JAMESTOWN - This has been the winter of Snowy Owls, as these magnificent arctic birds have flown south in large numbers.
On Saturday at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary learn how and why the owls have moved down here for the winter, then take a short field trip to see a Snowy Owl.
From 2-4 p.m., the class will explore what is known about the unusual sightings of Snowy Owls this year. Discover what their native tundra habitat is like and how that affects where and when the birds appear in our area.
Go “Searching for Snowy Owls” at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 2-4 p.m. After indoor time to learn more about these creatures, participants will take a short field trip to see a Snowy Owl.
The informational portion will be indoors at Audubon, followed by an outdoor excursion which will use Audubon's van combined with carpooling to see the owl.
Bring binoculars or spotting scopes if you have them; if not, Audubon will have some available to use.
Audubon Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome is the instructor for this unusual opportunity.
Class size is limited to 20 people. The fee is $16 or $12 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 3-12.
Reservations with payment are required by today. Call 569-2345 with credit card to reserve a place in the class or use the on-line form by clicking through the Program Listing at jamestownaudubon.org.
Audubon education programs are made possible in part through funding from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, the Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, the Holmberg Foundation, the Hultquist Foundation and the Johnson Foundation.
The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y. and Warren, Pa.
Winter hours for the Audubon are in effect. Trails open daily dawn until dusk, as usual. Building hours are Monday and Saturday from 10 a.m to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.