Nature

13 May 20180 Jamestown, N.Y. – Leap and Fly, Backpacking Adventure, Protect and Defend, Forest Frolic. These are some of the Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) Day Camps that still have openings this summer. Day Camp is designed for children in pre-K through grade 12 to get out and explore the natural world. Structured and unstructured activities and play create a well-rounded, free-choice experience for all children. Most camps run four days per week for eight weeks during the summer. Different age breakdowns occur on different weeks. The exception is the Backpacking Adventure, which has activities for a three-week period and...

11 May 20180 Jamestown, NY – Continuing a long-standing tradition, on Sunday afternoon, May 13, naturalist Jack Gulvin will lead the Audubon Community Nature Center's annual Mother's Day Wildflower Walk at the Bentley Preserve now owned and operated by the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy. Starting at 2 p.m. at the entrance to Bentley Preserve just north of Jamestown, walkers meander through the woods in search of spring wildflowers and other spring treasures. The hike features all the spring flowers in bloom, from the yellowish green to purple Blue Cohosh to Stinking Benjamin, another name for Red Trillium. The two-hour Mother's Day event is an...

4 May 20180 Jamestown, N.Y. – "Long Exposure/Slow Speed Photography" and "Spring" are the topics for the image review that opens the Audubon Nature Photography Club's regular meeting on Thursday, May 10, at 6:15 p.m. You are invited to come and see how participants interpret and portray these subjects. There will also be a show-and-tell time when members can share some of their best pictures. The featured speaker will be announced at the meeting. A social time follows the program. First-time visitors are welcome to participate free of charge. The annual membership is $30. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on...

4 May 20180 Jamestown, N.Y. – At Little Explorers you and the three- to eight-year-old child(ren) in your life can learn about the rainbow of colors that May brings to the world. "Color Me" is the theme for this Audubon Community Nature Center program on Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10-11:30 a.m. May seems like the rainbow month. The April showers have encouraged the flowers to show their colors. Birds are in bright outfits to attract mates, and the trees are even getting in on the fun. You can learn why May is such a colorful month, go on a color scavenger hunt, and find out why some things camouflage rather than color up. A lesson inside is...

4 May 20180 amestown, N.Y. – According to Wikipedia, fly fishing is "an angling method in which an artificial 'fly' is used to catch fish." Others would call it one of the most elegant outdoor activities. Whatever it is to you, you are invited to learn more at Beginning Fly Fishing at Audubon Community Nature Center on Saturday, May 12, 1-4 p.m. This introductory class includes a lesson on the history of fly fishing, rod assembly, gear overview and casting practice. Casting a nearly weightless fly requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting. Fly fishermen use hand tied flies that resemble natural...

27 Apr 20180 Jamestown, N.Y. – What would you experience if you could walk 3,600 miles through much of the wilderness of the western United States? Jake Prindle-Cassidy did just that from March to October last year. His presentation "A Walk Across the West" at Audubon Community Nature Center's First Friday Lunch Bunch, 11 a.m. on May 4, chronicles this adventure. Prindle-Cassidy is a native of Kiantone, New York. After graduating from the University of Rochester in December of 2016, he decided to pursue his passion by taking a long walk. Beginning his trip in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas, he forded many rivers flooded with...

27 Apr 20180 Jamestown, N.Y. – The need for blood is urgent. Twice a year, Audubon Community Nature Center hosts an American Red Cross blood drive that has a special birdseed incentive. "A Pint for a Pound" means that when you give blood at Audubon on Monday, April 30, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., the Red Cross will gift a pound of Conewango Blend birdseed to you and one pound to the Nature Center. You can choose to take home your birdseed or donate it for Audubon's feeders. Conewango Blend is a mix of birdseed formulated by Audubon's own experts to attract a wide array of birds to your feeders. After filling local needs first, the American...

27 Apr 20180 Jamestown, N.Y. – Apple blossoms only turn into delicious, multipurpose fruits if they survive and are pollinated. To ensure a good crop, come and learn how to care for your apple trees at blossom time from orchardist Al Yelvington at Audubon Community Nature Center on Friday, May 4, 2018, 2 to 4 p.m. At the Apples All Year Long: Blossom Time, Now What? workshop you will learn what treatments should happen at blossoming, that not all varieties have the same pollination needs and how to best encourage and protect those trees and blossoms. Blossom may be the most cheerful time of year for an apple tree, but it is also a precarious...

20 Apr 20180 Jamestown, NY – With a little bit of knowledge, nature can be your grocery store. On Saturday morning, April 28, at Audubon Community Nature Center's Spring Wild Edibles workshop you can learn to identify spring greens, flowers and other wild plants available this time of year and how you can eat them. Some people forage for survival, others to save on the grocery bill, still others for fun. Foraging can also be a wonderful way to spend time outside, learn plant identification, try new foods, nourish your body, and strengthen your connection to the earth and the food it produces. At the 10 a.m.-noon workshop you can discover how...

13 Apr 20180 Jamestown, N.Y. – You are invited to celebrate Earth Day a day early -- by giving back. You can join the fun on Saturday, April 21, when staff and volunteers will be making Audubon Community Nature Center's buildings and grounds more beautiful and friendly for visitors and the wildlife residents. Folks of every age and ability work rain or shine and have a blast doing it. After all the hard work, lunch is provided to all volunteers. Here's how it works. You are asked to sign up ahead of time so staff can better plan for the day. After registering that morning, you choose a crew to work with on a specific project. Projects...
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