June 13, 2021

Start Your Summer in the Great Outdoors!

Audubon Offers Over 20 Nature Explorations in June June 2021 Highlights from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island

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(May 3, 2021) – Start your summer off right – in the great outdoors! Join an Audubon guide to search for wildlife on the water, learn all about edible plants found in nature, and discover some of the amazing birds, bats, and insects that thrive in the Ocean State. It’s a busy time at Audubon – come join the fun!

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; Fee: $5/member, $10/non-member. Ages: 14+. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Boats and Birds!
Hope Valley, RI
Two Dates Offered
June 3 and 10, 2021; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join Audubon birding expert Laura Carberry and Denise Poyer, formerly from the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association, for a morning of kayaking and birding! Get out on the water and explore Frying Pan Pond in search of wetland birds. Kayaking is the perfect way to explore wetland habitats and search for Cedar Waxwings, Baltimore Orioles, Osprey and more! Register early as the program is limited to 8 people. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required.
Depart from the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association, 203B Arcadia Rd, Hope Valley, RI; Fee: $50/member (ASRI or WPWA), $75/non-member. Ages: 12 and up.

White Barn Story Time: Escargot
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
June 3, 2021; 2:00-3:00 pm
Come to the big barn at Caratunk for special story time that focuses on nature! Enjoy Escargot by Dashka Slater about a cute and determined snail as he adventures up a picnic table for a delicious salad! After the story discover different types of snail shells, casings, and eggs, then walk in the field or forest to look for these fascinating creatures. 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
June 5, 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.
Please note that due to COVID safety guidelines, Audubon may need to limit the number of visitors inside the Nature Center and Aquarium at any one time. Families are encouraged to enjoy the outdoor trails, rose-pollinator garden, and boardwalk while they wait for entrance. Masks are required and we encourage smaller groups to visit for the safety of all.

Solar Eclipse
10:00 am to 3:00 pm - Scavenger Hunt:
10:30 am and 2:30 pm - Nature Story
11:00 am – Solar Eclipse: Learn about the upcoming solar eclipse on June 10, 2021. Why do eclipses happen? How often we are able to see them? How can you safely view one from your home? We will provide a free pair of safety glasses to use when viewing the eclipse, and talk about how to make another out of household materials.
1:30 p.m. – Animal Interview
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free. Ages: All.

Bluebird Walk and Talk
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
June 6, 2021; 8:00 – 10:00 am
Join Audubon and discover the beautiful Eastern Bluebirds that call Caratunk home. Learn about their natural history, how to identify them, and more. Enjoy a walk to the field habitat to watch Eastern Bluebirds in action and check out their homes and neighbors. This is an outdoor program so please dress appropriately and bring your binoculars if you have them. 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, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 10 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Sea Glass Jewelry Workshop
Three Dates Offered
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
June 6, July 18, August 22, 2021; 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Come 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! 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; Fee: $20/member; $25/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Let's Take a Walk Preschool Series: Pine Forest
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
June 8, 2021; 10:00 - 11:00 am
Join Audubon for a summer series of nature walks for families with preschoolers. Have fun with a forest seek and find, play some forest games, and discover the sounds of nature in the forest. Come prepared to get dirty and muddy. We suggest old shoes or boots and protective clothing. Bug spray, sunscreen and hats are recommended. Face 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 additional walks in July and August.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Fee: $8/member child; $12/non-member child; No fee for accompanying adults. Ages: 3-5. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Textile Recycling Program
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
June 9 – 14, 2021; 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is once again partnering with Goodwill Industries to host a textile recycling event. Clothes, shoes, towels and other fabrics welcomed! Drop off your goods to be recycled at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol. No need to call or register in advance. A list of accepted items is listed below. Textile items may be ripped, stained, or worn out…so long as they are clean and odor-free!

Please note: Audubon staff will not be available to assist in unloading items to be recycled from vehicles and carrying them into the Center. Participants must be able to carry items on their own. Please call with questions: 401-245-7500.
Accepted: shoes (even singles), clothing, linens, bedding, towels, blankets, curtains, belts, purses. Not accepted: electronics, household appliances, batteries, toys/plastics.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free.

Bird Songs and Calls at Caratunk
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
June 10, 2021; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Enjoy an early evening walk through the wildlife refuge to listen to calls and songs of summer breeding birds. Bring binoculars, wear bug spray and appropriate clothing. 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; $14/non-member. Ages: Teen to Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Skunk Cabbage and Lady Slippers
Audubon Fort Wildlife Refuge, North Smithfield, RI
June 10, 2021; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join naturalist Kim Calcagno for a walk at the Fort Refuge to learn about the plants and flowers that thrive there. Look for seasonal blooms like the pink lady slipper or "moccasin flower" and discover some interesting plant facts and folklore. Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. You may wish to bring insect repellent. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required.
Fort Wildlife Refuge, (Rt. 5), 1443 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI; Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: Teen to Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Bird Banding with Audubon
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
June 12, July 10, August 14, 2021; 9:15 – 11:15 am
Join Audubon for a bird banding demonstration in which experts capture, band, measure and release songbirds in order to gather data on their movements. Birds will be gently removed from tall “mist nets” set in Audubon’s shrubby habitats. The techniques of identifying, measuring, weighing, and banding the birds will be demonstrated before they are released. The migratory habits and life history of each captured species will be discussed. Bring a camera and binoculars. Please register early. 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; Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 6 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Nesting Birds at Caratunk
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
June 13, 2021; 8:00 – 10:00 am
Learn about the nesting birds that live in the habitats at Caratunk Wildlife Refuge as you walk along the trails with an experienced naturalist. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Bring binoculars if you have them. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required. The program is weather dependent.
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

Bird Songs and Calls at Fort Wildlife Refuge
Audubon Fort Wildlife Refuge, North Smithfield, RI
June 14, 2021; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Enjoy an early evening walk through the Fort Refuge and listen to the calls and songs of summer visiting and breeding birds. Bring binoculars, wear insect repellent, closed-toe shoes, and dress for the weather. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required.
Fort Nature Refuge, (Rt. 5), 1443 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI; Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: Teen to Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Kids Investigations: Hike on the Wildlife Refuge
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
June 16, 2021; 9:00 – 11:30 am
Join Audubon for a kid’s hike on the wildlife refuge and learn about the animals and plants that call Caratunk home. Enjoy some nature games along the way! Bring water, snack, and wear protective clothing, sunscreen, and bug spray. Face 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 additional walks in July and August.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $10/member child; $14/non-member child. No fee for accompanying adults; Ages: 8 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Edible Wild Plants Walk
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
June 17, 2021; 4:00 – 6:30 pm
The East Bay region is home to over 90 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. These include native species like Spicebush and Sassafras and edible weeds like Purslane and Chicory. Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of “Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten,” on an evening ramble through the Audubon wildlife refuge to learn about edible plant species. Russ will also provide general guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging. 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; Fee: $20/member; $25/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Bats at Eppley
Audubon Marion Eppley Wildlife Refuge, West Kingston, RI
June 18, 2021; 8:00 – 9:30 pm
Join us for a rare treat to visit the Marion Eppley Refuge at night. Begin indoors with a presentation on bats, and then venture outside in search of the plentiful resident bats in this area. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent and dress for a cool night. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required.
Marion Eppley Wildlife Refuge, Dugway Bridge Road, West Kingston, RI; Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: Teen to Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Composting Lecture
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
June 19, 2021; 10:00 – 11:30 am
Learn the ins-and-outs of composting and how to start your own environmentally friendly compost pile at home! We will talk about what to compost and what not to, how to care for the pile, and ways to inoculate the pile with good bacteria when you first begin. Uses for your compost will also be discussed. 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; Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 16 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Ice Cream and Lightning Bugs
Audubon Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, Exeter, RI
June 23, 2021; 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Just as it starts to get dark, the lightning bugs appear! Come make a delicious ice cream sundae and learn what makes these insects so special, then head out on a hike to look for their flickering lights. A resident beaver might be spotted along the way! This program is fun for the whole family! Please bring a flashlight. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Advance registration is required.
Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI; Fee: $12/member adult, $6/member child; $18/non-member adult, $9/non-member child. Ages: 5 and up. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Breeding Birds at Caratunk
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
June 27, 2021; 8:00 – 10:00 am
Take a hike with expert birder and naturalist Joe Koger to learn about the many species of birds that breed in the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. 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; $14/non-member. Ages: Teen to Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Introduction to Tree I.D.
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
June 26, 2021; 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Come to Audubon and learn how to recognize major families of trees and shrubs as well as a number of common species in the wild and home landscape. Class will be part indoors/part outdoors, so dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. 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 online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Beecology: Pollinator Workshop
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
June 26, 2021; 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Come discover the world of pollinators with Dr. Rob Gegear, biology professor at UMass Dartmouth. This workshop will focus on pollination system diversity rather than pollinator abundance. Participants will leave with the knowledge and skills to assess the quality of habitats in gardens, parks and conservation lands for biodiversity conservation. An indoor presentation will last approximately 30 minutes, followed by two hours exploring the Audubon Rose-Pollinator Discovery Garden. 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; Fee: $20/member; $25/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Drawing and Painting Class: Herons and Egrets
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
June 27, 2021; 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Join local watercolor artist Elizabeth O’Connell for a Sunday afternoon of art on Audubon’s covered patio. She will guide participants through each step of drawing and painting herons and egrets. No experience needed and all materials provided. 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; June 27, 2021; 1:00-3:30 pm; Fee: $40/member; $45/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Wonderful Wildflower Walk at Caratunk
Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
June 29, 2021; 9:00 – 11:00 am
Enjoy a walk through Caratunk identifying and learning about wildflowers. What a great way to start a summer day! This walk will be led by naturalist and science teacher Joe Koger and is sure to be an educational and fun-filled morning. 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; $14/non-member. Ages: Teen to Adult. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org

Counting the Birds of the Four Seasons
Art Exhibit by Amy Veldman-Wilson
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol, RI
Through June 30, 2021; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Block Island resident Amy Veldman-Wilson has featured birds in her art for over 10 years. The Island offers a wide variety of bird species, from shorebirds to birds of prey as well as song birds and dabblers. She has spent many hours observing and photographing birds, whether in her back yard or by the sea. The artist works in a variety of mediums, capturing birds in connection to their environment. Amy’s art has been selected for international exhibitions and awards, and her daughter Maya Veldman-Wilson will also display her bird photography in the exhibit.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with admission. Ages: All

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