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Audubon Nature Center Days at Panama Rocks August 6 and 7

Audubon Nature Center Days at Panama Rocks August 6 and 7

Jamestown, NY – Two of the region’s premier nature showcases are joining forces to present two days of delightful outdoor fun and learning.

On Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, volunteers and staff of the Audubon Nature Center will offer special opportunities at Panama Rocks, the beautiful natural playground in Panama, New York.

Visitors will be able to explore the scenic half-mile long ridge of 60-foot high rocks that form crevices, passageways, and caves hidden in an ancient forest.

Retired Jamestown Community College professors Tom Erlandson and Dan Anderson will be stationed along the trails to teach you about the rocks and trees. Visitors can also explore displays and artifacts from the Nature Center and possibly meet one or more of the Nature Center’s live animal ambassadors.

Learn How You Can Help Save Monarch Butterflies

Learn How You Can Help Save Monarch Butterflies

Jamestown, NY – It is a sad fact that Monarch Butterflies populations are declining drastically.

On Friday morning, August 5, in a coffee shop-like setting at the Audubon Nature Center, you can learn about this unique insect and how to help increase its population by raising caterpillars.

Last year, there were 150% more Monarchs on their wintering ground than there were the year before.  Audubon naturalist Katie Finch, who will lead the 9:15-11:15 a.m. workshop, hopes some of those butterflies came from the Nature Center.

Audubon has been raising large numbers of Monarch Butterflies for 10 years and releasing them at the Monarch Butterfly Festival in August. This year’s Festival will be on Saturday, August 27.

Audubon Nature Center’s July 30 Wild 5K Run/Walk Adds Awards Group

Audubon Nature Center’s July 30 Wild 5K Run/Walk Adds Awards Group

Jamestown, NY – Whatever your age, whether you like to run or if walking is more your speed, there’s a spot for you at the Audubon Nature Center’s Wild 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 30.

Thanks to requests from participants, a new age group has been added to this year’s competition.  Now with a 70+ category for both walkers and runners, those 70 and older will no longer have to compete against 60-year-olds.

Prizes will be awarded to the first three overall male and female walker and runner finishers. Age group awards will be given to the top three finishers in each for runners and top finisher in each for walkers. Age groups are 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. The awards ceremony will begin at 10:30 for those who have finished.

While Trackqua speeds up the registration process and provides chip-timed results, you can enjoy exceptional natural beauty and help restore and preserve an incredible woodland habitat.

Challenge Gift Brings Jackson Falls Preserve One Step Closer to Reality

Challenge Gift Brings Jackson Falls Preserve One Step Closer to Reality

Last week, the Western New York Land Conservancy and Friends of Jackson Falls received notice of a $20,000 grant from the Gallogly Family Foundation to help save Jackson Falls in Aurora, N.Y., and turn it into a nature preserve. This grant is a challenge gift, which means the community must step up to match it, dollar for dollar, in order to for it be used towards creating the Jackson Falls Preserve. 

But there’s a twist: a single donor must match the entire $20,000 challenge gift. That donor will have one of five benches to be placed at the preserve named in their honor. As a special bonus, those five benches will be hand-crafted by Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan Thomas Pafk, who is also a neighbor to the Jackson Falls property. Only two of those five benches are still available to donors of $20,000, so time is of the essence. 

Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

As a follow up to Earth Day, the Western New York Land Conservancy is bringing award-winning author Doug Tallamy to the UB Center for the Arts for a presentation on the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of our region.

Tallamy’s research and his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” have sparked a national conversation about the importance of using native plants in our gardens and landscapes to reverse the loss of wildlife and to make our communities healthier. After decades of intense urban sprawl, our natural places are shrinking and becoming more fragmented. The use of native plants in our yards and gardens will make a difference, no matter the size. 

Improving Indoor Air Quality Can Improve Your Overall Health

Improving Indoor Air Quality Can Improve Your Overall Health

Have you ever stopped to think about the quality of the air you’re breathing? While air quality is usually out of your control when you’re outdoors or in a place of business, you can most definitely do something about the air you breathe in your home.

There are many things that can contribute to poor air quality, especially in heavily insulated homes that can trap air inside. Following are just a few of the many causes:
• Inadequate fresh air supply and/or poor ventilation system maintenance. 
• Pollutants given off by building or furnishing materials. 
• Pollutants from standard household items such as cleaning products, appliances, pesticides, and off-gases from new materials.
• Microorganisms or other biological contaminants.
• Contaminants brought into the building from outside, such as exhausts from sanitary stacks, boiler stacks, natural gas vents or flues. 

Land Conservancy to Present Draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve

Land Conservancy to Present Draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host a presentation to unveil the draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve on Thursday, Jan. 21. The Concept Plan is a landscape design for the entire property. The keynote speaker is Darrel Morrison, the nationally-renowned landscape designer known for his ecological approach who is guiding the Land Conservancy’s restoration efforts at Stella. The public is welcome to attend and provide feedback. The presentation will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lewiston Senior Center at 4361 Lower River Road.