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At Audubon: Learn How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

At Audubon: Learn How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Jamestown, NY – Why do butterflies fill some yards with dancing, fluttering flight, but don’t seem to be in others? 

You can find out at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s Summer Learning Series program on “Butterfly Gardening,” the first of Audubon’s three “butterfly” opportunities this summer.

At the 7-8:30 pm class on Wednesday, July 20, Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome will teach how to plant plants for both caterpillars and adults, as well as how to create a mini-butterfly habitat that will attract them.  A few plants added to your land in a garden or on the edge of the property can attract many kinds of butterflies. 

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.

Eat Drink Local Week Puts Focus on WNY Harvest

Eat Drink Local Week Puts Focus on WNY Harvest

Edible Buffalo is proud to announce the first ever New York Statewide Eat Drink Local Week June 24 through June 30, 2011, a restaurant week with a mission! With the harvest season in full swing, Edible Buffalo along with seventeen local restaurant and winery partners will be celebrating the local food chain by promoting menus using ingredients sourced from local growers and artisan producers.

“Many of our restaurant and winery partners already use locally sourced ingredients on their menus, so this is an opportunity to showcase their efforts,” says Lisa Tucker, publisher of Edible Buffalo. “We also want to continue to make the connection between farm and plate for consumers. With over 7500 farms in the eight county region, we cannot afford to ignore how important local agriculture is to our food economy.”

Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Buffalo

Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Buffalo

EMERALD ASH BORER DETECTED IN BUFFALO

Collaborative Control Efforts Underway to Contain First Infestation Found in Erie County

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced an infestation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found in the City of Buffalo’s South Park. This is the first EAB infestation to be detected in Erie County. EAB is a small but destructive beetle that infests and kills North American ash tree species, including green, white, black and blue ash.

Adopt a Seedling Initiative a Success

Adopt a Seedling Initiative a Success

From a Statement By the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation

Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play, funded by the New York State Department of Health, with the help of the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation, organized an adopt a seedling program with local businesses to  grow seedlings which were donated to community gardening sites.

Each participating business was given a seed starter kit planted with cherry tomato or parsley seeds   which they grew until the seedlings were ready to be transplanted. Participating businesses included Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation, Robert H. Jackson Center, Cooper’s Cyber Café & Deli, Ives Johnson Insurance Agency, Quick Solutions, MediaOne Group, and Phillips Lytle, LLP. Once the seedlings were mature, they were collected and delivered to community gardening sites to be transplanted.

Audubon’s Secret Gardens Tour is This Saturday

Audubon’s Secret Gardens Tour is This Saturday

Jamestown, NY – Five hidden gardens in Jamestown, Sinclairville, Kennedy, and Frewsburg, New York, will be featured in this Saturday’s (June 18) Secret Gardens Tour presented by the Audubon Center and Sanctuary from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

2011 marks Audubon’s eighth Secret Gardens Tour. The outstanding characteristic of this year’s gardens is that they are all surprisingly large.

Addresses for the five featured gardens are:

  • Boyd Garden, 3371 Matson Road,  Jamestown
  • Gaus Garden, 5170 Damon Hill Road,  Sinclairville
  • Mandel Garden, 695 Waterman Road,  Kennedy
  • Smith Garden, 1722 Manchester Road, Jamestown
  • Weber Garden, One North Meadow Lane, Frewsburg

Tickets for this self-guided tour include a brief description of each garden, directions, parking recommendations, and an excellent map. Even visitors unfamiliar with the area will have no trouble locating all the gardens.

Audubon Announces Secret Gardeners

Audubon Announces Secret Gardeners

Jamestown, NY – The gardens may be hidden, but they’re no longer secret: the Audubon Center and Sanctuary has announced the participants in their eighth Secret Gardens Tour on Saturday, June 18.

“We are very excited about this year’s gardens,” chairperson Merle Syzdlo said in making the announcement. “They are particularly distinctive because they are all surprisingly large!”

The five featured gardens are tended by:

  • Elsie Boyd, Jamestown
  • Bob and Paula Gaus, Sinclairville
  • Janet Mandel, Kennedy
  • Kathy and Steve Smith, Jamestown
  • Becky Weber, Frewsburg

Rain or shine, hours are 10:30 am to 4:30 pm for Audubon’s eighth garden tour.

Learn About Edible Wild Mushrooms at Audubon’s First Friday

Learn About Edible Wild Mushrooms at Audubon’s First Friday

Jamestown, NY – If you’ve ever seen a beautiful mushroom growing in the wild and wondered if a bite of it could be your last, you won’t want to miss the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s next First Friday Lunch Bunch.

Dr. Jeffrey Victor will give a presentation on “Edible Gourmet Mushrooms” on Friday, June 3 at 11 am at the Audubon Center.

Victor will show many photos of mushrooms and explain how to identify the edible ones, so as not to confuse them with poisonous varieties. He will also offer some cooked chanterelle mushrooms to taste, and tell how to prepare them the French way. Chanterelle mushrooms are very expensive when sold in the supermarkets of large cities.

Dr. Victor, a professor of sociology at Jamestown Community College, has been collecting and eating wild “gourmet” mushrooms for more than 45 years. He learned this hobby in France, from his French relatives. He has also supplied some French restaurants in Buffalo and Chautauqua.