September 29, 2020

Hawks & Hoots!

September 2020 Highlights from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island

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(August 10, 2020) – New! Audubon is offering small group nature explorations designed with safety in mind. Get up close with some amazing raptors, meet some interesting insects, or head out on a nature walk with an Audubon guide!

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
Locations Across Rhode Island
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.

Late Summer Insects
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
September 6, 2020; 6:00 – 7:30 pm
The evenings of late summer are full of insect sounds and songs. Join Audubon and explore the forest, pond, and field of Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge. Search for dragonflies, katydids, grasshoppers, crickets, and large garden spiders. Wear protective clothing and bug spray to make the evening more comfortable. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required.

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Ages: 3 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Hawks & Hoots
A Celebration of Birds of Prey
September 12 & 13, 2020
Hawks and Owls are a force in nature. With long sharp talons, amazing strength, and highly developed eyesight and hearing, these astounding birds are superior hunters of the avian world.

New for 2020, Audubon hosts Hawks & Hoots, a celebration of birds of prey! Get up-close to hawks and owls in small-group stations, safely distanced throughout th grounds of the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol. Talk with Audubon educators who care for these birds, learn about their amazing adaptations, and discover the various habitats that they call home. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions and take photos! Children will receive a special Hawks & Hoots fun pack to take home.

Designed with safety in mind, Hawks & Hoots is a birding celebration for nature enthusiasts of all ages. Each two-hour session is limited to 40 guests, divided into “flocks” of ten people that are guided by an Audubon staff member as they move through the owl and hawk stations.

Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required, tickets will not be sold at the door. Register early as each session is limited to 40 guests.

Purchase tickets through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Three Hawks & Hoots Sessions Offered:
September 12, 2020; 9:45 am to 11:45 pm.
September 12, 2020; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
September 13, 2020; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Admission:
Adult: $12/member, $16/non-member
Child (ages 4 - 12): $8/member, $11/non-member
Children age 3 and under are free
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street (Route 114), Bristol, RI.

Fun Ferns of Caratunk
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
September 13, 2020; 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Come discover the different ferns that grow at Caratunk and learn how to tell them apart. Then take a short walk in the woods to search for ferns along the trail. This is entry level and family friendly. 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 adult, $4/member child; $12/non-member adult, $8/non-member child. Ages: 9 and up. . Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Li’l Peeps
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
September 17, 14, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020; 10:00 – 10:45 am
This popular program introduces children ages 18 months to 2 years to the delights of nature through age-appropriate, hands-on activities. Along with a nature lesson, activities may include nature walks, crafts, songs and stories. This is also a wonderful opportunity to make new friends with the other children and parents. Advance registration is required as space is limited and fills very quickly. Adults must accompany children and there are no refunds for missed classes. In order to maintain an age-appropriate program we ask that older siblings not accompany the parent/child team. Face masks for adults and social distancing are required. Adults must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required.

Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee for six week series: $60/member child, $76/two member siblings; $65/non-member child, $82/two non-member siblings. Ages: 18 to 36 Months. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Birdfeeding 101
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
September 17, 2020; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
If you are fascinated by your feathered backyard visitors and want to learn how to get started feeding the birds, this is the class for you. Come discuss types of feeders, types of seed and feeder placement as well as some tips and tricks for attracting the critters you want and deterring the ones you don't. We will also discuss other factors for attracting birds to your yard such as water and landscape plantings. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required.

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: Teen to Adult. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Raptor Photo Shoot
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
September 19, 2020; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Take advantage of this special opportunity to get up close with a Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, Red Tailed Hawk, and Barred Owl. Each bird will be placed in a natural setting for that perfect shot. No tents. No crowds. No jostling for position. While you click, hear about each species, their natural history and their ecological place in Rhode Island. Space is limited. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required.

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; September 19, 2020; 10:00 am-12:00 pm; Fee: $65/member; $75/non-member. Ages: Teen to Adult. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Audubon Raptor Drawing and Watercolor Workshops
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
September 20, October 4, October 18, November 1, 2020; 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Join local artist Elizabeth O'Connell to discuss, observe, draw and paint different kinds of raptors. Take one class or all! No experience needed, and all materials are included. Elizabeth has been teaching art for ten years and is a member of the Made in Warren Artist Cooperative. Her work is sold in shops and galleries across New England. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required.
September 20: Owls
October 4: Hawks
October 18: Falcons
November 1: Ospreys and Eagles

Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; September 20, October 4, October 18, November 1, 2020; 1:00-4:00 pm; Fee per class: $40/member; $45/non-member. Ages: 13 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Search for Nocturnal Animals with Audubon
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
September 25, 2020; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Why do some animals only come out at night? Where do they go and what do they do in the dark? Dive into the world of nocturnal animals at Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge. Start inside with a presentation on who's who of nocturnal critters and meet a live animal. Then go for a short evening walk to search of signs of nocturnal animal activity. Dress warmly and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes or boots. This program is designed for families, but is also appropriate for adults attending without children. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required.

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Fee: $5/member, $7/non-member. Ages: 7 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Author Meet and Greet
Providence Raptors: Documenting the Lives of Urban Birds of Prey
Photography Show, Lecture and Book Signing
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
September 26, 2020; 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Peter Green is a photographer and graphic designer living and working in downtown Providence. He walks the city documenting Peregrine Falcons and more urban wildlife from Red-Tailed Hawks nesting on rooftops to American Kestrels hunting in graffiti-covered alleys. Join Peter for a lecture about his work. Immediately after he will be available to sign copies of his recently published book PROVIDENCE RAPTORS: Documenting the Lives of Urban Birds of Prey.

Photography Exhibit: September 1 through October 31, 2020. Free with Admission.
Lecture: September 26, 2020: 12:00-12:45 pm. Lecture Fee: $10/member; $12/non-member.
Book signing: September 26, 2020: 12:45 – 1:15 pm. Free with Admission.

Lecture Space will be limited due to COVID safety restrictions. Face masks and social distancing are required for all events. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required for lecture. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Ages: Teen to Adult.

Beeswax Wraps Workshop
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
September 26, 2020; 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Single-use plastics are filling up our oceans and landfills. Be part of the solution by making your own re-usable, eco-friendly lunch wraps! We’ll be using cotton fabric, bees wax, buttons, and string to create a flexible wrap that can be used to transport food, cover bowls, and protect your leftovers. Its washable, keeps your food fresh, and it smells great. No prior sewing or crafting skills needed. All the materials supplied to make two wraps per person, but if you have a favorite fabric or button you would like to use, bring it along! Skip the plastic wrap and sandwich bags—use your sustainable and stylish bees wax wrap instead. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required.

Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; September 26, 2020; 2:00-3:30 pm; Fee: $15/member; $20/non-member. Ages: 16 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Whooo Wants to Meet an Owl?
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
September 27, 2020; 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Meet a live owl and learn about the species that make Caratunk their home. As a bonus, dissect an owl pellet and find out what an owl eats! This is a great family program. Each adult/child pair will receive one pellet to dissect, additional pellets will be available for sale (please bring cash). 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: $15/Member adult/child pair, $5/additional member child; $20/Non-member adult/child pair, $7/additional non-member child. Additional pellets are $7. Ages: 9 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Prudence Island
Private Adventure with Friends and Family
Spend the day safely exploring beautiful and charming Prudence Island with education staff from the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve. With over three-quarters of the island protected, and a variety of habitats to explore, there are endless options for an outdoor friends and family private adventure! The experience can be designed with your group’s interests and ages in mind. For more details and to schedule contact: Maureen Dewire, Maureen.Dewire@dem.ri.gov or 401.683.1478. Due to a limited availability, it is recommended to book this program well in advance. Ages: All.

Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence Island, RI; Fee*:
Half Day: $8/member adult, $5/member child; $10/non-member adult, $7/non-member child
Full Day: $12/member adult, $8/member child; $15/non-member adult, $10 non-member child
*Cost does not include round-trip ferry travel ($11/person ages 12-adult and $5/person for children).

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