The animals and staff of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary invite the public to celebrate the holidays with them.
On Friday, Dec. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon, the public can meet some Audubon animals during a live animal presentation at Christmas With the Critters.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to get 'up close and personal' with our education animals," said Sarah Hatfield, Audubon senior naturalist, who heads up animal care at Audubon.
Ebeneezer, pictured with Sarah Hatfield, Audubon senior naturalist, is one of the animals that will be part of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Christmas With the Critters on Friday, Dec. 27.
Audubon staff will bring some of the animals out to meet those attending, who can then learn about the animals, touch them and wish them a happy holiday. Activities will include making a gift for the animals, reading a story, and opening some of the animals' presents.
Admission to the party is $8 or $6 for Friends of the Nature Center. Those attending may take a gift tag from the Giving Tree that stands in the lobby of the Nature Center building, purchase an item and bring it back as their admission. Those who can't attend the event can place their wrapped gifts under the tree beforehand.
The gifts benefit Audubon's educational reptiles and amphibians, the fish, Liberty the Bald Eagle and the outdoor wildlife. Items like hides, bark, light bulbs, food, and decorations help the animals directly. Items like paper towels, bleach, Ziploc bags, sponges, brushes, and dish and hand soap help Audubon care for the animals.
Reservations are not required.
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter-mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. For more information, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.