Audubon announces scholarship winner

JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Audubon education staff has announced the winner of the 2013 Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship.

Every year the education staff raises funds for this $500 scholarship through their Fledgling Birdathon team’s daylong birding efforts. The recipient must be a local resident pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences and be passionate about the natural world.

The 2013 scholarship is being awarded to Allison Cramer of Lakewood. A student at Jamestown Community College, Cramer has been accepted into the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse, where she plans to earn a degree in conservation biology.

In her application, Cramer noted that she wants “future generations to be able to make their own memories, to experience the beauty of the natural world, to gasp in awe at nature’s breathtaking moments, and to strike a passion into the younger generation for the Earth as it was made to be seen.”

This award has been named the Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship in honor of the young man who was an integral part of the Jamestown Audubon family for many years. The 22-year-old died in 2008 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Previous scholarship winners include Alex Kulakowski, Elyse Johnson, Brenton Maille, Alyssa D’Alessandro, Alexa Vazquez, Tricia Bergstue, Karen Eckstrom, Bill Langworthy, Rex Everett, Ryan Exline and Eve Gaus.

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, 1-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Hours for the Nature Center are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays 1-4:30 p.m. Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable bald eagle, welcomes visitors daily from dawn to dusk in her outdoor pen. The Sanctuary’s more than five miles of beautifully maintained trails are also open daily.

For more information, call 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon. org/.