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Enjoy Black Friday at Audubon

Enjoy Black Friday at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Even though the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is officially closed Tuesday-Friday from November through February, there are some days they just can’t resist being open.  

One of those this year is Black Friday, November 29, the day after Thanksgiving.

Hours for the Nature Center are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition to the Blue Heron Gift Shop, Audubon’s three-story building houses a collection of live animals including fish, reptiles, and amphibians. You and your friends and family can enjoy and learn from these as well as the many interactive displays that inform and engage visitors of all ages.

At 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Audubon’s naturalists will lead hikes where you can burn off some of those Thanksgiving dinner calories.

Regular fees apply for admission to the Nature Center: $6 or free for children and Friends of the Nature Center.

November 30 Deadline for Ordering Audubon 2014 “Bucket List” Calendars

November 30 Deadline for Ordering Audubon 2014 “Bucket List” Calendars

Jamestown, NY – Would you like to have a year’s worth of truly awesome natural history opportunities you could experience? Or would you simply like to find the perfect gift for that impossible-to-buy-for person on your holiday shopping list?

Either way, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary has just what you need: their 2014 Bucket List Calendar of 12 Local Natural Events. Note: A bucket list -- if you’re not familiar with the term-- is a list of things you want to experience before you “kick the bucket.”

Presentation on Northern Goshawks at Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds

 Presentation on Northern Goshawks at Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is again celebrating a dinner tradition that dates back to 1965:  great food, great company, and a fascinating talk.

On Saturday, November 23, Thanksgiving with the Birds will begin with a community soup pot, followed by a scrumptious turkey dinner and an enlightening program.

A presentation on Northern Goshawks by Maryland wildlife ecologist David Brinker will highlight this year’s event. Brinker has appeared in National Geographic, on National Public Radio, and was pictured recently in the Los Angeles Times.

At 11:30 a.m., folks will gather around the outdoor soup kettle for which they can bring a small container of their favorite broth-based soup to add to the mystery brew.

Audubon Celebrating Owls Day & Night November 9

Audubon Celebrating Owls Day & Night November 9

Jamestown, NY – Despite being easily recognized with their large heads and eyes, owls are rarely seen.  

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary will celebrate these fascinating creatures both day and night on Saturday, November 9, with live owls featured in special programs in the afternoon and an “Owl Prowl” in the evening.

At Owl Day 1-5 p.m., visitors can learn about these silent hunters of the night with hands-on activities that demonstrate their unique hunting techniques. You can find out what owls eat by dissecting an owl pellet and make an owl craft to take home.

Highlighting the afternoon will be Mark Baker, a licensed raptor (bird of prey) rehabilitator. Baker will bring several of his owls that are unable to be released back into the wild. You can visit with him and his owls and then learn more during his programs at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.   

RTPI President to Speak at Audubon’s First Friday Lunch Bunch

RTPI President to Speak at Audubon’s First Friday Lunch Bunch

Jamestown, NY – All sorts of exciting discoveries are already resulting from the initial work on the production of an interactive, digital update to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute’s (RTPI’s) 2001 regional environmental resource book.

To learn firsthand about the progress on this important work, you are invited to the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s next First Friday Lunch Bunch.

On November 1 at 11 a.m. RPTI President Twan Leenders will present “Natural History Atlas to the Chautauqua-Allegheny Region - Revisited.”

This book is at once a roadmap and an encyclopedia to the region’s natural highlights. Unfortunately, it has been out of print for some time now and no other platform exists to readily inform people about the beautiful places and unique species that inhabit our area. 

Mill Road Scenic Overlook Closer to Success

Mill Road Scenic Overlook Closer to Success

 

Now in their final 90 days of fundraising, The Friends of Mill Road are excited to announce two additional major gifts, propelling the project closer to a successful finish before its Dec. 31 deadline.  

Scouts: Earn an Owl Patch at Audubon’s Owl Day

Scouts: Earn an Owl Patch at Audubon’s Owl Day

Jamestown, NY – A visiting Brownie Troop inspired staff at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary to create a special Scout patch for their November 9 Owl Day.

From 1-5 p.m. on that Saturday, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of all ages can earn their Owl Patch by participating in at least four afternoon opportunities:

  • Attend the 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. talk by Mark Baker, a licensed raptor (bird of prey) rehabilitator. He will have live owls that are unable to be released back into the wild. 
  • Dissect an owl pellet.
  • Make an owl craft.
  • Learn to make at least one owl call. (Optional: Owl calling contest at 3 p.m.!)
  • Learn the names of at least three species of owls.

 

When they arrive, Scouts can pick up a check list of these activities.  When they complete them, they have the option of purchasing the owl patch for $3.