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Nature Center Wildflower Walk on Mother’s Day

Nature Center Wildflower Walk on Mother’s Day

Jamestown, NY – Continuing a decades-long tradition, on Sunday afternoon, May 10, naturalist Jack Gulvin will lead the Audubon Nature Center’s annual Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk at the Bentley Sanctuary.

The walk starts at the Sanctuary and meanders through the woods in search of spring wildflowers. The hike features all the spring flowers, from Spring Beauties to Marsh Marigolds.

The 2-4 p.m. Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk is an opportunity to take a couple hours to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of even the smallest and the most common wildflowers.  You can learn which are native and which were brought here by Europeans eager to see a familiar sight from the home country. You will also learn about some that tagged along uninvited.

May 2 is Nature Center Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

May 2 is Nature Center Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center’s education staff and their friends and fans invite you to join them to see as many birds as possible on a one-day-only birdathon. 

Since 2003 this group that calls themselves “The Fledglings” has been holding a birdathon to raise scholarship funds.  

On Saturday, May 2, The Fledglings will raise money for the Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship, awarded each year to a local student heading off to college with an interest in pursuing the natural sciences.

This year’s recipient is Brandon Allen from the Southwestern School District. Brandon is pursuing a degree in Natural Resource Conservation: Law Enforcement at Finger Lakes Community College. The scholarship supports Brandon's efforts to help protect our natural resources by becoming a Department of Environmental Conservation officer.  

WNY Land Conservancy Awarded $59,600 from Conservation Partnership Program Grants

WNY Land Conservancy Awarded $59,600 from Conservation Partnership Program Grants

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $1.8 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 55 nonprofit land trusts across the state on April 20. Representatives of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Land Trust Alliance unveiled the grantees at an event at Teatown Lake Reservation in Westchester County. 

Nature Center Presenters at Lake Erie Bird Club

Nature Center Presenters at Lake Erie Bird Club

Fredonia, NY – “Bird in Hand” is the program at the next Lake Erie Bird Club meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 27, at BOCES on the Fredonia-Stockton Road, Fredonia.

Jamestown Audubon Nature Center’s Jennifer Schlick and Terry LeBaron will give a presentation about the Center’s spring bird banding. On Saturday mornings from April 25 through May 16, the public can observe ornithologists (bird scientists) and possibly even participate in this age-old technique used to discover details about the lives of birds.

Scientists who have both federal and state permits – and a great deal of training and experience – capture the birds in “mist” nets, so-called because they are so fine they are almost like mist. Observers can watch how they capture migrating and resident birds, fit them with identification bands, measure, weigh, and then release them.

Nature Center Taste of Nature Series: Edible Spring Greens

Nature Center Taste of Nature Series: Edible Spring Greens

Jamestown, NY – With a little bit of knowledge, nature can be your grocery store. You can acquire that knowledge at the Audubon Nature Center’s Taste of Nature series.

On Saturday afternoon, May 9, you can learn to identify spring greens, flowers and other wild edibles at the first class in the series, “Edible Early Spring Greens.”

Some people forage for survival, others to save on the grocery bill. Foraging can also be a wonderful way to spend time outside, learn plant identification, try new foods, and strengthen your connection to the earth and the food it produces to nourish our bodies.

At the 1-3 p.m. workshop participants will discover how to recognize edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar.

Boy Scouts Merit Badge Study at Nature Center Still Has Openings

Boy Scouts Merit Badge Study at Nature Center Still Has Openings

Jamestown, NY – There are still openings in the Boy Scout Bird Study Merit Badge program at the Audubon Nature Center on Saturday morning, April 25, 2015.

The 8 a.m.-noon program is planned so that Scouts who are just beginning their Bird Study Merit Badge can get a good start and those who have already begun can be tested if they are ready.

Scouts can learn about or review bird anatomy and songs, field guides, and binoculars at several learning stations that will be set up. Boys will select the stations they need to visit in order to complete requirements of the badge.

In addition to a bird feeder building station opportunity, walks with birding experts are scheduled for 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m.  

Come Observe Bird Banding at the Nature Center

Come Observe Bird Banding at the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – On Saturday mornings from April 25 through May 16, you can experience a scientific study: you can observe, and possibly even participate in, the annual bird banding at the Audubon Nature Center.

The age-old technique of bird banding is used to discover details about the lives of birds. Scientists who have both federal and state permits – and a great deal of training and experience – capture the birds in “mist” nets, so-called because they are so fine they are almost like mist.

You can drop in any time between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. and learn from the researchers exactly how it is done. Come on your own or bring the kids with you to view this amazing process.

Dr. Scott Stoleson, Emily Thomas Perlock, and Don Watts will lead the bird banding.