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Audubon Offers Class in Tracking

Audubon Offers Class in Tracking

Jamestown, NY – Have you ever seen an animal track or scat – perhaps in your own backyard – and wondered what it belonged to: a deer or a coyote, a raccoon or an opossum, perhaps a dog…or a bear?!

On Saturday morning, February 25, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary is providing the opportunity to learn to do some identifying on your own.

From 10 am to noon, this program will cover some tracks of common animals in the region.  The discussion will go beyond the track shape and include the use of track size, pattern and habitat to identify a creature.   Additionally, animal signs such as scat, food remains, claw marks and dens can be used to determine what passed through the area.    There will be some indoor instruction, but the majority of the class will be outside to discover what animals are out and about at Audubon in the winter.  

Learn About Winter Insects at Audubon

Learn About Winter Insects at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Beetles and caterpillars and flies, oh my!

These are just some of the insects that manage to survive in our winters – and that you can see and learn about at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s “Winter Insects” program.

On Saturday afternoon, January 21, from 1-3 pm, you can discover which insects ONLY come out in winter as well as some that are active all year long.

The event will begin inside with a brief presentation about the kinds of insects that function during the winter and how they do it, followed by a short walk outside to find some of these insects.

Participants are asked to dress for the weather, as part of the afternoon will be spent outside, regardless of temperatures. Wear warm, waterproof boots, dress in layers, and be prepared to walk about a mile in the snow.

Explore ‘Nature Superstitions’ at Audubon

Explore ‘Nature Superstitions’ at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – The dictionary defines “superstition” as “any blindly accepted belief or notion” – and Nature is full of them.

On Friday evening, January 13, you can bust some nature superstitions and myths at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary.

Black cats and broken mirrors are associated with bad luck.  Four leaf clovers and rabbit feet are associated with good luck.  While some superstitions and myths are based in truth, with others, it is a puzzle as to where they originated. 

The “Nature Superstitions” program will discuss some common nature superstitions, where they come from, and if there is any truth in them. 

During this 6-8 pm event, you can share your own nature superstitions and meet some of Audubon’s misunderstood live animals. 

Audubon’s Enchanted Forest Fills Up Fast

Audubon’s Enchanted Forest Fills Up Fast

Jamestown, NY – Magic fills the air during the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s Enchanted Forest!

On Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, children, their parents and grandparents will have a fun – but not scary – experience when they are escorted around the luminary trail by volunteer Fireflies who will light the way with lanterns. Along the trail, animals of the Enchanted Forest will magically talk and tell about their lives.

An excellent nature-themed alternative or addition to the traditional Halloween celebration, the Enchanted Forest introduces amazing animal characters that share fascinating, fun (and educational!) information through dramatic and entertaining stories.

Children and adults are encouraged to wear costumes.

The walk takes about one hour, after which refreshments will be served in the Nature Center.

The fee per person is $7/member; $10/non-member; $5 for children 4 through 12; free for children 3 and under.

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. 

Monarch Butterfly Festival at Audubon

Monarch Butterfly Festival at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is offering a unique experience: the opportunity to observe monarchs in every stage of development, from tiny eggs through the caterpillar, chrysalis, and into beautiful butterflies.

At Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, August 28, a large room will be filled with wildflowers and monarchs in all stages of development. Butterflies will fly free, with a special area set aside where both children and adults can sit down to hold a butterfly or caterpillar. 

Maybe you will watch a caterpillar munch on some milkweed. Maybe a butterfly will land on you. Maybe you will see an adult emerge from its chrysalis!

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.