September 2016

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Spring-Summer-Fall Hours
March 1 – October 31
Walk the trails and visit Liberty, the Bald Eagle, dawn until dusk.
Building hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00am-4:30pm; Sunday 1:00pm-4:30pm

Teachers!  Check out our website all about school programs:

First Friday Lunch Bunch (Adult)
Acoustic Monitoring of Bird Migration – William Evans
Friday, September 2, 2016, 11:00am-12:00pm
Nature Center multipurpose room
$8 Regular Price; $6 Friends of the Nature Center
Reservations are not required.

Bill will present a program on the flight calls songbirds give in nocturnal migration and how monitoring them is leading to a new index to their populations and distributions.

While we sleep, large waves of migrant birds pass over our houses during the spring and fall migration periods. Many utter short vocalizations to maintain contact with others and avoid mid-air collisions. On good migration nights thousands of these calls can be documented. Bill Evans will share insights from over 25 years of obsessively listening to the phenomenon and present results from an evolving night flight call monitoring network across the continent in which the Audubon Nature Center is participating.

Sound familiar? Bill spoke to our group in December of 2012. Since then, he has gathered four fall seasons of data from over the Nature Center! Be sure to join us for this update on the results.

Bill Evans is director of Old Bird Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on nocturnal bird migration research and education. Bill co-authored the CD-Rom, Flight Calls of Migratory Birds with Michael O’Brien in 2002. His expertise on nocturnal bird migration has led him into active involvement with efforts to mitigate avian fatalities at communications towers, wind turbines, and hydrofracking drilling rigs. His current research is directed toward understanding the impacts of artificial light on night-migrating birds and their concentration dynamics along shorelines and in mountainous terrain. Bill’s scientific publications on night migration are included at; his research has been featured on PBS, BBC, NPR and in Science, The New York Times and in the new documentary on songbird decline called The Messenger. Bill currently lives with his wife and two children in Ithaca, NY.

Special Information: The presentation is followed by BYO brown bag lunch and conversation. The Nature Center will provide coffee & tea.

Little Explorers (Children ages 3-8 and a grown-up)
Hooked on Nature
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10:00am-11:30am
Nature Center multipurpose room and grounds
$8 Regular Price; $6 Friends of the Nature Center;
$6 Children ages 3-8
Reservations with payment required by Thursday, September 8.
Call or click here to reserve.

Little Explorers are children ages 3-8 and their grown-up, or two. During this program we have a brief lesson, go for a nature walk, come back for a snack, and make a craft. This month we’ll learn all the ways people study nature, from zoologists to botanists!

Every passion for the natural world was ignited in childhood. We will learn about all the different ways people can study nature, from working in a museum to doing research in the field. Someone can be a biologist, geologist, limnologist or any number of other –ologists! Come and learn about that different ways people get hooked on nature, the tools they use, and find your own spark! We will have a brief lesson inside, go for a hike, have a snack, and make a craft. Come prepared for the weather.

Sarah Hatfield is a naturalist at the Nature Center.

Special Information: Come prepared to go outside, we will go out rain or shine.


Go on a mushroom hike with Garrett Taylor, local mushroom hunter and discoverer of this new species of mushroom.

Mushroom Mania (Adult)
Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Audubon Nature Center
$16 Regular Price; $12 Friends of the Nature Center
Reservations with payment are required by September 10, 2016.
Call or click here to reserve.

Mushrooms are popping up all over. There are red ones, green ones, and even purples ones. Some are edible. Some have deadly poison. Discover the wonderful world of mushrooms and learn more about them.

Mushrooms can be hard to identify. This class will showcase some good field guides, what to look for to identify a mushroom and feature a foray on the trails to find and identify a variety of mushrooms.

This class will be taught by Garrett Taylor, a dedicated mushroom hunter with years of experience finding and eating mushrooms. He recently discovered a new species of mushroom in Cattaraugus County and continues to expand his mushroom knowledge.

Special Information: Expect to walk over a mile while looking for mushrooms. Wear sturdy shoes for walking. Bug repellent is advised. If you have a camera to help you remember the mushrooms we are seeing, it is a good tool to learn with.

Seven “C’s” of Chautauqua County (Adult+)
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm
Nature Center multipurpose room
Free thanks to the Chautauqua County Historical Society
Reservations are not required.

Tom Erlandson, well known locally both by historians and naturalists, will provide this joint meeting of the Chautauqua County Historical Society and the Audubon Nature Center on the seven waterways in Chautauqua County starting with “C”.

Did you know there are seven different waterways in Chautauqua County that begin with the letter “C” and each played a prominent role in the settlement and growth of various communities?

Join the Chautauqua County Historical Society, in collaboration with the Jamestown Audubon Center, on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. as Dr. Tom Erlandson delivers a unique presentation on The Seven C’s of Chautauqua County. Tom will not only answer the question of which are the seven waterways that start with the letter “C”, but will also provide details on how they contribute to our county’s rich history.

Erlandson is a long-time resident of Chautauqua County, retired college professor, public servant, author, and past member of the Chautauqua County Parks Commission.

Adult Day Camp (Adult)
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, September 20, 22, 23, 2016, 9:00am-12:30pm
Nature Center building and grounds
$80 Regular Price; $60 Friends of the Nature Center
Reservations with payment are required by September 16, 2016.
Call or click here to reserve.

Join us for three days of learning, laughter, and exploration as we dive into the wild for Adult Day Camp. We will explore life under the water in ponds, fall flowers, and more about all the amazing plants and animals that share the property with us.

The Nature Center is blessed with a crew of happy, talented naturalists who get excited about many different topics. Each naturalist chooses topics they love teaching for adult day camp and creates lessons around them that involve some indoor learning followed by hands on experiences. Join us to learn more about the natural community we share the world with.

Special Information: This program will be inside and outside, regardless of the weather. Be prepared to walk at least half a mile and back for programs.

Elk Field Trip (Adult+)
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 10:00am-10:30pm
Elk County Visitor Center, Benezette, PA
$30 Regular Price; $20 Friends of the Nature Center
Reservations with payment are required by Friday, September 16, 2016.
Call or click here to reserve.

Travel with your Audubon friends to the Elk County Visitor Center in Benezette, Pennsylvania to see the Center, dine at the Benezette Hotel, and view herds of Elk.

Rick Rupprecht will host this trip. Rick has been visiting the elk annually for many years and knows the best spots to see them.

Program Location: We will meet at and return to Audubon Nature Center. Benezette, Pennsylvania is about 80 miles southeast of the Nature Center.

Special Information: Please bring binoculars, camera, brown bag lunch/snacks, water, money for dinner; dress for the weather.

Leaf Print Workshop (Adult+)
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Fredonia Grange #1
58 West Main Street
Fredonia, NY 14063
Enrollment full.

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Leaf Monoprint on Fabric Scarf.

Using leaves, you will make two monoprints – one on paper, and one on a fabric scarf.

After a brief demonstration by retired fine arts teacher Sue Yauchzy of what is meant by “leaf monoprint” we will head outside with naturalist Jennifer Schlick to collect a few fallen leaves for your project. Back inside, Sue takes over again to lead you through the process of making two projects – one on paper, and one on a bamboo scarf. You will love the way fabric made from bamboo drapes!

After retiring from her position as a fine arts teacher, Sue Yauchzy began volunteering at the Nature Center as a trail guide, among other things. This fall, we are delighted to have her share her artistic talents with us.

This program is the final free program to be offered in the northern part of Chautauqua County. This outreach series is made possible by funding through a Community Benefit Grant by the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. These programs are designed to introduce residents in northern Chautauqua County to the types of programs offered at the Nature Center.

Special Information: Dress for the weather for our brief walk to gather leaves, and keep in mind that we will be using permanent inks. If you like, bring leaves from a favorite tree to incorporate into your art project.

The Art of Bonsai for Beginners (Adult)
Sunday, September 25, 2016, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Nature Center multipurpose room
$56 Regular Price; $52 Friends of the Nature Center
Reservations with payment are required by Monday, September 19, 2016.
Call or click here to reserve.

Learn about the history of bonsai, the specialized tools used, and the most common styles of bonsai; all while creating your own bonsai tree! Trenton Lutes will share information gathered from years of experience as he walks you through the beginning step.

This class will instruct the beginning bonsai enthusiast in the techniques needed to turn a standard nursery stock plant into their very own bonsai. During our time together we will discuss briefly the history of bonsai, the most common styles of bonsai, the specialized tools needed, and general bonsai care. We will then proceed to create our own bonsai. Using pre-selected nursery stock we will find the front and line of our trees, use careful pruning and pinching to remove unwanted branches, leaves and needles, as well as use basic wiring techniques to help shape our trees.

Included with Class:
• 1 hand selected nursery plant (varieties may vary depending on season and availability)
• 1 bonsai pot and tray
• Soil and wire
• 101 Essential Bonsai Tips book

Tools will be provided for use during class only. Some tools will be specialized bonsai tools, but the majority will be simple tools you can find around your home. These you can initially use to get started creating more bonsai without having to invest in expensive, specialized tools up front.

Trenton Lutes graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY with concentrations in painting, photography and glassblowing. He is self-taught in the art of bonsai and has been working with his trees for six years now. He has taught bonsai classes at a variety of locations around Chautauqua County including: Sensory Winery & Art Gallery, The Resource Center, Westfield Grape Discovery Center, and the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities.

Special Information: Bonsai is a hands-on technique, you will most likely get dirty. Please dress appropriately, or consider bringing an apron.

Volunteer Appreciation Night and Annual Dinner (Adult+)
Monday, September 26, 2016, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Nature Center building
$20 one dinner; $35 two dinners
Reservations with payment are required by Monday, September 19, 2016.
Call or click here to reserve.

Audubon Nature Center celebrates another great year and some wonderful volunteers! It’s amazing the number of volunteer hours given to the Nature Center this year. Join us in honoring them, welcoming new Board members, and for some exciting announcements as we enter into our 60th anniversary year.

5:30pm Social time, hors d’œuvres and drinks
6:00 pm Dinner, Dessert and Coffee
6:45 pm Business Meeting
Announcement of Ballot Results
Installation of New Board Members
7:15 pm Big Announcement
Volunteer Recognition

Special Information: The dinner for 2016 volunteer honorees is complimentary.