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‘Plant Lady’ Sally Cunningham to Host Native Plant Gardening Talk in Niagara Falls

‘Plant Lady’ Sally Cunningham to Host Native Plant Gardening Talk in Niagara Falls

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host a special talk at the Niagara Falls Public Library with featured speaker Sally Cunningham at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. Sally is the author of the nationally popular gardening book “Great Garden Companions” and is well known in Western New York from her regular segments on Channel 4 News and articles in The Buffalo News. 

Sally will describe the critical importance of native plants and she will share ways that all Western New Yorkers can use natives in their own yards and gardens, just as the Land Conservancy is doing in the Niagara Gorge. 

Learn About the American Kestrel at Audubon’s October 6 First Friday

Learn About the American Kestrel at Audubon’s October 6 First Friday

Jamestown, NY – At Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch you can learn about what happens inside an American Kestrel nest box.

Tom LeBlanc will present “Kestrels in My Backyard” on October 6 at 11 a.m.

When LeBlanc, a naturalist for the New York State Office of Parks in the Allegany Region, discovered a pair of North America’s smallest falcons nesting in a box on his property outside Frewsburg, New York, he placed a camera inside the box. The photographs and videos he captured will be part of his presentation.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology says “the American Kestrel packs a predator’s fierce intensity into its small body.” One of the most colorful raptors, the male’s slate-blue head and wings contrast with his rusty-red back and tail; the female has the same warm reddish on her wings, back, and tail.

Explore Buffalo’s Tour are Still Going Strong Through October

Explore Buffalo’s Tour are Still Going Strong Through October

Even with the calendar nearly ready to turn to October, there’s no slowdown in the amount of quality tours being offered by Explore Buffalo!

TURN OF THE CENTURY TREASURES
9:30 a.m. Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Meet: Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo, corner of Washington and Mohawk streets. Two-hour parking is available on surrounding streets, and the Mohawk Parking Ramp is on the opposite corner. The Lafayette Square Station of the Metro Rail is around the corner on Main Street.
Cost: General $15, Student $5, Explorer Pass Free

WNY Children’s Book Expo Returns in November to Encourage Kids to Explore

WNY Children’s Book Expo Returns in November to Encourage Kids to Explore

The popular and growing WNY Children’s Book Expo (WNYCBE), the area’s premier literary event for children, returns in November and will culminate with a special event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The six-day event kicks off with KidsLit Week from Nov. 6-10, during which nearly 40 internationally acclaimed authors will visit area schools, libraries, museums and cultural venues to inspire a love of books in students from pre-k through middle school. Expo Saturday, on Nov. 11, is a day-long showcase of new and beloved books written for kids. Here, local, national and international authors will interact directly with children (and parents, teachers and school officials) through readings, book-signings, presentations and demonstrations.

You Can Be Part of Audubon/BOS Bird Count on Saturday, October 14

You Can Be Part of Audubon/BOS Bird Count on Saturday, October 14

Jamestown, N.Y. – If you will be anywhere in western New York on Saturday, October 14, 2017, you can join bird-lovers from four counties to report species seen that day.

The Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) was established in 1929 to promote the study of the birds of the Niagara Frontier Region, which includes western New York and southeastern Ontario, Canada. This region is rich in bird life, with over 380 species and 25 recognizable subspecies of birds recorded.

Every second Saturday in October since 1939, the BOS has sponsored a one-day census of all birds in the BOS territory. The date was chosen to coincide with the end of the fall migration.

Audubon Community Nature Center supports this effort that both provides a fun day of birding and generates data which make a real contribution to the understanding of local bird populations. 

The Chicago Authority to Perform Fundraiser at Gowanda’s Historic Theater

The Chicago Authority to Perform Fundraiser at Gowanda’s Historic Theater

The Chicago Authority will be in concert at Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater, 39 W. Main St., at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. The event is a fundraiser for the theater’s restoration and the Drums Along the Waterfront Scholarship Fund.

Buffalo Fan Fest to Feature Kelly, Reed, Smith, Thomas and More

Buffalo Fan Fest to Feature Kelly, Reed, Smith, Thomas and More

Come see the most former Buffalo Bills and Hall of Fame players in one place that anyone has seen in decades! Buffalo Fan Fest, an exclusive fan tailgate experience, will feature Hall of Fame players Jim Kelly, Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas and coach Marv Levy. In addition, former Bills’ stars including Fred Jackson, Eric Moulds, Lee Evans, Darryl Talley, Scott Norwood, Booker Edgerson, Jeff Nixon, Pete Metzelaars, Roscoe Parrish and more will participate.