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Make Seasonal Decorations at Audubon’s Homemade Holidays

Make Seasonal Decorations at Audubon’s Homemade Holidays

Jamestown, NY – Every year the Audubon Center and Sanctuary brings the outdoors inside with a day of workshops where you can learn how to make your own holiday evergreen wreath as well as other holiday decorations.

Homemade Holidays, a fun, affordable and sustainable event, will be held on Saturday, December 1, from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. Wreath-making workshops start on the hour (11 a.m., 12:00 noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.) throughout the day.

In a half hour workshop, you can learn how to make an evergreen wreath. Greens, frames, trimmers, decorations and ribbon are all provided. If you have your own pruners, bring them with you though! After the half hour workshop, you have an hour in the workroom to finish your wreath. Assistants will be on hand to help. All the greens are harvested from the Sanctuary and donors, making sure not to harm the trees in the process.

Jamestown Audubon Part of Largest Sustainable Energy Event in Northeast

Jamestown Audubon Part of Largest Sustainable Energy Event in Northeast

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center and Sanctuary invites you to join them for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s Green Buildings Open House (GBOH) on Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Both the Nature Center and the home of Jamestown Audubon President Ruth Lundin and her husband, Paul, will be included in this annual open house that is the biggest sustainable energy event in the northeastern United States.

During the 2011 GBOH, nearly 11,000 people toured 500 homes, businesses, and public buildings showcasing energy-efficient design, systems, and products, as well as renewables.

The Audubon Center, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, features solar panels that provide nearly half of its electricity. 

Audubon Taking Birdseed Orders

Audubon Taking Birdseed Orders

Jamestown, NY –  With fall just around the corner, now is the time to stock up on birdseed to be sure our feathered friends will visit your home throughout the winter.

Monday, October 1, is the deadline for placing orders for the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s fall sale of a variety of birdseeds and related items. In addition to its most popular item, Audubon’s exclusively formulated Conewango Blend for local birds, specialty seeds, “cakes,” suet cage feeders, and peanut butter bells are also available. 

All the choices are on the order form that can be obtained by calling the Audubon Center (716-569-2345) or clicking on “Birdseed Orders Due” on the home page of Audubon’s web site at http://jamestownaudubon.org/

Orders can be made on-line, mailed, or phoned in and must be pre-paid.

Audubon Encourages International Rock Flipping Day Participation

Audubon Encourages International Rock Flipping Day Participation

Jamestown, NY – A nature blogger in British Columbia started International Rock Flipping Day – and the Audubon Center and Sanctuary encourages you to participate this year.

The tradition began in 2007, when people flipped rocks on four continents on sites ranging from mountaintops to urban centers to the floors of shallow seas. Rock-flippers found frogs, snakes, and invertebrates of every description, as well as fossils and other interesting things.

Sunday, September 9 – or the day closest to that date that is convenient – has been chosen as the day this year to:

·         Flip a rock (or many rocks).

·         Record what you see (photographs, sketches, and narratives are all acceptable).

Audubon Offering Mushroom Walk

Audubon Offering Mushroom Walk

Jamestown, NY – The right weather conditions – normally cool and rainy – are required to produce mushrooms.

Since the Audubon Center and Sanctuary cannot predict exactly when those conditions will be present and the mushrooms produced, it is collecting names of those interested in participating in its Mushroom Walk to take place sometime in September.

The class will begin with a 30-45 minute talk and slideshow in the Audubon multi-purpose room. Dr. Scott Stoleson will talk about typical fall mushrooms that might be encountered in the woods of our region. Then participants will take a 60-90 minute walk on the grounds to look for mushrooms.

A Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, resident, Stoleson is a professional ornithologist who has published over 50 scientific papers on ecology and conservation of birds. He has conducted avian research in the western U.S., Central and South America and has led natural history tours to the Caribbean and Latin America.

Unique Photo Opportunity Saturday at Audubon’s Butterfly Festival

Unique Photo Opportunity Saturday at Audubon’s Butterfly Festival

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center and Sanctuary just released a picture of a giant butterfly cutout created as a photo opportunity at this Saturday’s (August 25) Monarch Butterfly Festival.

In addition to adults who bring their cameras being able to get “pictured” as a butterfly, there is also a caterpillar cutout sized just for photo ops for children.

And that’s only one of the many fun happenings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can observe the entire life cycle of the butterfly, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult, in Audubon’s auditorium that will be filled with free-flying butterflies and cut flowers. Visitors can watch the butterflies, see how they are tagged by citizen scientists, hold a caterpillar, and maybe even spot one as it emerges from a chrysalis. 

Saturday, August 25 is Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

Saturday, August 25 is Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

Jamestown, NY – Visitors of all ages are sure to be fascinated by the offerings at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s Monarch Butterfly Festival.

On Saturday, August 25, Audubon’s auditorium will be filled with free-flying butterflies and cut flowers. The entire life cycle of the butterfly, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult, will be on display. 

Visitors they can watch the butterflies, see how they are tagged by citizen scientists, hold a caterpillar, and watch them emerge from chrysalises. 

The tagged butterflies will be released at 4:00 in a celebration in the butterfly garden. Almost all the monarch butterflies in the Eastern United States fly to very few special spots in the mountains of Mexico.