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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.

‘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