Audubon Offers a Snipe Hunt on its Bucket List

Courtesy photo. Pictured here is a Wilson’s Snipe.
Courtesy photo.
Pictured here is a Wilson’s Snipe.

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Jamestown Audubon

A Snipe hunt conjures images of kids running through the woods with burlap sacks and sticks, but the truth is even stranger.

On Saturday morning, May 10, from 7-9 a.m., you can go on a “real” Snipe Hunt, to see these small, oddly shaped birds that fly hundreds of feet into the air with odd vibrating “woowoowooowooowooo” calls.

Snipes haunt the swamps and bottomlands of the county and are rarely seen except when performing their mating dance.

The program will start inside at Audubon to learn about this odd little bird. Then participants will take a short drive to the Akeley Gamelands to find the elusive Snipe while it performs its aerial mating dance to attract a mate.

Audubon’s staff think seeing a Snipe is so exciting that they added it to the Bucket List Series created for their 2014 calendar – that is, a year’s worth of amazing natural history opportunities to experience before you “kick the bucket.”

The program will be led by Jeff Tome, a senior naturalist at Audubon, who has been fascinated by odd nature for years.
The walk will be less than a mile over level terrain. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather.

Cost for the class is $20, $15 for Friends of the Nature Center.
Class size is limited to 20 people. Reservations with payment are required by Wednesday, May 7, 2014: call (716) 569-2345, stop in, or use the on-line form by clicking through the Program Listing at

Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Johnson Foundation, and Reg and Betty Lenna Fund of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York and Warren, ennsylvania. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The trails and eagle viewing are open daily from dawn till dusk.

For more information on this and all Audubon programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit