Many people don't realize how much there is to see in nature during the winter.
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is offering two opportunities over the holidays to learn how active nature is - even during the winter.
The public is invited to meet in the lobby of the center at 10 a.m. today or Saturday to participate in a walk on Audubon's trails led by one of the staff naturalists.
The Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary will host open hikes with a naturalist today and Saturday.
The $7 fee - or $5 for Friends of the Nature Center - includes admission to the building where people can enjoy the many exhibits of animals, energy and more. Reservations are not required, but participants are reminded to dress for the weather. Those attending are welcome to bring a lunch and "picnic" - either indoors or out - following the hike.
Other holiday opportunities at Audubon include a behind-the-scenes tour of Liberty, Audubon's non-releasable bald eagle, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and Christmas with the Critters at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28.
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 1-4 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 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.