JAMESTOWN When trouble hits in the form of old and dying equipment, it's wonderful to have the support of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
That's the feeling of the staff and volunteers at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary after learning that a deteriorating furnace and defunct air conditioning unit will be replaced thanks to a Community Service Grant.
"The air conditioner failed and leaked on the furnace, causing it to fail," said Audubon President Ruth Lundin. "After inspection, we were advised that the furnace could be made functional for this winter, but that the air conditioner is totally beyond repair. What a relief it is that the Community Foundation came to our rescue and is providing the funds!"
The Jamestown Audubon Society recently received a Community Service Grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF) to purchase a new furnace and air conditioner for the original section of the Audubon’s Nature Center.
The Nature Center was constructed in two phases. The original section was built in the 1970s; the addition was dedicated in 1992. The original furnace and air conditioner still service one story of the old section. After an assessment by Kings' Heating, Audubon applied for and was recently awarded a grant to replace the worn out equipment.
More than 16,000 people visit the Nature Center each year. In addition, through a permit with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, it houses several animals for educational purposes, including fish, turtles, a toad, a snake, and some frogs.
Lundin added, "We are so grateful to the Community Foundation for their generous gift that will not only guarantee the comfort of both our animal residents and human visitors, it will also significantly reduce our electric and natural gas consumption."
Audubon plans to use the installation for education, possibly through signs in the building and articles in their weekly newspaper column which is also published on their website's blog.
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. The trails and Bald Eagle viewing are open dawn to dusk daily.
For more information, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.