Audubon’s Thanksgiving With The Birds Set For Nov. 23

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is again celebrating a dinner tradition that dates back to 1965: food, company and a program.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, Thanksgiving with the Birds will begin with a community soup pot, followed by a turkey dinner and a presentation on Northern Goshawks by Maryland wildlife ecologist David Brinker. Brinker has appeared in National Geographic, on National Public Radio, and was pictured recently in the Los Angeles Times.

At 11:30 a.m., folks will gather around the outdoor soup kettle for which they can bring a small container of their favorite broth-based soup to add to the mystery brew.

Audubon provides the roasted turkeys and beverages for the indoor buffet dinner that begins at 12:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a side dish – dressing, vegetables, potatoes, salad or dessert – and their own table service, including a mug for soup.

During his 1:30 p.m. presentation, Brinker will talk about Northern Goshawks. He will cover the natural history, ecology and conservation issues surrounding eastern populations of these secretive birds, an important component of healthy northern forests.

A lifelong camper, fisherman and grouse hunter, Brinker has a bachelor’s degree in Ecosystems Analysis (Wildlife Ecology) from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. He is currently a regional ecologist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Natural Heritage Program, where he works on biodiversity conservation and creating a Maryland Natural Areas system.

Audubon’s Blue Heron Gift Shop will be open for holiday shopping.

The cost is $6 a person. Seating is limited and reservations are required by Monday, Nov. 18, by calling 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org or using the online form by clicking through the Program Listing at jamestownaudubon.org.

The Jamestown Audubon Center & Sanctuary is located at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter-mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Winter hours for the Nature Center and Blue Heron Gift Shop are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays, and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Bald Eagle viewing and trails are open dawn to dusk daily.

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