Meet Unusual Animals on Feb 2

Unusual Animals Will Be “Up Close” at Audubon Snowflake Festival

Jamestown, NY – Hawks, owls, reptiles, amphibians, giant invertebrates, Siberian Husky sled dogs, alpacas, horses – and maybe even some cats and dogs.

All these animals will welcome visitors at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Snowflake Festival on Saturday, February 2.

Paul Fehringer with Barred Owl - by Dave Cooney

Naturalist and licensed wildlife rehabilitator Paul Fehringer’s two presentations with his live birds of prey will be among the opportunities to experience unusual animals at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Snowflake Festival on Saturday, February 2. The founder of Wild Spirit Education will host Daytime Sky Hunters and Owls of the Region this year.. (Photo by Dave Cooney)

During the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event naturalist and licensed wildlife rehabilitator Paul Fehringer, founder of Wild Spirit Education, will give two presentations with his live birds of prey – hawks and owls. Also indoors, Amtilia Outreach will bring their rescued reptiles and amphibians, giant millipedes, tarantulas – and maybe you can even touch them!

Alpacas from Dun Roving Farm will be in an outdoor petting pen not far from Liberty, Audubon’s resident non-releasable bald eagle. Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue representatives will give sled dog demonstrations and share information about the care of their beautiful animals.

Horse-drawn sleigh rides will be offered in the afternoon.

Indoor and outdoor activities and demonstrations for all ages, great food, exhibits and vendors with a wide variety of items and skills of interest – from wool spinning and Native American cord making to ways to reduce lead poisoning – will round out the day.

Admission to the Snowflake Festival is $5 person over 12; children 12 and under are $2, ages 2 and under are free. Parking, crafts, demonstrations, snowshoes, skis, and tickets for door prizes are free. Extra fees apply for horse-drawn wagon rides, bluebird house building, Chinese auction, raffles, and food. A reminder: there is no ATM on the Audubon property.

Festival sponsors to date include United Refining, Herbs R-4-U, Carroll Rod & Gun Club, Randy Ordines – Courier Capital, James M. Smith, Gary’s CARSTAR, Lakeshore Savings Bank, Acorn Naturalists, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, Dun Roving Farm Alpacas, Franklin’s Honey and Apples, Miller’s Grove, Second Season Mittens, Stedman Corners, Frantz and Russell, Klinginsmith Plumbing and Heating, Segel and Sons Metal Recycling, and Media One Group.

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

For all the Festival details, call (716) 569-2345 or visit


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