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Learn to Raise Monarch Butterflies at Audubon Workshop in Dunkirk

Learn to Raise Monarch Butterflies at Audubon Workshop in Dunkirk

Jamestown, NY – Monarch Butterflies are born and raised on milkweed.

On Thursday evening, September 7, 2107, you can learn how to find their eggs and raise the caterpillars to adulthood, helping a species that has been disappearing from the local landscape.

Citizen scientists can then tag and release them to migrate to Mexico.

The 5:30-7:30 p.m. “Raising Monarchs” workshop will be held at the Fredonia Technology Incubator in Dunkirk.

Butterflies are fun to raise with kids, grandkids, or on your own, and this project can increase the local population of a butterfly that has been hard to find in recent times.

The class will go into the details of how to raise Monarch butterflies successfully, avoid common mistakes, and experience the joy of releasing butterflies.

Learn About Water Chestnut Removal Progress at Audubon’s September 1 First Friday

Learn About Water Chestnut Removal Progress at Audubon’s September 1 First Friday

Jamestown, NY – You may have been reading about, hearing about, or working on the eradication of the invasive Water Chestnut at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC).

To learn about the progress that has been made, you can come to Audubon’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on September 1 and hear a report by ACNC President Ruth Lundin.

Efforts to remove the plant began in the fall 2012. Lundin will teach you a bit about this plant, summarize the efforts taken to remove it, share lessons learned, and progress to date.

European Water Chestnut (Trapa natans) is an invasive aquatic plant that was released inadvertently into waters of the Northeast in the late 1800s. It is slowly spreading throughout New York State, clogging waterways, lakes and ponds and altering aquatic habitats. This variety of water chestnut is not the same as the product which can be purchased in cans at the supermarket.

Make Your Own Beadwork Owl at Audubon on Wednesdays, September 6 and 13

Make Your Own Beadwork Owl at Audubon on Wednesdays, September 6 and 13

Jamestown, NY – You can learn to make a beautiful beadwork owl pendant to wear or give as a gift.

Bead artist Anne Jackson will instruct the 1-3 p.m. workshop on Wednesdays, September 6 and 13 at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC).

You can show off a bit of nature by learning beading techniques used to make a charming owl pendant. You will work with small seed beads and some medium size beads while learning to weave them into a pendant that you will want to wear every day.

It will take two sessions to create this piece of art, and you may need to work on the owl at home between sessions in order to complete it by the end of the second class.

No prior beading experience is needed to take this class.

Be sure to bring your glasses if you need them for close-up work.

Jackson is a member of the Chautauqua County Society of Artists. She has taught beading for more than two decades, both privately as well as at Audubon.

Audubon Community Nature Center Announces 2017 Nature Photo Contest Winners

Audubon Community Nature Center Announces 2017 Nature Photo Contest Winners

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center announced the winners of this year’s Nature Photography Contest.

The categories for submission of photographs were Landscapes, Plants (including trees, fungi, lichens, mosses, etc.), Wildlife (animals in their natural habitats), and Audubon Community Nature Center, with Adult and Youth (18 and under or still in high school) Divisions in each category.

The 2017 winners are:

So Much To Experience At Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival, Saturday, August 26

So Much To Experience At Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival, Saturday, August 26

Jamestown, NY – Imagine how delightful it would be in an indoor garden filled with free-flying Monarch Butterflies.

You can experience even more delights at the Monarch Butterfly Festival at Audubon Community Nature Center on Saturday, August 26.

Beginning at 10 a.m., you can hand-feed the butterflies or wander over to see how citizen scientists tag them to track their migration to Mexico. Observe their life cycle as you examine Monarch eggs and hold caterpillars.

This once abundant butterfly has been disappearing from the landscape in recent years, though it is slowly recovering from record low populations. Learn more about their plight, tour the butterfly garden, and learn how to create one of your own. Get plants to help Monarchs in your yard.

Use a net to catch insects around the pond. Take a nature hike or self-guided walk, get a Monarch tattoo.

Enjoy live music with Jaimie Haight on the lawn in the afternoon.

Are You Doing Your Part to Conserve Energy and Help the Environment?

Are You Doing Your Part to Conserve Energy and Help the Environment?

The movement toward green energy is picking up momentum across the country and around the world. In fact, it was the appeal of bringing a clean energy option to their community that convinced Tyler and Alicia Uebelhoer to open Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc. in 2015.

“While we are huge advocates of solar energy, we realize that solar is not an option for everyone,” said Alicia. “Some homes may not be a good fit for solar, and we certainly understand that. But, there are many other small steps that individuals and families can take to do their part to help save the planet.”

Land Conservancy Schedules Public Presentation of Trail Plans for Owens Falls

Land Conservancy Schedules Public Presentation of Trail Plans for Owens Falls

The public is invited to a presentation about a proposed walking trail system at the Western New York Land Conservancy’s newest preserve, The Owens Falls Sanctuary. The trail is being designed by a nationally renowned firm, Tahawus Trails. The sanctuary is incredibly ecologically important, and with two waterfalls and mature forests, it is beautiful. The presentation about the proposed trail system will take place on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the East Aurora Senior Center at 101 King St. in East Aurora. This will be an opportunity for the community to provide thoughts on the planned walking trail system.