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Voelkers Present “Bring Back the Monarchs!” at Audubon on Friday, October 7

Voelkers Present “Bring Back the Monarchs!” at Audubon on Friday, October 7

Jamestown, NY – At the Audubon Nature Center’s next First Friday Lunch Bunch you can learn about the miraculous Monarch migration, the threats to its continuation, and current efforts to meet those challenges.

Join Jack and Diane Voelker for “Bring Back the Monarchs!,” an exploration of the remarkable Monarch butterfly at 11 a.m. on October 7.

Through photos and discussion, you will learn about the Monarchs’ life cycle, their epic annual migration to Mexico, the considerable challenges they face, and the efforts both locally and nationally to preserve and protect them.

The Voelkers will also share information about their pilot Monarch project with fourth graders at Chautauqua Lake Central School.

Jackson Falls Becomes Owens Falls Sanctuary After Fundraising Goal is Surpassed

Jackson Falls Becomes Owens Falls Sanctuary After Fundraising Goal is Surpassed

The Western New York Land Conservancy made a big announcement at their 25th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 21 – the Jackson Falls Preserve fundraising goal of $600,000 has been surpassed! The Golden Ballroom at Statler City was filled with thunderous applause and cheers as more than 270 guests celebrated this milestone in the journey to create the new 57-acre nature preserve on Hubbard Road in the Town of Aurora.

The property features two magnificent waterfalls that were formed by a 2,000-foot long stretch of Mann’s Creek that flows through a 100-foot deep ravine. Its mature hemlock and beech woods, vernal pools and forested wetlands are home to migrating birds, breeding frogs and salamanders, and dense patches of rare wildflowers. The property also includes mature headwater forests, which, along with the wetlands, are vital to maintaining water quality in the Buffalo River and Niagara River watersheds.

Audubon Nature Center Supports Fall Regional Bird Count

Audubon Nature Center Supports Fall Regional Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center supports the Buffalo Ornithological Society’s (BOS) ambitious effort every fall to count birds in Western New York.

Whether watching on their own property or committing to a larger area, it takes many people -- beginning to advanced birders -- to cover the four-county territory that is counted. 

If you have experience in bird counting, you can be part of this important work by volunteering on Saturday October 8.  If you’re interested but inexperienced, you could observe others and learn for future counts.   

The BOS count has been held every second Saturday in October since 1939.  The date was chosen to coincide with the end of the fall migration. 

Environmental Summit to Focus on Solar-Powered Energy

Environmental Summit to Focus on Solar-Powered Energy

AMHERST, N.Y. – The benefits of solar power as a renewable energy and Canalside Buffalo’s unique solar-powered carousel project will be explored by industry experts at the 12th annual Western New York Environmental Summit scheduled for Sept. 24 at Daemen College.

The summit, “The Power is You: Sustainable Communities Are Here,” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the college’s Wick Campus Center. The environmental-focused event is free and open to the public, and breakfast will be provided to attendees.

“We are pleased to bring together professionals from the solar energy industry who will offer valuable perspective on this renewable energy source and how it is paving the way to a cleaner, more sustainable future,” said Cheryl Bird, executive director of the Daemen Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement.

Volunteers Invited to Join Audubon’s Roadside Cleanup

Volunteers Invited to Join Audubon’s Roadside Cleanup

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center has adopted a section of Route 62 to pick up litter along the side of the road.

You are invited to join other volunteers on Saturday, October 1, to enjoy some fresh air and good company and be part of this twice-yearly endeavor to make our community a little cleaner.

Rain or shine, at 9 a.m. volunteers will meet at the Nature Center at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. After donning a bright orange vest, you will ride in the van to Audubon’s section of highway.

Matching orange trash bags will be filled with roadside refuse, then workers will return to the Nature Center at noon.

Volunteer crew chief Denny Anderson will again head this effort, as he has for many years.

Volunteers ages 12-18 are welcome as long as accompanied by an adult.

Audubon Taking Reservations for Enchanted Forest

Audubon Taking Reservations for Enchanted Forest

Jamestown, NY – Combine a luminary-lit trail with talking animals and what do you get? A magical fall evening called the Enchanted Forest, where adults are as fascinated as the children they accompanied.

The Audubon Nature Center’s annual Enchanted Forest is a wonderful non-scary Halloween treat that will engage your imagination, maybe make you laugh, and teach you something about the wildlife in our region.

The Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, evenings will begin with stories and songs at a backyard campfire. Then participants will be escorted around a luminary-lit trail by volunteer “fireflies” who light the way with lanterns. Larger-than-life-sized animals tell about their lives, sharing fun and educational information through dramatic and entertaining stories.

After about a 45-minute walk, you can enjoy crafts and snacks as you explore the Nature Center inside.

Join Audubon to View Elk in Pennsylvania

Join Audubon to View Elk in Pennsylvania

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is offering a rare opportunity: a day-long fieldtrip to learn about and view herds of elk.

Elk once roamed much of North America but began to disappear from the East in the 1800s due to overhunting and habitat destruction. Reintroduction programs beginning in the early twentieth century brought wild stock from western populations back east. One strong population can be found in Benezette, Pennsylvania, about 80 miles southeast of the Nature Center.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 16, the Audubon van will depart for Benezette to visit the beautiful Elk Country Visitor Center. The afternoon will be spent learning about these majestic animals through displays and diorama, interactive touch screen exhibits, the touch and feel Discovery Room and, for an additional fee, the 4D story theater.