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Local Educator Discovers How to Unleash Children's Love for Nature ​

Local Educator Discovers How to Unleash Children's Love for Nature ​

Like many of us with a few years under our belt, Dave Bauer grew up in an era before video games and cellphones, when children enthusiastically played in the great outdoors until the streetlights went on. He thoroughly enjoyed exploring his natural surroundings, leaving no stone unturned and being completely intrigued by the creepy crawlers found in the soil beneath. 

Bauer’s youthful appreciation of nature led to a successful career as a teacher of environmental science and training others in creative thinking, change leadership and living sustainability. Following his retirement from the teaching profession, he turned his attention to several projects focused on reconnecting today’s youth with nature.

Audubon Part of July 29-30 Wild America Nature Festival at Panama Rocks

Audubon Part of July 29-30 Wild America Nature Festival at Panama Rocks

Jamestown, NY – With the opportunity to celebrate nature and all things inspired by it plus fun and activities for all ages, the staff and volunteers at Audubon Community Nature Center are looking forward to being part of the inaugural Wild America Nature Festival.

The two-day event on Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, is hosted by Jamestown, New York’s Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) and Panama Rocks Scenic Park. Panama Rocks is the amazing natural wonder where Wild America is being held in Panama, New York.

The Festival will feature wild animals, a juried fine nature art and craft show and competition, a local food cook-off competition and farmers market, and classes, workshops, music, and talks by well-known speakers and artists. It is planned to raise awareness of nature and the environment, encourage sustainable enjoyment of the environment, promote conservation of our natural world, and have fun celebrating Wild America.

Invasive Species Awareness Week Volunteers Wanted for Honeysuckle Harvest at Kenneglenn

Invasive Species Awareness Week Volunteers Wanted for Honeysuckle Harvest at Kenneglenn

In honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, on Thursday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Western New York Land Conservancy is partnering with the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) to remove Tartarian Honeysuckle from the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Wales. 

Tartarian Honeysuckle is an invasive shrub that was introduced to the United States from Asia. Here in Western New York, where it has no natural controls, its leaves appear early in the spring and remain into late fall, giving it a competitive advantage over native plants. The implications of an invasive plant infestation are wide reaching, from impacts to native woodland plants to insects and birds. 

Personal Service and Education Contribute to Growth of the Solar Industry

Personal Service and Education Contribute to Growth of the Solar Industry

While the popularity of solar energy continues to grow in communities across the nation, many industry experts are coming to the conclusion that the best way for solar — and solar companies — to grow is to take a regional approach. Their reasoning is rather simple: Installation of solar panels is best left to local companies who can better serve the needs of their customers.

Solar Panels Just Became a Work of Art in Western New York

Solar Panels Just Became a Work of Art in Western New York

As the desire for solar energy continues to grow both locally and across the nation, we’re seeing rooftop solar units with much greater frequency and in practically every neighborhood. And if you look a little closer, you’ll also see pole-mounted solar panels popping up in back yards and open fields in both rural and urban communities.

But thanks to Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc., solar energy in Western New York just entered a whole new world, one that combines solar panels, architecture and ingenuity to introduce a new option for homeowners that is as artistically eye-opening as it is energy efficient.

What is believed to be Western New York’s first solar pergola was recently constructed for a Lancaster homeowner, and the end result is sure to generate excitement for those seeking a clean energy option that adds to the overall beauty of their home and landscaping.

With Significant Electrical Rate Increase on the Horizon, More Consumers are Switching to Solar

With Significant Electrical Rate Increase on the Horizon, More Consumers are Switching to Solar

It’s not a joke, and not at all funny. National Grid is asking the Public Service Commission to raise its residential electricity delivery prices beginning April 1, 2018.

If the rate hike is approved, the average National Grid customer would see their monthly bill increase by $11.23 a month! The company says it needs the money to make infrastructure investments.

National Grid is also proposing increases in monthly electricity bills for commercial customers — as high as $10.01 per month. 

Silk Scarf Workshop at Audubon Community Nature Center, Friday, June 2

Silk Scarf Workshop at Audubon Community Nature Center, Friday, June 2

Jamestown, NY – At the Audubon Community Nature Center’s Silk Scarf Workshop, you can learn an easy technique to create a beautiful nature-themed scarf.

On Friday, June 2, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Elaine Caflisch and Mary Barker will co-teach this hands-on workshop and provide all the materials you need to make a wearable nature-themed art piece.

Not only will you go home with a silk scarf to wear or give as a gift, you will also know how to make your own creations. The technique will be demonstrated on silk scarves, but can be applied to other fabric items as well.

Elaine Caflisch has been painting for 45 years, mostly on porcelain, but also murals, furniture, and other items. Mary Barker is retired from a 33-year career in art and elementary education and most recently has been repurposing old china to make mosaics. Both these “friends in art” are officers in the Chautauqua County Society of Artists.