Through an endowment established by the family of Gerald Augusto at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Audubon Community Nature Center is able to offer a unique experience to a local high school student this summer.
“Introduction to Ornithological Research Techniques” is the description of the learning the Gerald Augusto Audubon Natural Science Scholarship winner will experience. The student will be required to attend at least five of seven banding Saturday sessions. They will learn bird banding and nest box monitoring techniques and protocols under Penn State Dubois Instructor Emily Perlock. After producing evidence of their learning, such as a poster, slide presentation, report, or notebook, the student will be awarded $400.
Applicants must be juniors and, as designated by the fund, attend one of the following schools: Jamestown, Falconer, Frewsburg, Southwestern, Chautauqua Lake, Maple Grove, Panama, Clymer, or Sherman.
The deadline for applying is Tuesday, May 1. More information and an application form can be found at auduboncnc.org/scholarships.
A Southbridge, Ma., native, Gerald Augusto served in the Merchant Marine during World War II, later marrying and moving to Chautauqua County. He owned and operated a dairy farm in the Mayville area for 13 years while his wife, Yolande, taught in two nearby school districts. Later as Frewsburg residents, Yolande taught in the Frewsburg Central School system for many years, and Gerald owned and oversaw rental properties in the Jamestown area. The couple were active church members and participated in numerous community clubs and organizations.
Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. The three-story Nature Center building contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop.
Building hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. The 600-acre wetland preserve with more than five miles of trails and Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily.
To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit auduboncnc.org.
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible