Nature Calms

Nature Calms

By Jeff Tome Gentle waves lapped the shore with a soothing rhythm as we walked along the edge of Lake Erie. Loons were diving into the water and bobbing back up. Gulls screamed overhead and dove down to grab fish lurking just under the surface. The beach was almost...
Documenting Nature

Documenting Nature

By Katie Finch Last week I found a Mourning Cloak butterfly while cleaning up the yard. It was tucked among the bottom logs in a stack of firewood. If it hadn’t flapped its wings I would have never seen it. The coloring of the underside of the wing was the perfect...
The Magic of Seeds

The Magic of Seeds

By Sarah Hatfield Most of you have probably noticed that the leaves this year have been, by tourism standards, disappointing. I would also add ‘hard to predict’ as the best color in my neighborhood came weeks after Pennsylvania had declared the region peak. However,...
Centering in Nature

Centering in Nature

By Jeff Tome My brain does not work when my body is still. Ideas come best when I am hiking, walking, biking or fidgeting. Sometimes I feel like a squirrelly kindergartner that can’t sit still in the circle on the carpet. This makes working at a Nature Center really...
Ruderals by Katie Finch

Ruderals by Katie Finch

When so much of the world went remote a year and a half ago, I attended a virtual conference on nature education. One session title was so intriguing I signed up for it not really knowing what it was about. It was called “Ruderals”. I learned there, and in reading...
Audubon Seeking Wool Sweaters to Upcycle

Audubon Seeking Wool Sweaters to Upcycle

Jamestown, N.Y. – Autumn chills will be arriving soon.  When you are digging out last year’s sweaters, if you find any wool or wool-blend ones that are a bit worn or no longer fit, Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) invites you to donate them to Audubon for...