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The Birds

The Birds

By Jeff Tome The birds have taken over the porch, not through dive bombing us or whitewashing the deck, but by the sheer force of their presence. It all started with a fern in a hanging basket that my wife got for Mother’s Day. Soon after, the House Finches started to...

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Eggs Everywhere

Eggs Everywhere

We are well into the season of eggs and baby animals. A couple of nest boxes that once had House Wren eggs are now empty, but swallows are flying in and out of nest boxes on the pond’s edge. The goslings are steadily getting bigger and growing their adult feathers. As spring turns into summer, many birds have already made their nests and laid their eggs. Some of those eggs have successfully hatched, while others ended up a meal for another animal. Week to week, students have come to Audubon and watched the progression of nest building, egg laying, hatchlings and so on. 

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Turtle Etiquette

Turtle Etiquette

By Emma Roth It is the time of year when babies abound. Birds are building nests, incubating their eggs, and feeding their young. Fawns are found curled up on the ground waiting for their mothers to return. Tadpoles are hatching from eggs and baby bunnies are hopping...

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Lawns

Lawns

How did we get to this place where a short, lush carpet of green around our houses, schools, parks, and businesses is both desired and expected? While a freshly cut front yard seems as American as apple pie, it was actually a fashion brought from Europe. Large expanses of lawn started in England and France in the 1700s. Because they were expensive to maintain, and served no purpose other than beauty, they were possible only for the wealthy.

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Liberty’s 20th Anniversary

Liberty’s 20th Anniversary

Liberty celebrated twenty years at Audubon on May 30, 2022. She has been a local celebrity since her arrival. Many people park in the parking lot, walk over to sit with the eagle for a few minutes, then walk back to their cars and leave. If I do a program, almost anywhere, people ask how Liberty is doing. She is the face of Audubon for many people.

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Black Birders Week

Black Birders Week

I discovered that while studying birds to create his well-known works of art, he often killed the very bird that he was painting. Without access to color photography, this was a common way for naturalists to study animals. What was more troubling was learning that, like so many of his time, his treatment of his fellow human beings was no less life-threatening than his treatment of the birds he studied.

In one of Audubon’s written accounts of a birding expedition, he described coming across a family who had recently escaped from slavery. His account describes the family as being gathered around a fire, seeking warmth and nourishment. When Audubon approached, they welcomed him into their circle. In response, Audubon took the family back to the man who claimed to own them. Unlike the birds at bird banding, which we released after their short captivity, this family was forced back into society’s system of oppression.

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Address

Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345
info@auduboncnc.org

Click here for directions

Hours and Admission

Nature Center Hours:

Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sunday
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Building Admission:

Members - Free
Non-member Adult (ages 16+) - $6
Non-member Child (ages 3 - 15) - $2
Children ages 2 and under - Free
Maximum cost for a Family - $15
Free admission to the Nature Center for SNAP/EBT cardholders.
Free admission for all on Sundays

Grounds and Outdoor Exhibits:

Open daily, year round from dawn to dusk free of charge

Click here for holiday closings

Address

Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345
info@auduboncnc.org

Click here for directions

Hours and Admission

Nature Center Hours:

Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sunday
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Building Admission:

Members - Free
Non-member Adult (ages 16+) - $6
Non-member Child (ages 3 - 15) - $2
Children ages 2 and under - Free
Maximum cost for a Family - $15
Free admission to the Nature Center for SNAP/EBT cardholders.
Free admission for all on Sundays

Grounds and Outdoor Exhibits:

Open daily, year round from dawn to dusk free of charge

Click here for holiday closings

Thank you, Community Partners

Audubon Community Partners make a significant financial contribution each year because they believe that every child deserves the opportunity to have a real and healthy connection to nature.

Carnahan-Jackson Foundation
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
Curt and Susie Westrom
Holmberg Foundation
Hultquist Foundation
Jessie Smith Darrah Fund

Lenna Foundation
Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation

Bob Frucella's Tax Service
Bush Furniture, a Brand of eSolutions Furniture 
Hal and Mary Conarro
Univera Healthcare
Weinberg Financial Group
Whirley Drinkworks