Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Supports Audubon

Two grants from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation have made improvements at the Audubon Community Nature Center. Needed electrical work was completed last spring at the nature center building and Leigh Rovegno, Audubon Community Nature Center president, is pictured using the new drinking fountain/water bottle filling station. Submitted photo

The Audubon Community Nature Center has received help from Chautauqua Region Community Foundation in the Audubon’s commitment to conserve all planet Earth’s natural resources.

“We are really thrilled with the support we have received from two Community Foundation funds that have made wonderful improvements in the nature center building while lightening our impact on the environment,” said Jennifer Schlick, Audubon Community Nature Center program director.

Schlick said the overhead lights in the lobby that were original to the 1992 addition had been starting to go out. A grant from the Karl Peterson Fund at the foundation helped the Audubon Community Nature Center afford special equipment to replace them all. The LED replacements are expected to save significantly on the nature center’s electric bill. The Peterson grant also covered new lighting for the Simpson Bird Room that houses taxidermy mounts that are more than 100 years old, including three extinct species: the Carolina Parakeet, Passenger Pigeon and Bachman’s Warbler. The life of these mounts will be extended with the removal of the damaging UV-emitting fluorescent lamps.

Volunteers installed the new lighting that also provides a teaching topic on conservation to building visitors.

The most recent building enhancement is the new combination water fountain/water bottle filling station made possible by a grant from the Blossom Fund of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Not only does the new fixture replace a failing drinking fountain, it also gives nature center visitors the option of filling their own water bottles.

The Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The three-story Nature Center building contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop.

Building hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. From dawn to dusk daily, visitors can visit the 600-acre wetland preserve with more than five miles of trails and Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle.

For more information, call 569-2345 during business hours or visit