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.
The public can learn about all that is involved in taking care of her when Audubon offers a behind-the-scenes tour at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26.
The program will begin indoors, then proceed to Liberty's outdoor enclosure.
Volunteer Linda O’Brien is pictured showing a group of Girl Scouts Liberty’s supply of frozen fish. The public can learn more about caring for Liberty with a behind-the-scenes tour at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Following the tour, the public is 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 from Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 26 to Dec. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walks with a naturalist will be featured on Thursday and Saturday mornings, Dec. 27 and Dec. 29, and Christmas with the Critters on Friday, Dec. 28.
Closed on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, the center will be open Saturday, Dec. 30, and Monday, Dec. 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. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. 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.
For more information, call 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.