October 22, 2019

Eagles, Hawks and Evening Walks

September 2019 Highlights from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island

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(July 29, 2019) – Get up close with eagles, hawks and owls at Raptor Weekend, head out on an early birding walk or enjoy an evening stroll and search for nature at night. Enjoy the cooler weather and head outside!

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.

Raptor Weekend
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
September 7 & 8, 2019; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Eagles, Owls, Hawks, and Falcons, formidable and magnificent predators of the sky, are headed to Bristol, Rhode Island. Razor-sharp talons, extraordinary strength, hooked beaks and highly developed eyesight and hearing make raptors the rulers of the avian world.

This September they will be descending on the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol, Rhode Island for Raptor Weekend 2019. Wildlife rehabilitators and experts from across the Northeast will bring a wide variety of these extraordinary birds to the largest raptor celebration in New England. Enjoy live flight demonstrations, educational programs, and activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages.
General Admission: Adult: $13/member, $16/non-member. Child ages 4 - 12: $9/member, $11/non-member
Children under age 3 are free. For details visit www.asri.org

For the Raptor Weekend Press Release and photos, email hfoley@asri.org.
Raptor Weekend is sponsored by RI PBS.

Volunteers are Needed for Raptor Weekend!
Audubon is seeking volunteers to help with games, activities, parking, raffle table, snack areas and more. Learn all about raptors, support Audubon, and have fun! Contact Amanda Tirocchi at atirocchi@asri.org or call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3019.
For more information on Raptor Weekend, visit www.asri.org

FREE Wednesday Morning Bird Walks
Locations Across Rhode Island
September 4, 11, 18, 25, 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+.

Providence Raptors: Urban Wildlife Photography by Peter Green
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
September 6 – October 31, 2019; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Peter Green is a photographer and graphic designer living and working in downtown Providence. He walks the city documenting Peregrine Falcons and urban wildlife from Red-Tailed Hawks nesting on rooftops to American Kestrels hunting in graffiti-covered alleys. These regal powerful raptors seem perfectly at home among the landscape of bricks and concrete. Meet Peter and learn how he photographs the raptors of Providence at Raptor Weekend on September 8, 2019.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with Admission. Ages: All.

Citizens Bank Free Family Fun Day
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
September 14, 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!
September 14, 2019: Oceans
10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Nature Craft table & Spot the Turtle in the Exhibit Hall
10:30 am & 2:30 pm: Nature Story
11:00 am: Fur, Feathers, and Scales Program
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.

Woods & Wine at Caratunk
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
September 15, 2019; 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Enjoy a walk in the cool woods of Caratunk followed by a glass of wine as the sun sets. An Audubon naturalist will lead the group in an exploration the woods to observe nature at the end of the day. Please come prepared for a gentle hike with sturdy shoes, bug spray, and jacket.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $15/member; $20/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Hawk Watch Trip to Wachusett Mountain
Wachusett Mountain, MA
September 19, 2019; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hop aboard the Audubon van and head to Wachusett Mountain, one of the best places in Massachusetts to find large kettles of migrating hawks. If the conditions are right, this location can provide significant numbers of Broad-winged Hawks along with Bald Eagles, American Kestrels, Merlins, Red-shouldered, Red-tailed and Cooper's Hawks. Please dress for the weather, bring a lunch, snacks and binoculars.
Departs from Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Fee: $50/member; $65/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

SANCTUARY LIVE: Expedition to the Wreck of the Steamship Portland
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
September 18, 2019; 7:00 – 8:00 pm

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island will host a live broadcast from the wreck of the steamship Portland. Using state-of-the-art imaging technology, including 360 degree cameras for virtual reality filming, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary will document this wreck, often labeled "the Titanic of New England." The interactive programs will cover biology, underwater technology and maritime archaeology, with opportunities to directly contact the research team. Program is free but registration is required.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free. Ages: 6 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Estuary Exploration: Celebrate National Estuaries Week!
Prudence Island, RI
September 19, 2019; 1:30 – 6:30 pm

Celebrate National Estuaries Week with a close-up look at the estuary ecosystems on Prudence Island. Visit salt marshes, rocky shorelines, coastal fields and forests while keeping an eye out for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. This is a great introduction to Prudence Island and the Research Reserve. We will take a few short walks to enjoy the beauty of the island, while discussing the history of Prudence and the ongoing work of the Reserve. Due to limited space, registration is 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: 10 and up. For more information on Prudence Island trips and to register, visit the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Smithsonian Museum Day
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
September 21, 2019; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Audubon will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge for Smithsonian Museum Day Live! As part of a journey to celebrate our world’s dynamic heritage and cultural life, participating Museum Day venues mirror the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues.

10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Musical Nature Craft Table: Combine the arts and music with our fun nature craft table.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Scavenger Hunt: Find all 10 hidden pictures in the exhibit hall and win a prize!
10:30 am: Nature Story: Pull up a rug and listen to one of our favorite nature tales.
11:30 am: Animal Interview: Meet a live animal and learn all about what it eats, where it lives, and more!
1:30 pm: Nature Bingo: Test your nature knowledge in a round of bingo.
2:00 pm: Guided Nature Walk: Weather permitting.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with Admission. Ages: All. Download the Museum Day ticket at www.smithsonian.com/museumday.

Sea Glass Jewelry 101
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
September 28, 2019; 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Come design and create a beautiful pendant with sea glass found on local beaches. Learn how to choose the right piece of glass and transform it using quick and easy wire wrapping techniques. Program includes all materials. Find something special on the beach? Bring that too!
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $20/member; $25/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

International Coastal Cleanup
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
September 28, 2019; 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Ocean trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people, wildlife and local economies. The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is the world’s largest annual volunteer effort tackling this problem for our oceans and waterways. On average, more than 2,000 volunteers participate annually in the Rhode Island ICC at more than 80 sites, typically removing about 20,000 pounds of trash and debris and documenting what they find. Over 700,000 volunteers across the globe take a stand against ocean trash by joining the ICC.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free. Ages: All. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

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