Audubon Sanctuary Snowflake Festival Is Feb. 2

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s 2013 Snowflake Festival will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Outdoors will be snowshoe demonstrations by Evergreen Outfitters, cross country skiing, dog sled demonstrations and the Fluvanna Boy Scouts Troop 169’s outdoor cooking and free food samples. Audubon naturalists will guide hikes, and horse-drawn sleigh rides will be offered in the afternoon.

Siberian huskies, alpacas, reptiles and amphibians, and perhaps some cats and dogs will be some of the live animals present. Festival goers can also get a behind-the-scenes tour of Liberty, Audubon’s resident non-releasable Bald Eagle.

Indoors, there will be presentations of live birds of prey, such as hawks and owls, at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., a gardening for wildlife program as well as bluebird house building and children’s crafts.

Demonstration, exhibits and vendors will provide a wide variety of items and skills of interest to the whole family. Wool spinning, Native American cord making, and ways to reduce lead poisoning are among the activities.

The food offerings will be both meat and vegetarian chili, grilled Italian sausage and hot dogs, brownies, hot chocolate, coffee, other beverages, fresh fruit, kettle corn, cotton candy and apple chips.

Admission to the Snowflake Festival is $5 a person over 12; $2 for children 12 and under; and free for children ages 2 and under. Parking, crafts, demonstrations, snowshoes, skis and tickets for door prizes are free. Extra fees apply for horse-drawn wagon rides, bluebird house building, Chinese auction, giveaways and food. There is no ATM on the Audubon property.

Festival sponsors to date include United Refining, Herbs R-4-U, Carroll Rod & Gun Club, Randy Ordines – Courier Capital, James M. Smith, Gary’s CARSTAR, Lakeshore Savings Bank, Acorn Naturalists, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, Dun Roving Farm Alpacas, Franklin’s Honey and Apples, Miller’s Grove, Second Season Mittens, Stedman Corners, Frantz and Russell, Klinginsmith Plumbing and Heating, Segel and Sons Metal Recycling and Media One Group.

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

For more information, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.