Audubon Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk Tradition Continues

The Jamestown Audubon’s annual Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk on Sunday will begin at the Audubon’s Bentley Sanctuary and meander through the woods.

Jack Gulvin will lead the two-hour walk. It is an opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of even the smallest and the most common wildflowers. Learn which are native and which were carried here by Europeans, eager to see a familiar sight from the home country. Also learn about some that tagged along uninvited.

A naturalist at Chautauqua Institution, Gulvin leads nature walks Friday mornings during the season and oversees the Purple Martin colonies, leading walks the first four Friday afternoons of the Chautauqua season. Knowledgeable in a wide range of subjects, he focuses his observational talents on spring wildflowers.

Participants can meet at 2 p.m. at the entrance to the Bentley Sanctuary, off Fluvanna Avenue near the Strunk Road exit of I-86, at the end of Bentley Avenue near the Fluvanna Community Church. Custom directions can be generated by clicking through the program listing at jamestownaudubon.org/ to Mother’s Day Walk.

Those attending should dress for the weather and bring sturdy, mud-proof footwear. Gulvin provides background information, so a pencil and paper are often welcome accessories. The walk is also a great time for birds, so walkers should consider bringing binoculars.

The fee is $5 for Friends of the Nature Center or $7 general admission. Reservations are not required.

Those who can’t attend Sunday can still visit the Bentley Sanctuary anytime between dawn and dusk.

Wildflower fans may also want to participate in some or all of Audubon’s Wednesday evening classes and Saturday field trips about wildflowers throughout the month of May.

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