May 9, 2021

Discover Spring on Audubon Wildlife Refuges!

April 2021 Highlights from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island

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(March 2, 2021) – Spring is the perfect time to catch the amazing aerial displays of the American Woodcock, join an early morning birding walk, or discover the magic that occurs each spring in vernal pools. April is an awesome time at Audubon, and outdoors is one of the safest places to be!

Rhode Island COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed for all programs. Small groups are led by Audubon naturalists. Family units are encouraged to participate together. Masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required. Visit the events calendar at www.asri.org  for safety guidelines and to register.

Wednesday Morning Bird Walks with Audubon
Locations Across Rhode Island
Every Wednesday Morning Through June 2021; 9:00 – 11:00 am
Audubon offers small-group Wednesday Morning Bird Walks with naturalist Laura Carberry. Each week a new birding destination will be chosen. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required. Location will be sent to registered participants in advance.
Locations determined weekly; Every Wednesday through June 2021; 9:00-11:00 am; Fee: $5/member, $10/non-member. Ages: 14+. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Sunday Morning Bird Walks with Audubon
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
Every Sunday Morning Through May 2021; 8:30 – 9:30 am
Join a small group for Sunday morning bird walks on the grounds of the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol with Lauren Parmelee, Audubon Senior Director of Education. Many birds can be found around the feeders and in the fields and wetlands of this beautiful wildlife refuge. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Masks and social distancing are required for all programs. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration required as group size is limited. Walks are weather dependent.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Sunday Mornings through May 2021, 8:30 – 9:30 am; Fee: $5/ members, $7/non-members. Ages: 12 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

White Barn Story Time: An Egg is Quiet
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
April 1, 2021; 2:00-3:00 pm
Come to the big barn at Caratunk for a special story time that focuses on nature! Enjoy An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long about all kinds of eggs found in nature. Then take a guided search through forest and field to look for different eggs that might be found on leaves and under logs. We might even spot birds building nests, too! Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $8/member child; $12/non-member child. Ages: 3 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Citizens Bank Free Family Fun Day
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
April 3, 2021; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thanks to Citizens Bank, the Nature Center and Aquarium is open free to the public the first Saturday of every month. Join us for nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. No need to register!
10:00 am – 3:00 pm: Scavenger Hunt
10:30 am & 2:30 pm: Nature Story
11:00 am: Handprint Earth
Come lend a hand (literally!) to help make a giant Earth Day poster, while learning about how you can help protect our planet and keep it clean.
1:30 pm: Animal Interview
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free. Ages: All.

Woodcocks and Wine
Audubon Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, Exeter, RI
April 9, 2021; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Join Audubon for an evening adventure in the fields of Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge to observe the enchanting flight patterns of the American Woodcock. The evening begins with a wine sampling and a presentation of fascinating facts about these unusual birds. Afterwards, head out on a hike to observe the Woodcock display. Spring peepers or even a coyote might serenade you! Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather and meet in the Nature Center. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required. Participants must be at least 21 years old to register.
Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI; Fee: $20/member; $25/non-member. Ages: 21 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Wildflowers, Bees & Spring Butterflies
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
April 10, 2021; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Take a mid-morning walk through the woods and fields of Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge to look for wildflowers, bees, and spring butterflies. Learn about the interconnection between the health of habitats and pollinators. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration required.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 12 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Vernal Pool Walk
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
April 11, 2021; 1:00 am – 3:00 pm
Check out several of the critical vernal pool habitats at Caratunk Wildlife Refuge! Learn why vernal pools are so important to local wildlife, and enjoy a walk on the trails to reach them. Wear sturdy boots or shoes, dress for the weather, and bring binoculars if you have them. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration required.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 16 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Froggy Nights
Audubon Fort Wildlife Refuge, North Smithfield, RI
April 14, 2021; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The sunshine in early spring starts warming the wet earth during the day, causing froggy nights! Take a guided evening walk on Fort Wildlife Refuge and listen to the calls of spring peepers and wood frogs found in the woods and wetlands. Dress for the weather. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks.
Fort Nature Refuge, (Rt. 5), 1443 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI; Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 7 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

April School Vacation Week with Audubon
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
April 19 – 23, 2021
Join Audubon for springtime fun! Meet cool critters, head out on the trails, and even build a bluebird house! Special programs and activities are available each day. Visit the events calendar at www.asri.org  for details. (Note to the editor: vacation week programs will be outlined in a separate press release.)
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI

Aquatic Observations
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
April 20, 2021; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Take a walk with an Audubon naturalist to the stream and pond at Caratunk to spend some time scooping with nets and searching for life in the water. Nets and other equipment will be provided. Wear appropriate clothing and be prepared to get wet and dirty. This program is designed for school-aged children. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA ; Fee: $10/member adult, $7/member child; $14/non-member adult, $8/non-member child. Ages: 6 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Stone Walls Walk and Talk
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
April 24, 2021; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Stone walls are visible reminders of our rural history. These iconic features contribute to a sense of place but are threatened by incremental loss. Join Leigh Schoberth, senior preservation services manager at Historic New England and former Preservation Society policy associate, to learn about the history of stone walls and the efforts to preserve them. After the presentation we will take a walk around the wildlife refuge to examine and learn about some of the beautiful walls on this Audubon property. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Hidden Beauty: A Celebration of Life Under the Waves
Art Exhibit by Isabelle Cadene
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
Through April 25, 2021; 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Incorporating biological illustration with modern techniques, artist Isabelle Cadene strives to translate life and organic movement to the two-dimensional world. The artist is a Boston native and in her senior year at Roger Williams University. From a young age, Isabelle loved art, and the natural world has always been a consistent source of inspiration. Whether it be birds, reptiles, plants, or fish, the small organic details of nature have always been the most attractive subject matter. Upon graduation, Isabelle hopes to continue her studies of the ocean and its inhabitants.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; March 2 to April 25, 2021;
Free with admission. Ages: All.

Bird Songs and Calls for Beginners – Virtual Workshop
April 27, 2021; 6:30-7:30 pm
It is almost time for spring migration! Join Audubon for a virtual workshop and discover how to identify songs from some of our common backyard birds. Then take your new skills outside to see what species you can find, or join an Audubon bird walk and practice with an expert guide.
Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: Teen to Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Join a Sunday Morning Bird Walk at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium to complement this program and bring your birding skills to the next level. Visit the events calendar at www.asri.org  for details and to register.

Audubon Private Birding and Natural History Tours
Get out in nature…it’s the safest place to be!
Let an Audubon guide take your group of up to four people on a private two-hour natural history or birdwatching tour in Southeastern New England. Tours will be designed with ages and interests in mind. Visit www.asri.org/private-nature-tours   or contact Lauren Parmelee at lparmelee@asri.org  or call 401-949-5454 ext. 3111 for details and pricing.

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