Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center is grateful to several groups for some facilities updates that were seriously needed.

The Maintenance Building, which turned 20 years old this year, was in need of a new roof. This project was made possible by a grant from the Edwin L. Danielson Community Service Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

Furnaces and air conditioners that were installed over 25 years ago also needed to be replaced. Several improvements, including upgrading HVAC ductwork, are being accomplished thanks to the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, the Lenna Foundation, and the Northern Allegheny Conservation Association.

Where possible, the work was assisted by Audubon’s OWLS. Following a “coffee” time on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, these volunteers provide maintenance for the building and the 600 acres that surround it. They do everything from taking out the trash and making repairs, to mowing the lawns and cutting brush, to building bridges and painting picnic tables.

With more than five miles of beautifully maintained trails on a wetland preserve, Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. Open daily, its three-story building contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop. One of the most visited exhibits is Liberty, a non-releasable bald eagle housed in her outdoor habitat behind the Nature Center.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programscall (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.