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Time to Make Reservations for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Time to Make Reservations for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Jamestown, NY – An evening of campfire, crafts, treats -- and a luminary-lit trail with human-sized creatures who share stories about their lives. What could be more “enchanting”!

All those experiences await you and the special young people in your life at the Audubon Nature Center’s Enchanted Forest on Friday and Saturday evenings, October 7 and 8.

The adventure begins with stories and songs at a backyard campfire. Then participants are escorted around a luminary trail by volunteer “fireflies” that light the way with lanterns. Human-sized animals tell about their lives, sharing fascinating, fun and educational information through dramatic and entertaining stories.

Is Your Home Ready for the Long Winter Months Ahead?

Is Your Home Ready for the Long Winter Months Ahead?

Like it or not, the long, cold winter months are right around the corner. Is your house ready to take on the elements?

“The overall energy efficiency of the home is crucial, especially when entering the winter season,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services, 67 Sheldon Ave., Depew. “The sooner any needed work is completed, the sooner the homeowner will begin realizing both the financial and comfort benefits. For example, a home insulated with cellulose or spray foam and properly sized heating equipment has been proven to save an estimated 20 to 30 percent off utility bills.”

Jackson Falls Becomes Owens Falls Sanctuary After Fundraising Goal is Surpassed

Jackson Falls Becomes Owens Falls Sanctuary After Fundraising Goal is Surpassed

The Western New York Land Conservancy made a big announcement at their 25th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 21 – the Jackson Falls Preserve fundraising goal of $600,000 has been surpassed! The Golden Ballroom at Statler City was filled with thunderous applause and cheers as more than 270 guests celebrated this milestone in the journey to create the new 57-acre nature preserve on Hubbard Road in the Town of Aurora.

The property features two magnificent waterfalls that were formed by a 2,000-foot long stretch of Mann’s Creek that flows through a 100-foot deep ravine. Its mature hemlock and beech woods, vernal pools and forested wetlands are home to migrating birds, breeding frogs and salamanders, and dense patches of rare wildflowers. The property also includes mature headwater forests, which, along with the wetlands, are vital to maintaining water quality in the Buffalo River and Niagara River watersheds.

Audubon Nature Center Supports Fall Regional Bird Count

Audubon Nature Center Supports Fall Regional Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center supports the Buffalo Ornithological Society’s (BOS) ambitious effort every fall to count birds in Western New York.

Whether watching on their own property or committing to a larger area, it takes many people -- beginning to advanced birders -- to cover the four-county territory that is counted. 

If you have experience in bird counting, you can be part of this important work by volunteering on Saturday October 8.  If you’re interested but inexperienced, you could observe others and learn for future counts.   

The BOS count has been held every second Saturday in October since 1939.  The date was chosen to coincide with the end of the fall migration. 

Environmental Summit to Focus on Solar-Powered Energy

Environmental Summit to Focus on Solar-Powered Energy

AMHERST, N.Y. – The benefits of solar power as a renewable energy and Canalside Buffalo’s unique solar-powered carousel project will be explored by industry experts at the 12th annual Western New York Environmental Summit scheduled for Sept. 24 at Daemen College.

The summit, “The Power is You: Sustainable Communities Are Here,” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the college’s Wick Campus Center. The environmental-focused event is free and open to the public, and breakfast will be provided to attendees.

“We are pleased to bring together professionals from the solar energy industry who will offer valuable perspective on this renewable energy source and how it is paving the way to a cleaner, more sustainable future,” said Cheryl Bird, executive director of the Daemen Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement.

Western New York Land Conservancy to Celebrate 25 Years of Conservation Success at Annual Gala

Western New York Land Conservancy to Celebrate 25 Years of Conservation Success at Annual Gala

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host its annual gala from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Golden Ballroom at Statler City, celebrating 25 years of conserving our region’s special places. The regional land trust and its thousands of supporters have saved more than 6,000 acres of forests, wetlands, meadows and farms in the eight counties of Western New York since 1991. These places include, among many others, the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston, Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport, Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve in Wales, Mill Road Scenic Overlook in Aurora and farmland throughout the region. These places are protected forever because of the Land Conservancy and the efforts of its members. 

Audubon Needs Volunteers for Saturday’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

Audubon Needs Volunteers for Saturday’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is looking for more volunteers to help visitors celebrate the life and migration of Monarch Butterflies at this Saturday’s (August 27) Monarch Butterfly Festival.  

While many volunteers have already signed up, a few more are needed to ensure that the festival’s many visitors all have an outstanding experience.

A number of job slots need filling at the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event. These include children’s crafts, admissions, butterfly room and caterpillar monitors, distributing insect nets, and kitchen staff.

Help is needed on Friday (August 26) as well to cut and arrange flowers for the indoor butterfly garden and to set up the children’s crafts room.

In addition to the reward of bringing joy to so many, especially children, all volunteers get free admission to the festival and a complimentary meal ticket.