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Firefly Field Trip on Audubon’s Bucket List

Firefly Field Trip on Audubon’s Bucket List

Jamestown, NY – Have you ever seen a forest full of fireflies all blink on and off at the same time?

These fun flashing fireflies are called synchronous fireflies, and they were discovered in our region only recently.

On Friday night, June 27, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering a field trip to see these late-night insects that only come out after 10 p.m. 

Participants will meet at 9 p.m. at the Center to travel in Audubon’s van to a hot spot in Allegany State Park where thousands of synchronous fireflies have been seen in past years. 

These insects were once thought to be only in the Great Smoky Mountains, where tens of thousands of people make the trip to see them each year. They were discovered in Western New York for the first time only a few years ago.

Volunteers Needed for Audubon Summer Water Chestnut Removal

Volunteers Needed for Audubon Summer Water Chestnut Removal

Jamestown, NY – If you love a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary needs you.

Audubon is beginning the summer effort in its second year of continuing to remove the invasive Water Chestnut. 

Starting Saturday, June 14, Audubon will be having a series of “Chestnut pulling” days, a huge undertaking that will require scores of volunteers to get these plants pulled before their seeds disperse in August.  Otherwise, they will choke out both plant and animal life in waterways throughout the area.

With the help of many volunteer crews using kayaks, canoes, waders and rakes, successful pulls were held during June and July last year. This summer the work will continue toward the goal of 100% elimination. 

Volunteers are invited to participate and consider putting together a team that will “adopt” an area of Audubon’s Big Pond to keep it clear of Water Chestnut.

On Audubon’s Bucket List: A Trip to Rattlesnake Country

On Audubon’s Bucket List: A Trip to Rattlesnake Country

Jamestown, NY – “Bucket List” has become a popular term for the things you want to do before you die.

On Saturday, June 15, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering an opportunity from its own 2014 bucket list: a field trip to Driftwood, Pennsylvania, heart of Timber Rattlesnake country.

Participants will meet at Audubon at 8 a.m. to make the two-hour+ trip to visit the Sinnemahoning Sportsmen Association’s Annual Snake Hunt.

Rattlesnakes are often misunderstood. This is an opportunity to get up close to some amazing reptiles, to learn about their biology, history and habitat.

The visit will be combined with a hike on a fairly accessible trail and learning about PIT tagging – Passive Integrated Transponder tagging for tracking individual animals -- and the science of snake research.

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.