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Learn Money-Saving Energy Tips at Audubon

Learn Money-Saving Energy Tips at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Using extra electricity and gas is like burning money.  Conservation saves money! 

On Saturday morning, January 21 the Audubon Center and Sanctuary is presenting the eMpower Workshop, an opportunity to learn some basic things you can do around your home to save energy and money without freezing or drastically changing your life.

From 10 am to noon, this Cornell Cooperative Extension program will provide some cheap and easy ways to lower electricity and gas bills, as well as provide information on NYSERDA programs that may help fund energy efficiency projects in the home. NYSERDA, the New York Energy Research and Development Authority, is sponsor of the program.

Join Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count

Join Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to join tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas who will be taking part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations.

On Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary in joining National Audubon to support its annual Christmas Bird Count. Counting in Warren will be on Saturday and in Jamestown on Sunday.

During this annual event, families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on a mission - often before dawn. For more than a century, the desire both to make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the holiday season.

Audubon Offering Solar Energy Workshop

Audubon Offering Solar Energy Workshop

Jamestown, NY – Since 2007, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary has been using solar power to help cuts its electricity costs by more than 50%.

On Saturday afternoon, November 12 from 1-3 pm, Audubon is presenting “Solar Workshop – Capture the Power of the Sun,” where participants can learn about many ways to use solar energy.

Leading the workshop, John Purvis will explain solar electricity, hot water and more, as well as all the rebates and incentives there are in Pennsylvania and New York to make solar happen. 

Purvis is president of Solar Revolution, Northwestern Pennsylvania’s and Western New York’s premier solar energy expert.  The company brings over 20 years of solar experience to our area.

Learn Basket Weaving at Audubon

Learn Basket Weaving at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Great satisfaction comes from making something with one’s hands.

On Saturday, November 5, you can experience this satisfaction when the Audubon Center and Sanctuary offers a workshop in Basket Weaving.

From 9 am to noon, basket maker Laurie Ennis will direct participants in creating a small square market basket. All supplies will be provided.

Baskets take us back to the times and traditions when we handmade objects out of necessity.  Baskets were used to gather eggs and the harvest, store potatoes, or shop at the farmer’s market.

Today, basket weaving is a creative and fun craft that produces baskets that are both practical and charming, involving various levels of skill and techniques.

This class will give participants the opportunity to learn a new skill, while creating a unique and practical object for their home. Class members will make a small market basket using reed and a wooden handle. 

Learn About Bats at Audubon

Learn About Bats at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Bats are fascinating creatures, but many people are afraid of them and don’t understand how helpful they are.

On Saturday, October 29 from 10 am-3 pm the Audubon Center and Sanctuary will have an open house on “Bats of the Night,” when visitors can learn why we need them and how they are being seriously threatened.

Often portrayed as frightening creatures of darkness, these small winged animals can eat insects weighing up to two-thirds of their body weight in one night. By helping to keep insects under control, they reduce the quantities of insecticides used on crops.

In the last three years a mysterious disease has killed more than 90 per cent of wintering bats in some caves and mines from Vermont to Virginia. Because they are the slowest reproducing mammals on earth for their size, most giving birth to only a single pup each year, bats are very vulnerable to extinction.

Audubon Offering Class in Attracting and Feeding Birds

Audubon Offering Class in Attracting and Feeding Birds

Jamestown, NY – Autumn is the time of year to be thinking about attracting birds to your yard so that you can enjoy them throughout the winter.

On Sunday afternoon, October 16, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary is offering a class on how to attract and feed birds. The class will teach you what birds eat what seeds and how to attract them to your yard.

Participants will also learn how to make Peanut Butter Dough, a recipe made famous by Julie Zickefoose of Birdwatchers Digest. The recipe creates a soft suet that birds love, and it has even had Pileated woodpeckers eating out of people’s hands. Those who take the class can see how it works at Audubon and will get a kit to make a batch of Peanut Butter Dough to try in their own feeders.

The class will be led by Audubon Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome, who has been feeding the birds for years. He will spend 10 minutes at the end of the program showing how to get birds to eat out of your hand!

Audubon Offering Class on Wild Edibles

Audubon Offering Class on Wild Edibles

Jamestown, NY – In this harvest season, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary is offering “Fall Foraging,” an opportunity to expand your concept of what food is and take a look at wild edibles.

From nuts and seeds to leaves and roots, on Thursday evening, September 22, Audubon teacher/naturalist Katie Finch will teach some easy to identify edible plants.

The 6-8 pm class will begin inside with basic plant identification and instruction about how to collect wild edibles in a safe and sustainable way.  Participants will then head outside to look at -- and sample -- some familiar plants around Audubon.  Following the hike, prepared foods will be available for taste testing inside. 

Cost is $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers, and $5 for children under 12.