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Learn About Timber Rattlesnakes at Audubon’s December 1 First Friday

Learn About Timber Rattlesnakes at Audubon’s December 1 First Friday

Jamestown, N.Y. – You can enjoy an informative and entertaining talk about Pennsylvania Timber Rattlesnakes at Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on December 1, 2017, at 11 a.m.

Presenter Rick Rupprecht spent his career as a math teacher at Jamestown Community College, but he has spent his entire life enjoying the outdoors in many ways.

Rupprecht has been curious about timber rattlesnakes since his early 20s when he had a personal experience with one. This past July he accompanied his brother and nephew on a Pennsylvania Rattlesnake Hunt when most of the pictures and all of the videos for his presentation were taken.

The well-researched talk will cover many aspects of the rattlesnake including reproduction, denning habits, the difference between venomous and poisonous, how to determine the sex of a snake, and more.

A BYO brown bag lunch and conversation follows the program, with coffee and tea provided.

Visit Audubon’s Giving Tree and Choose Your Gift to Give

Visit Audubon’s Giving Tree and Choose Your Gift to Give

Jamestown, N.Y. – The next time you visit Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) you will be greeted by a beautifully welcoming Giving Tree in the lobby.

The Giving Tree provides you the opportunity to give a gift to Audubon.

Whether it is the Day Camp program, the animals in the Discovery Room, the wildlife outdoors, or the staff and volunteers who run it all, a little bit goes a long way. You can take a tag from the tree to select a gift you can give.

A list of gift possibilities will also be at Giving Tree on the Programs page at auduboncnc.org

You are welcome to drop off wrapped gifts anytime, but if you do so prior to Wednesday, December 27, children will open the gifts that day at Christmas with the Critters.

Your Giving Tree gift also gives you an admission to the 10-11:30 a.m. Christmas with the Critters program. Call (716) 569-2345 during business hours if you would like more details

Local artisans will inspire holiday shopping at 23rd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Market

Local artisans will inspire holiday shopping at 23rd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Market

Western New Yorkers can grow their holiday spirit while buying local on Dec. 2 and 3 as the 23rd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Artisan Market returns to the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. This year’s event will feature more than 150 predominately local artists!  

Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Annual Roycrofters-At-Large Winter Festival

Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Annual Roycrofters-At-Large Winter Festival

Nearly three dozen juried artisans from near and far will come together from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3 for the 41st annual Roycroft Winter Festival! This highly anticipated Western New York holiday tradition will take place in East Aurora Middle School, located at 430 Main St. in the village.

The juried artisans, including several Roycroft Artisans and Master Artisans, will offer a wide variety of beautifully handcrafted items. Artisans taking part in the event offer everything from jewelry, wood, clay and books to metal, tile, glass, leather, pottery, sculpture and more. 

You Are Invited to Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, November 19

You Are Invited to Audubon Nature Play Day Sunday, November 19

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center invites you and the young one(s) in your life to explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment and learn how to continue the nature play experience at home.

On Sunday afternoon, November 19, 2017, you can come and play outside with a naturalist and enjoy a Nature Play Day.

Children aged two to eight and their favorite grownups can drop in Audubon’s Nature Play Area anytime from 1 to 4 p.m.  

Extra materials will be placed in the play area such as mud kitchen equipment, hammocks, weaving material or natural building materials. A naturalist will be present to answer questions and provide information.

WNY Children’s Book Expo to Host Authors From Around the Globe

WNY Children’s Book Expo to Host Authors From Around the Globe

The WNY Children’s Book Expo, presented by Monkey See Monkey Do … Children’s Bookstore in Clarence, has released an extensive list of authors and presenters scheduled to take part in the Expo on Saturday, Nov. 11. This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in downtown Buffalo.

Featured authors at the BlueCross BlueShield of WNY Main Stage, Room 106B, will include: 

• 10:10 – 10:35 a.m., Barney Saltzberg, Explore your World: Find Art Everywhere 

• 10:45 – 11:10 a.m., Nick Bruel, Explore the World of Storytelling with Bad Kitty! 

• 11:20 – 11:45 a.m., Jennifer Hanson Rolli, Explore Moths and Butterflies … Alike but Different! 

You Are Invited to Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds, Saturday, November 18

You Are Invited to Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds, Saturday, November 18

Jamestown, N.Y. – You are invited to bring your family for a potluck dinner, presentation, and fun outdoor activities at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Thanksgiving with the Birds on Saturday, November 18.

Dating to 1965, this annual event is Audubon’s oldest continuing tradition.

At 11:30 a.m. you can gather to mix broth-based soup contributions into a big pot over an outdoor fire. The flavor of the resulting appetizer is interesting and unpredictable, and usually delicious.

Audubon provides the roasted turkeys and beverages for the indoor buffet dinner that begins about 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.