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Learn “Bird-Feeding 101” at Audubon

Learn “Bird-Feeding 101” at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Backyard birds are fun to watch!

You can learn what they are, build your own feeder, and mix up a batch of super food to bring them to your yard at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s “Bird-Feeding 101” on Saturday morning, February 16, 2013.

The morning will be divided into two 45-minute workshops. In each time slot, you can choose between a hands-on workshop making something for the birds or a classroom program learning more about bird-feeding, birds or field guides.

During the first workshop, from 10-10:45 a.m., you will have your choice of learning how to make your own super food (an extra $2 gives you food to take home) and training chickadees to eat out of your hand, or learning how to identify the common backyard birds and what to look for in a field guide.

You Can Be Part of Audubon’s International Bird Count

You Can Be Part of Audubon’s International Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center & Sanctuary invites local folks to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, with partner Bird Studies Canada.

After 15 years of success in North America, the Great Backyard Bird Count is opening up to the entire world for the first time in 2013. People of all ages and skill levels are needed to count birds in their yards, neighborhoods, or other locations.

Audubon Birdseed Order Time

Audubon Birdseed Order Time

Jamestown, NY –  Friday, January 11, 2013, is the last day to place a mail order for bird seed from the Audubon Center and Sanctuary and Sunday, January 13 is the online deadline. 

Wild birds can have a difficult time finding food this time of year. Putting out a feeder and keeping it filled brightens their lives as well as their feeder’s: watching these beautiful creatures from the comfort of our homes can bring optimism to our days and introduce young people to the natural world.

Audubon offers a variety of seed choices, with the most popular being its exclusively formulated Conewango Blend. Specialty seeds, cakes, and peanut butter bells are also available. 

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary works to find the best birdseed mixes at affordable prices, and all proceeds benefit its programs, exhibits, buildings and grounds.

Audubon Taking Birdseed Orders

Audubon Taking Birdseed Orders

Jamestown, NY –  With fall just around the corner, now is the time to stock up on birdseed to be sure our feathered friends will visit your home throughout the winter.

Monday, October 1, 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 on “Birdseed Orders Due” on the home page of Audubon’s web site at http://jamestownaudubon.org/

Orders can be made on-line, mailed, or phoned in and must be pre-paid.

Audubon Group Encourages Late Mowing

Audubon Group Encourages Late Mowing

Jamestown, NY – The hayfields of western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania are wonderful breeding fields for songbirds of the grassland.  

Two of the birds that nest in these fields are the Bobolink and the Eastern Meadowlark.  Both are experiencing a decline in population due to less suitable nesting areas and increased mowing. 

Friends of the Meadowlark and Bobolink is a new group at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary. They are dedicated to helping newly hatched birds that nest in the fields to “fledge,” that is, to survive until they can fly.

The Bobolink travels over 5,000 miles from its wintering grounds in Argentina to the beautiful fields of our region. Unfortunately, after this incredible journey, many make the long return trip without having successfully fledged, or raised, their young. 

Observers Welcome to National Bird Banding Program at Audubon

Observers Welcome to National Bird Banding Program at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to witness a national study of bird behavior.

On Saturdays throughout the summer the public can observe ornithologist Emily Thomas band birds at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary as part of the continent-wide MAPS bird banding program.

You can join Thomas to learn how scientists capture, band, and release birds for research purposes. Bird bandings are scheduled for Saturdays June 2, 16, 23 and 30, July 14 and 21, and August 4. The nets will be opened at 6 a.m. and close at noon. In case of rain, the bandings will take place the next day (Sunday).

Audubon Center Closed Easter Sunday

Audubon Center Closed Easter Sunday

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center and Sanctuary will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 8, but visitors are welcome to walk the trails or view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable bald eagle, from dawn until dusk.

Liberty has been at the Center since June, 2002. She was found in Washington State with an infected cut on her left wing and spent a year in rehabilitation.

While the hope was that she could return to the wild, the muscle damage in her wing prevents her from flying well enough to hunt. She now lives at the Audubon Sanctuary under the care of a dedicated crew of volunteers.

Liberty can fly short distances within her outdoor enclosure behind the Nature Center building.

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, off Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.  Normal hours are 10 am-4:30 pm daily, Sundays 1-4:30 pm. The trails and eagle viewing are open dawn to dusk daily.