August 9, 2022

Indulge Your Curiosity This Summer!

New Audubon Exhibits Now Open


Bristol, RI (June 13, 2022) – Get curious at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium this summer. Observe Audubon’s new seahorses and resident turtles in new aquatic exhibits. Discover all kinds of natural specimens with a look through a new digital microscope. Check out the GIANT whale skulls now on display and enjoy the emerging blooms in the Audubon Palmieri Pollinator Garden. And be sure to visit in June to relish a whimsical look at nature through the eyes of artist David M Bird. His highly acclaimed Becorn photography exhibit runs through July 2.

Spend Some Time with Seahorses
New in the Aquarium! Watch with delight as lined seahorses seem to dance through the water and propel themselves with rapidly moving dorsal fins. Come learn about these amazing creatures and observe their unique horse-shaped head, delicate movements, and strong ability to camouflage with their surroundings.

Lined seahorses are native to the western Atlantic Ocean and can be found from Canada to Venezuela. These seahorses were found in Tiverton, Rhode Island in September 2021 by students from Roger Williams University (RWU). They have been donated to Audubon for public viewing and education purposes.

Visit with Terrapins and Turtles
Audubon Turtle Tank Exhibit Now Open
Get up-close with a northern diamondback terrapin and an eastern painted turtle. Observe these fascinating reptiles as they swim, climb, eat, and shelter. Learn which traits they share and discover those features that make them different.

Get Curious!
New Curiosity Corner Features Digital Microscope and Natural Specimens
Discover marine fossils, unique shells, bones, and skulls from Audubon’s extensive natural history collections. Use a digital microscope to get an up-close look at natural items and open drawers to reveal unexpected specimens. You never know what you might find!

Where did Those GIANT Bones Come From?
Whale Skulls Featured in New Exhibit
Check out enormous bones that washed up on Rhode Island beaches. The skulls from humpback and minke whales not only highlight the size of these marine mammals, but visitors can also learn interesting facts about these amazing creatures.

Photography Exhibit by David M Bird: Through July 2, 2022
David M Bird is a Rhode Island photographer and toy designer whose photography conjures a whimsical world where acorn creatures grow on trees, feed birds, and defend themselves against squirrel attacks. To achieve this, he builds creatures out of acorns and sticks, then photographs them in the wild with real animals. David was recently featured in the February 21, 2022 issue of People Magazine. Learn more at 

What’s the Buzz all About?
Audubon Palmieri Pollinator Garden in Bloom
Audubon’s Palmieri Pollinator Garden is a delight for the senses. Combining native flowering plants and trees with a small pond and herb garden, the space provides food, water, shelter, and habitat for a diverse array of pollinators and wildlife. Check out Audubon’s large insect hotel, named Buggingham Palace, full of holes, cavities and tunnels that bees and other insects can use for nesting and shelter year-round.

Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the Palmieri Pollinator Garden for nature observation, learning, and play, then head out on the trails to further explore the field, forest, wetland and shoreline habitats that Audubon protects. Watch for the colorful signage along the trails and in the garden that provide photos and fun facts on the habitats you encounter.

Audubon Summer Nature Programs
Search for edible wild plants and herbs on the wildlife refuge, join an early morning bird walk, register for bird banding, hunt for mushrooms and more! Visit the events calendar at for a complete list of programs and to register. Advance registration is required for all programs.

The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is now open with summer hours: Monday – Sunday; 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Audubon looks to protect wildlife and give birds and animals the best chance possible to survive. You can help by enjoying the trails quietly, observing or photographing nature from a distance, and leaving pets and bikes at home as not to scare or disturb the new life that arrives in spring. For a list of Audubon wildlife refuges that are open to the public, trail maps, and directions, visit

Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium
1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI


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