Opportunities Remain In Audubon Wildflower Series

It’s not too late to learn about wildflowers this spring at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Wildflower Series.

Enthusiasts have been enjoying Wednesday evening classes and Saturday afternoon walks since the beginning of the month.

Wednesday classes and Saturday field trips remaining are:

Wednesday: Wildflower Basics. The class includes information about wildflower biology and is instructed by Becky Nystrom of Jamestown Community College.

Saturday: Field trip to College Lodge, Brocton. There will be a variety of spring ephemeral wildflowers such as spring beauty, trilliums, toothworts, wild leek, bloodroot, mayapple, trout lily and a number of other species depending upon the weather. There will also be some non-flowering clubmosses. Jon Titus is the instructor.

May 22: Wild Edibles: Many wildflowers and their parts can be used as food. Katie Finch will introduce students to some common wild edibles.

May 25: field trip to Wild Edibles of Bergman Park, Jamestown. Katie Finch will lead a tour onto the hidden trails and byways in search of wild things to munch.

Field trips meet at their locations. The maps on Audubon’s website, jamestownaudubon.org, can be used to create customized directions.

Walk participants are reminded to dress for the weather.

Class and walk leaders for the series are Audubon staffers Jeff Tome, senior naturalist; Jennifer Schlick, program director; and Katie Finch, teacher naturalist, and biology professors Becky Nystrom from Jamestown Community College and Jon Titus from the State University at Fredonia.

Classes are limited to 50 people and field trips to 25.

Normal cost of the classes and field trips is $14 each or $10 for Friends of the Nature Center. A grant from the Cornell Cooperative Extension had decreased the cost of the May 22 class and May 25 field trip to $7 each or $5 for Friends of the Nature Center.

Reservations for individual events are requested Mondays prior to classes and Thursdays prior to field trips. They can be made by calling 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org or clicking on the Program Listing link at jamestownaudubon.org.

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile off Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Center hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The trails, gardens and Bald Eagle viewing are open dawn to dusk. For more information, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.