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Audubon Opportunity for Gardeners

Audubon Opportunity for Gardeners

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is again offering a wonderful event for gardeners.

On Saturday, May 19, Audubon’s annual Plant Exchange and Sale provides an opportunity to meet other gardeners, to exchange extra and no-longer-needed plants from your home for others that suit you better, and to support Audubon.

It is pretty simple: from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, just come with plants in pots (no plastic bags) or money, and exchange or buy plants and take them home.

Bring in your extras, your volunteers, and seedlings or plants you don’t have room for. Labels including the name of the plant, color (if known), and sun/shade preference are appreciated. Audubon reserves the right to refuse plants, especially invasive species.

Audubon Offering Pocket Garden Journal Workshop

Audubon Offering Pocket Garden Journal Workshop

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is offering a Pocket Garden Journal Workshop where you can create a unique gift, for yourself or for someone in your life who loves to garden.

On Thursday, April 26, from 6-9 pm artist Debra Eck will teach how to make a small book that has built-in pockets for seed packets and fold-out pages for a garden plan.

Participants are welcome to bring packets of seeds to put in the book pockets. They will leave the workshop with a completed journal and an instruction sheet so more journals can be made at home.

Have a Beautiful Garden and Support Audubon

Have a Beautiful Garden and Support Audubon

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is sponsoring a Garden Fundraiser, a way for you to have a beautiful garden and support their gardens at the same time.

Gardens are one of Audubon’s teaching resources. Thousands of school aged children tour the Center and visit the gardens with great enthusiasm and lots of questions. Visitors to the annual Monarch Butterfly Festival in August learn which plants are good caterpillar food and which are good as nectar plants for adult butterflies.

Barbara Case, lead garden volunteer, and her crew of gardeners have organized a special fundraiser to benefit Audubon’s gardens. 

“Bugalicious” is First Friday Subject at Audubon

“Bugalicious” is First Friday Subject at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – “Good night.  Sleep tight.  Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” 

Bed bugs are back in the region, along with swarms of other insects that, for many, can be too close to us for comfort. 

While that children’s rhyme might be a fun way to say “good night,” the reality of bed bugs in our homes is not a pleasant one.

“Bugalicious” will be the topic at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on Friday, April 6. New York State Department of Health Field Biologist Jamie Haight will talk about what insects are around and how to prevent them from taking up residence with you.

Included in Haight’s responsibilities for the Department of Health are tick and mosquito surveillance, monitoring of Lyme disease, West Nile, and East Equine Encephalitis.  He also does bed bug investigations and is frequently asked to identify insects that are causing problems, such as lice.

Audubon President Invites Visitors to “Straw Bale House”

Audubon President Invites Visitors to “Straw Bale House”

Jamestown, NY -- Jamestown Audubon Society president Ruth Lundin and her husband Paul have made the big decision to build their retirement home -- and they’re doing in the “greenest” way possible. 

From 1-3 pm on Sunday, March 18, Ruth and Paul will have an open house at their work-in-progress. Visitors will be able to learn about the resource and energy saving methods they are using, including straw bale insulation, a living roof and both passive and active solar energy.

“Building a straw bale house is truly an adventure,” Lundin observed. “We’d like to share our progress – and possibly inspire others – so we’re welcoming the community to come for a visit.”

Audubon Will Be “Living Green” on St. Patrick’s Day

Audubon Will Be “Living Green” on St. Patrick’s Day

Jamestown, NY – For “Living Green,” the Audubon Center and Sanctuary is the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day.

From 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, March 17, Audubon will offer a variety of ongoing activities as well as special programs where you can learn simple, easy ways to “green” your home, garden and car that will make a big difference to the planet and to your wallet. 

With activities for all ages, ongoing throughout will be demonstration tables with information for everything from cleaning product alternatives and car maintenance to increase gas mileage to making crafts with reusable and natural materials, planting food plants and native wildflowers, cycling, and easy ways to save energy in your home.

Bring your good condition used books and exchange them at Audubon’s first Used Book Exchange. 

Join Audubon’s Great Backyard Bird Count

Join Audubon’s Great Backyard Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – Warmer temperatures and lack of snow in parts of North America are setting the stage for what could be a most intriguing 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count on February 17-20.

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary invites local folks to participate in this event sponsored by National Audubon, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Bird Studies Canada.

People of all ages and skill levels are needed to count birds in their yards, neighborhoods, or other locations across the United States and Canada. Simply tally birds for at least 15 minutes on any day of the count – Friday-Monday, February 17-20 -- then go to www.birdcount.org and enter the highest number of each species seen at any one time.