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Owls, Ales & Animal Tracks!
January 2019 Highlights
from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island

(November 27, 2018) – Don’t be a couch potato in January! Join a birding expert and search for waterfowl at the shore, head out and prowl for owls, or learn to identify animal tracks in the snow. Nature in winter is truly a wonderland. Just bundle up and go!

Unless noted, registration is required for all programs. Register online and view a complete listing of programs through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

FREE Wednesday Morning Bird Walks
Locations Across the State
January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019; 9 – 11 am

Audubon offers FREE Wednesday Morning Bird Walks with naturalist Laura Carberry. Each week a new birding destination will be chosen. Please visit the Audubon website (ww.asri.org) or Facebook Page for the location. Contact Laura at lcarberry@asri.org for more information.

Locations determined weekly; Every Wednesday through June 2019; 9:00-11:00 am; Ages: 14+.

Winter Big Day 2019
Locations Across the State
January 3, 2019; 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

This popular adventure has become a Rhode Island tradition to see how many bird species can be found in a single day! Jump in the new Audubon van to visit many of the state’s winter hot spots in search of our feathered winter residents, such as Barrow’s Goldeneye, Eurasian Wigeon, Short-eared Owl and Snow Buntings. Dress warmly, pack a lunch and optics.

Departs from Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI; Fee: $50/member; $60/non-member. Ages: 18+. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Daylight Owl Prowl
Audubon Fort Wildlife Refuge,
North Smithfield, RI
January 5, 2019; 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Audubon naturalists often hear owls at Fort Refuge calling during the day – especially in the breeding season. Join a walk listening and calling for owls on this beautiful refuge. While wild owls are never guaranteed to cooperate, it will be an enjoyable winter hike. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes.

Fort Nature Refuge, (Rt. 5), 1443 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI; Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 8+. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Animal Tracking
Audubon Powder Mill Ledges
Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI
January 19, 2019; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn how to identify local mammal tracks and other animal signs. The indoor presentation will focus on track patterns, terms and track models. Then we will head outside on a short hike to look for tracks and signs along the trails. This class is geared for an adult audience. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes.

Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register through the events calendar at www.asri.org.

Blackstone Heritage Corridor to Host Volunteer Open House

Discover Volunteer Opportunities Available In Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

Suzanne Buchanan, Volunteer Coordinator at Blackstone Heritage Corridor, will explain the many volunteer opportunities available in the 25 communities of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, at the Volunteer Open House on Wednesday, January 16.

Whitinsville, MA (December 10, 2018) – Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC) is hosting a Volunteer Open House on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at its office at the Linwood Mill, 670 Linwood Ave., Whitinsville, MA. BHC Volunteer Coordinator Suzanne Buchanan will lead the event, inviting the public to learn how to participate in a variety of unique volunteer opportunities available in the region’s Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program. Volunteer open houses are held monthly in various locations throughout the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.

To RSVP, email volunteer@BlackstoneHeritageCorridor.org or call (508) 234-4242.

In Fiscal Year 2018 (ending September 30), volunteers in BHC’s Volunteers-In-Parks program tallied 15,393 hours of service at a value of $378,290.93. To learn more about BHC and its VIP program, visit www.BlackstoneHeritageCorridor.org.

About Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc.: An energetic nonprofit, the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. partners with organizations, local communities, businesses and residents to ensure the long term vitality of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. Learn more at BlackstoneHeritageCorridor.org.

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