November 21, 2019

Celebrate Autumn with Audubon!

October 2019 Highlights from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island

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Throw on your fleece jacket, grab your binoculars, and hit the trails in search of fall migrants. Head out in search of muskrats and otters or bring the kids and join the Perfect Pumpkin Party! Celebrate the splendor of autumn the Audubon way!

Unless noted, registration is required for all programs. Register online and view a complete listing of programs through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

FREE Wednesday Morning Bird Walks
Locations Across Rhode Island
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019; 9:00 am

Audubon offers FREE Wednesday Morning Bird Walks with naturalist Laura Carberry. Each week a new birding destination will be chosen. Please visit the Audubon website (asri.org) or Facebook Page for the location. Contact Laura at lcarberry@asri.org for more information.
Locations determined weekly; Every Wednesday through June 2020; 9:00-11:00 am; Ages: 14+.

Mushrooms for Beginners
Prudence Island, RI
October 2, 2019; 9:45 am – 4:45 pm

Learn all about wild mushrooms and how to identify local species that grow on Prudence Island. This is a great beginner program! Enjoy a mushroom presentation, background history and tips on working with field guides. After lunch, take a guided hike in the woods to see what we can find. If time allows, visitors will also tour Prudence Island and discover some of the island's unique historical and cultural sights. Due to limited space, registration is required.
Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence Island, RI; Fee: $12 member adult, $6 member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 10 and up. For details on Prudence Island trips and to register, visit the events calendar at asri.org.

Citizens Bank Free Family Fun Day
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
October 5, 2019; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thanks to Citizens Bank, the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is open free to the public the first Saturday of every month. Join us for crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more. No need to register!
October 5, 2019: Leaves
10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Nature Craft Table & Spot the Leaves in the Exhibit Hall
10:30 am & 2:30 pm: Nature Story
11:00 am: Puff Paint Leaf Art
1:30 pm: Animal Interview
Activities: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Exhibit Hall: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Trails and Pollinator Garden: Dawn to Dusk
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free. Ages: All.

Audubon Used Nature Book Sale
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
October 5, 2019; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Our popular book sale is back! You never know what treasure you may find. All proceeds benefit the Audubon Society of Rhode Island educational programming. Looking to clean out your library or closet at home? Drop off gently used nature books at the Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol, RI from September 28 to October 3, 2019. Field guides, fiction, non-fiction and children’s nature books are welcome. Only books will be accepted. Please no encyclopedias, CD/DVDs, cards or magazines
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free. Ages: All.

Take the Mystery Out of Mushrooming: Wild Mushroom Workshop
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
October 5, 2019; 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join Audubon for an introduction to mushrooms and fungus, and learn how to identify mushroom groups and species that grow in the area. Start inside with a presentation on mushroom identification - view wild mushrooms on display that were collected from other areas, depending on availability. Next, venture out for a hike in the woods with an expert guide to find mushrooms growing in the wild. End by sampling a couple of tasty mushroom dishes using a variety of cultivated 'wild' mushrooms.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; October 5, 2019; 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Fee: $30/member; $40/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register through the events calendar at asri.org.

Looking Back: A History Story of the East Bay
Lecture by David Weed
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
October 10, 2019; 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Join David Weed, Coordinator of the Sowams Heritage Area Project, as he describes the 17th century history of Sowams, the Barrington and Warren home of the Massasoit Osamequin who met the Pilgrims in 1621 and helped to ensure their survival. This presentation will cover the early history of English settlement, the events that led up to King Philip's War, and the history of the Pokonoket Tribe since then. Registration is required.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $5/member, $7/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register through the events calendar at asri.org.

Cut Paper Illustration
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
October 13, 2019; 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Audubon's resident owls are the inspiration for this introductory class to the art of cut paper. Using an owl pattern with a palette of paper, participants will learn the basics of cut paper while creating their own customizable piece of art. All materials provided, but please bring along your favorite pair of scissors and come prepared to have fun!
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $25/member; $30/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register through the events calendar at asri.org.

Hiking Prudence Island
Prudence Island, RI
October 17, 2019; 1:30 – 6:30 pm

Prudence Island has several miles of hiking trails that cover a range of habitats from forested wetlands to coastal meadow and pine barrens. Head to Prudence for what is sure to be a beautiful fall hike. Pace will be moderate as approximately 4 miles will be covered through a mix of terrain. Staff from the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve will greet guests as they arrive on the island, be guides for the day and provide vehicle transportation. Due to limited space, reservations are required.
Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence Island, RI; Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $12/non-member adult, $8/non-member child. Ages: Teen to Adult. For details on Prudence Island trips and to register, visit the events calendar at asri.org.

Birdfeeding 101with Audubon
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
October 17, 2019; 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Are you fascinated by your feathered backyard visitors? Come to Audubon and learn how to get started with bird feeding. Types of feeders, seed and feeder placement will be reviewed. Tips and tricks for attracting the critters you want and deterring the ones you don't will also be provided. Information on other factors such as water and landscape plantings will be included.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: Teen to Adult. Visit the events calendar at asri.org to register.

Birding Hammonasset Beach State Park and Lighthouse Point in Connecticut
October 19, 2019; 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Travel by Audubon van to Hammonassett Beach State Park, the premier birding site in Connecticut -- over 300 species may be spotted during migration. Observe migrating waterfowl, waders, shorebirds, raptors, warblers, sparrows and buntings. If we are lucky, Cave Swallow and Northern Saw-whet Owl may also be spotted. Also visit Lighthouse Point Park, one of the oldest hawk watch sites in the U.S.
Departs from Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI; Fee: $50/member; $65/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register through the events calendar at asri.org.

Muskrats & Otters of Caratunk
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
October 20, 2019; 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Join Audubon for an evening walk and discussion regarding the muskrat and otter that have taken up residence in Muskrat Pond at Caratunk. Learn all about these fascinating animals and then take a walk to search for them in their natural habitat. These animals become active at dusk, so we may have an opportunity to see them foraging for their dinner. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: Teen to Adult. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Owls of New England
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
October 24, 2019; 6:30 – 8:00 pm

There are a number of amazing species of owls that live in New England. You might have one in your own back yard! Come to Audubon for a pictorial look at our native owls, hear their calls, learn about their remarkable adaptations and meet a live owl.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 7 and up. Register through the events calendar at asri.org.

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