Audubon Celebrates Christmas with the Critters

Audubon Nature Educator Emma Roth (right) describes Soren, as Education Coordinator Sarah Hatfield is about to give the Red-tailed Hawk a treat.

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WNY News Now) – Audubon Community Nature Center is hosting a holiday open house that is all about the animals, celebrating Christmas with the Critters on Tuesday, December 27.

You can come to the nature center between 10 and 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 – 2 p.m. and visit with ACNC’s reptiles, amphibians, and birds. Attend a live animal program, explore animal artifacts, be creative at the craft station, make a gift for the wild animals, and more.

ACNC is home to many live animals including several species of turtles, snakes, and frogs. Two birds of prey also call ACNC home: Cricket the American Kestrel, and Soren the Red-tailed Hawk.

Admission for either program is $8 for adults, $6 for Nature Center members and children ages 3 to 15, and free for children two and under.

A gift from the Giving Tree in the Nature Center lobby or on can serve as your admission fee; one admission per $6/$8 gift.

Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are appreciated. To register for either the morning or afternoon, call the Nature Center at (716) 569-2345 during open hours or go to and click through “Programs and Events.”
Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road. You can visit the nearly 600-acre nature preserve, check in on the live birds of prey, and hike, snowshoe or cross country ski over five miles of trails dawn until dusk daily for free.

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.

The building will be closed on Christmas Eve and Day and New Year’s Day.


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