JAMESTOWN – The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is again celebrating a dinner tradition that dates back to 1965: great food, great company, and a fascinating talk.
On Saturday, November 23, Thanksgiving with the Birds will begin with a community soup pot, followed by a scrumptious turkey dinner and an enlightening program.
A presentation on Northern Goshawks by Maryland wildlife ecologist David Brinker will highlight this year’s event. Brinker has appeared in National Geographic, on National Public Radio, and was pictured recently in the Los Angeles Times.
At 11:30 a.m., folks will gather around the outdoor soup kettle for which they can bring a small container of their favorite broth-based soup to add to the mystery brew.
Audubon provides the roasted turkeys and beverages for the indoor buffet dinner that begins at 12:30. Participants are asked to bring a side dish (dressing, vegetables, potatoes, salad or dessert) and their own table service, including a mug for soup.
During his 1:30 presentation, Brinker will educate and entertain with a talk about Northern Goshawks. He will cover the natural history, ecology and conservation issues surrounding eastern populations of these secretive birds, an important component of healthy northern forests.
A lifelong camper, fisherman and grouse hunter, Brinker has a B.S. in Ecosystems Analysis (Wildlife Ecology) from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. He is currently a regional ecologist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Natural Heritage Program, where he works on biodiversity conservation and creating a Maryland Natural Areas system.
Audubon’s Blue Heron Gift Shop will be open for holiday shopping.
Cost is $6/person. Because this is such a popular event and seating is limited, reservations are required by Monday, November 18, 2013: call (716) 569-2345, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the on-line form by clicking through the Program Listing at http://jamestownaudubon.org.
The Jamestown Audubon Center & Sanctuary is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. Winter hours for the Nature Center and Blue Heron Gift Shop are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays, Sundays 1-4:30 p.m. Bald Eagle viewing and trails are open dawn to dusk daily.