Friends Treat Friends at Bob Evans – Sep 8

Audubon’s Bob Evans Fundraiser is Monday, September 8

Jamestown, NY – “Friends Treat Friends” is the theme of Jamestown Audubon’s upcoming fundraiser at Bob Evans Restaurant.

Meet the Snapping Turtle

You’ll be supporting the care of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s education animals – like this Snapping Turtle – when you bring a flyer and enjoy a meal at Bob Evans in Jamestown on Monday, September 8.

On Monday, September 8, 15% of your purchase will be donated to Audubon when you present a flyer when paying for any dine-in or carry-out meal from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Flyers for the Jamestown restaurant at I-86 Exit 12, 2798 North Main Street, can be picked up at Audubon or downloaded and printed by clicking through “Friends Treat Friends” at

When you come at mealtimes, you can meet Audubon staff and be entered into a drawing for a free Friends of the Nature Center membership.

Friends of the Nature Center receive free admission to the Nature Center building, have their names listed on Audubon’s website, get discount pricing on Audubon programs, and receive 10% off all their purchases in the Blue Heron Gift Shop as well as building rentals.

Friend of the Nature Center memberships support Audubon’s wide-ranging environmental education programs, physical facilities, education animals – including Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle – and 600-acre wetland preserve.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. The building, with its collection of live animals and interactive exhibits, is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The grounds, including trails, gardens, picnic tables, arboretum, and Liberty, are open from dawn until dusk daily.

For more information, call (716) 569-2345 or visit


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First Friday is all about Birds – Sep 5

Learn about Bird Research at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Hundreds of area residents as well as out-of-towners have been fascinated by the bird banding they have observed at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

Bird Banding 2012

At the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on September 5, Terry LeBaron and Jennifer Schlick will present “A Bird in the Hand,” sharing photos and stories about the bird research happening at Audubon. LeBaron is shown here holding a Northern Flicker.

At the next First Friday Lunch Bunch on September 5, you can learn about some of the bird-related research happening at Audubon when Terry LeBaron and Jennifer Schlick present “A Bird in the Hand.”

At the 11 a.m. event you can see pictures and hear stories about the group of ornithologists doing research at the Riverside Road sanctuary. Starting the last Saturday in April, these bird scientists do a spring migration demonstration of bird banding. Throughout the summer, they continue banding to collect data about the birds that breed there.

Audubon also has many nest boxes on the property that are monitored by volunteers and student interns. All of these projects enable many people to see birds “up close and personal.”

Terry LeBaron has been volunteering at Audubon since 2008. In addition to being Audubon’s nest box coordinator, he is also a key figure in the bird banding program. As a skilled photographer, he has made a significant contribution to Audubon’s store of stunning images.

Program Director Jennifer Schlick has been on Audubon’s staff since 1998. An avid photographer and naturalist, she has a blog at

First Friday participants may have the opportunity to demonstrate their bird ID skills and win some prizes!

Following the program, coffee and tea will be provided for a BYO brown bag lunch. The fee for attending is $8 or $6 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations are not required.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. Hours for the Nature Center building and Blue Heron Gift Shop are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 1-4:30 Sundays. The Sanctuary has over five miles of beautifully maintained trails on a 600-acre wetland preserve and includes a native tree arboretum and several educational gardens. Visitors can enjoy Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable bald eagle, in her outdoor habitat or walk the trails from dawn until dusk daily.

For more information, call (716) 569-2345 or visit


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Wild Edibles Workshop – Sep 10

Wild Edibles Workshop at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Learning what is safe to eat in the wild can be tasty, cost saving, fun, and even help control some invasive species!

On Wednesday evening, September 10, you can learn to identify fall fruits, greens, and nuts as well as other wild edibles at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s “Wild Edibles” workshop.

On Wednesday evening, September 10, at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s “Wild Edibles” workshop, participants will discover how to identify edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar. These Autumn Olive berries are an easy-to-identify, tasty, fall edible. Because they are an invasive species, you can’t pick enough of them.

From 6-8:30 p.m. workshop participants will discover how to recognize edible plants and distinguish them from those that may look similar.

Some people forage for survival, others to save on their grocery bill. Foraging can also be a wonderful way to spend time outside, learn plant identification, try new foods, and strengthen your connection to the earth and the food it produces to nourish our bodies. Enjoying the tasty Autumn Olive berries could even help control this invasive species.

The class will start indoors with some basic ground rules and safety considerations about harvesting wild edibles. Then it will head outside to identify edibles available in the fall as well as covering some plants you definitely do not want to eat. Back inside, there will be samples of edibles and discussion of easy ways to make wild plants part of your meal.

Instructor Katie Finch is a naturalist at Audubon who has been enthusiastically eating “weeds” for several years.

This class includes a walk up to one mile on flat ground. Remember to dress for the weather.

Fee is $16 or $12 for Friends of the Nature Center.
Class size is limited. Reservations are required by Monday, September 8: call (716) 569-2345 or use the on-line form by clicking on “Wild Edibles” at

Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Johnson Foundation, and the Lenna Foundation.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit


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The Re-Birthday Celebration

The Re-Birthday Celebration
by Jeff Tome

Create memories and magical experiences at Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival on August 30 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Rebirth. It’s not a word that is often heard in casual conversation, but it signals a momentous change. Rebirth is when your old life is left behind and you are setting out on new adventures. When I think about it, I’ve had several rebirths in my life when things happened to me that would change everything about my world.

I’ll never forget travelling in some of the poorest parts of South America in college. The people there had so little and yet most of them were so happy. They laughed and joked and celebrated life all over, whether we were in a bus, hitchhiking on the back of a truck full of oranges, or wandering the markets.

They also lived lives far closer to the edge of disaster than I had ever seen. I’ll never forget walking out of the hotel and finding the street blocked off by a line of stone-faced men holding machine guns. They wore green uniforms and hardly blinked, let alone made eye contact. We take a lot for granted in this country that I didn’t even know we took for granted.

Hold a caterpillar or watch a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis as they are reborn into a flying flower.

For me, it was a rebirth in mindset. It made me realize and value the freedoms of our country, as well as the responsibilities that come with living in a democracy. It also brought home the fact that I wanted to do something with my life that I enjoyed. It was shortly after the gun incident that we went backpacking through the Andes mountains. It was my first backpacking trip ever, and the serenity and beauty of the region inspired me to go home, add a major to my degree and become a naturalist. It was an event that changed the course of my life forever.

Everyone has stories like that. Life is full of rebirths. There is the time you first fall in love, and the first time you fall out of love. There are celebrations for many of these life-altering events: weddings, baby showers, anniversaries and others. Some events, like looking into a newborn’s eyes and realizing that you helped create that little life, can never be replicated.

The same is true of the Monarch Butterfly. I led a class last month to show people how to find Monarch caterpillars and eggs. People excitedly sent me photos of their little caterpillars as they grew. Later on, one couple had a re-birthday celebration for the butterfly as it emerged from the chrysalis.

Borrow an insect net with your family and learn more about what you are catching with local insect experts.

Butterflies and moths have one of the most awesome rebirths. They change from plodding, leaf-bound tubes with legs to brilliantly colored flyers. It is amazing to watch, and a sight I never tire of seeing.

In a way, Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival on August 30 will be a celebration of rebirth. The auditorium will be filled with free-flying Monarch Butterflies. Last year, Monarchs had virtually disappeared from the local landscape. This year, their numbers seem to be rising and many more butterflies will be at the festival.

Watch the Monarch Butterflies get released at the end of the Monarch Butterfly Festival. Stay for the day to see butterflies, caterpillars, eat lunch, go for a hike, do Monarch crafts and more.

Volunteers will be on hand to tag the Monarch Butterflies with stickers all day. These stickers are used to identify them as they migrate to the mountains of Mexico. The Monarch Butterflies flitting around in our yards now will spend the winter high in the mountains of Mexico. It is over a thousand mile journey, which is pretty impressive for an insect.

The Monarch Butterfly Festival is inspired by the rebirth and life of the Monarch Butterfly. There will be both Mexican-inspired food and more traditional local food to eat. Butterfly crafts will be available. Insect nets will be available to borrow and insect experts on hand to help visitors identify what they catch. Plants to help the Monarch Butterfly will be available, as well as seeds that can be planted in yards. There will also be tours of Audubon’s Butterfly garden. Monarch inspired T-shirts and temporary tattoos will be for sale at the festival, too.

The Monarch Butterfly Festival is a great place to build memories. There will be lots of places to take great photos of family and friends as they interact with, or pretend to be, Monarch Butterflies or caterpillars. The trails are open for hiking and Audubon’s Bald Eagle, Liberty, will be available to view.

The festival ends with all the Monarch Butterflies being released for their long journey to Mexico, a journey that is indescribable and that most of us will never make.

The Monarch Butterfly Festival takes place at Audubon on Saturday, August 30 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. More information is available at or Audubon’s website It is also listed as an event on the Audubon Center and Sanctuary facebook page. The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is located at 1600 Riverside Road, near Jamestown, NY and just 15 minutes north of Warren, Pa.

Jeff Tome is a naturalist at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary. He has been raising and releasing Monarch Butterflies for nine years and coordinates the Monarch Butterfly Festival.

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Fighting Nature Deficit Disorder

Fighting Nature Deficit Disorder
By Connor Clendenen

When I was seven years old, my favorite thing in the world was a treehouse.

Connor is the lad on the left with a yellow shirt and red ball cap.

My neighbor’s treehouse wasn’t very big, maybe twelve feet by twelve.  It had a set of stairs, a railing going all the way around, and a shaded spot underneath where you could cool down on a hot day.  The treehouse was set about thirty feet back into the forest, and another thirty feet back was a small creek and a set of trails that seemed to wander on forever underneath the wooded canopy.  I remember spending countless hours there in the summer, collecting awesome-looking sedimentary rocks and weird-looking sticks to stash inside our little house in the woods.  Life was glorious.

When I was eight years old, my favorite thing in the world was the Nintendo GameCube that my parents bought me for Christmas.

As technology has become more and more advanced, it has become easier and easier for people (and especially children) to be disconnected from the natural world.  We spend time watching television and movies, playing video games, and visiting websites like YouTube and Facebook for hours at a time.  In fact, it is estimated that the average child spends forty-four hours a week with electronic media.

Another factor that contributes heavily to the rising number of kids staying inside seems to be the attitude of parents, who believe that the outside world is “unsafe.” Often they think that if they let their children adventure outside, they could be lost or kidnapped or badly hurt by some unknown danger.  And while it is certainly true that, in some parts of the world, the locale might not be the safest for youngsters, it seems like a lot of parents let this concern cloud the fact that going outside is a fun, normal part of human development.

A few years later, Connor is the tall one serving as Counselor-in-Training

In 2005, Richard Louv published his famous work “Last Child in the Woods.”  In this book, Louv coined the term “Nature Deficit Disorder” (NDD) to describe the worrisome symptoms observed in children who do not get enough time outdoors.  These problems include depression, childhood obesity, and shortened attention span as well as a general lack of creativity.  Kids who spend a lot of time inside also tend to earn lower grades in school than those who venture often into nature.

Fortunately for me, my parents realized what good that the natural world could do for me at an early age.  They signed me up to be a Cub Scout, and my mom even became our pack leader to help keep me interested.  I participated in a lot of out outdoor sports over the years, including baseball, soccer, basketball, tennis, and golf.  But probably the most significant impact on my outdoor education and experience came through summer camps at the Jamestown Audubon.  I’ve attended the camps for almost every year since the beginning of elementary school, and when I became too old to be a camper, I decided to participate as an assistant counselor instead.

Here’s the thing: that movie that you’re watching will only last you a couple of hours.  Your favorite TV show will eventually get cancelled.  Video games are expensive and, by nature of the coding, will only hold your interest for a finite period of time.  But you could spend the entire rest of your life exploring nature and barely scratch the surface of the potential experiences that lay in wait.

Don’t fall victim to NDD.  Find your treehouse.

Audubon is located at 1600 Riverside Road, just off Route 62 between Warren and Jamestown. The trails are open from dawn to dusk as is Liberty, the Bald Eagle. The Center is open from 10:00am until 4:30pm daily except Sunday when we open at 1:00pm. For more information you may visit or call (716) 569-2345.

Connor Clendenen is a summer intern at Jamestown Audubon.

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Memory Wire Charm Bracelet Class Rescheduled for Aug 31

Audubon Beaded Bracelet Workshop Rescheduled

Jamestown, NY – It’s not too late to create a beautiful bracelet with colorful glass beads and a special nature charm.

Memory Wire Bracelet

Rescheduling has moved the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s “Charming” Memory Wire Bracelet workshop from earlier this month to Sunday afternoon, August 31. You need no previous experience for beadwork artist Anne Jackson to teach you how to make this beautiful bracelet with colorful glass beads and a special nature charm.

Thanks to necessary rescheduling, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s “Charming” Memory Wire Bracelet workshop has been rescheduled from earlier this month to Sunday, August 31, 2014.

In the 1:30-3:30 afternoon class, you will have fun choosing different sizes of colorful glass beads to place on a three-round spiral of memory wire. You will choose a special nature charm to attach to your bracelet and then finish with a tiny loop at each end.

No beading experience is needed – just a desire to have fun and meet new people.

Beadwork artist and teacher Anne Jackson will instruct you in making this lovely piece of jewelry that you will be proud to wear or give as a special gift. A member of the Chautauqua County Society of Artists, Jackson teaches beading privately and also at Imagine in Bemus Point, New York.

Remember to bring your glasses if you need them for close-up work.

Cost of the class is $40, $34 for Friends of the Nature Center, and includes all supplies.

Workshop size is limited to 15, and paid reservations are required by Monday, August 25. To register, call (716) 569-2345, stop in, or click on “‘Charming’ Memory Wire Bracelet” at

Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Johnson Foundation, and Lenna Foundation.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. Hours for the Nature Center and Blue Heron Gift Shop are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and Sundays 1-4:30 p.m. Audubon’s arboretum, gardens, trails, picnic tables, and exhibit of Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, are open dawn to dusk daily.

For more information on this and all Audubon programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit


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Leadership of Audubon and RTPI Explore Future Collaborations

Leadership of Audubon and RTPI Explore Future Collaborations

Jamestown, NY – Two area non-profit organizations with a history of cooperation, common goals and a shared linkage to Jamestown’s famous naturalist, Roger Tory Peterson, have begun exploratory conversations about expanded collaborations. A task force comprised of board leadership and the presidents of the Jamestown Audubon Society (JAS) and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) have met to assess the desirability and feasibility of new program collaborations and the potential for consolidation of some administrative functions.

Nature Center Building

Jamestown Audubon

Reflecting the accomplishments of Roger Tory Peterson, both organizations have as a core goal to connect human beings with the natural world. JAS focuses its programs on live experiences and workshops for local audiences of all ages, with many special programs for school-age children. RTPI, founded by community leaders at the campus of Jamestown Community College in 1983, preserves and displays the life works of Dr. Peterson and serves as a regional center of knowledge on the environment that showcases nature art exhibits and carries out field research and conservation education programs locally, nationally and internationally.

Both organizations have weathered the headwinds of the recent national recession and have emerged with reduced staffs and increasing financial stability. Both rely on grants and donations from foundations and private citizens. The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation holds donor designated funds for both organizations from gifts and estates of local residents.

Ruth Lundin, President of JAS, highlighted recent strengths, noting, “Our organization has taken great strides forward, developing the Education Master Plan, offering additional programs and events that connect people to nature, expanding its membership, increasing programming in Warren County schools and raising awareness through increased presence in print and social media. It’s an opportune time to reach out to RTPI to see how we can together serve the community even better.”


Roger Tory Peterson Institute

“There seem to be many areas in each organization that could work well synergistically,” says Twan Leenders, President of the RTPI since July, 2012. “It makes a lot of sense to take a closer look at the potential for increased collaboration. I look forward to jointly examining mutual benefits and exploring ways to align our respective strengths in ways that can benefit both organizations, our local environment and the greater community.”

Other members of the task force representing JAS are incoming Board Chair Jane Conroe and incoming Vice Chair for Strategic Planning Pierre Chagnon. RTPI members include Mary Blair, Chair of the RTPI Foundation, and Dick Redington, current Chair of the RTPI Board of Trustees. Ms. Conroe and Mr. Redington stated that, “The task force met with the understanding that our process would be to share information about the two organizations and explore, with no preconceived notions, how it might be beneficial to proceed.”

The task force will continue to meet throughout the coming months and will report from time to time on its progress. For more information about each organization, the public is encouraged to visit the websites and


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