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Audubon Remembers Event Is Saturday

“November is a time to share gratitude and appreciation for the people, places, and things that bring us joy. It is also a time to reflect on those things that we have loved and lost.”

With those words, Leigh Rovegno, Audubon Community Nature Center executive director, welcomes the community to the second annual “Audubon Remembers,” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

“2020 is a year of tremendous loss for all of us as a local and global community,” Rovegno said. “We would like you to be part of this event that pays tribute to the people, places, and things that we have loved and lost over the past year.

Whether it is the loss of a job, the loss of a loved one, or the loss of ‘certainty’ that you are struggling with, Audubon invites you to spend time together, and spend time in nature.”

Participants will reflect on the year, take a brief nature walk, and then be welcome to assist with planting daffodil bulbs in recognition of the people, places, and things they have loved.

Audubon’s COVID-19 safety precautions require face coverings for all visitors ages 3 and up indoors. They are also required outdoors when visitors cannot maintain six feet of distance between family groups.

Remember to dress for being outdoors and bring garden gloves and a hand tool for digging. Those who are physically unable to participate in the planting, but still want to plant a bulb to honor someone they love, can be helped by Audubon staff members.

This year’s Audubon Remembers event is sponsored by Lind Funeral Home. The event is free, and open to all.

To assist planning, reservations are appreciated by Wednesday, Nov. 18, by calling 569-2345 or going to AudubonCNC.org and clicking on “Register for Upcoming Programs.”

The Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.

The first floor of the Nature Center building, including the Blue Heron Gift Shop, live animals, and the 2020 Nature Photography Contest winning photographs, is open to the public Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because not all of the building is accessible, admission is by donation only.

The public is welcome to visit the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily. While practicing safe social distancing measures, walk grounds and six miles of trails, and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call 569-2345 during business hours, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

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