December 5, 2021

Falling Leaves, Crisp Cool Air, and Nature Walks on Audubon Trails

November 2021 Highlights from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island

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(October 1, 2021) – Bundle up on a cool, quiet November evening to search for owls or take a guided nature walk and learn how wildlife prepares for winter. Discover a unique paper montage art exhibit or learn about nature photography from an expert. Nature awaits in November, get out and join the fun with Audubon!

Masks are required during Audubon indoor programs and van trips for those who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19, including children.

Visit the events calendar at www.asri.org  to register for programs.

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. Advance registration is required. Location will be sent to registered participants in advance.
Locations determined weekly; Every Wednesday through June 2022; 9:00-11:00 am; Fee: $5/member, $10/non-member. Ages: 14+. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

For the Love of Nature
Paper Montage Artistry by Galen Snow
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
November 1 – December 27, 2021; 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Artist Galen Snow’s paper montage paintings have evolved over her nine years working in the medium. Her attention to detail and realistic, yet abstract interpretations of birds, flowers and landscapes are created over many hours of work in her studio. By cutting, tearing, and gluing of fine papers, she uses shape, color and texture to re-create moments she has experienced in nature. Galen’s Show will open the first of November.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; 9:30 am-4:30 pm; Free with Admission. Ages: All.

White Barn Story Time: Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
November 4, 2021; 2:00-3:00 pm
Come to the big barn at Caratunk for special story time that focuses on nature! Listen to this warm and inviting book that delightfully explains hibernation and migration to young children. The story will be told in a puppet show format! After the story, go for a guided walk to enjoy autumn foliage and look for animals described in the story.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Ages: 3 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Beavers of Fisherville
Audubon Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge; Exeter, RI
November 5, 2021: 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 look at beaver dams, lodges and hopefully the beavers 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 online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Getting Ready for Winter
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
November 5, 2021; 9:30 –11:30 am
Wildlife and plants have many adaptations to endure winter and reemerge in spring. Come to Caratunk to look for late fall adaptations and cold-weather survival strategies. Enjoy an easy walk on well-groomed trails. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Bring water and a snack if desired.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $10/member $14/non-member. Ages: 12 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
November 6, 2021; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thanks to Citizens Bank, the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium 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!
Migration
10:00 am – 4:30 pm: Take-home craft bags
10:00 am: Nature Story
11:00am and 2:00 pm: Animal Interview
1:00 pm: Migration – Where Have all the Birds Gone?
How and why do birds migrate? What birds stay in RI through the winter? How can you help migratory birds?
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free. Ages: All.

Nests, Dens, and Burrows at Powder Mill Ledges
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
November 6, 2021; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Take a morning hike through the fields and woods of Powder Mill Ledges 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.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Ages: 4 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Explore Prudence Island
Prudence Island, RI
November 6, 2021; 9:45 am – 4:45 pm
Head to Prudence Island for a day of walking, exploring and enjoying the beauty of Narragansett Bay. Take several short walks, look for harbor seals hauled out in the afternoon, search for returning sea ducks, and visit many of the Reserve's properties. Please note that face masks will be required regardless of vaccination status while riding in the van. Due to limited space, registration is required. Bring your lunch, drinks, warm layers and good walking shoes!
Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence Island, RI; Fee: $12/member adult, $6/member child; $18/non-member adult, $9/non-member child. Ages: All. For more information on Prudence Island programs and to register online, visit the events calendar at www.asri.org

Bird Photography Exploration
Two Dates Offered
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
November 7 & 28, 2021; 9:00 – 10:30 am
Are you interested in photographing birds but don't know how to start? Join Tom Younkin on a nature photography walk for instruction on the basics of bird photography. Topics include how to locate your subject, lighting considerations, and composition. A quality camera with a lens of 300mm or greater is recommended.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $15/member; $20/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Let's Take a Walk! Hibernation
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
November 9, 2021; 10:00 – 11:00 am
Hike the trails at Powder Mill Ledges look for signs of animals that may be preparing to hibernate or have migrated and left evidence of summer living.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Ages: 2 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Veteran's Day Nature Programs
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
November 11, 2021; 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: Take-home Craft Bag
10:00 am: Nature Story
11:00 am and 2:30 pm: Animal Interview
1:00 pm: Nature Walk - Changing Season
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with Admission; Ages: All.

Coaster Mosaics
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
November 12, 2021; 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Do you enjoy crafting? Join Audubon and create a decorative, one-of-a-kind, coaster for your coffee table. Use sea glass, shells, recycled tile, and other items to form a unique design.
All materials provided along with adult beverages and light snacks.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $15/member; $20/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Go Nutty with Audubon!
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
November 13, 2021; 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Whether it's a cone, a nut, or a seed, plants reproduce in many ways. Animals also eat those seeds, acorns and hickory nuts. Go on a seed and nut hunt through the field and woods and then return indoors to create a nut-inspired craft. Allergy alert: various nuts will be handled during this class.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Ages: 5 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Venomous Snakes
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
November 14, 2021; 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Join an Audubon naturalist and educator to learn about venomous snakes! Learn how venom works, why are there no venomous snakes in Rhode Island, and discover the deadliest snakes in the world. There will be no live animals at this lecture.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $5 member, $7 non-member. Ages: 14 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Nature Tales: Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun by Geri Keams
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
November 17, 2021; 10:00 – 11:00 am
Enjoy story time with your preschooler with a focus on nature. The program includes the story time followed by a nature craft, short walk or live animal visit. Adults must accompany children.
three dates; different stories
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Ages: 3-6. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Living With Wildlife
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
November 18, 2021; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
As today's populations grow and expand into the remaining wild areas (and as wildlife is increasingly forced into cities), people have more and more wildlife interactions in and around their homes and neighborhoods. Discover ways to appreciate and coexist with wildlife. Learn about some common critters and have your questions and concerns answered.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Prowl for Owls at Caratunk!
Two Dates Offered
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
November 19, 30, 2021; 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 12 and up. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $10/member, $14/non-member. Ages: 12 and up. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Sea Glass Workshop
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
November 20, 2021; 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Come design and create a beautiful pendant 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 so don’t wait! Advance registration is required as space is strictly limited to 10 participants.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $20/member, $25/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Caratunk Ramble
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
November 21, 2021; 8:30 – 10:30 am
Take a morning walk along the Caratunk trails to see what birds and animals are out and about. This is a casual walk on the trails to enjoy nature and the resident wildlife. Please dress for the weather with sturdy shoes. Bring binoculars if you have them!
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; $5/ members, $7/non-member. Ages: 12 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Meet an Owl!
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
November 21, 2021; 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Come to Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge to learn all about raptors! Explore biofacts like wings, skulls, feathers and talons and meet a live Audubon raptor ambassador.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, 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

Day After Thanksgiving Nature Activities
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
November 26, 2021; 9:30 am – 4:30 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 why nature matters though fun activities for the whole family. No registration needed.
10:00 am – 4:30 pm: Take Home Craft Bags
10:00 am: Nature Story
11:00 am & 2:00 pm: Animal Interview
1:00 pm: Turkey Trot Nature Walk: Walk off your turkey dinner (weather permitting)
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with Admission. Ages: All.

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