Audubon Greenwich Nature Programs & Special Events Update

Feb 1st, 2014 | By | Category: General

 

Saturday, February 1 ~ Saturday, February 22

Saturday NIGHT, February 1

Owls of CT: Talk, Walk & Listen

7:00-8:30 pm

Owls are fascinating hunters of the night with special adaptations. Join us for a short hike on the Audubon grounds to call and listen for local owls. Please wear warm clothing with soft, quiet exterior. Bring a small, non-fluorescent flashlight. $5 per  person. Ages 5 & up. Space limited &  reservations required to Ted at 203-869-5272 x230. Presented in coordination with the Bruce Museum in celebration of their new exhibit, In the Dark: Animal Survival Strategies.

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Sunday MORNING, February 2

LIVE OWL & HAWK SHOW

With New Canaan Nature Center raptor experts

A Family Breakfast Event & Wildlife Show

9:30-11:00 am

Join us for this special event for families with younger children. Guests enjoy a family- friendly breakfast followed by a fun animal-themed program in Audubon’s Education Center. This month’s event will feature live owls and hawks that live in our area. All ages welcome. Space limited. $10 per person; under 2 years old is free. RSVP to Jeff at x239 or email: greenwichcenter@audubon.org.

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Sunday AFTERNOON, February 2

Insects in Winter Walk

1:00-2:30 pm

Learn how insects survive winter’s cold and help us search out some of the hardy insects which are active on the snow and along our winter-chilled Byram river, as well as those hidden away under logs, tree bark, and other retreats. All ages welcome. RSVP required to Ted 203-869-5272 x230.

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NEW ~ EARLY BIRD SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION ~ STARTS FEB. 1 ~ One-week Summer Camps June 30-August 15.  Each week brings exciting new themes to lead campers on their adventures. Ideal for children entering grades K-9.  Grades 6-9 campers enjoy off-site field trips!    Early Bird Registration! Sign Up & Save ~ February 1-28, 2014 only!  10% discount off each week of camp enrollment. Regular camp rates begin March. See website for all the details.

WINTER VACATION EXPLORATION DAYS: February 11/12/18/19  ~  9:30 am – 3:30 pm Audubon’s solution to the winter vacation blues! Sign your child up 1 or 2 days of fun during the school vacation. Explore the season with us as we have fun learning how animals and plants survive New England’s harsh winter conditions. Just pack some snacks, lunch, and winter gear. The Audubon experts will take it from there. Open to all children in Grades K-6. SPACE LIMITED & ADVANCE RSVPs ARE REQUIRED. To register, print an application from the Audubon Greenwich website or contact Gigi Lombardi at glombardi@audubon.org or 203-869-5272 x223.  NATURE EXPLORATION DAYS WEBSITE: http://ow.ly/sSny6. See website for all the details.

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The Annual ‘Great Backyard Bird Count’ (GBBC)

February 14 to Feb. 17, 2014

Join Audubon Greenwich birding experts for one of these wonderful birding programs in Greenwich: Feb. 14 @ Grass Island Park or Feb. 15 @ Audubon Greenwich.  Audubon is a proud participant in this unique, citizen-led scientific bird count happening in yards and neighborhood across the nation each year. The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) results are reported online to the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University and will aid ornithological researchers who are learning where birds spend their winter and how their home ranges change overtime.

Friday, February 14 

The GBBC @ Grass Island Park (near downtown Greenwich)

1:00-2:00 pm

Grab your valentine or some budding naturalists meet Audubon downtown when we survey the open waters, shores, lawns, brushy areas and woodlots for resident winter birds. The list we prepare will be reported to Cornell. Univ.  Meet Ted Gilman in the Grass Island parking area by 1:00 pm. All ages welcome. RSVP required to Ted 203-869-5272 x230. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from us.  Grass Island Park is near downtown Greenwich and easily reached by Exit 3 off of I-95. The site is also easy to reach from the Greenwich train station (Metro-North line.) DIRECTIONS: Follow Horseneck Lane to Shore Road. Follow Shore Road and turn into Grass Island Park on your left.

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Saturday, February 15

The GBBC @ Audubon Greenwich (in northwest Greenwich)

1:00-2:00 pm

Join Audubon senior naturalist Ted Gilman when he checks who is coming to the sanctuary’s bird feeders. Then, take a short walk on the trails to identify and count birds in the field. Afterwards, return to the Center to sip hot chocolate and report the GBBC bird sightings online to Cornell Univ. All ages welcome. RSVP required to Ted 203-869-5272 x230. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from us. 

BIRDING RESOURCES ONLINE:

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Saturday, February 22

TRIP: Read Sanctuary & Marshlands (Rye, NY)

8:00 am-12:00 noon

Visit with us as we survey these great sanctuaries for over-wintering ducks, herons, hawks, shorebirds, and others. Meet there or ride from Audubon via van/carpool. Bundle up and bring binoculars. Or borrow a pair of binoculars from us. Ages 8 & up. $5 per person. RSVP required to Ted 203-869-5272 x230.

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NATURE PROGRAM FEES (unless otherwise indicated):

MEMBERS:  $3/adult and $1.50 for children & seniors

FUTURE MEMBERS:  $5/adult and $3 for children & seniors

ABOUT AUDUBON MEMBERSHIP: Audubon family membership starts at $35 per year. Please visit our Greenwich website to learn about all the membership benefits.

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NOW ON EXHIBIT:

Audubon’s Birds of Prey – in watercolor

MUSEUM-QUALITY PRINTS OF AUDUBON’S WATERCOLORS

The Oppenheimer Gallery at Audubon Greenwich specializes in museum-quality, limited edition prints of John James Audubon’s watercolors. These unique and highly-collectable Audubon prints are available from the Audubon Greenwich Nature Store and 30% of the all purchases benefits Audubon Greenwich’s conservation mission.

Drop in the gallery to view the latest exhibition or make an appointment to view the fifty best of Audubon’s Octavos and New-York Historical Society watercolors. For an appointment to view our wide selection prints, please call 203-869-5272 and ask for Gigi Lombardi (x221) or Jeff Cordulack (x239.) Interested parties are also invited to contact John Telling, an Audubon art aficionado and the Gallery Manager for the Oppenheimer Gallery in Greenwich. He can be reached for questions anytime at 848-333-3599.

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