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Audubon Birdseed Order Time

Audubon Birdseed Order Time

Jamestown, NY –  With fall fast approaching, now is the time to stock up on birdseed to guarantee that birds will visit your home throughout the winter.

The first day of fall, Friday, September 23 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 through links on the calendar page of Audubon’s web site at jamestownaudubon.org. 

Schumer Announces Over $1.7 Million in HUD Grants for Jamestown

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. - Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $1,643,624 to the City of Jamestown. The money awarded is broken down through a $ 1,271,692 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and a $371,932 HOME award. These formula grants will support critical housing services for New Yorkers not readily available through any other private or government source. Schumer applauds HUD’s selection of Jamestown for these awards.

“The lack of decent, affordable housing is one of the greatest threats to New York State’s long-term economic success,” said Schumer. “These grants are important because they provide much needed affordable housing to help make sure that people in Jamestown have a roof over their heads and viable communities to raise their families in.

Audubon Planning Monarch Butterfly Festival

Audubon Planning Monarch Butterfly Festival

Jamestown, NY – Little did Jeff Tome know when he was raising butterflies to release at his wedding that his interest would one day become a major event at Jamestown’s Audubon Center and Sanctuary!

For six years, Audubon’s Senior Naturalist has overseen what has become the full day Monarch Butterfly Festival, to be held this year on Saturday, August 27.

As Tome says, “The Monarch Butterfly Festival is about transformation.   Audubon’s auditorium will be transformed into a garden of wildflowers with butterflies flying about.  One corner will have volunteers bringing butterflies over for people to hold.  Another corner will have people tagging the butterflies with stickers to help scientists track their migration.” 

Audubon Teaching How To Raise Butterflies

Audubon Teaching How To Raise Butterflies

Jamestown, NY – Observing Monarch Butterflies in all stages of development has become so popular that the Audubon Center and Sanctuary has created a whole day’s festival around the experience.

This year, as part of its Summer Learning Series, Audubon is offering even more: the opportunity to learn everything you need to know to be a Monarch caretaker!

In preparation for the popular Monarch Butterfly Festival in late August, “Raising a Monarch Butterfly” will be offered on Friday, July 29, 7-9 pm. Audubon Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome and “Monarch Mama” Barbara Case will teach how to find Monarch caterpillars and eggs, along with the milkweed that they use for food.

Participants who choose may take 10 caterpillars to raise at home. The caterpillars can be returned in exchange for two tickets to the August 27 Butterfly Festival.

Cost for the July 29 Raising a Monarch Butterfly class is $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers, and $5 for children under 12.

Learn About Edible Wild Plants Audubon

Learn About Edible Wild Plants Audubon

Jamestown, NY – At the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s “Edible Audubon” class, participants will discover how to identify edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar.

On Friday, July 29, from 9-11 am, Audubon Naturalist Katie Finch will lead a walk around Audubon, pointing out some common, easy to identify plants that grow in backyards as well. Sampling is encouraged! Attention will also be paid to plants that should be avoided.

After the walk, the class will go inside the Center for a snack and take a look at some of the resources available for further exploration.

This program is designed for adults. Interested, mature children aged 9 and above are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

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

Learn About Beekeeping at Audubon

Learn About Beekeeping at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Without honeybees, the world’s food supply of fruits and vegetables would be seriously threatened.

So whether you’ve ever considered becoming a beekeeper or you’d just like to learn more about these amazing creatures, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s Summer Learning Series session on “Beekeeping Basics” guarantees to be fascinating!

From 7-9 pm on Wednesday, July 27, Walt Dahlgren and his fellow beekeepers will share the ins and outs of beekeeping, from the usefulness of honeybees for pollination to what’s involved in maintaining a hive.

Tom Erlandson Leading Two Audubon Insect Classes

Tom Erlandson Leading Two Audubon Insect Classes

Jamestown, NY – Retired Jamestown Community College biology professor Dr. Tom Erlandson will be the instructor for two programs on insects presented at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary in July.

You might not know that insects and their relatives are vital to human survival. To celebrate these partners on the planet, in the Tuesday, July 26 program on “Insects and Their Relatives” Erlandson will teach the basic biology of these critters, what makes them tick, and how to identify them. The 7-9 pm class will conclude with a walk outside to collect and examine some insects and their kin.