Audubon Offers Behind-the-Scenes Eagle Tour

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You can celebrate the day after Christmas with a special behind-the-scenes tour to learn how the Audubon Center and Sanctuary cares for Liberty, its non-releasable bald eagle. Volunteer Linda O’Brien is seen here showing a group of Girl Scouts Liberty’s supply of frozen fish. (Photo by Jennifer Schlick)
You can celebrate the day after Christmas with a special behind-the-scenes tour to learn how the Audubon Center and Sanctuary cares for Liberty, its non-releasable bald eagle. Volunteer Linda O’Brien is seen here showing a group of Girl Scouts Liberty’s supply of frozen fish. (Photo by Jennifer Schlick)

Jamestown, NY – A lot of work and many volunteer hours are required to care for Liberty, the non-releasable bald eagle that has lived at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary for more than a decade.

You can learn about all that is involved in taking care of her when Audubon offers a behind-the-scenes tour on Wednesday, December 26 at 10 a.m. The program will begin indoors, then proceed to Liberty’s outdoor enclosure.

Following the tour, you are welcome to bring a lunch and “picnic” – either indoors or out – and to hike Audubon’s trails. The fee of $7, or $5 for Friends of the Nature Center, includes a self-guided tour of the building. Reservations are not required.

The eagle tour is just one of the special events being offered during Audubon’s extended hours,  Wednesday-Friday, December 26-29 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walks with a Naturalist will be featured on Thursday and Saturday mornings, December 27 and 29, and Christmas with the Critters on Friday morning, December 28.

Closed on December 24 and 25, the Center will be open on Saturday, December 30, and Monday, December 31.

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Normal winter hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. Members and children are admitted to the exhibits free of charge; non-member adults pay only $5.  Sunday is a free admission day.

There is no charge to walk, snowshoe or cross country ski the trails or see Liberty from dawn until dusk every day.  Liberty is in her own outdoor enclosure behind the Nature Center building.

To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.