Audubon Announces Snowflake Festival Schedule

The Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary has finalized the schedule for Saturday’s Snowflake Festival.

“We’re putting the final touches on this year’s Snowflake Festival, and it’s going to be better than ever,” said Sarah Hatfield, Audubon Center and Sanctuary naturalist and festival coordinator.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Specific times include:

10:30 a.m.: Hike with a Naturalist – Explore the grounds with a guide and see what is happening in the winter world.

11:30 a.m.: Daytime Sky Hunters presentation featuring live animals by Paul Fehringer, wildlife rehabilitator and founder of Wild Spirit Education.

12-4 p.m.: horse-drawn sleigh rides

12 p.m.: Hike with a Naturalist

12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.: kicksled demonstrations outdoors by Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue.

1 p.m.: Owls of the Region presentation featuring live owls by Paul Fehringer, wildlife rehabilitator and founder of Wild Spirit Education.

2 p.m.: Hike with a Naturalist

2:30 p.m.: Bruce Robinson: Gardening for Wildlife.

Additional outside activities are cross country skiing, snowshoe demonstrations, cooking demonstrations and free food samples, and Liberty, Audubon’s resident non-releasable bald eagle.

Indoors will be bluebird house building, children’s crafts, rescued animals – including hissing cockroaches and a tarantula, plus many demonstrations, exhibits and items for sale.

Door prizes, a giveaway and a Chinese auction will also be held.

Grilled kielbasa and hot dogs, meat lovers and vegetarian chili, fudge brownies and other baked goods, hot chocolate, fresh fruit, kettle corn, cotton candy, apple chips and more will be among the food available.

Admission to the Snowflake Festival is $5 a person for those over 12 years of age; $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 include United Refining, Herbs R-4-U, Carroll Rod & Gun Club, Klinginsmith Plumbing and Heating, Media One Group, Randy Ordines – Courier Capital, James M. Smith, Frantz and Russell, 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, Segel and Sons Metal Recycling and Stedman Corners..

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

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