Unusual Animals Will Be ‘Up Close’ At Audubon’s Snowflake Festival

Hawks, owls, reptiles, amphibians, giant invertebrates, Siberian Husky sled dogs, alpacas, horses are among the animals that will be featured at the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s Snowflake Festival on Saturday, Feb. 2.

During the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event, Paul Fehringer, naturalist and licensed wildlife rehabilitator and founder of Wild Spirit Education, will give two presentations with his live hawks and owls. Also indoors, Amtilia Outreach will bring their rescued reptiles and amphibians, giant millipedes and tarantulas.

Alpacas from Dun Roving Farm will be in an outdoor petting pen not far from Liberty, Audubon’s resident non-releasable bald eagle. Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue representatives will give sled dog demonstrations and share information about the care of their beautiful animals.

Horse-drawn sleigh rides will be offered in the afternoon.

Indoor and outdoor activities and demonstrations for all ages, great food, exhibits and vendors with a wide variety of items and skills of interest – from wool spinning and Native American cord making to ways to reduce lead poisoning – will round out the day.

Admission to the Snowflake Festival is $5 for those over 12 years of age, $2 for children 12 and under and free for children under 2. 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, raffles, 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, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

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