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At a recent gathering of Blue Heron Legacy Society members and some current and former board members, Audubon Community Nature Center Animal Care Specialist Kim Turner introduced Audubon’s newest resident, an unreleasable American Kestrel named Cricket.

JAMESTOWN — Audubon Community Nature Center Members of the Blue Heron Legacy Society are individuals who believe in ACNC’s mission to connect people to nature.

They pledged to ensure that the organization continues to benefit from their financial support beyond their own physical existence by including Audubon as a beneficiary in their wills, life insurance policies, or named funds.

Recently, members of the Legacy Society were joined by some current and former board members for a special meeting.

After a light lunch and social time, Leigh Rovegno, Executive Director, described Audubon’s culture of philanthropy.

“The staff, board and volunteers believe that having a real and healthy connection with nature is an essential part of the human experience,” she explained. “We recognize that a culture of philanthropy means we embed this belief in everything we do, from developing and delivering programs to informal conversations.”

Audubon representatives pledge to embody a “attitude of gratitude” be grateful to every donor, visitor, volunteer, and program participant who makes Audubon’s work possible.

Rovegno said first-time visitors to Audubon “Come for the nature, but stay for the community.” She described a personal experience after work when her Audubon-identified work attire inspired instant confidence in a situation with other people’s children.

“Whenever I am in the community, I am proud to represent Audubon because children and parents know that Audubon represents a sign of safety and that I am someone they can trust,” Rovegno said.

The highlight of the event was when animal care specialist Kim Turner introduced Audubon’s newest resident, an unreleasable American Kestrel named Cricket. Those present respected the injured bird’s need for calm with all the new faces looking at him. Cricket will eventually settle in ACNC’s new Pamela A. Westrom Wildlife Habitat.

Audubon VolunTeens Nilla Ecklof of Jamestown High School, Kaitlyn Eklund of Frewsburg High School and eighth-grade Falconer Payton Welch helped Tina Preston, volunteer coordinator, serve refreshments.

To learn more about the long-term commitment to connecting people to nature by becoming a member of Audubon’s Blue Heron Legacy Society, contact Rovegno at 716-569-2345 or

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Visit the 600-acre nature reserve and learn about Liberty, the non-releasable bald eagle, from dawn to dusk daily. Depending on the weather and season, you can enjoy the arboretum of native trees, gardens, picnic area, natural play space, and use the six miles of trails for hiking, hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, all free of charge.

The Nature Center’s three-story building houses interactive exhibits, a collection of live animals including the Hellbender Exhibit, 2021 Nature Photography Contest winners, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop. Visitors are welcome Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nature Center members and SNAP/EBT cardholders enjoy admission free at the building every day. Admission to the building is also free every Sunday for non-members of the Nature Center.

To learn more about Audubon and its programs, call 716-569-2345, find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook, or visit

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