Audubon To Open New Exhibit On Pollination

The fruit of hundreds of hours contributed by the staff and volunteers of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary will pay off when a new exhibit opens March 17.

The public is invited to celebrate the exhibit on pollination at its grand opening at 1:30 p.m. An open house format will extend to 4 p.m. The event is free and donations are appreciated.

The work will illustrate how one-third of the nation’s food and much of the country’s clothing are made possible by bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

The exhibit was funded by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Buffalo law firm Walsh Roberts & Grace.

Under the direction of Audubon’s education staff, a great deal of creativity and professionalism went into planning for the exhibit as well as the hard work of many volunteers.

Volunteers included the regular Tuesday/Thursday crew of Terry LeBaron, John Whitaker, Don Weber, Denny Anderson, Ron Johnson, Ed Yager, Todd Anderson and more who created grass cut-outs and a new porch exhibit; Rick Rupprecht, who built a new puppet theatre; and Maggie Mason, Dave Cooney, and Anita Cooney, who did much painting, sanding and staining. Laura Stiner’s abilities in Photoshop helped the project immensely. Many people helped paint and prep walls, including Cummins employees Joseph Scoma, Karen Schaivone, Lamont Wager and Emily Schlick.

Jeremy Martin, Jim Petranka, Frank Model, Dave Cooney, Tim Leviston, Terry LeBaron, Suzette Paduano, Jennifer Schick and Jeff Tome have allowed the Audubon to use their photos as part of the exhibit.

Located at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter-mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary has more than five miles of maintained trails on a 600-acre wetland preserve. Its three-story building contains a nature store and a collection of live fish, reptiles, and amphibians. One of the most visited exhibits is Liberty, a non-releasable bald eagle.

For more information about the Audubon Center and Sanctuary, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.