Just because the Halloween costumes and ghoulish decorations are packed away doesn’t mean all the autumn nighttime fun is over!
Audubon naturalists say evening is their favorite time to be out on the trails. And some kids will love another reason to roam around outside after dark. They can rustle through the leaves and listen for owls calling, look for signs of otter and beaver, hike through moonlit pines and discover the beauty of nature at night.
Here is a list of happenings below. Pre-registration required for all events. Visit www.asri.org.
Beavers of Fisherville Under the Full Moon (Ages: 11+)
November 9, 2011; 4:30-6:30 pm
Join an Audubon naturalist for a full moonÂ walk and discussion of the beavers that have taken up residence in the Fisherville Pond. Observe a beaver dam, learn about their habits and habitats, and if we are lucky, watch the beavers themselves. At dusk, these creatures become active, so we may get to see some of nature’s engineers at work. Please bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Meet in the parking lot.
Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI
Program Fee: $8/member, $12/non-member
Nighttime Nature Stroll (Ages: 3+)
November 10, 2011; 6:30–8:00 pm
Back by popular demand! Join our naturalist for a fall night hike on the Audubon McIntosh WildlifeÂ Refuge.Â Test your night vision and your other senses too, as we wander under the trees and discover whom else might be out at night.Â We’ll keep an eye and an ear open for any nocturnal visitors who might be curious about us! Registration is required as space is limited.
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Program Fee: $10/member adult/child pair; $5/each additional member; $12/non-member adult/child pair; $6/each additional non-member
Full Moon Madness (Ages: 8+)
November 11, 2011; 7:00-9:00 pm
The evening begins with delectable treats…a generous slice of pumpkin or apple pie along with other fall goodies and cider or hot cocoa. After dessert, we’ll embark on an evening stroll under the full moon. Maybe we’ll encounter one of the Eastern Screech Owls that make Caratunk their home, or perhaps we’ll hear the howl of a distant coyote. What a great way to spend a crisp, fall night with family in the great outdoors.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA
Program Fee: $15/member adult, $8/member child; $20/non-member adult, $10/non-member child
Photo: Barred Owl courtesy Audubon Society of Rhode Island