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Try “Diving into Ducks” at Audubon Workshop in Dunkirk October 18

Try “Diving into Ducks” at Audubon Workshop in Dunkirk October 18

Jamestown, NY – An amazing number of ducks migrate through Dunkirk.

You are invited to learn about and observe them at Audubon Community Nature Center’s “Diving into Ducks,” 2-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 18.

Dunkirk Harbor is known for the large number and diversity of ducks that migrate through each year. Birders have migrated to the pier and parks along the shore to see birds that are rarely found beyond the edges of Lake Erie.

The program will start inside at the Fredonia Technology Incubator where you will learn some common ducks and how to identify them. Afterward, participants will wander up to the Dunkirk Pier, just a block away, to see what ducks are around.

Instructor Jeff Tome is a senior naturalist at the Audubon Community Nature Center. He has been visiting Dunkirk and other spots on Lake Erie for years to watch the duck migration.

BBB’s Secure Your ID Day coming soon; free paper shredding and identity theft prevention advice and

BBB’s Secure Your ID Day coming soon; free paper shredding and identity theft prevention advice and

Identity theft is still a major problem in the United States. Over 15 million U.S. consumers lost $16 billion in 2016, compared with $15.3 billion and 13.1 million victims a year earlier. In the past six years, ID thieves have stolen over $107 billion.

To help combat ID theft and educate the public on best practices to secure personal information, Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York, in partnership with Tops Friendly Markets, Shred-It, AT&T, Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce, Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, and West Seneca Chamber of Commerce will host Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – noon across Upstate New York (Western New York, Rochester, and Central New York). 

The free community shredding events in Western New York will be held at Tops Friendly Markets at 355 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca and 3865 Union Road (corner of George Urban Blvd.), Cheektowaga in the parking lots.

Annual ROCtober Event to Benefit Rural Outreach Center

Annual ROCtober Event to Benefit Rural Outreach Center

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting rural poverty, will host its fourth annual “ROCtober” event from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Elm Street Bakery, 72 Elm St., East Aurora.

The event will feature food by Elm Street Bakery, wine provided by Reed’s Wines and Liquors, beer, music by Doug Yeomans, and a custom-made cherry coffee table handcrafted by local artisan Jim Conell-Cordes and valued at $2,800. Raffle tickets for the coffee table are available for $10 each or three for $25. The drawing will take place the night of the event.

Make Reservations Now for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest, October 6 and 7

Make Reservations Now for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest, October 6 and 7

Jamestown, N.Y. – Audubon Community Nature Center’s Enchanted Forest is so popular that even with 26 time slots, several are already full.

This magical evening combines a luminary-lit trail with talking animals and is as fascinating for adults as it is for the children they accompany.

The Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, evenings begin with stories and songs at a backyard campfire. Then you are escorted around a trail by volunteer “fireflies” that light the way with lanterns. Larger-than-life-sized animals tell about their lives, sharing fun and educational information through dramatic and entertaining stories.

Animals featured this year are Spring Peeper, Garter Snake, Monarch Butterfly and Monarch Caterpillar, Pileated Woodpecker, Little Brown Bat, and Mice and Praying Mantid. The number of animals is increased this year as some are being paired together at the same station for more interaction and dialogue. 

Rural Outreach Center to Offer Living With Diabetes Sessions

Rural Outreach Center to Offer Living With Diabetes Sessions

Those who live with diabetes know it is a challenging condition and must be monitored closely. This includes blood work, medications, making daily choices about the foods that are eaten, exercise routine, fluid intake and planning ahead to maintain good health.

The public is invited to come and join other individuals who want to learn more about diabetes by participating in five sessions to be held at the Rural Outreach Center (ROC), 730 Olean Road, East Aurora, beginning Oct. 10. Other dates include Oct. 17, 24, 30 and Nov. 14, all from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Don Birdd will be teaching the sessions. Birdd is a retired Buffalo State College science professor who has lived with diabetes for over 20 years. He will be providing current research materials on ways to achieve and maintain good health.

Visit Kinzua Bridge State Park with Audubon on Wednesday, October 11

Visit Kinzua Bridge State Park with Audubon on Wednesday, October 11

Jamestown, NY – Built in 1882, the Kinzua Bridge was an engineering marvel built to move trains across Kinzua Creek. Now the Kinzua Sky Walk, it continues to marvel visitors today, with a glass-floored overlook and an expansive view.

You are invited to travel in the Audubon Community Nature Center van to Kinzua Bridge State Park in Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

The van will depart from the Nature Center for the hour-long trip at 10 a.m.

In this park with its interesting natural and human history, you will be able to walk out along the old Kinzua Viaduct until you are standing 200 feet above the surrounding valley during peak autumn color.

A recently added interpretive building makes a high tech addition while staying true to the history of the site. It is chock-full of entertaining exhibits, short movies, and more -- the perfect example of that place where human engineering and nature meet.

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 7, 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 dividing into teams and gearing up with gloves and orange safety vests, 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.

Snacks will be provided in the kitchen for breaks and afterward.

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