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Upcoming Events

Featured Event: Roger Tory Peterson’s Wild America Nature Festival
July 29
 & July 30 at Panama Rocks

Join the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Panama Rocks as they co-host the first annual Wild America Festival at Panama Rocks Scenic Park! The festival will feature a juried fine nature art and craft show and competition; a local food cook-off competition; live animals; talks by well-known speakers and artists; classes, workshops, music, and more.  For details about the festival, to purchase pre-sale tickets, and to view the complete festival schedule, visit www.wildamericafest.com.

July 18-July 22 PWA Theme: Creatures of the Night

July 21st 2017 8:00-10:30PM @ RTPI
Natural History of the Moths of New York State.
A presentation by Dr. Jason Dombroskie, Collection Manager of the Cornell University Insect Collection and Coordinator of the Insect Diagnostic Lab. This intimate journey into the hidden lives of moths and their caterpillars will look at some of the amazing species in your backyard.  Some of these moths take medicine and can bubble poison from their necks, produce perfume that can be smelled from over a mile away, or can jam bat echolocation.  We will also examine caterpillars with gills, stinky tentacles, and horns that squirt acid, as well as ones that throw their feces, and others that live inside regurgitated owl pellets.

After the talk we’ll use a bright mercury vapor light and two ultraviolet lights to attract moths. We will learn how to identify the myriad forms of moths that arrive through the night and learn about their natural history. Stay by for a few minutes or bring a lawn chair and hang out for the evening. Bring a flashlight or headlamp.

July 22nd 9AM-10AM at Friendly’s Restaurant
Listen to the crew as they join WJTN’s Breakfast Party with Dennis Webster! Our Youth Ambassadors will share what they have learned about Jamestown’s urban ecosystem, upcoming events and how you can get involved in their various educational programs and conservation efforts.

July 22nd 2017 8:30AM-1:30PM
Join PWA for another educational event! Details TBA

July 25-29 Theme: Wild America and its Biological Diversity

July 25th 2017 7:30-8:30AM
RTPI President, Twan Leenders will lead a nature walk for the  Bird, Tree & Garden Club at Chautauqua Institution

July 25th 2017 2PM-3PM at the Prendergast Library
Join PWA Youth Ambassadors at the Prendergast Library for their family reading hour program! The students program will be centered on biodiversity.

July 25th-28th City-wide BioBlitz
During PWA’s Wild America and its Biological Diversity week, the students will be conducting a BioBlitz. What is a BioBlitz, you might ask? Well it is when biologists and citizens join together to identify every living thing within a specified area. This Tuesday through Saturday, join the Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors as we set out to identify as many species as possible within the City of Jamestown! We will be looking at birds, mammals, trees, flowers, insects and more and you can help add to our list by simply identifying species that reside in your backyard! Feel free to email PWA with your sightings or with questions at pwa@rtpi.org. The map below shows the area in which our surveys will be focused.

 July 27th 2017
Birds in Art Exhibition opening reception – Time TBA
When talented artists from throughout the world strive to be among those chosen for the internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibition, the resulting depictions are breathtaking.  The 41st annual exhibition celebrates avian marvels through fresh interpretations in original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years by 112 artists from throughout the world.

July 29th 9AM-10AM at Friendly’s Restaurant
Listen to the crew as they join WJTN’s Breakfast Party with Dennis Webster! Our Youth Ambassadors will share what they have learned about Jamestown’s urban ecosystem, upcoming events and how you can get involved in their various educational programs and conservation efforts.

August 1-5 Theme: Environmental Issues and Practical Solutions

August 1st 2017 2PM-3PM at the Prendergast Library
Join PWA Youth Ambassadors at the Prendergast Library for their family reading hour program! The students program will be centered on environmental issues and practical solutions.

August 5th 9AM-10AM at Friendly’s Restaurant
Listen to the crew as they join WJTN’s Breakfast Party with Dennis Webster! Our Youth Ambassadors will wrap up what they have learned throughout the six week PWA program and share their last insights and suggestions on how we all can work together to better our local environment and connect with what lives right here in our backyard.

August 5th 8:30AM-1:30PM
Please join us in celebrating the Project Wild America Youth Ambassador’s last day!

August 8th 2017 2PM-3PM at the Prendergast Library
Join RTPI’s Elyse Henshaw at the Prendergast Library for their family reading hour program!

August 15th 2017 2PM-3PM at the Prendergast Library
Join RTPI’s Melanie Smith at the Prendergast Library for their family reading hour program!

August 22nd 2017 7:30-8:30AM
RTPI President, Twan Leenders will lead a nature walk for the Bird, Tree & Garden Club at Chautauqua Institution

August 26th 2017 8:00-11:00am at Long Point State Park
Bird banding, a commonly used technique attaching a small, uniquely numbered metal band to the leg of a wild caught bird, aids researchers in keeping track of bird movements, behavior and survival. On Saturday August 26th from 8-11:00am join Roger Tory Peterson Institute’s Twan Leenders and Elyse Henshaw for a fun morning of bird banding in Long Point State Park as they learn more about the park’s unique bird population!