December 18, 2017

Turtles, Mushrooms, Hawks and Walks September 2017 Highlights from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island

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(July 30, 2017) – Get out and enjoy the natural world while the warm weather holds. Learn how to identify wild mushrooms on the trails. Get up close with eagles, hawks and owls at Raptor Weekend. Head out on birding walk. Go on, get out there and enjoy the great outdoors!

Unless noted, registration is required for all programs. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org. A complete listing of programs is detailed in the Audubon Nature Tours and Programs, a free guide to connecting with the natural world. Download a copy online at www.asri.org.




Franklin’s Hatch Day Party
Citizens Bank Free Family Fun Day
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
September 2, 2017; 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thanks to Citizens Bank, the Environmental Education Center 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.

Franklin is the resident eastern box turtle at the Environmental Education Center. Come celebrate his birthday — the day he hatched! Meet Franklin and learn all about these awesome turtles.
9:00 am-5:00 pm: Can you spot all 10 box turtles in our exhibit hall? Spot all 10 and receive a prize to take home.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Turtle Party Crafts
10:30 am: Turtle Tale Nature Story
11:00 am: Meet Franklin- Animal Interview
1:00 pm: Turtle Party Games and Scavenger Hunt
2:00 pm: Meet Franklin - Animal Interview
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free. Ages: All.




FREE Wednesday Morning Bird Walks
Locations Across the State
September 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017; 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 (ww.asri.org) or Facebook Page for the location. You may also contact Laura at lcarberry@asri.org for more information.
Locations determined weekly; Every Wednesday through June 2018; 9:00-11:00 am; Ages: 14+.



Raptor Weekend
September 9 & 10, 2017; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
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 Environmental Education Center in Bristol, Rhode Island for Raptor Weekend 2017. 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.

Audubon presents a unique opportunity for visitors to get up-close with many species and learn about amazing birds of prey in this fun, family-friendly weekend event.
General Admission:
Adult: $16
Child (ages 4 - 12): $11
Children under age 3 are free
Discounts are available for Audubon Society of Rhode Island Members.


Providence Raptors: Photography by Peter Green
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
September 9 – October 31, 2017; 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 the lives of urban raptors, such as the Peregrine Falcons and Red-tailed Hawks who nest on rooftops and hunt for food in the streets and parks of Providence. These regal, powerful raptors seem out-of-place yet perfectly at home among the landscape of bricks and concrete. For a preview of Peter's photography visit providenceraptors.com. He will present his photographs and speak about his work at Raptor Weekend on September 9.
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with Admission. Ages: All. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.





Bird Banding on Prudence
Prudence Island, RI
September 9, 2017; 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Join a bird banding demonstration and get a close-up look at our feathered friends! Experts will be on hand to share how and why we band birds, as well as what is learned through the process. Early morning will be spent at the banding workshop, followed by lunch at the Reserve. Then take a tour of the island and go for a short walk in the afternoon before departing on the ferry.
Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence Island, RI; Program Fee: $8/member adult, $4/member child; $12/non-member adult, $8/non-member child. Ages: 8+. For details on Prudence Island trips and to register online, visit the events calendar at www.asri.org.



Taking the Mystery out of Mushrooming
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
September 16, 2017; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join Audubon for a wild mushroom extravaganza and learn how to identify the various mushrooms that grow in our area, including edible ones! Begin with an introductory lecture with wild mushrooms on display that were collected from other areas (depending on availability). Next, venture out with an Audubon guide for a hike to find mushrooms growing in the wild then sample some tasty dishes that are prepared using a variety of cultivated "wild" mushrooms. Please note that collecting mushrooms on Audubon property is prohibited.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Rd, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $30/member; $35/non-member. Ages: 16+.


Explore Prudence Island
Prudence Island, RI
September 19, 2017; 9:45 am – 3:00 pm
Come explore the incredibly rich diversity of wildlife, ecosystems and history on Prudence Island. This is a great way to experience Prudence for the first time. We will make several stops and take a few short walks at a leisurely pace. This is one of the most beautiful times of year to visit Prudence Island – so take a ferry ride and join our exploration!
Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence Island, RI; Program Fee: $8/member adult, $4/member child; $12/non-member adult, $8/non-member child. Ages: All. For details on Prudence Island trips and to register online, visit the events calendar at www.asri.org.


Equinox Hike
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
September 22, 2017; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Explore the autumn beauty of the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge. Stroll through the fall wildflowers and the colorful foliage and see what critters might be out and about. Wear sturdy closed toe shoes and dress for the weather.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Program Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 8+. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.





E-Waste and Recycling: Don’t Dump, Donate!
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
September 22 – October 10, 2017; 9:00am-5:00pm daily
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island partners with Goodwill Industries to host a two-week recycling event. Old electronics, textiles, clothes, shoes and select household goods are welcome! No need to call or register in advance. A full list of accepted items is listed on the events calendar at www.asri.org.
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free.


Museum Day Live!
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
September 23, 2017; 2:00 – 3:00 pm
The Audubon Environmental Education Center will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge for the 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’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities. The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. One ticket is permitted for two people per household, per email address. Visit the events calendar at www.asri.org for program schedule.
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; September 23, 2017; 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Program Fee: Download free tickets at: www.smithsonian.com/museumday.



Poetry at the Environmental Education Center:
A Laureates' Reading with special guests Bill Sullivan and Lynnie Gobeille
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
September 23, 2017; 3:30 – 4:30 pm

The world needs poetry now more than ever! Come celebrate the magic of words with readings by former Rhode Island Poets Laureate Lisa Starr & Tom Chandler. Guest Poets Bill Sullivan (author of Loon Lore) & Lynnie Gobeille (co-founder of the Origami Poems Project) will also be reading from their work. This program is part of our Museum Day Live! event.
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; September 23, 2017; Free with Admission. Ages: All.


Sharing the Seas: Safe Boating for Sailors and Whales
Lecture at the
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
September 28, 2017; 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Did you know that collisions with vessels is one of the leading causes of death among whales? Collisions can also cause thousands of dollars in damage to boats and injuries to crews. The US Sailing Association, Audubon Society of Rhode Island, New Bedford Whaling Museum and Whale and Dolphin Conversation have joined forces to educate sailors on how to take action and make choices that lead to better ocean conservation. This one-hour lecture provides tips and information on endangered species in our area as well as boater safety. Calling all sailors and recreational boaters - come make the oceans a safer place for both humans and whales!
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; $5.00 suggested donation. Ages: Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org



Art and Nature as One
Prudence Island, RI
September 30, 2017; 9:45 am – 4:45 pm

Join a unique workshop that incorporates painting, encaustics and clay. Using nature as your inspiration, learn interesting facts about beautiful Narragansett Bay and bring home your own creation to enjoy for a lifetime. The workshop will be taught by island artist Robyn Q. Franczyk. All materials will be supplied. Registration is required.
Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence Island, RI; Program Fee: $20/member; $22/non-member. Ages: All. For details on Prudence Island trips and to register online, visit the events calendar at www.asri.org.

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