Audubon Seeks Scholarship Applicants

The Jamestown Audubon Society will award a scholarship to an area college-bound high school senior or Jamestown Community College student who intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an environmental or related field.

Applications for the $500 scholarship will be accepted through March 15. The application is a simple form, asking a few questions to determine the applicant’s experience, interest and need.

Each year the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s education staff and their friends join together to raise the money for the scholarship by sponsoring a birdathon.

A birdathon involves what they call “a team of crazy birders” looking for as many species as possible over a 24-hour period. Held in early May, donors can pledge a set amount or an amount per species for their efforts. In years past they have seen anywhere from 65 to 80 species of birds.

Previous scholarship winners include Alex Kulakowski, Elyse Johnson, Brenton Maille, Alyssa D’Alessandro, Alexa Vazquez, Tricia Bergstue, Karen Eckstrom, Bill Langworthy, Rex Everett, Ryan Exline and Eve Gaus.

Information and an application form can be found online at jamestownaudubon.org.

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter-mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Hours for the Nature Center are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable bald eagle, welcomes visitors daily from dawn to dusk in her outdoor pen. The sanctuary’s more than five miles of maintained trails are also available daily, dawn to dusk, for hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

For more information, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.