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“iPhone Abstracts” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

“iPhone Abstracts” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

Jamestown, NY – “iPhone Abstracts” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, November 13, at 6:15 p.m. Butch Poole will demonstrate how he approaches shooting and creating abstract nature photos. He will stress the creative process: using a starting image, adding other images to complement that, experimenting with iPhone apps while on location, deleting and adding other elements and then bring it all together with minor processing tweaks back at home. 

Butch Poole is a former high school biology teacher and has been involved in the art show circuit for over 30 years selling nature videos and still photography.  In 2009, he evolved into iPhone abstract nature photography using multiple exposures and layer effects from an iPhone app. Poole really appreciates now only having to carry a phone into the woods!  

See the Monarchs in Mexico at Audubon Nature Center

See the Monarchs in Mexico at Audubon Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – At the end of their autumn migration, almost every Monarch Butterfly east of the Rocky Mountains ends up clustered in the Oyamel Fir forests high in the mountains of Mexico. 

On November 7 at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s First Friday Lunch Bunch, Jack and Diane Voelker will present “Following the Monarchs to Mexico.” They will recount their journey to the mountains of Mexico in search of the migrating Monarch butterflies at the 11 a.m. event.

The Voelkers have a long-time interest in Monarchs. As they watched the population plummet last year, they decided to visit Mexico before the phenomenon of Monarch migration disappeared from North America. 

Learn “Contemplative Photography” at Audubon

Learn “Contemplative Photography” at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering a workshop in photography that takes a very different approach from the usual.

From 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, Jennifer Schlick will instruct you not in how your camera works, but in an approach to photography that helps you develop your ability to see.

Entitled “Contemplative Photography,” the workshop will be is less about subject matter and more about flashes of perception – those colors, textures, and plays of light that grab your attention.

Bring your favorite camera: any type will do.

Exercises will include being open to perceptions of color, texture, and light.

Audubon Celebrating Owl Day Saturday, November 1

Audubon Celebrating Owl Day Saturday, November 1

Jamestown, NY – Owls are fascinating creatures, and it is a rare opportunity to be able to get close to one.

Live owls will be the highlight of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Owl Day on Saturday, November 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mark Baker is a licensed raptor (bird of prey) rehabilitator. He will be at Owl Day with several of his owls that are unable to be released back into the wild. Visitors can see Baker and his owls and learn more during his presentations at 10:30 a.m., noon, and 1:30 p.m.

Visitors can also learn about these silent hunters of the night with hands-on activities that demonstrate their unique hunting techniques. You can find out what they eat by dissecting an owl pellet and make an owl craft to take home.

You can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the nature center’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, Liberty, and discover how she is different from owls.

Audubon Traveling to Observe Saw Whet Owl Banding

Audubon Traveling to Observe Saw Whet Owl Banding

Jamestown, NY – What is the tiniest, cutest owl in the region?

The Saw Whet Owl may be it, but they are rarely seen.

On Friday night, October 24, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is taking a trip to a nearby Saw Whet Owl banding station.

Saw Whets migrate through our area in the fall. Tom Leblanc is an experienced, licensed bird bander and naturalist who has been banding Saw Whet Owls for years. They travel at night, which is when Leblanc sets up mist nets and uses recordings to call them in.

The opportunity to witness one of our most elusive owls is so unusual that Audubon has included it on its Bucket List for 2014.

Participants will meet at Audubon at 8 p.m. and carpool to the banding location, approximately 8.5 miles from Audubon. Return is planned for 11 p.m.

Participation is limited to 10, who are reminded to dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.

Ribbon-cutting Celebrates the Opening of the Mill Road Scenic Overlook in Aurora

Ribbon-cutting Celebrates the Opening of the Mill Road Scenic Overlook in Aurora

 

After a multi-year community effort that raised more than $650,000 to save one of the most iconic and cherished properties along the WNY Southtowns Scenic Byway, the Mill Road Scenic Overlook is now protected and a roadside pull-off is in place to allow for safe access to the property’s extraordinary views. On Tuesday morning, Sept. 30, the project team cut a ribbon to open the overlook to the public and celebrate the hundreds of supporters who led the community effort. 

Warren Photographer’s Exhibit at Audubon

Warren Photographer’s Exhibit at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Through November, a visit to the Audubon Center & Sanctuary will feature an added attraction: a display of photographs by Dr. Sandra Rothenberg.

Rothenberg is a nature photographer from Warren, Pennsylvania. With the exception of the Burrowing Owl from Florida, all the bird photographs on display were taken last spring in her own backyard or near her sister’s pond, also in Warren. 

Describing taking these photographs, Rothenberg says, “I was hoping to capture local birds standing on beautiful perches with berries or blossoms as they approached the feeders to dine. Often the Indigo Buntings arrived with the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. The Baltimore Orioles always announced their arrival with their raucous, joyful songs.  I was able to take the photographs while sitting in a small pop-up camouflage tent.  The green backgrounds are the hillsides of grass.”