Audubon Receives Community Foundation Grant For HVAC System

The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation recently helped the Jamestown Audubon Society purchase a new furnace and air conditioner for the original section of the Audubon’s Nature Center.

“The air-conditioner failed and leaked on the furnace, causing it to fail,” said Ruth Lundin, Audubon president. “After inspection, we were advised that the furnace could be made functional for this winter, but that the air conditioner is totally beyond repair. What a relief it is that the Community Foundation came to our rescue and is providing the funds.”

The Nature Center was constructed in two phases. The original section was built in the 1970s; the addition was dedicated in 1992. The original furnace and air conditioner still service one story of the old section. After an assessment by Kings’ Heating, Audubon applied for and was recently awarded a grant to replace this worn out equipment.

More than 16,000 people visit the Nature Center each year. In addition, through a permit with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, it houses several animals for educational purposes, including fish, turtles, a toad, a snake and some frogs.

“We are so grateful to the Community Foundation for their generous gift that will not only guarantee the comfort of both our animal residents and human visitors, it will also significantly reduce our electric and natural gas consumption,” Lundin said.

Audubon plans to use the installation for education, possibly through signs in the building and articles in their weekly column in The Post-Journal.

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter-mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The trails and bald eagle viewing are open dawn to dusk daily.

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