October 21, 2017

Enjoy Cool, Crisp Air on Quiet Nature Trails

November 2017 Highlights from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island

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(September 28, 2017) – Head out on the quiet, cool morning trails and watch for birds and other wildlife or hike at night in search of owls or the resident beavers on the Fisherville Pond. Audubon has plenty of natural fun in store this November. Just get out and go!

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.


FREE Wednesday Morning Bird Walks
Locations Across the State
November 1, 8, 15, 29, 2017; 9:00 – 11:00 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+.



Beavers of Fisherville
Audubon Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, Exeter, RI
November 3, 2017; 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Join Audubon for an evening walk and discussion regarding the beavers that have taken up residence in the Fisherville Pond. Take a look at beaver dams, lodges and hopefully observe the beavers themselves. At dusk, these creatures become active, so we may get to see nature’s engineers at work. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight.
Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI; Program Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 8+. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.


Audubon Bird and Wildlife Carving Exposition
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
November 4 & 5, 2017; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Exquisitely carved songbirds, raptors, waterfowl and other wildlife will be showcased at the Audubon Bird and Wildlife Carving Exposition on November 4 and 5, 2017. During this popular two-day event, acclaimed and award-winning artists from New England and New York will exhibit their incredibly lifelike carvings. Meet the award-winning artisans, shop the carvings, observe demonstrations and enjoy the Environmental Education Center trails in fall.
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $5/person.




Bugs, Mushrooms and Worms, Oh My! Nature’s Decomposers
Citizens Bank Free Family Fun Day
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
November 11, 2017; 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thanks to Citizens Bank, the Audubon Environmental Education Center is open free to the public the first Saturday of every month. Join us for crafts, animal discoveries, hikes and more.

Some of the smallest things in the forest have the biggest jobs to do! Decomposers like bugs, mushrooms and worms are the garbage men of the forest. They break down all the dead “stuff” that ends up on the forest floor and turn it into nutrients to help plants grow. Go for a nature walk to look for bugs, meet an earthworm and dissect a mushroom! No need to register.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Mushroom Craft Table
10:00 am: Nature Story
11:00 am and 2:30 pm: Meet an Earthworm
1:00 pm: Decomposer Forest Walk
2:00 pm: Dissect a Mushroom
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free. Ages: All.


Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: Photography Exhibit by Rita Spier 

Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
November 12 – December 31, 2017; 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Swansea resident Rita Eva Spier is passionate about photography. She shares her view of nature found through the lens of her camera in this photography exhibit. Meet the photographer and view her work at the opening reception, November 12, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with Admission. Ages: All.



Owls of New England
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
November 15, 2017; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Did you know there are several species of owls that live here in New England? Some might live right near your back yard. Enjoy a pictorial look at our native owls, hear their calls and learn about their amazing adaptations. End with a visit from a live owl.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Program Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 8+. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.
Sea Glass Jewelry and Ornaments
Two Dates Offered
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
November 18, December 9, 2017; 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Come create a beautiful pendant or holiday ornament 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! This class fills quickly, advance registration is required.
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $30/member; $35/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Fairy Houses and Wine
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
November 18, 2017; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Fairies aren’t just for kids! Adults, come get creative and make an enchanting scene using natural materials while enjoying a glass of wine. Fairy houses make beautiful and interesting centerpieces or decorations for the winter season. We will provide all the materials, but if you have something special you would like to use, bring it along.
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Program Fee: $25/member; $30/non-member. Ages: 21+. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.


Day After Thanksgiving with Audubon
Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI
November 24, 2017; 10:00 am –3:00 pm
Give thanks for all that nature has given us! Get off the couch and come rediscover why nature matters though fun activities for the whole family. No registration is needed.
10:00 am-2:00 pm: Nature Craft Table
10:00 am and 1:00 pm: Nature Story
11:00 am: Habitat Bingo
1:30 pm: Animal Interview with Zachariah the Raven
2:30 pm: Turkey Trot Nature Walk. Walk off your turkey dinner! (weather permitting)
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with Admission. Ages: All.


Owl Prowl at Fort Wildlife Refuge
Audubon Fort Wildlife Refuge, North Smithfield, RI
November 29, 2017; 7:00 -9:00 pm
Bundle up for a night hike in search of owls on the Fort Wildlife Refuge. Your guide will call for different species as you travel through mixed and pine woods. While we never know if we'll actually hear or see an owl, participants will learn a lot and have a great night hike. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Hike will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or icy trails.
Fort Nature Refuge, (Rt. 5), 1443 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 12+. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

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