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November 2022 Highlights from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island

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Bundle up on a cool, quiet November evening to search for owls or beavers, take a guided nature walk and learn how wildlife prepares for winter, or join a class and discuss tips on bird feeding with the experts. Nature awaits in November, get out and join the fun with Audubon!

Wednesday Morning Bird Walks with Audubon
Locations Across Rhode Island
November 2, 9,16, 30, 2022; 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. Advance registration is required. Location will be sent to registered participants in advance.
Locations determined weekly; Every Wednesday through June 2023; Fee: $5/member, $10/non-member. Ages: 14+. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org/calendar

Citizens Free Family Fun Day
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
November 5, 2022; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thanks to Citizens, the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is open free to the public on the first Saturday of every month. Join Audubon for nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes, and more. No need to register!
10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Nature Craft Table
10:00 am: Nature Story
11:00 am and 2:30 pm: Animal Interview
1:00 pm: Animal Groups: Join an Audubon naturalist and learn how and why animals are grouped together, what makes them similar or different, and enjoy a hands-on experience with animal biofacts.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free. Ages: All.

Bird Illustration for Kids
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
November 5, 2022; 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Young artists learn a fun, quick way to create a colorful painting of their own using a simple drawing and one brush watercolor technique. Students will use a 'sketch & paint' method to illustrate their favorite birds from provided references.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $18/member; $22/non-member. Ages: 10 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org/calendar

Fairy Houses for Adults
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
November 6, 2022; 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Fairies aren’t just for kids! Use natural materials such as shells, seeds, moss, and stones to create an enchanting home for magical guests. Fairy houses make a unique holiday or winter decoration and are great for a creative outlet. Program includes all materials needed to complete your magical dwelling. Advance registration is required.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $25/member; $30/non-member. Ages: 16 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org/calendar

Beavers of Fisherville
Audubon Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, Exeter, RI
November 6, 2022; 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. We will take a look at beaver dams, lodges and hopefully the beaver themselves. At dusk, these creatures become active, so we may get to see these engineers at work. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight.
Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI; Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 8 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org/calendar

Wildlife and Nature Photography:
Exhibit by Mitchell A. Kaplan
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
November 6 – December 30, 2022; 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Photographer, artist, author and educator, Mitch Kaplan has lived in Rhode Island his entire life. His images, taken throughout New England, highlight the abundance of nature and wildlife at our doorstep. His work will be on display through December 2022.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with Admission. Ages: All.

Veteran's Day Nature Programs
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
November 11, 2022; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Discover the natural world with fun-filled family activities including crafts, animal interviews, nature stories and more. No registration is required.
10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Craft Table
10:00 am: Nature Story
11:00 am and 2:30 pm: Animal Interview
1:00 pm: How Animals Survive the Winter
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with Admission. Ages: All.
Turkey Tale
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
November 12, 2022; 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Each year as Thanksgiving approaches, there is a lot of focus on turkeys. Come listen to a turkey story, "Who's Dancing in My Backyard" read by author and Audubon naturalist Kim Calcagno, make a turkey craft, and examine the wings and feathers of wild turkeys. Discover how turkeys dance and gobble and spar. Spend the afternoon learning about this fascinating bird!
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/calendar

Birdfeeding 101: Starting a Feeding Station
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
November 12, 2022; 10:00 am – 12:00 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. Discuss types of feeders, seed and feeder placement as well as some tips and tricks for attracting the critters you want and deterring the ones you don't. Other factors for attracting birds to your yard such as water and landscape plantings will also be discussed.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 14 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org/calendar

Osprey of Rhode Island
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
November 13, 2022; 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Come learn about the magnificent Osprey as well as Audubon Society of Rhode Island's long running program that monitors these raptors. Discover where the Osprey nests are located, learn about their behaviors, and their history of survival. Meet at the white barn.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $10/member, $12/non-member Ages: 12 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org/calendar

Climate Reality Presentation
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
November 17, 2022; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Join Audubon naturalist Kim Calcagno for a presentation about the state of climate change and both the troubling and promising trends being seen. As a certified member of Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Corp., Kim will take you through the latest data as well as what you can do and what the nations and economies of the world are doing to combat climate crisis. Free admission but preregistration required.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Fee: Free but must pre-register. Ages: Adult. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org/calendar
Owl Prowl at Caratunk
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
November 17, 2022; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Take an evening hike through Caratunk in search of owls in their natural habitat. A wonderful program for families with children over the age of 9. Please dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Meet at the white barn!
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 12 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org/calendar

Nests, Dens and Burrows at Caratunk
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
November 19, 2022; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Take a morning hike through the fields and woods of Caratunk Wildlife Refuge to search for birds, mammals, and insects preparing for the winter months. Look for what they built or left behind. A great family program for ages 4 and up. Meet at the white barn.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Ages: 4 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org/calendar

Owl Prowl at Powder Mill Ledges
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
November 19, 2022; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Visit Powder Mill Ledges to search for owls! An Audubon naturalist will call for different species as you walk through the forest. While we never know if we'll hear or see an owl, participants will learn a lot and have a great night hike. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy walking shoes, and bring a flashlight. Hike will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Advance registration is required.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 12 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org/calendar

Explore Prudence Island
Prudence Island, RI
November 23, 2022; 9:45 am – 4:45 pm
Get a jump start on burning off those Thanksgiving calories by joining a day-long adventure on Prudence Island! Take several short walks, look for harbor seals hauled out on the rocks, search for returning sea ducks, and visit many of the Reserve's properties.
Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence Island, RI; Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 8 and up. For more information on Prudence Island trips and to register, visit the events calendar at www.asri.org/calendar

Day After Thanksgiving Activities
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
November 25, 2022; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Give thanks for all that nature has given us! The day after Thanksgiving is for leftovers, but at Audubon, it is also a day to rediscover nature through fun activities for the whole family. No registration needed.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm: Craft Table
10:00 am: Nature Story
11:00 am: Animal Interview
1:00 pm: Turkey Trot Nature Walk: Walk off your turkey dinner (weather permitting)
2:00 pm: Animal Interview
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with Admission. Ages: All.

Muskrat, Otters and Ale
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
November 27, 2022; 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Start the evening with a craft beer as you learn about the muskrat and otter that live at Caratunk. After the brief presentation, head out to Muskrat Pond to observe the wildlife that come out at dusk. Please bring a flashlight. Meet at the white barn.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $20/member; $25/non-member. Ages: 21 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org/calendar

Owl Prowl at Fort Wildlife Refuge
Audubon Fort Wildlife Refuge, North Smithfield, RI
November 30, 2022; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Visit Fort Refuge to search for owls. An Audubon naturalist will call for different species as we walk through the forest. While we never know if we'll hear or see an owl, participants will learn a lot and have a great night hike. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy walking shoes, and bring a flashlight. Advance registration is required. Hike will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or icy trails.
Fort Nature Refuge, (Rt. 5), 1443 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI; Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 12 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org/calendar

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