Jamestown, N.Y. – You are invited to join Audubon Community Nature Center in honoring volunteers, celebrating the successes of the year, and welcoming new Board members at the Volunteer Appreciation Night and Annual Dinner on Monday, September 24.

The public is welcome to participate in this festive evening. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the Fireplace Room. Dinner is at 6 p.m., with the buffet set up in the Exhibit Hall and seating in the Multipurpose Room. New board members will be installed at the 6:45 p.m. business meeting, followed by the Volunteer Recognition at 7:15 p.m.

This year’s event will be the first for Audubon’s new president, Leigh Rovegno.

Rovegno noted that volunteers support Audubon’s mission throughout all aspects of the organization, contributing in every department – administration, membership, festivals/events, fundraising, live animals, buildings and grounds, education, research, conservation, and more.

“I am so looking forward to this opportunity to express my appreciation for the hundreds of volunteers whose thousands of hours make possible all the wonderful things that happen here at Audubon,” Rovegno said. “We are infinitely grateful for their dedicated service.”

This year, over 300 volunteers logged a total of 12,163 hours. More than two dozen volunteers who met milestones in the number of hours they have served will be recognized, including those who have met 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 7,000, and 10,000 or more recorded hours of service. A number of these are registered with R.S.V.P., the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

Nature Center and National Audubon Society members are reminded to have their ballot for board members postmarked by Monday, September 17, or to bring it with them to the dinner.

The meal prepared by 3C’s Catering will include locally sourced food. Cost is $20 per person. Paid reservations are required by Sunday, September 16: Call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or register online through the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

With more than five miles of beautifully maintained trails, Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. 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.