Audubon To Present ‘Eggstravaganza!’

At this time of year when many folks are thinking about eggs, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is presenting “Eggstravaganza!,” an opportunity to learn more about eggs than one ever thought possible.

On Saturday, with an open house format from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., participants can join Audubon naturalists for egg hunts, nature walks to find eggs of all sorts – insect, frog, salamander and maybe others – natural egg dyeing and decorating, and more.

Most animal life cycles begin with an egg. Sometimes you can see them and sometimes they are too small. “Eggstravaganza!” will include a few different egg hunts: one will be the classic egg hunt, where the naturalists will hide eggs and the kids can search for them; another will be the amphibian egg hunt, a hike through Audubon’s grounds to search for frog and salamander eggs. If the weather is right, an additional egg hunt will search for insect, invertebrate and perhaps overwintering reptile eggs.

Mini classes on natural history topics will also be offered, with topics such as different types of bird eggs, egg biology, amphibian egg identification, and more.

The programs will be both inside and outside. The farthest site is about 20 minutes on flat terrain.

Naturalists will lead many of the outdoor walks and crafty volunteers will be working inside with the dyeing, decorating and Easter egg hunt.

The cost is $7 or $5 for Friends of the Nature Center.

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter-mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Trails are open dawn to dusk.

Audubon’s education programs are made possible in part through funding from the Johnson Foundation, the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, the Hultquist Foundation and the Jessie Smith Darrah Fund.

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