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Audubon Photo Contest Winners on Exhibit at Monarch Butterfly Festival

Ph-Cont-'13-Youth-Ldscp-Alan-Wei-Old-GrowthJamestown, NY — The winners of Jamestown Audubon’s 2013 Nature Photography Contest will be on display at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary beginning this Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Monarch Butterfly Festival.

Audubon Program Director and contest coordinator Jennifer Schlick noted, “We are excited that our winning photographs are ready to exhibit, and especially excited that visitors to this year’s Butterfly Festival will be the first to enjoy them!”

Finalists came from as far away as Brazil, Italy, Taiwan, and India. The winning images as well as the finalists can be seen at www.jasphotocontest.com.

Schlick noted that both the stunning images of the Photo Contest and the Monarch Festival with its many butterfly-related opportunities and events — plus great food and fun — support Jamestown Audubon’s mission of connecting people with nature.

Monarch Butterfly Festival hours on Saturday, Aug. 31 are 10 a.m. –4 p.m. Admission is $7, $5 for Friends of the Nature Center; ages 2 and under are free.

Festival fun includes tours of Audubon’s butterfly garden, a plant sale aimed at producing more milkweed, shopping at the Nature Store, and exhibits of live fish, reptiles and amphibians. Outdoors, you can view Liberty, Audubon’s resident Bald Eagle, as well as the Ted Grisez arboretum and additional gardens.

Visitors can watch experts tag the butterflies with stickers and ask questions about raising them, growing milkweed (the only food of monarch caterpillars), planting a butterfly garden, and establishing a monarch way station to help these beautiful travelers. The festival will close with the release of tagged butterflies to fly to where they winter in Mexico.

Proceeds from the photo contest and the festival support Audubon’s environmental education programs. The contest was sponsored and winning images printed by Main Street Photo of Bowling Green, Ohio.

The Nature Photography Contest winners will remain on exhibit through the rest of this year and can be seen during the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s regular hours, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays.

For details of the Monarch Butterfly Festival call (716) 569-2345 or click on the program listing at  http://jamestownaudubon.org.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary at 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa.

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