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Spring/Summer/Fall Hours
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 – Sunday, October 30, 2016
Walk the trails and visit Liberty dawn until dusk.
Building hours:
Monday through Saturday 10:00am-4:30pm, Sunday 1:00pm-4:30pm
Sunday is Free Admission Day
Plus special Building Hours* for programming and by appointment

Click the program titles below or here for more program details.


 April 2016



Bird Banding – Spring Demonstrations (All)
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 7:00am-11:00am*
Also May 7, 14, and 21, 2016, 7:00am-11:00am
Nature Center Pavilion at West Entrance
$ Free. Donations encouraged.
Reservations are not required.
*Drop in for any amount of time. If weather is too foul, the nets will not be open.

Join ornithologists on the west side of our property on Saturday mornings through May 21 weather permitting. Watch how they capture migrating and resident birds, fit them with identification bands, measure and weigh and then release them to go on with their lives.


Meet a Screech Owl like this one with Barb Haney.

Living with Wildlife by SPCA of Erie County NY (All)
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 11:00am- 12:00pm
Nature Center multipurpose room
$8 Regular Price; $6 Friends of the Nature Center;
$6 Children 3-15; Free children 2 & under
Reservations with payment to guarantee seats due by Thursday, April 28, 2016. Unsold seats, if any, available to walk-ins.
Stop by, call with a credit card, or click here to pay and reserve.

Barb Haney, Director of Wildlife at SPCA of Erie County NY will visit the Nature Center with her animal ambassadors to discuss how we all can help preserve and protect wildlife. Additional option: Bring a donation for the SPCA from their wish list at http://www.yourspca.org/wishlist.


Cuckoo Flowers and Dandelions.

Edible Audubon- Spring Greens and Other Things (Adult+)
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Nature Center multipurpose room and grounds
$20 Regular Price; $16 Friends of the Nature Center;
$16 Children 9-15
Reservations with payment are required by Thursday, April 28, 2016.
Stop by, call with a credit card, or click here to pay and reserve.

With a little bit of knowledge, nature can be your grocery store. Learn to identify spring greens, flowers and other wild edibles that are available this time of year.

May 2016


8723969579_7c3e9ff265_zWildflower Wander (Adult)
A Saturday in May (TBD), 2016, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Stunning blankets of wildflowers coating the forest floor are one of the surest signs of spring, but wildflower season is a moving target that changes with the weather. This year, we are offering a wildflower walk whose date changes with the weather.

Intro to Volunteering at the Nature Center (All)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 6:30pm-7:30pm  

This introductory training will cover a brief history of Audubon Nature Center, review the many facets of the organization in which volunteers are involved and introduce participants to faces and places at the Nature Center. This training is appropriate for people interested in volunteering or new volunteers.


24744370059_9d6f72488a_z Not Your Usual First Friday (Adult)
Puffin Project – Derrick Z. Jackson
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Meet & Greet w/ drinks & hors d’oeuvres, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Presentation, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Roger Tory Peterson Institute
– and/or –
Friday, May 6, 2016, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Jamestown Community College

Instead of our usual First Friday Lunch Bunch at the Nature Center, we encourage everyone to attend one or both of two talks by Derrick Z. Jackson, co-author of Puffin Project. While there will be some overlap in content, the two talks will have a slightly different spin. The Thursday night talk will be aimed at birders – beginners through advanced, while the Friday talk will be targeted more to students and community members who may not have as much birding or natural history knowledge.


4569618292_90f4562422_zFledgling Birdathon Scholarship Fundraiser (All)
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:00am-?

Any birder is invited, but children should understand that birding requires patience and quietness! In lieu of program fees, we ask that participants pledge to the Birdathon for the Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship, either per species or a flat amount. Participants can join staff/leaders for any part of the day. Exact meeting points will be determined closer to the date to account for weather.


14127086001_35be6a0038_zBird Banding – Spring Demonstrations (All)
Saturdays, May 7, 14, and 21, 2016, 7:00am-11:00am*

Join ornithologists on the west side of our property on Saturday mornings through May 21, weather permitting. Watch how they capture migrating and resident birds, fit them with identification bands, measure and weigh and then release them to go on with their lives.




3497996746_f8844bee03_zMothers’ Day Wildflower Walk (Adult+)
Sunday, May 8, 2016, 2:00pm-4:00pm

The annual wildflower walk starts at the entrance to Bentley Sanctuary and meanders through the woods in search of the spring wildflowers. Jack Gulvin leads this hike that features all the spring flowers, from Spring Beauties to False Mermaid.


Audubon Nature Photography Club

Thursday, May 12, 2016,  6:30pm-9:00pm 
Camera tips and tricks, photo critique, guest speaker. For more information about the club, visit www.jasphotoclub.wordpress.com and www.facebook.com/jasphotoclub789?fref=ts, call Cathy Abers-Kimball, club president, at (716) 664-3707 weekdays, or email jasphotoclub@gmail.com. $5 to visitors.



Beginning Birding (Adult+)
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8:00am-12:00pm

Beginning birders will learn the basics of bird identification and how to use binoculars and spotting scopes. The program will include a walk to look for birds in their natural setting, and a visit to the bird banding station (weather permitting).



Little Explorers
(Children ages 3-8 and a grown-up)

Nest Building
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 10:00am-11:30am

Little Explorers are children ages 3-8 and their grown-up, or two. During this program we have a brief lesson, go for a nature walk, come back for a snack, and make a craft. This month we’ll learn about all about nests and how birds build them.


BOS Bird Count (Adult+)
Sunday, May 15, 2016 12:00am to 11:59pm
Every May, the Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) sponsors a bird count in Western New York. It takes many people, beginning to advanced birders, to cover the four county territory, whether watching on their own property, or committing to a larger area.


warrengiveslogo_printlarge-300x118Warren Gives (Adult)
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6:00am-10:00pm

This day of online giving multiplies your dollars! Matching grants will be given by the Community Foundation of Warren County to area organizations proportional to the amount given by individuals.


17723872474_5ece46539d_zFigure 8 the Lake (Adult)
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 9:00am-4:00pm

Join authors Tom Erlandson and Linda Swanson for a fabulous road trip around Chautauqua Lake, tracing the path of their book, Figure 8 the Lake: A Driving Tourfeaturing the History, the Science, and the Fun of the Beautiful Chautauqua Lake and highlighting recent changes.


7250450836_fea4e03dbd_z.jpgPlant Exchange and Sale (All)
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 11:00am-3:00pm

Growing, healthy, blooming, tasty, beautiful plants is one of the best parts of spring! Come and exchange plants, knowledge, tips and tricks at our annual Plant Exchange and Sale.



24026069680_0aa1d0e311_zGetting the Most from your Point and Shoot Camera (Adult)
Sunday, May 22, 2016, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Learn with photographer Terry Radecki how to create better photos with your point and shoot camera.



5772678466_056d4c3181_zBirds & Blooms Walk (Adult+)
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 9:00am-11:00am
Rain Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016

Walk beautiful trails with bird and flower experts during the spring woodland wildflower and bird migration season.




14819642535_914440b2dc_zContemplative Photography (Adult)
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Learn with photographer Jennifer Schlick an approach to photography that encourages clear seeing.
**Register for Course Number 7146 through Jamestown Community College. See details on website.




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