The deadline for the Jamestown Audubon Center & Sanctuary's UnEvent is approaching soon.
Instead of asking supporters to get all dressed up and spend an evening out to aid their cause, Audubon is offering an UnEvent - a online opportunity to support its many education programs from one's home.
Through Friday, Audubon is accepting donations. Donors can go to jamestownaudubon.org, click on "UnEvent," and make a donation. Prizes will be awarded for the best photograph - in several categories - of what participants didn't have to do for the UnEvent. The contest categories are:
Children or pets that didn't have to be left home alone.
Transportation one didn't have to take.
Outfit or hairstyle for which someone didn't have to pay.
A link on Audubon's UnEvent page will take participants to a special Facebook Event page where they can see the photographs and anecdotes that have been submitted - and post their own. Click "like" to vote for the pictures and posts, and the pictures with the most "likes" in each category will win. Friday is the deadline for the exchanges.
As an alternative, donors can call the center at 569-2345 with a contribution or make a tax-deductible donation by mailing a check to the Jamestown Audubon Society, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.
The UnEvent page also has Ryan Johnson's mini-documentary about all the activities at Audubon.
Located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary has more than 5 miles of maintained trails. Its 600-acre wetland preserve includes a native tree arboretum and several educational gardens. Open daily, Audubon's three-story building contains a nature store and a collection of live animal including fish, reptiles, and amphibians, plus interactive displays that inform and engage visitors of all ages. One of the most visited exhibits is Liberty, a non-releasable bald eagle housed in her outdoor habitat behind the Nature Center.