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Western New York Land Conservancy to Hold Annual Meeting and Reception at Buffalo Yacht Club

Western New York Land Conservancy to Hold Annual Meeting and Reception at Buffalo Yacht Club

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is very pleased to announce the 2014 Annual Meeting and Reception to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the Buffalo Yacht Club at the foot of Porter Avenue in Buffalo. The historic building is right on Lake Erie, and the spectacular second floor dining area and outdoor patio boast views of passing sail boats and the summer sunset. 

Tomasik Optical Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

Tomasik Optical Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

 

April 22 is Earth Day, a day of great importance to the local eye care experts at Tomasik Optical. In fact, they strive to make a difference in the Western New York community every day — 365 days a year!

For example, Tomasik Optical is proud to carry the only brand of frames certified to be made of at least 95 percent recycled materials. ECO — or Earth Conscious Optics — are the choice of actor Leonardo DeCaprio, who wears both prescription and sunglass styles from this environmentally conscious brand. Are you interested in helping the environment? Ask the experts at Tomasik Optical to show you this unique line of high-quality and earth-friendly frames!

Volunteer at Audubon on Saturday, April 19

Volunteer at Audubon on Saturday, April 19

Jamestown, NY – Celebrating Earth Day with a Volunteer Day is becoming a tradition at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

The event has been such a success -- with more than 80 volunteers each of the past two years -- that on Saturday, April 19, Audubon will celebrate an early Earth Day again by working to make their buildings and grounds more beautiful, improve habitat and make the sanctuary more visitor friendly.

Folks of every age will work rain or shine and have a blast doing it. After all the hard work, lunch will be provided to all volunteers.

The schedule is:

Time for Mud Camp at Audubon

Time for Mud Camp at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – It doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy Audubon Day Camp.

On Monday, April 14, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering Mud Camp, an opportunity for kids to enjoy some of the same adventures they would at Summer Camp – but in the muddy springtime.

For grades kindergarten and up, activities begin at 9 a.m. and go till 3 p.m. Campers will explore the sanctuary, looking for birds, snakes, salamanders, tadpoles, and more. The children will break into age groups for some activities and join together in a large group for others.

Participants need to dress for the weather and bring an extra set of clothes -- just in case – as well as a lunch that does not need refrigeration and a couple of snacks.

Cost for the day is $30; $25 for Friends of the Nature Center. There is a $5 sibling discount.

Learn About the Spring Salamander Run at Audubon

Learn About the Spring Salamander Run at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – By now you may know that the staff of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary has a Bucket List Series created for their 2014 calendar – that is, a year’s worth of amazing natural history opportunities to experience before you “kick the bucket.”

The spring salamander run is an unforgettable experience. The first warm, rainy night of spring brings with it a tsunami of salamanders. Something triggers them – temperature, moisture, day length – and they move en masse on a single night to breeding waters called vernal pools.

April’s event is to venture into the close-up world of vernal pools, tiny pools of water in the forest that spring to life each April and offer homes to creatures that cannot survive in any other body of water in the area.

From 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, you can learn about and possibly visit these quiet pools with no fish. 

Audubon President Giving Eagle Presentation

Audubon President Giving Eagle Presentation

Jamestown, NY – Most of us know that the Bald Eagle is the national bird of the United States and is pictured on our national emblem. But not everyone knows that there is a Bald Eagle you can visit in Chautauqua County.

On Monday, April 7, Jamestown Audubon President Ruth Lundin will give a presentation about eagles at the Hazeltine Library in Busti.

Lundin’s 7 p.m. presentation will highlight Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle that lives in her own outdoor habitat at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary. Lundin will share the story of the effort of many volunteers to prepare for providing a home to an eagle that could not survive in the wild on its own. She will also speak about the great attraction Liberty has been for Audubon visitors.

The talk is free and open to the public.

The Hazeltine Library is located at the five corners in Busti; the address is 891 Busti-Sugar Grove Road, Jamestown, New York.

“Revisiting Peru: One Generation of Changes” at Audubon

“Revisiting Peru: One Generation of Changes” at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – For good or ill, a country can be transformed in a remarkably short time.

On April 4 at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s First Friday, Deb Lanni will discuss “Revisiting Peru: One Generation of Changes.”

Beginning at 11 a.m., Lanni will look at how global economics, ecotourism and resource extraction have changed Peru for better and for worse over a period of less than one generation.

Ms. Lanni will discuss how world demand for inexpensive fruit has led to deforestation of riparian land, how ecotourism has enabled some protection of endangered ecosystems, and how the global demand for gold has put these same critical ecosystems in jeopardy. 

The talk will be illustrated with photographs and video, including footage of four species of macaws using clay licks along the Tambopata River.