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Outdoor

Kids enhance any nature walk

In a hole in a tree, there lived a bird. It was not a dusty, cramped beetle hole, filled with sawdust and bug bits, nor was it a large, windy, woodpecker hole exposed to the elements: it was a bluebird hole, and that means comfort. This Tolkien-inspired thought struck me today as I was taking ...

The Joys and Perils of Ice

The snow in southern Chautauqua County has been sparse so far this winter. The temperatures feel equally as topsy-turvy, going from warm spring-like days to below freezing in short periods of time. Even though the snow has not stuck around for very long, the occasional freezes mean that ice is ...

Wisdom in desktop collection

Let’s take a tour of my desk at work! You’re thinking, “this is a strange topic and sounds boring.” Perhaps! You’ll have to read on to find out. But it was my turn to write the article and I forgot, and this is what my brain can do today. As a preface, I’ve worked at Audubon for a ...

Audubon Natural Investigators study owls Saturday, January 28

Join an Audubon educator to learn all about owls at Audubon Community Nature Center’s newest monthly program, Natural Investigators. Adults and 8 to 12-year-old(s) can learn about owls from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Owls are rarely seen during the day and often are only heard at ...

Winter’s Peace

For each season of the year, there is an activity that embodies how that season makes me feel. Something small that happens naturally every year. In the spring, I open my window and take a deep breath, smelling that distinctive spring smell. In the summer, I walk into the refreshing shade of a ...

Gulls and other urban animals

If someone were to ask what animals you find near your home or in your neighborhood, what comes to mind? I live near a lake and with that comes a rotating batch of waterfowl and other birds. The geese and ducks fluctuate in number as the seasons change. The occasional osprey or hawk makes an ...