Thanksgiving with the Birds Returns to Audubon Saturday, November 19

Audubon Community Nature Center's 2022 Thanksgiving with the Birds will include a program featuring Audubon's news birds of prey. Animal Care Specialist Kim Turner is pictured showing Cricket, the American Kestrel.

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Thanksgiving with the Birds is a longstanding Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) tradition that dates back to its beginning.

In the event’s early days, Audubon’s hardy founders cooked soup in an outdoor pot, brought lawn chairs, and ate their Thanksgiving dinner outside in the brisk, occasionally snowy, air amongst the trees and birds.

ACNC is bringing this event back for a post-COVID reboot on Saturday, November 19, 2022, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Some of the original traditions will continue, including the giant soup pot, which will be kept warm over a campfire in the backyard.

This year, Thanksgiving with the Birds will be extra “birdy.” Staff will present a short program about the new birds of prey, including Cricket, the American Kestrel.

This communal Thanksgiving dinner is a group effort. Audubon provides turkey, gravy, and beverages. Participants are asked to provide their favorite Thanksgiving side dishes, desserts, and soup (broth-based, not creamy, and nothing with seafood, please) to share. Soup will be served in the backyard, followed by the dinner and program in the Nature Center’s auditorium indoors.

Cost is $8, $6 for Nature Center members and children 9 – 15. Paid reservations are required by Wednesday, November 16, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 or through “Programs and Events” at

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. You can visit the nearly 600-acre nature preserve, check in on Cricket and Soren, enjoy the natural play space and hike the six miles of trails dawn until dusk daily for free.

The three-story Nature Center building houses interactive displays, a collection of live animals including the Hellbender exhibit and the Blue Heron Gift Shop. Visitors are welcome Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1 – 4:30 p.m. Nature Center members and SNAP/EBT cardholders have free building admission daily. Building admission is also free every Sunday for non-Nature Center members.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345, find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook, or visit, where you will find the most up-to-date COVID-19 Notice at the top of the page.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.