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Smackdab/Adults-Only Opening Winter Lights at Audubon Friday, December 16

Smackdab/Adults-Only Opening Winter Lights at Audubon Friday, December 16

Jamestown, NY – Winter Lights at Audubon opens this year with an Adults Only night featuring the exciting regional favorite live band Smackdab.

After walking a luminary-lit trail of interactive lights, you can listen to music and enjoy snacks and a beer or glass of wine at the Audubon Community Nature Center on Friday evening, December 16, 2016. Soda, hot chocolate, and coffee will also be available for designated drivers and those not interested in beer or wine.

The 5:30-8:30 p.m. event features 14 lasers and more than 10,000 LED lights, a merger of nature with cutting edge technology where YOU get to control your experience. Interactive LED lights, including a drum that changes lights in the building, firefly lasers and animal quiz boards, create a new twist on light shows.

You can warm up at the fire at the midpoint of the half-mile walk on a paved and ice-free trail, and gasp at the finale at the Blue Heron Overlook.

Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Calendar Celebrates 60 Years!

Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Calendar Celebrates 60 Years!

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) has again produced the perfect holiday gift: A 2017 Natural History Calendar, full of local pictures and lore.

In celebration of the ACNC’s 60th anniversary year, the calendar features some success stories in nature from the last 60 years – like nesting Ospreys, Otters, and Fishers.

It also takes a look at some less successful stories – like Water Chestnut, and Rusty Blackbird declines of up to 99%.

Featuring a curious raccoon, the cover highlights Audubon’s new name, logo, and slogan. Along with photos of the past, there is natural history for each month.

Audubon Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome, who spearheads the calendar’s creation, noted that it was printed locally at MW Graphics and uses photos primarily by local and regional photographers. Proceeds support the ACNC’s educational programs.  

The Land Conservancy Purchases The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Protecting It In Perpetuity

The Land Conservancy Purchases The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Protecting It In Perpetuity

Through the generosity of many donors, the Western New York Land Conservancy has now purchased The Owens Falls Sanctuary in the Town of Aurora. The Land Conservancy and the Friends of Jackson Falls raised more than $700,000 over the last nine months to create this permanently protected nature sanctuary. The Land Conservancy will open the sanctuary’s walking trails to the public later next year. 

As the name suggests, the highlight of The Owens Falls Sanctuary are two magnificent waterfalls. But there is more to the land than these waterfalls. Its beautiful hemlock and beech forest are home to migrating birds, breeding frogs and salamanders, and dense patches of stunning wildflowers. The property also includes wetlands and mature headwater forests which are vital to maintaining water quality in the Buffalo River and Niagara River watersheds.

Region’s First Prescribed Burn a Success for the Land Conservancy

Region’s First Prescribed Burn a Success for the Land Conservancy

The Western New York Land Conservancy conducted a prescribed burn on Nov. 7 at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve on Leete Road in Lockport. The preserve contains a beautiful 10-acre grassland — one of the most threatened natural communities in New York State. This grassland is very healthy and brimming with tall native grasses, giving wildlife a place to hide, eat, rest and nest. One of the best ways to keep a grassland healthy is to burn it periodically.

At Buffalo Solar Solutions, Old-fashioned Customer Service Meets Today’s Technology

At Buffalo Solar Solutions, Old-fashioned Customer Service Meets Today’s Technology

When South Buffalo residents Tyler and Alicia Uebelhoer decided to open Buffalo Solar Solutions in the Summer of 2015, they poured their personal savings into the business venture and dedicated themselves to providing customers with the best possible service and a pressure-free sales approach. While it took a tremendous amount of effort — not to mention a lot of blood, sweat and tears — to get the business off the ground, the entire Western New York community is beginning to see the benefits.

Now going on two years old, the company no longer operates out of the Uebelhoer’s home. Showing steady growth every month, the employees of Buffalo Solar Solutions have worked out of their new office at 1212 Abbott Road, Suite A, since October. 

Visit the Audubon Community Nature Center on Black Friday, November 25

Visit the Audubon Community Nature Center on Black Friday, November 25

Jamestown, NY – What is the best gift you can give your loved ones this “Black Friday”?

How about your time and your attention. 

Come to the Audubon Community Nature Center on November 25, the day after Thanksgiving. 

Walk the trails.  Visit Liberty, the Bald Eagle.  Share the day with those you love.  You will give and receive the gift of memories. 

At the Nature Center’s Blue Heron Gift Shop you may find a book that will both entertain and expand your knowledge or a nature puzzle you can assemble together, something that will remind you of a special day and extend it into the holiday season. 

Daemen Receives Largest Private Gift in College’s History

Daemen Receives Largest Private Gift in College’s History

Daemen College has received an unprecedented $1 million gift from the Paul A. Saffrin Foundation to support the institution’s Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement, making it the largest private gift in the college’s nearly 70-year history.

In honor of this historic gift to the college, the center has officially been renamed the Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement.

“Robust civic engagement contributes to many positive social outcomes, so it is my honor and privilege to support Daemen College as it prepares students to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a difference in society,” said Saffrin.