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“360 Degree Photography” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

“360 Degree Photography” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

Jamestown, NY – Bruce Isaacson will be the presenter at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, November 10.  His subject will be 360 degree photography, virtual tours, and the tools used to create these images

“Fog” and “Fall Colors” are the topics for the image review that opens the meeting at 6:15 p.m. Fog is about seeing what fog can bring to enhance or hinder an image. Fall colors is an overview of the spectacular colors autumn brings to this region of northwest Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York 

An illustrated presentation on adjusting your color to create better black & white photos will be in the 15-minute tech portion of the meeting.

There will also be a show and tell time when members can show off some of their best pictures.

A social time follows the program.

Land Conservancy Plans Voice & Viola: A Celebration of Autumn Color in Music, Poetry and Nature

Land Conservancy Plans Voice & Viola: A Celebration of Autumn Color in Music, Poetry and Nature

The Western New York Land Conservancy invites the public to join them for an enchanting fall afternoon of exquisite music, poetry and locally sourced wine and hors d'oeuvres at the iconic Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve in Wales on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event will feature viola music from folk and classical traditions paired with original poetry in an engaging program specially created to honor Kenneglenn’s lovely autumn setting. If weather permits, this event will take place outside overlooking a colorful meadow and fall foliage.

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.