Lots Of Animals At Audubon Snowflake Festival Feb. 1

There will be plenty of animals at the Snowflake Festival, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s winter extravaganza, on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Throughout the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event, visitors can pet Dun Roving Farm’s Suri Alpacas in their outdoor pen. On the hour from noon to 4 p.m., Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue will give kicksled demonstrations outdoors and describe the distinctive characteristics of their beautiful animals.

Horses will be drawing sleighs for rides from noon to 4 p.m.

Paul Fehringer, the licensed wildlife rehabilitator who founded Wild Spirit Education, will give presentations of his birds of prey at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The birds will be on view in between.

Some animals people may get to meet at the display by Amtilia Outreach and Education, a group dedicated to educating the public about our planet’s wildlife as well as conservation, include tarantulas, a baby sugar glider, a hedgehog, large salamanders, giant cave cockroaches and more.

Linda O’Brien, volunteer eagle keeper, will talk about Liberty, Audubon’s resident Bald Eagle, and give behind-the-scenes tours of Liberty’s outdoor habitat throughout the day.

Visitors will also be able to visit the friendly animals in need of homes that the Chautauqua County Humane Society will be bringing, as well as Audubon’s own education animals, including fish, reptiles, and amphibians.

While enjoying the animals, there will also be a Chinese auction, naturalist-led winter nature walks, door prizes, children’s crafts, bird next box and suet feeder building, Master Gardeners, the Southern Tier Astronomical Recreation Society, vendors with handmade items like winter wear, pottery, jewelry, stretch bottle art and greeting cards, and demonstrations of outdoor cooking, spinning, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Food options include chili and hot dogs, with Bob Evans supplying the meat chili and Audubon’s kitchen preparing a vegetarian version.

Brownies, kettle corn and cotton candy will be among the treats, and hot chocolate and locally roasted coffee among the beverage choices.

Snowflake Festival sponsors are United Refining Company, Orkin Pest Control, Truck-Lite, 3 C’s Catering, Bob Evans, Elegant Edibles Catering, Herbs R 4 U, James M. Smith, Courier Capital Corporation, Gary’s CARSTAR, Kniti Griti Works, Shults of Warren and Tractor Supply of Warren.

Admission to the Snowflake Festival is $6; children between the ages of 3 and 12 are $2, and those two and under are free. Extra fees apply for horse-drawn wagon rides, bluebird house building, Chinese auction, giveaways and food.

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.