Twan Leenders on “Conservation” at Audubon First Friday October 7

Audubon Community Nature Center is welcoming Twan Leenders, Ecological Restoration Manager of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, to First Friday on October 7 at 11 a.m.. Leenders will address "The Big Picture of Conservation."

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Everyone has heard of endangered species, but how about endangered landscapes, habitats, and views?

You can explore the local landscape through a conservation lens at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) when Twan Leenders looks at “The Big Picture of Conservation.”

Highlighting the areas most in need of care and conservation, this presentation by the ecological restoration manager of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is the program for Audubon’s First Friday on October 7, 11 a.m. – noon.

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy (CWC) is developing a tool that will look at the region on a landscape level, analyzing various inputs to determine the spaces that need the most protection. This allows CWC to establish a “wish list” to help prioritize conserving and protecting the most endangered species, sensitive habitats, and scenic views. This prioritization will also help protect areas that contribute most to climate resiliency and environmental equity.

Twan Leenders is a biologist from The Netherlands with a degree in animal ecology and life-long experience in conservation management. For more than 20 years his work with birds, mammals, plants and especially tropical amphibians and reptiles has taken him to various places on the planet. As a former researcher at Yale University’s Peabody Museum and other institutions he participated in many international expeditions that helped gather data to better understand and protect biologically important areas and their unique species and habitats.

Before coming to western New York, Leenders taught biology at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., and led the Science and Conservation Office of the Connecticut Audubon Society. After nearly ten years at Jamestown’s Roger Tory Peterson Institute, he now applies his expertise to our region, working through the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy to identify and preserve our most critical natural areas and species.

The fee is $6 for Nature Center members and children ages 9 to 15, $8 for non-members.

Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 or through “Programs and Events” at Walk-ins are welcome.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. You can visit the nearly 600-acre nature preserve and visit with Audubon’s three live birds of prey, enjoy the native tree arboretum and natural play space and hike the six miles of trails dawn until dusk daily for free.

The three-story Nature Center building houses interactive displays, a collection of live animals including the Hellbender exhibit and the Blue Heron Gift Shop. Visitors are welcome Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1 – 4:30 p.m. Nature Center members and SNAP/EBT cardholders have free building admission daily. Building admission is also free every Sunday for non-Nature Center members.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345, find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook, or visit, where you will find the most up-to-date COVID-19 Notice at the top of the page.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.