Exhibit Grand Opening – March 17

Many Volunteer Hours in Audubon’s New Exhibit

Jamestown, NY – Hundreds of hours contributed by the staff and volunteers of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary went into a new exhibit that will debut on Sunday, March 17.

The public is invited to celebrate this exhibit on pollination at its grand opening at 1:30 p.m. An open house format will extend to 4 p.m. The event is free, and donations are appreciated.

Spring Bee by Suzette Paduano

Bees, butterflies and other pollinators will be celebrated at the grand opening of Audubon’s new pollination exhibit on Sunday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. (Photo by Suzette Paduano)

The work will illustrate how one-third of our food and much of our clothing are made possible by bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

The exhibit was funded by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Buffalo law firm Walsh Roberts & Grace.

Under the direction of Audubon’s education staff, a great deal of creativity and professionalism went into planning for the exhibit as well as the hard work of many volunteers.

Volunteers included the regular Tuesday/Thursday crew of Terry LeBaron, John Whitaker, Don Weber, Denny Anderson, Ron Johnson, Ed Yager, Todd Anderson and more who created grass cut-outs and a new porch exhibit; Rick Rupprecht, who built a new puppet theatre; and Maggie Mason, Dave Cooney, and Anita Cooney, who did much painting, sanding and staining.

Special thanks also goes to Laura Stiner for her Photoshop expertise. Many people helped paint and prep walls, including Cummins employees, Joseph Scoma, Karen Schaivone, Lamont Wager, and Emily Schlick.

Special thanks to Jeremy Martin, Jim Petranka, Frank Model, Dave Cooney, Tim Leviston, Terry LeBaron, Suzette Paduano, Jennifer Schick, and Jeff Tome for use of their photos.

Located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary has over five miles of beautifully maintained trails on a 600-acre wetland preserve. Its three-story building contains a nature store and a collection of live fish, reptiles, and amphibians. One of the most visited exhibits is Liberty, a non-releasable bald eagle.

To learn more about the Center and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

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