The Audubon Center and Sanctuary has extended its hours during the holiday season.
While closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the Audubon Center will be open Dec. 26-29, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with special programs scheduled. The center will also be open Saturday, Dec. 30, and Monday, Dec. 31.
On Dec. 26, a behind-the-scenes tour will show visitors how Audubon cares for Liberty, its non-releasable bald eagle.
Dec. 27 and 29 will feature walks with staff naturalists along Audubon's trails to learn the amount of outdoor nature activity that goes on during the winter.
Christmas with the Critters on Dec. 28 is a time to get "up close and personal" with Audubon's education animals. The Nature Center building is home to a variety of live reptiles and amphibians, including a garter snake, American toad, leopard frog, and spring peeper. Tanks of fish and a variety of turtles entertain and educate.
All of the special events begin at 10 a.m.
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren,
Normal winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Members and children are admitted to the exhibits free of charge; non-member adults pay only $5. Sunday is a free admission day.
There is no charge to walk, snowshoe or cross country ski the trails or see Liberty, Audubon's non-releasable bald eagle, from dawn until dusk every day. Liberty is in her own outdoor enclosure behind the Nature Center building.
For more information, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.