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Land Conservancy Invites Community to Birdwatching Hike in the Niagara Gorge

Land Conservancy Invites Community to Birdwatching Hike in the Niagara Gorge

Spring bird migration is in full swing in Western New York. On Saturday, May 20, the Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a birdwatching hike in the Niagara Gorge from 8 to 10 a.m. Attendees will look for colorful songbirds as they pass through the region on their way to their breeding grounds. The Niagara River is famous for its gulls and other migrating birds and is a globally significant Important Bird Area, a designation shared with Yellowstone and the Everglades!

Shining Light on Top Five Myths About Solar Energy

Shining Light on Top Five Myths About Solar Energy

In Western New York and across the entire U.S., home solar installations are on the rise! In 2012, homeowners installed enough residential solar panels to power the equivalent of almost 24,000 homes.

Despite its growing popularity, solar technology remains unfamiliar to many Americans. As renewable energy becomes a mainstay topic for the nation's partisan political debates, consumers may struggle to separate the facts about solar energy from common misconceptions.

Here are the realities behind five common solar myths, courtesy of Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc. and SolarWorld Americas:

Saturday, May 6 is Audubon Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

Saturday, May 6 is Audubon Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to go birding -- or make a pledge to someone who does -- to support the Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) and a local student.

On Saturday, May 6, you can join the Audubon Education Staff and their friends to see as many birds as you can on the Fledgling Birdathon, a one-day-only birdathon that raises money for the Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship.

At 6 a.m., the group will start on the Nature Center grounds and other locations to find as many species of birds as possible. Participants are encouraged to stay at least till noon, but for the ACNC naturalists it will be an (almost) all-day event.

The Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship is awarded every year to a local student heading off to college with an interest in pursuing the natural sciences. Generous supporters pledge an amount, either per species or in total, and the end result is a $500 scholarship. You can bird with the team or show your support by pledging.

Land Conservancy to Host Talk About the Salamanders’ Big Night

Land Conservancy to Host Talk About the Salamanders’ Big Night

The Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a special talk with Twan Leenders, president of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and expert herpetologist, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at Grand Island Town Hall. 

Each spring, salamanders have a “big night” where they all — that’s right, all of them at once — come out of their forest homes and migrate back to the seasonal woodland pools where they were born. They breed at these same pools. The public is invited to come find out more about these quiet but amazing amphibians and how we can help with their survival.

Audubon Accepting 2017 Nature Photo Contest Entries

Audubon Accepting 2017 Nature Photo Contest Entries

Jamestown, NY – Entries have begun to arrive for Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Nature Photography Contest.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is designed to encourage anyone who enjoys doing photography – from beginners to professionals – to enter their images for consideration.

“The Photo Contest helps us fulfill our mission of connecting people with nature in two ways,” said Audubon Photo Contest Coordinator Ruby Miller. “The photographer experiences nature while shooting pictures and the viewer becomes inspired to connect with nature when looking at the often stunning results.”

Prizes are awarded in four categories and two divisions. The Youth Division is for ages 8-18 or still in high school; Adult is 18 and over or post-high school.

Homeowners Can Reap the Financial Benefits of Solar Energy

Homeowners Can Reap the Financial Benefits of Solar Energy

Whether you’re putting an addition on your house or simply giving the interior a fresh coat of paint, there’s nothing like the feeling of achievement that comes with the completion of a home improvement project. Now imagine if that completed project also resulted in significant energy savings, putting more cash into your pocket and less pollution into the environment. 

Does that sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not. Welcome to the world of solar energy.

Daemen Recognized With EPA Regional Award

Daemen Recognized With EPA Regional Award

AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College has received a Food Recovery Challenge Regional Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2, making it the only college in New York State to receive this distinction.

“We are proud to have Daemen recognized as a regional leader in sustainability practices and for our ongoing commitment to reduce the college’s environmental footprint,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “As an educational institution, we strive to foster an environmentally conscious campus culture that actively engages our students, faculty, and staff.”