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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.

You Are Invited to Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds

You Are Invited to Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to bring your family for a potluck dinner and fun outdoor activities at the Audubon Community Nature Center’s Thanksgiving with the Birds on Saturday, November 19.

Dating to 1965, Thanksgiving with the Birds is Audubon’s oldest continuing tradition.

At 11:30 a.m. you can gather to mix broth-based soup contributions into a big pot over an outdoor fire. The flavor of the resulting appetizer is interesting and unpredictable, and usually delicious.

Audubon provides the roasted turkeys and beverages for the indoor buffet dinner that begins about 12:30. Participants are asked to bring a side dish (dressing, vegetables, potatoes, salad or dessert) and their own table service, including a mug for soup.

After-dinner activities include a talk by nature educator Teresa Corrigan, an elementary school teacher and popular presenter at the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage.

Come to Audubon for Birds! Birds! Birds!

Come to Audubon for Birds! Birds! Birds!

Jamestown, NY – On Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2016, the Audubon Community Nature Center is presenting a day of bird activities and lessons.

From 1 to 3 p.m. several stations will be set up throughout the Nature Center for self-guided learning about birds.

Use binoculars, you can spot birds from the Windows on Wildlife. Or take the Bird Scavenger Hunt challenge.

You will be able to examine bird feathers and nests, make a pine cone bird feeder (free or donation), and make a wooden bird feeder (for an extra fee).

A limited number of bird fun Scout patches will be available. Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and other interested children can request an activities sheet at the welcome desk. After completing at least four of the activities, a fun patch can be purchased on a first-come first-served basis for $3.