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Live Hawks and Owls at Audubon's Talking Phone Book Snowflake Festival
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Live Hawks and Owls at Audubon's Talking Phone Book Snowflake Festival

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Paul Fehringer’s return guarantees that live hawks and owls will be a major attraction of this year’s Talking Phone Book Snowflake Festival! 

The naturalist and licensed wildlife rehabilitator will make two presentations at the Saturday, February 5, event at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary. At 11:30 am he will show and talk about general Birds of Prey. An Owl Ecology program will follow at 1 pm. There will be a meet-and-greet for about a half hour after each program where visitors can take pictures, ask questions, and get a close view of the beautiful birds.   

A variety of activities, both indoors and out, is planned for the 10 am to 4:30 pm winter celebration. 

Inside there will be a photography exhibit by the Audubon Photography Club, children’s arts and crafts, Master Gardeners, maple products, bluebird houses to build, a Chinese auction, face painting, demonstrations of tapestry weaving and yarn spinning, weaving and dying – and much more! 

Outdoors will be sleigh rides and the opportunity to try out snowshoes and cross-country skis. Siberian huskies will do scooter and kick sled demonstrations, and Fluvanna Boy Scout Troop #169 will show how to do winter camping and cooking. Visitors can pet live alpacas and learn how Audubon cares for its injured bald eagle, Liberty. You can also bring your own equipment for sledding and cross-country skiing.  

The great food available includes chili, hot dogs, sausages with peppers and onions, brownies, kettle corn, hot chocolate, and Stedman Corners coffee. 

Admission to the Talking Phone Book Snowflake Festival is only $5; children under 12 are free.  Sleigh rides are $5 for ages 13 and over and $2 for 5-12 year olds; $5 covers materials for building a bluebird house.  

Prior to the Festival, $5 booklets of Snowflake Dollars can be purchased to use like cash for admission, food, sleigh rides, Chinese auction and more. The booklet also includes free chances to win a beautiful quilt handmade by Martha Danielson and a free week of day camp next summer for a special child in your life. Snowflake Dollars are not available the day of the Festival. A reminder: there is no ATM on the Audubon property. 

In addition to the Talking Phone Book, Snowflake Festival sponsors to date include Herbs R-4-U, Hope’s Windows, Western New York Energy Smart Communities, Lena’s Pizza, James M. Smith CLU, Gary’s CARSTAR, and The Healing Vessel/Massage Therapist Cynthia Simonsen.  

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, off Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Winter hours are 10 am-4:30 pm Mondays and Saturdays, and 1-4:30 pm Sundays. The trails and Bald Eagle viewing are open dawn to dusk daily. 

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