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The May Skies

April 30, 2016 A rare Transit of Mercury will be visible on Monday, May 9, beginning at approximately 7:12 a.m. and ending at approximately 2:42 p.m. more »»

April Showers

April 30, 2016 Water falls toward soil. And in the act of kissing of the earth, there is an exhalation. more »»

Spark Birds Make Birders

April 30, 2016 May is when many birders are born. The aroma of lilacs fills the air and spring migration shifts into overdrive. more »»

Don’t Burn Out Your Ditch

April 24, 2016 There is a growing, and worrisome, trend in this count. more »»

Wildflower Explosion

April 23, 2016 Last year, the Audubon Nature Center planned a wildflower hike to one of the most beautiful wildflower spots in the area. more »»

Will Handwriting Remain An Important Skill Or Vanish From Daily Life?

April 23, 2016 Several weeks ago an article in the Wall Street Journal explained that college students at Princeton University who took notes by hand during course lectures remembered more after the lecture and 24... more »»

Recognizing And Celebrating Earth Day

April 23, 2016 On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day, 20 million Americans launched the modern environmental movement. more »»

April Showers Bring ... Snow?

April 17, 2016 First, because it is mid-April and a few days ago it was 20 degrees and snowing, I feel that I need to apologize to everyone who spent the long winter in Chautauqua County. more »»

Sign In, Please

April 16, 2016 “How many people will be impacted by your project?” As the primary grant writer at the Nature Center, I have to answer that question a lot. For some of our projects, it’s easy to find that number. more »»

Nest Boxes For Cavity Nesters

April 16, 2016 Cold weather like we’ve had in recent weeks rarely deters early cavity-nesting birds. I already have a Carolina wren nest with four eggs about to hatch and several complete bluebird clutche. more »»

Do Coots Fart?

April 10, 2016 “What would you like to know about coots?” I asked my kids, as I started to write this article. “Do they have a butt?” my kindergartner asked. (Yes, they do.) “Do they fart?” asked my second-grader. more »»

Wash Of Green

April 9, 2016 “I wish I had spent more time learning what is out there,” a volunteer mentioned to me recently. One of a group of active hiking and biking people, she has sped through nature at breakneck speeds. more »»

Why Eat Whole Grain Food?

April 9, 2016 For a healthy diet, called “MyPlate,” the United States Department of Agriculture recommends that Americans consume enough vegetables to fill 40 percent of our plate, fruits to fill 10 percent,... more »»

Reliable Signs Of Spring

April 9, 2016 So far this spring, the weather has been totally unpredictable. One day, the high temperature reaches 70 degrees and the next it reads 42 degrees. Meanwhile, low temperatures dip into the 20s. more »»

In Their Words

April 2, 2016 Throughout our community, many people choose to give of their time freely to assist other people, organizations and projects. At Audubon Nature Center, we have a wonderful group of volunteers. more »»

Understanding The Voices Of Birds

April 2, 2016 On March 10, the first eastern phoebe of the season perched on a red maple branch outside my office window. It sang its buzzy song, “fee-bee,” repeatedly for several minute. more »»

Springtime Synchronies

March 27, 2016 A few weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of winter’s chill for cuing spring bud break of our region’s iconic trees and other native woody plants and expressed concerns that climate change and... more »»

Birding Fever Has Arrived

March 26, 2016 Birds. One type of animal and yet it stirs such a reaction in me — immediate, excited. The ducks are here. A flash of white from the Conewango overflow off Riverside Road — hooded merganse. more »»

Invasive, Non-Native, Alien Plant And Animal Species: How Bad Are They?

March 26, 2016 In February, I listened to Andrea Locke, the coordinator of the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (WNY-Prism), explain that invasive plants and animals have taken... more »»

Carolina Wrens Prefer ‘Up And Under’

March 26, 2016 Since the beginning of March, dawn’s first rays of sunlight have been accompanied by loud, ringing, musical whistles. It’s the voice of a male Carolina wren, and it’s a reliable harbinger of spring. more »»



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