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Audubon Snowflake Festival Welcomes Sponsors, Vendors, Scouts and Volunteers

Audubon Snowflake Festival Welcomes Sponsors, Vendors, Scouts and Volunteers

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is welcoming sponsors, vendors and volunteers to participate in its 2015 Snowflake Festival, planned for Saturday, February 7.

Audubon’s longest running festival is always a crowd pleaser. Outdoor opportunities include snowshoeing, cross country skiing, naturalist-guided hikes, horse drawn wagon rides, and husky sled dog demonstrations. Inside there are programs on birds of prey, crafts, a scavenger hunt, vendors and snacks.

Businesses and organizations are invited to participate as vendors and/or to give demonstrations at the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event. Vendors are all mission related and help Audubon promote its message.  Before submitting an application, please contact the festival coordinator, Sarah Hatfield, at (716) 569-2345 or shatfield@jamestownaudubon.org.

Stella Niagara Preserve Receives $50,000 Grant from Houston-based Gallogly Family Foundation

Stella Niagara Preserve Receives $50,000 Grant from Houston-based Gallogly Family Foundation

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy was recently awarded $50,000 from the Gallogly Family Foundation to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve, a new, publicly accessible nature preserve along the Niagara River in Lewiston, N.Y. The Land Conservancy has now received more than $2.7 million of the more than $3.2 million needed to create the Stella Niagara Preserve. Additional donations from the community are needed soon if the Stella Niagara Preserve is to become a reality.

“Winter Lights at Audubon” Returns to Nature Center

“Winter Lights at Audubon” Returns to Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – After a stunning debut last year, “Winter Lights at Audubon” is returning to the Audubon Nature Center.

The spectacular interactive outdoor light display was so popular that it is being presented on three weekends this December, for a total of eight nights.

You can celebrate the longest, darkest nights of the year by venturing out into the lights, where you will be able to control some of the 10,000 LED lights on a luminary-lit trail.

Through drums, movement, lights and more, visitors make lights dance and swirl and even trigger noises and other reactions, like making an owl hoot. The trail ends with an LED laser show that turns the landscape into a fairyland.

A warm fire at the halfway point, along with hot chocolate and snacks inside, makes for a great evening out.

Learn the Magic Behind Winter Lights at Audubon

Learn the Magic Behind Winter Lights at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Winter Lights amazed Audubon visitors last year with an outdoor trail of interactive LED lights. The lights were controlled by flashlights, drums, dials and even by pushing the earth around the sun.

At the Audubon Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on December 5, Volt Vision’s Steve French will show how he engineered some of the effects at Winter Lights. Volt Vision is locally owned and operated in Warren, Pennsylvania.

You can learn how Volt Vision created animals that light up and make noise when they are activated by a flashlight. You can discover how low energy LED lights can be used in some amazing and creative ways.

French will also be using some of the new LED art pieces being installed in Audubon’s auditorium to demonstrate LED technology.

Visit the Audubon Nature Center on Black Friday

Visit the Audubon Nature Center on Black Friday

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is expanding their winter hours by being open on Black Friday, November 28, the day after Thanksgiving.

The Nature Center offers many opportunities to choose from, both indoors and out.

Outdoors you can burn off some Thanksgiving dinner calories by walking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing the more than five miles of beautifully maintained trails. You can also visit Liberty, Audubon’s resident bald eagle.

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.

Audubon Presenting Wreath-Making Workshop

Audubon Presenting Wreath-Making Workshop

Jamestown, NY – Making an evergreen wreath is a skill you can put to use at holiday time every year.

You can learn this skill at the Audubon Nature Center’sWreath-Making Workshop on Saturday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participants will craft a homemade wreath using materials from the Audubon Nature Center and other local property. You will learn how to identify greens, harvest materials, prepare them for the wreaths, assemble your wreath, and decorate it. You should be able to finish your wreath during the workshop.

All materials are provided, but you may want to bring your own hand pruners and gloves.

The cost for this ever-popular event is $33 or $25 for Friends of the Nature Center.

Reservations with payment are required by Wednesday, December 3. Call (716) 569-2345 or use the on-line form by clicking through “Wreath-Making Workshop” at www.jamestownaudubon.org.

Bird Photography to be Featured at Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds

 Bird Photography to be Featured at Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to a dinner tradition at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary that dates back to 1965 and features great food, great company, and an absorbing talk.

On Saturday, November 22, Thanksgiving with the Birds will begin with a community soup pot, followed by a scrumptious turkey dinner and an enlightening program.

After dinner, Kim Sherwood will share some of his favorite photographs in “From Analysis Paralysis to Creative License: How I Wandered into Bird Photography.”

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

Audubon provides the roasted turkeys and beverages for the indoor buffet dinner that begins at 12:30. Participants are asked to bring a side dish (dressing, vegetables, potatoes, salad or dessert) and their own table service, including a mug for soup.