Enjoy Enhanced Trails at Audubon

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With the support of a Cummins Community Development Grant, Audubon Community Nature Center has five new interpretive signs for their trails. The one pictured relates to the deer exclosures – areas fenced to keep deer out – and describes the impact deer have on forests.

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Audubon Community Nature Center

Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) has long been a popular spot to get outdoors and enjoy nature.

The addition of new trail signs promises to enhance the experience even more.

Thanks to a Cummins Community Development Grant, Audubon has five new signs for your learning as you walk the trails.

Three signs relate to ACNC’s deer enclosures – areas fenced to keep deer out – and show how much impact deer browse has on the understory of our forests. Another is about the ponds and the impact/threat that Water Chestnut, an aquatic invasive species, has had on ACNC’s property, and one is about the Hemlock Forest that was partially treated with a preventative spray to protect it from the invasive insect Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.

Additional signs were purchased and installed around the new wildlife habitat to introduce visitors to Audubon’s newest animal ambassador, an American Kestrel now on display named Cricket.

In 2020, Cummins funded Spatterdock Bridge repairs and an Adirondack shelter on the yellow trail. Their funding in 2021 provided materials for the new wildlife habitat structure.

Audubon has six miles of trails. The four marked and named ones range in length from Overlook’s .6 mile to Big Pond’s two miles. Spatterdock and Backwoods Trails are each about one mile.

The trails provide many opportunities to view wildlife, including a wide variety of birds, mammals, turtles, and insects. Dragonflies, Damselflies, and Butterflies are especially prolific this time of year.

ACNC has maps that show all the trails as well as the locations of photo blinds, the Hugh Wood Tower, Blue Heron Overlook, Grisez Arboretum, nature play area, kitchen garden and more. You can pick up a map at the kiosk at the entrance to the trails as well as at the reception desk.

The towers and overlooks offer different perspectives on Audubon’s nearly 600-acre nature preserve. On your walk you may find a swing in just the right spot to sit down and take a break.

The mix of gardens includes the kitchen garden that is full of food visitors can snack on, including peas and lettuces right now. There is also a butterfly garden, sensory garden and native plant garden.

Kids will love the nature play space with its enormous concrete statues of Sara the Spotted Salamander and Tank the Turtle.

The Stephanie Frucella Education Pavilion is one of many spots where you can stop to enjoy a picnic.

And don’t forget to visit Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, in her enclosure near the building.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345, find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook, or visit AudubonCNC.org, where you will also find the most up-to-date COVID-19 Notice at the top of the page. Entries to the 2022 Nature Photography Contest and votes for the Community Choice winners can be made at GoGoPhotoContest.com/ACNCPhotoContest.