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View Elk in Pennsylvania with Audubon

View Elk in Pennsylvania with Audubon

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is offering a rare opportunity: a day-long fieldtrip to learn about and view herds of elk.

Elk once roamed much of North America but began to disappear from the East in the 1800s due to overhunting and habitat destruction. Reintroduction programs beginning in the early twentieth century brought wild stock from western populations back east. One strong population can be found in Benezette, Pennsylvania, about 80 miles southeast of the Nature Center.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4, the Audubon van will depart for Benezette to visit the beautiful Elk Country Visitor Center. After lunch in St. Marys, the afternoon will be spent learning about these majestic animals through displays and diorama, interactive touch screen exhibits, the touch and feel Discovery Room and, for an additional fee, the 4D story theater.

Carve a Pumpkin for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Carve a Pumpkin for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center is looking for families and folks who would like to carve pumpkins to light the Enchanted Forest trail.

Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, are the magical evenings when you will find talking animals along a lighted trail – and adults as fascinated as the children they accompany.

You can add to the magic by designing and carving a pumpkin to decorate the trail on Monday, October 2, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Nature Center.

There will be some pumpkins and carving tools provided but feel free to bring your own. This is great family volunteer opportunity but open to all. Children must be accompanied and assisted by an adult.

Carving will be inside or outside, depending on the weather. 

Participants at the weekend’s Enchanted Forest will vote for their favorite pumpkin design, with the winners receiving a one-year Audubon Family Membership.

Summit to Highlight Environmental Action Efforts

Summit to Highlight Environmental Action Efforts

Positive ways to take action on environmental issues will be addressed at the 13th annual Western New York Environmental Summit taking place Sept. 30 at Daemen College.

“Get Involved: A Toolkit for Action,” which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Daemen’s Wick Campus Center. A continental breakfast will be provided for all event attendees.

“This year’s event is designed to educate attendees on how they can make a difference and have a positive impact on environmental issues,” said Dr. Brenda Young, program director of global and local sustainability. “Understanding the tools that are available to create change will help make efforts more effective in our communities.”

The Environmental Summit will kick off with a keynote presentation, “Empowering Your Organization Brand Through Social Media, to be given by Daniel Wangelin, owner of [re]noun creative, a Buffalo-based design and marketing company.

Olear Team at MJ Peterson to Participate in Fall Open House at Brookdale Orchard Glen

Olear Team at MJ Peterson to Participate in Fall Open House at Brookdale Orchard Glen

Sally Ball Conover, a licensed real estate broker with the Olear Team at MJ Peterson, will participate in an open house at Brookdale Orchard Glen on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. Brookdale Orchard Glen is located at 6055 Armor Duells Road in Orchard Park.  

The open house will provide visitors an opportunity to learn more about the facility, as well as gain valuable information about topics and resources available to older adults and their caregivers. As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Conover will be present to talk with attendees and provide insight and advice on the real estate needs of older adults.  

Light refreshments will be served and attendees have the chance to win a $50 gift card to Wegmans (two gift cards will be given out).

October 1 is Early Bird Reservation Deadline for Audubon’s OctoberFEAST

October 1 is Early Bird Reservation Deadline for Audubon’s OctoberFEAST

Jamestown, N.Y. – Last year Audubon Community Nature Center staff and volunteers presented their gala fund raising dinner and auction at the Nature Center.

“OctoberFEAST 2016 was such a hit,” said program director Jennifer Schlick, “that we’re staying at the Nature Center and coming up with even more fun ideas for this fall!”

Saturday evening, October 21, is the date for OctoberFEAST 2017, and the Sunday, October 1, deadline for early bird discounts is fast approaching.

Tapas food stations will be in various locations, with new specials delivered from the kitchen throughout the dining hour. The delicious dinner is sure to please vegans and omnivores alike.

With an emphasis on experiences, the live auction features unique opportunities and outings like Sunday brunch and studio tours in an 1880s boardinghouse, an evening reminiscent of a jazz supper club, and a day with a wildlife biologist looking for mussels and hellbenders and enjoying a catered lunch.

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author Mike Maccalupo

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author Mike Maccalupo

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, will host author Mike Maccalupo for a book-signing event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. 

Maccalupo’s latest book, “Death by Incarceration,” is his first non-fiction novel. Released in July, this new book chronicles the life, murders, trial, incarceration and ministry of Larry Stromberg, an up-and-coming Philadelphia actor and screenwriter who murdered his wife and mother-in-law in 1996. After his conviction and sentencing to two consecutive life sentences he begins his search for God which leads him to start a ministry to spread God's words through plays performed on stage for other convicts in the hope to bring them closer to God.

Harvest and Enjoy Fall’s Bounty at Audubon Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, October 1

Harvest and Enjoy Fall’s Bounty at Audubon Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, October 1

Jamestown, NY – Beans, winter squash, Asian pears, apples, and quince.

These are some of the veggies, fruits, and tubers of the season that you can harvest and enjoy at the final session of Audubon Community Nature Center’s gardening series on Sunday afternoon, October 1.

You are invited to the home of organic gardeners Scott and Pam Stoleson in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, for the 1-3 p.m. event.

Likely things you will be able to pick and sample include Shinseiki and Yoinashi Asian pears, Beurre Bosc pears, Rose Finn and Austrian Crescent potatoes, winter squashes, American hazelnuts, and Aromatnaya Quince.

You will also discuss planting a cover crop in harvested areas to replenish the soil’s organic material, preparing to plant the first plants for next season (garlic!), and putting the garden to bed for the winter. 

The finale will be a feast of home-grown veggies, possibly augmented by harvests from other farms nearby.