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Learn Butterfly Gardening at Nature Center

Learn Butterfly Gardening at Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – Butterflies create a rainbow of color that complements any garden.

At the Audubon Nature Center’s Butterfly Gardening workshop you can learn how to plant flowers that attract them and create a perfect butterfly habitat.

During the 7-9 p.m. class on Thursday, July 23, 2015, instructor Jeff Tome will describe how a few simple plants and paying attention to basic butterfly needs can transform your yard into a butterfly paradise.

Butterflies need more than a couple of butterfly bushes to attract them. Many require certain plants to lay their eggs on. Many caterpillars only eat from one family of plants or even only one particular plant.

Time to Order Audubon Bird Seed

Time to Order Audubon Bird Seed

Jamestown, NY – Winter can be a challenging time for wild birds to find food.

Putting out a feeder and keeping it filled brightens the lives of our feathered friends as well as those of their human feeders: watching these beautiful creatures from the comfort of our homes can bring optimism to our days and introduce young people to the natural world.

Tuesday, February 3, is the deadline for ordering bird seed and related treats from the Audubon Nature Center’s Winter Birdseed Fund Raiser. 

Audubon offers a variety of seed choices, with the most popular being its exclusively formulated Conewango Blend, designed to attract local birds. Specialty seeds, cakes, and other selections are also available. 

Cabela’s Announces Opening Date of Cheektowaga, NY, Store

Cabela’s Announces Opening Date of Cheektowaga, NY, Store

Cabela’s Incorporated, the World's Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will celebrate the official grand opening of its Cheektowaga, N.Y., store Thursday, August 7, 2014.

A ribbon cutting ceremony, hosted by Cabela's executives and special guests, will begin at 10:45 a.m. and conclude with the grand-opening ribbon being cut by an arrow shot from a bow by a local Cabela’s employee. Doors will open for business at 11 a.m.

Opening day will kick off a weekend-long celebration highlighted by special appearances, family events, giveaways and more. A complete schedule of events will be available on www.cabelas.com/stores when finalized.

Wegmans Selling Audubon Birdseed

Wegmans Selling Audubon Birdseed

Jamestown, NY – Last month Wegmans and the Audubon Center & Sanctuary began a partnership that promises to be good for both wildlife and nature education.

Conewango Blend, Audubon’s own blend of birdseed, is now available in 10-pound bags at Wegmans.

“We’re projecting a 50% increase in our birdseed sales,” said Audubon President Ruth Lundin. “With all proceeds benefitting our programs, exhibits, buildings and grounds, purchasing Conewango Blend is a tremendous way to support nature education for all ages.”  

Created by a team of local birders, Conewango Blend is carefully balanced to attract the broadest variety of birds with the least waste. It is heavy on black oil sunflower seeds to entice the friendly Chickadees, colorful Cardinals and acrobatic Titmice.  It has canary seed for the finches and millet for the soft-spoken Mourning Doves. Blue Jays will enjoy the peanut pieces.  

Learn to Raise Monarch Butterflies at Audubon

Learn to Raise Monarch Butterflies at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – If you would like the challenge of an unusual summer project, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary has just the thing for you.

On Thursday evening, July 25, Audubon is offering a workshop on “Raising Monarch Butterflies.”

From 7-9 p.m. you can learn how to raise a Monarch from egg to adult, including how to identify milkweed, the caterpillar’s only preferred food. You will have the opportunity to take home caterpillars to raise for Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival on Saturday, August 31.

Monarch caterpillars are fairly easy to raise once you learn the basics of how to care for them. This workshop will teach you how to find their food, what care they need and how to successfully rear them. Those who take home caterpillars to raise to adults for the Monarch Butterfly Festival will receive two passes to the festival in exchange for their butterflies.

Audubon Hosts National Bird Banding Program

Audubon Hosts National Bird Banding Program

Jamestown, NY – The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program comprises a continent-wide network of hundreds of mist netting stations that capture and band birds for study. Analyses of the resulting banding data provide critical information relating to the ecology, conservation, and management of North American landbird populations and the factors responsible for changes in their populations.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary has been doing bird banding demonstrations in the spring since 2007. This is the third year it has hosted the MAPS research program that is specifically timed to target breeding birds.  

S.H.A.R.E Workshop at Audubon

S.H.A.R.E Workshop at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center & Sanctuary will kick off National Pollinator Week with a workshop to show simple ways to improve your yard for wildlife. 

The S.H.A.R.E. workshop will be presented from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

S.H.A.R.E. stands for Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment and is based on the principle that anything you do, even in a small area, improves the environment in your neighborhood. If half the people on a block improve the habitats in their yards, it can make a significant impact on the health and diversity of animals on that block.

The program will be mostly inside, with a brief walk outside to see how Audubon has improved the habitat around its building.