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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.  

History Walk Planned at Stella Niagara Preserve

History Walk Planned at Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy will be hosting a special history walk at the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston on Saturday, Aug. 27. The hike will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. and will be led by Karen Noonan, a member of the Town of Porter Historical Society and the Youngstown Heritage Tours and Tourism Committee. Tickets cost $25 each and can be purchased at Eventbrite.com (search keywords “Stella Niagara Preserve”). All proceeds will support the work of the Western New York Land Conservancy.

The Stella Niagara Preserve was permanently protected last year when the Land Conservancy purchased the property from the Sisters of St. Francis. The property is located on the Niagara County Historic Trail and is part of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. 

Audubon Nature Center’s Butterfly Festival: A Not-to-be-Missed Event

Audubon Nature Center’s Butterfly Festival: A Not-to-be-Missed Event

Jamestown, NY – Whatever your interest – watching beautiful butterflies on wildflowers, having your picture taken as a giant butterfly or caterpillar, great crafts for the kids, yummy taste treats, and so much more – there will be something for you at the Audubon Nature Center’s Monarch Butterfly Festival.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, Audubon will celebrate this beautiful creature.

At the indoor garden, you can take pictures of Monarchs in every stage of their life cycle. Maybe you will see an adult emerge from its chrysalis or hold a caterpillar or butterfly. You can watch experts tagging butterflies and at 4 p.m. see them released to fly to Mexico, where their tags will help scientists track the migration of this rapidly dwindling species.

Learn to Make Fabulous iPhone Photographs at Audubon

Learn to Make Fabulous iPhone Photographs at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – If you wonder if your iPhone can give you better, more interesting photographs than you’ve been taking, the answer is “Yes!”

On Saturday morning, August 20, 2016, at the Audubon Nature Center’s iPhoneography workshop you can learn from photographer Cathy Panebianco how to make artistic photographs with your iPhone.

During the 10 a.m-12 p.m. class, you will learn to use your iPhone to take, and create, more imaginative photographs. You will learn tips and tricks, new apps, and creative ways to use your iPhone photographs.

Bring your fully charged iPhone (4 or higher). Make sure you have an Apple iTunes account so that you can purchase a couple inexpensive apps. While not required, students may want to download the following before class: Camera Plus (camera replacement app), Snapseed (editing app), and Hipstamatic.

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.