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Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival “Going Mexican”

Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival “Going Mexican”

Jamestown, NY – Adding a Mexican flavor is just one of the new twists to this year’s Monarch Butterfly Festival at the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary.

On Saturday, August 25, visitors will have the opportunity to observe monarchs in every stage of their life cycle, from tiny eggs through caterpillar, chrysalis, and into beautiful butterflies.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Audubon’s auditorium will be transformed into a garden of wildflowers with butterflies flying about.  Tiny butterfly eggs will be on display along with monarch caterpillars of all sizes. One corner will have volunteers bringing butterflies for people to hold.  Another will have people tagging the butterflies with stickers.

Learn How to Raise Butterflies at Audubon

Learn How to Raise Butterflies at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Would you like to learn how to raise a monarch butterfly caterpillar from egg to adult, identify their milkweed food and take home caterpillars to raise for Audubon’s August Monarch Butterfly Festival?

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is offering a workshop on “How to Raise a Monarch” on Thursday evening, July 26, 6-8 p.m.

Once you learn the basics of how to care for them, monarch butterfly caterpillars are fairly easy to raise. This workshop will teach how to find their food, what care they need, and how to successfully rear them.  Those who take home caterpillars to raise to butterflies for the Monarch Festival on Saturday, August 25, will receive two passes to the Festival in exchange for their butterflies.

The workshop will be co-led by Audubon’s beloved “Monarch Mama,” Barbara Case, and Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome. 

Audubon President’s Green Home Open House on Sunday, July 22

Audubon President’s Green Home Open House on Sunday, July 22

Jamestown, NY – It’s been a long process, but the “green” home that Jamestown Audubon President Ruth Lundin and her husband Paul built is ready to be occupied.

To celebrate, they are having an open house on Sunday afternoon, July 22, 1-3 pm.

This is an opportunity for those who have been following the construction of this unique home to see it completed.  It has been built with many green systems and materials which will be showcased and explained during the open house.

The house features many re-used materials, straw bale insulation, radiant heating, a “living” roof, and solar energy for heat and electricity. Low V-factor paints, glues and finishes were used and local materials were sourced whenever possible.

Visitors will want to note the countertops, light fixtures, window seats and much more.  Or they are welcome to just sit on the patio and enjoy the view that inspired this low impact house. 

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

This dragonfly hovered and alit on reeds and bamboo in my pond several times. It even stayed long enough for a dash into the house for a camera and a lens change. 

Audubon’s June 30 Secret Gardens Tour Offers 'Bonus' Gardens

Audubon’s June 30 Secret Gardens Tour Offers 'Bonus' Gardens

Jamestown, NY – Cooperation between local organizations has led to “bonus” gardens being added to this year’s Secret Gardens Tour offered by the Jamestown Audubon Society.

The Saturday, June 30 event regularly features five “secret” gardens that require access to the gardeners’ property.  

Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) received funding from the Sheldon, Lenna and Chautauqua Region Community Foundations to put toward “GROW Jamestown” initiatives that promote gardening and neighborhood beautification. Peter Lombardi, Director of Neighborhood Initiatives for JRC, worked with Secret Gardens Tour organizer Merle Szydlo to create a self-guided walking tour of “GROW Jamestown” gardens visible from the street on the north side of Jamestown.  

Learn about Pollinator Gardens at Audubon

Learn about Pollinator Gardens at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Butterflies landing on flowers, bees humming in the garden, the wind softly loosening puffs of pollen, and hummingbirds zooming. What they all have in common is that they help pollinate the plants.

On Tuesday evening, June 19, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary is celebrating National Pollinator Week by offering a workshop on “Pollinator Gardens.”

From 6-8 p.m., Audubon teacher/naturalist Sarah Hatfield will share some of the incredible ways plants have of moving their pollen and how you can help them. Why help them? Because our food requires pollination -- and because some of the native pollinators need our help.

Participants will learn that most species of insects and many other types of animals serve as pollinators. The class will discuss the different types of pollination and the pollinators themselves.

Audubon’s Secret Gardens Tour Tickets on Sale This Weekend

Audubon’s Secret Gardens Tour Tickets on Sale This Weekend

Jamestown, NY – Tickets go on sale this weekend (May 25) for the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s Secret Gardens Tour on Saturday, June 30.

In describing what visitors can expect from this ninth annual event, tour organizer Merle Szydlo noted that each garden is distinct. “We have a gardener who replaced her front lawn with perennials. Undaunted by lack of space, another has taken container gardening to new heights.” Szydlo continued, “One of our gardeners has artfully landscaped around a pool and hot tub. Still another has acquired an adjacent lot in which to expand his already sumptuous garden. And one of our gardens is, well, downright huge!”  

Santo Armeli, Ruth Baker, Marijka Lampard, and David Metzler tend the four gardens in Jamestown. The garden in nearby Falconer belongs to Susan Dickerson. They are handicapped accessible.

Rain or shine, tour hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.