Nature

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...

12 Apr 20180 Jamestown, N.Y. – Spring brings out frogs, salamanders, and other fascinating creatures. At Audubon Community Nature Center's Awesome Amphibians on Saturday, April 14, you can spend time with both local and exotic frogs and salamanders. You can get a close look at some amazing amphibians from all over the world at the 1-4 p.m. event. You can also go on a frog walk outside and learn more about local amphibians. The word amphibian means two-lives, as these small vertebrates spend their lives in the water and on land. They begin life in water with gills and tails.  As they grow, they develop lungs and legs for their life on land,...

28 Mar 20180 Upwards of 4,500 schoolchildren will visit Audubon Community Nature Center this spring to take Discovery Walks and learn about the natural world. Audubon recently received a significant grant from the Patrie-Leamon and Mabel Anderson Funds at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF) that will help fund this program. Playing outdoors has many benefits for children that aid them in school, from enhancing their cognitive abilities to improving their academic performance to reducing attention deficit disorder. But not all children are comfortable outside. Through Audubon’s outdoor programs children become more at ease in outdoor...

28 Mar 20180 You can enjoy an audio tour of bird song that is sure to get you outside experiencing the native birds around us. The topic for Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch, 11 a.m.on April 6, 2018, is “Interpreting the Songs, Calls and Vocalizations of the Wild Birds of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania.” The vocalizations are presented by the recordist Jim Berry, who has been honing his birding skills in the fields and forests of the region for the past 20 years. The program will be of interest to those who have a curiosity about how birds communicate, to those who are beginning to learn natural...

28 Mar 20180 Jamestown, N.Y. – If you have a favorite apple, you could learn how to graft it onto your existing tree. Orchardist Al Yelvington will lead Audubon Community Nature Center’s workshop “Apples All Year Long: Planting and Grafting” on Friday, April 6, 2018, 2 to 4 p.m. You can gain a hands-on introduction to grafting techniques for apple trees to replicate favorites or known varieties as well as learn the best way to plant your new apple tree. If you collected scion wood in the spring while pruning, this is the time to graft it onto your rootstock. For those starting their home orchard, April is the best time regionally to plant...

28 Mar 20180   Fredonia observatory again opening its doors to the public Public viewings at the State University of New York at Fredonia observatory will be starting up again on Wednesday, April 11, and running through the end of October.   Located in the Science Center on the Fredonia campus, the observatory first opened its doors in the spring of 2017. As a way of informing and connecting the Fredonia campus and community, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Dr. Michael Dunham, decided to host free viewings through the observatory’s 17” PlaneWave reflecting telescope. Because of the success of the viewings,...

13 Mar 20180 Jamestown, NY – The spring equinox marks the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north. You are invited to celebrate this first day of spring with a hike on the beautiful grounds of Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC). Audubon will provide the landscape and a naturalist to lead you through the woodlands on, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. On this 3-4 p.m. Happy Hour Hike, you can explore Audubon’s trails to see what’s coming alive and then head to a local restaurant to enjoy some local brews. The earliest spring risers are sprouting and awakening,...

13 Mar 20180 Jamestown, N.Y. – On Nature Play Days at Audubon Community Nature Center, young children are free to be creative with what nature provides – plus a few additional supplies from Audubon. On the third Sunday of the month, children two to eight years old and their favorite adult(s) can drop in anytime to Audubon’s Nature Play Area. Extra materials that change with the weather and season are placed in the play area, and a naturalist is present to answer questions and provide information. The next Nature Play Day is Sunday, March 18, 1 to 4 p.m., when adults and children can explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment and...
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