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Liberty, Audubon’s Bald Eagle has passed

Liberty, Audubon’s Bald Eagle has passed

Liberty, Audubon Community Nature Center’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 after a series of recent health setbacks. Liberty arrived at Audubon in 2002 from the state of Washington, where a local woman discovered her with an...

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Smells hold Memories

Smells hold Memories

Smells have always had a way of unlocking memories. Each season has a distinct smell that reminds me of precise points of my childhood. When the smell of damp, falling leaves hits for the first time each year, I remember sitting on my parents’ back porch, in a costume, eagerly waiting for trick-or-treating to begin.

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Elusive Animals

Elusive Animals

Another large part of spotting a specific animal is persistence and the rest of it is up to luck. Some elusive animals are difficult to find because they are small, others are secretive and do their best to hide from humans, and certain species are just uncommon or only live in remote areas without much human impact. You may have to repeatedly go out into the woods to look and listen for a certain bird or search the ground for a specific fungus. If you are looking for a specific organism, you are not always going to see it the first try, or even the second or third. Sometimes you just have to keep trying, see what else you find along the way and wait patiently for the day it appears. 

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A Gentian Conversation and Conservation

A Gentian Conversation and Conservation

See, adults are funny when you put them in a ‘learning’ setting — they don’t shout out answers to questions like kids, they don’t ask questions when they have them, and they rarely react to the instructor to give them an indication of how the presentation is going (no smiles, laughter, bored looks, fidgeting, etc.). It is hard to teach adults in a class setting, even when that class is in the middle of the field.

But a casual group? They will talk and inquire and exclaim and learn and share their knowledge readily. I got the opportunity to share a wildflower with them, a very cool one, that hopefully they remember a bit about if not its name. I learned how one person cultivates her raised beds in a no-till method to maintain soil health in a side conversation. I heard how one man prepped his plot for wildflowers with mechanical methods, not the herbicide technique.

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Oaks and Jays

Oaks and Jays

Blue Jays also eat and store acorns for the winter, but in a way that benefits the potential future tree sprouts too. While a squirrel may bury acorns up to 200 feet away from the tree, a Blue Jay can move the acorn up to a mile away. Blue Jays can also carry up to five acorns at time. They carry one in their mouth, one in the tip of their bill and two or three is a specialized pouch in their throat called a gular pouch. They also store one acorn at a time, often in the ground. Is there any better way to plant a tree?

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The Flavor of Nature

The Flavor of Nature

The planet provides the raw materials for everything we use in day to day life. That is easy to see with a carrot that you can grow in the backyard or firewood from the neighbor’s yard, but it is harder to see when looking at a cell phone or carpet made of plastic or rare earth elements that have traveled halfway around the world for you to poke at. It is so much easier to divide things into natural or unnatural, homemade or factory-made, manmade or from the earth. Sometimes the divisions we make about things makes us forget that the earth provides everything we use, regardless of where humans intervene in the process.

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Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345

Click here for directions

Hours and Admission

Nature Center Hours:

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

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