Virtually make a visit to Sweden

Audubon Community Nature Center is making available a virtual tour of “The Nature of Sweden” led by former local naturalist and now Swedish resident, Mark Baldwin. The presentation is available for viewing through March 31.

Through March 31, area residents are invited to join former local naturalist Mark Baldwin on a virtual tour of “The Nature of Sweden.”

The program is a recording of Baldwin’s original presentation on January 1, 2021, as part of the Audubon Community Nature Center First Friday series.

Three and a half years ago, the naturalist and Jamestown native moved to the shores of Malaren, Sweden’s third largest freshwater lake, near Stockholm. He has been exploring the forests and fields of the area ever since. In the program, he shares stories and lessons in natural history from his Swedish journey.

Baldwin spent his early years and most of his career in Jamestown. He now teaches science in an urban middle school and spends as much time as possible with his wife Ardy and their family, enjoying the forest near their home.

With a bachelor’s degree in biology and secondary education from the State University at Fredonia and Master of Science in Teaching from Antioch University, he taught middle school and high school science in Alaska, Vermont and New York.

For more than 25 years, Baldwin was an educator and naturalist at Jamestown’s Roger Tory Peterson Institute, where he worked with teachers throughout the country to create place-based methods of teaching and learning with a focus on the outdoors and the natural world. In 2014, he received the ACNC Chairman’s Award for exemplary service in nature education.

The fee for this opportunity is $8. Register by going to AudubonCNC.org and clicking on “Register for Upcoming Programs.” Those who register will receive a link for the program in their email receipt; check email folders for this information.

The Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The first floor of the Nature Center building, including the Blue Heron Gift Shop, live animals, and the 2020 Nature Photography Contest winning photographs, is open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because not all of the building is accessible, admission is by donation only.

Area residents are welcome to visit the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily. While practicing safe social distancing measures, hike, snowshoe, or cross country ski the six miles of trails and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle.

To learn more about Audubon and its programs, call 569-2345, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.


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