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August 2016

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Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10:00am-4:00pm

Check our Summer Day Camp program on its own website at http://jacamps.wordpress.com.

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

For required reservations please stop by, pay online, or by phone with a credit card  (716) 569-2345.

Coffee Shop Series: Culinary Herb Container Gardening (Adult+)
Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 9:15am-11:15am
Nature Center building and grounds
$12 Regular Price; $9 Friends of the Nature Center; $9 Children 9-15
Reservations with payment are required by Monday, August 1.
Call or click here to reserve.

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Photo source: reneesgarden.com

Learn how to plant, grow, harvest, divide, and propagate culinary herbs. Get some tips on using herbs to flavor up your cooking and build your own container garden in this hands-on workshop.

You don’t need a large space to grow tasty herbs for use in your kitchen. Learn from Master Gardener Janet Forbes about how to put together a container garden and the herbs that would thrive in this region. She will discuss the wide variety of herbs available, how to grow and harvest both annual and perennial herbs and how to divide and propagate these plants. There may be some herbs available for tasting too.

Then we’ll head outside to the Nature Center’s gardens and get our hands dirty dividing herbs and creating our own container garden to take home. Pots, soil, plants and tools will be provided. This garden will last through the fall.

Nature Center Coffee Shop Programs encourage interactive discussion around a nature based topic or activity. Participants experience and learn together. Coffee, tea, and snacks are provided.

Special Information: Dress for the weather and be prepared to work outside to build your container garden. Participants may want to bring their own garden gloves and favorite tools.


 

Coffee Shop Series: Fairy Terrariums (Adult+)
Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 9:15am-11:15am
Nature Center building and grounds
$12 Regular Price; $9 Friends of the Nature Center; $9 Children 9-15
Reservations with payment are required by Monday, August 1.
Call or click here to reserve.

 

There is something charming about terrariums – the green moss and damp air and growth behind glass. There is something magical, even for adults, about fairies – delicate, fleeting, and rare. Combine the two and you get something unique and intriguing that grows plants and imaginations!

In this workshop we will learn the basics of how to create a terrarium as we do it! We will use sustainably harvested materials from the Nature Center Grounds, collect a few extras ourselves, and add a touch of whimsy with some fairyland additions!  You’ll get a beautiful terrarium to take home, complete with care instructions, and make some friends and have great conversations, too! Materials will be provided.

Nature Center Coffee Shop Programs encourage interactive discussion around a nature based topic or activity.  Participants experience and learn together. Coffee, tea, and snacks are provided.

Special Information: Dress for the weather, be prepared to walk outside to collect materials. If you have a little trinket you’d like to add, bring it along! 


 

Coffee Shop Series: Outdoor Fitness (Adult+)
Thursday, August 4, 2016, 9:15am-11:15am
Nature Center building and grounds
$12 Regular Price; $9 Friends of the Nature Center; $9 Children 9-15
Reservations with payment are required by Monday, August 1.
Call or click here to reserve.

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Explore the trails during this outdoor fitness session.

Put on your shoes and be inspired and get motivated for outdoor exercise.

Getting in shape is a resolution that many of us make over and over but the challenges of realizing that goal tend to overwhelm us. We find ourselves continuing as we always do saying that, someday, we will make it a priority.

Today’s workshop will be led by Susan Stancombe, Indoor Cycling Instructor and multi-sport outdoor enthusiast. She will go over how to dress for success in the outdoors as the four seasons do tend to scare us into the gym! She will review the benefits of open air exercise to both our physical and mental wellbeing, and introduce basic static and dynamic stretches that are valuable to any fitness program.

Then we will take it to the trail. Using the natural environment, we can identify exercise opportunities and creatively produce an achievable full body workout that you can tailor to your own fitness levels and to outdoor venues available to you.

Nature Center Coffee Shop Programs encourage interactive discussion around a nature based topic or activity. Participants experience and learn together. Coffee, tea, and snacks are provided.

Special Information: Dress for the weather in comfortable clothes that allow free movement. A water bottle is strongly encouraged. 


 

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Monarch feeding on coneflower

Coffee Shop Series: Working for Monarchs (Adult+)
Friday, August 5, 2016, 9:15am-11:15am
Nature Center building and grounds
$12 Regular Price; $9 Friends of the Nature Center; $9 Children 9-15
Call or click here to reserve.

Reservations with payment are required by Monday, August 1.
It is a sad fact that Monarch Butterflies populations are dropping drastically. Learn about this unique insect and how to help increase their population through raising caterpillars.

Last year, there were 150% more Monarchs on their wintering ground than there were the year before. We hope some of those butterflies came from us. Audubon Nature Center has been raising and releasing large numbers of Monarch Butterflies for ten years as part of the Monarch Butterfly Festival in August. You can be a part of the solution to help Monarchs continue to succeed.

In this program we will cover the basics of the Monarch life cycle and demonstrate how to raise and care for caterpillars. We will then head outside to look for eggs and caterpillars on Audubon’s milkweed patches.

Nature Center Coffee Shop Programs encourage interactive discussion around a nature based topic or activity.  Participants experience and learn together. Coffee, tea, and snacks are provided.

Special Information: Dress for the weather, be prepared to walk up to 1 mile.   


Audubon Nature Center Weekend at Panama Rocks (All)
Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7, 2016, 10:00am-5:00pm
Panama Rocks, 11 Rock Hill Road, Panama, NY 14767
$7.50 General Admission; $5 Child (6-12); Free Ages 5 and under

A portion of your admission will be donated by Panama Rocks to the Nature Center.
Join Nature Center members, staff, and volunteers at Panama Rocks – a beautiful natural playground in Panama, New York – for a day of fun and learning.  Plans include retired JCC professors Tom Erlandson and Dan Anderson stationed along the trails to teach you about the rocks and trees. On Saturday, Wild Spirit Education will present live birds of prey from 11am until 3pm and on Sunday, Mark Baker of Eagle Dream Rehabilitation will present live birds of prey from 10am through 5pm.  Music will be provided by Davis & Eng from 2-4 on Saturday.

Check out the Panama Rocks website for more details at www.panamarocks.com

Interpretation: Retired JCC professors Tom Erlandson and Dan Anderson will be stationed along the trails to teach you about the rocks and trees. In addition, visitors can explore displays and artifacts from the Nature Center.
Saturday AND Sunday, 10am-2pm

Live Birds of Prey:
Saturday:  11am-3pm, Wild Spirit Education
Sunday: 10am-5pm, Mark Baker of Eagle Dream Rehabilitation

Build a Birdfeeder:
$10/kit while supplies last

Music:
Saturday:  2-4pm, Davis & Eng
Sunday: 2-4pm, Bill Moran

Program Location:
Panama Rocks, 11 Rock Hill Road, Panama, NY 14767, (716) 782-2845

Special Information:
Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, a picnic lunch, lawn games, and plan to spend the day!


 

MAPS Bird Banding (All)
Saturday, August 6, 2016, 6:00am-12:00pm*
All dates subject to change.  Check the Nature Center website for updates.
Pavilion on the west side of the Nature Center’s property
$ Free, donations appreciated.
Reservations are not required.

Join research ornithologists as they capture, band, and release birds, recording information for science.

*Actual times may vary; the protocol requires opening the nets at dawn and monitoring birds for six hours.
Check our website for updates and date changes caused by foul weather.

MAPS stands for Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship. The data gathered during these sessions helps ornithologists understand more about longevity, breeding, and movement of bird species in our region and beyond.

Bird banding at Jamestown Audubon is made possible in part by the Northern Allegheny Conservation Association.

Please leave your four-legged friends at home. We do not allow dogs on the trails in order to provide the best possible experience for our visitors and the animals that live on the grounds.

Emily Thomas Perlock holds an Associate’s degree in Wildlife Technology from Penn State DuBois, a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State, and a Master’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at Penn State. She has worked as a wildlife biologist for the USFS Northern Research Station’s Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Irvine, Pa. and is currently employed as an Instructor in Wildlife Technology at Penn State DuBois. She learned how to band in 2005 and has banded over 4000 birds since. She holds a Master Banding permit and is a certified bird bander by the North American Banding Council. She established a banding program at The Arboretum at Penn State and has participated in banding programs for Audubon and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.

Special Information: The pavilion is located on the west side of our property. The gate at the west entrance will be unlocked on bird banding days and a sign will be placed at the road. Dress for the weather, wear boots or shoes that can get muddy. If the weather is particularly foul and could endanger birds caught in the nets, banding will be rescheduled. Optional: bring binoculars and your camera.


 

Little Explorers (Children ages 3-8 and a grown-up)
Mucking Around
Saturday, August 13, 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 are required by Thursday, August 11.
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 muck around in the ponds and learn what lives in the muck!

Mucking is an art – to be able to find things and have a good time while not getting too wet and muddy is a skill! We will learn what lives in the muck at the edge and bottom of ponds, why they live there, and how to explore these areas. From dragonfly babies, to snails, to pollywogs, the muck makes a really good nursery! In late summer it is warm and just the right amount of shady to help all the summer creatures get ready to change into adults. We will also have a snack and make a craft.

Bring mud boots for this program and clothes that you don’t mind getting just a bit wet or muddy.

Sarah Hatfield is a naturalist at the Nature Center.

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


 

Wild Edibles Walk & Potluck Picnic (Adult+)
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 6:00pm-8:00pm
RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER for 
Tuesday, August, 23, 2016, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Luensman Overview Park, Thayer Road
Portland, NY 14716
Reservations are required by Friday, August 12, 2016
Limited enrollment.
Call or click here to reserve.

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Autumn Olive. Photo by Katie Finch

Naturalist Katie Finch will lead a walk pointing out what can and can’t be eaten along the trail. After the walk, stay for a pot luck picnic and conversation.

With a little bit of knowledge, nature can be your grocery store. Learn to identify common edible plants in the fall. Some people forage for survival, others to save on the grocery bill. Foraging can also be a wonderful way to spend time outside, learn plant identification, try new foods, and strengthen your connection to the earth and the food it produces to nourish our bodies.

In this class, we will start with some basic ground rules and safety considerations about harvesting wild edibles. Then we will walk the trails and identify edibles available in the fall. We will also cover some plants you definitely do not want to eat.

Katie Finch is a naturalist at the Nature Center and has been eating “weeds” for several years.

This program is the fifth of six free programs 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. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Wear comfortable walking shoes for a one mile hillside hike.


 

iPhone-ography (Adult+)
Saturday, August 20, 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm
Nature Center multipurpose room and grounds
$36 Regular Price; $27 Friends of the Nature Center
Plus additional small charges for any apps you download.
Call or click here to reserve.

Learn from photographer Catherine Panebianco how to make artistic photographs with your iPhone.

You will learn to use your iPhone to take, and create, more artistic photographs. Learn tips and tricks, new apps and creative ways to use your iPhone photographs.

Cathy Panebianco is a photographer who loves to take fun, personality-filled images. She also creates images that are shown in galleries, magazines and books both pet and personal work. You can learn more about Cathy and her work by visiting her website at http://www.panebiancophotography.com/.

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


 

Monarchs and Margaritas (Adult)
Friday, August 26, 2016, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Nature Center and grounds
$25 prepaid/$30 at the door
Reservations are required by Wednesday, August 24.
Call or click here to reserve.

Join us to support the Monarch Butterflies as they prepare for their migration to Mexico. Enjoy live butterflies, food, games, and margaritas!

The day before the Festival, the Nature Center is a flurry of activity as we prepare. The auditorium gets a makeover as it becomes a butterfly house full of beautiful flowers and Monarch Butterflies.

Monarchs need our help. Throughout the last decade, Monarch populations have been decimated by habitat loss, deforestation, and drought. Through a fun game, informational presentations, and the opportunity to view all stages of the Monarch life cycle up close you will learn more about their plight and how you can help.

So come on down! Bring your friends and enjoy drinks and south-of-the-border-themed appetizers as well as the butterflies and the fun. Each admission includes two drink tickets for margaritas. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Please reserve early! Admission is limited.


 

Monarch Butterfly Festival (All)
Saturday, August 27, 2016 10:00am-4:00pm
Nature Center and grounds
$8 Regular Price; $6 Friends of the Nature Center;
$6 Children 3-15; Free children 2 & under
Reservations are not required.

Monarch Butterflies have been slowly disappearing from the landscape.  This festival celebrates the life and times of this formerly common black and orange butterfly.  Join us as we transform the building into a butterfly paradise complete with wildflowers and free-flying butterflies.

The Monarch Butterfly Festival takes over the Nature Center and spreads onto the grounds near the building. In addition to the butterflies, the festival features Monarch caterpillars and eggs, citizen scientists tagging adults to track their migration, crafts, butterfly garden tours, and great food.  Visitors can even borrow an insect net and catch insects on their own and bring them to scientists to identify!

All butterflies are raised for the festival and released at 4:00pm.

Special Information: Colorful colors attract the butterflies if you wear them.  Bring bug repellent to wear outside if you plan to hike the trails.

 

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