitar and performed both as a soloist and with local bands for more than 20 years.

Take a Guided Tour of Patagonia at Audubon

Take a Guided Tour of Patagonia at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Does Patagonia sound like a fascinating locale for the adventurous explorer? 

You can find out at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on June 6, when Robert and Kathleen Barber present “Patagonian Frontiers: Argentine and Chile.”

Beginning at 11 a.m., the Barbers will share photos and stories from their amazing trip to the southern tip of South America.

You can experience the wonders of two of the world’s last great frontiers: the majestic fjords and glaciers of Southern Patagonia and the stunningly dramatic scenery of Torres del Paine. Visit Cape Horn and sail along as Charles Darwin did through the Strait of Magellan, the Beagle Channel, Drake’s Passage and many other estuaries to explore the flora and fauna of this cold rain forest.