Enjoy nature programs with Audubon Society of R.I.

Enjoy nature programs with Audubon Society of R.I.

2017 Rhode Island Butterfly Count with locations across the state is set for Saturday, June 24, to Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.-noon. Join Audubon for this annual citizen science project that documents butterfly species in Rhode Island. No experience is needed. For more information, email Jon Scoones at jscoones@asri.org or call 401-949-5454, ext. 3044. Program fee, $10 per member, $15 per non-member. Ages are teen to adult.

SMITHFIELD – The Audubon Society of Rhode Island announces the following events.

Unless noted, registration is required for all programs and can be done online at www.asri.org.

A complete listing of programs is detailed in the Audubon Nature Tours and Programs, a free guide to connecting with the natural world. Download a copy online at www.asri.org .

• On Wednesdays, June 21 and 28, there will be a free Morning Bird Walk with Audubon, 9-11 a.m. Laura Carberry, a naturalist will lead the walk. Each week a new birding destination will be chosen. Visit the Audubon’s webiste or Facebook page for the location or contact Laura at lcarberry@asri.org for more information.

• On Thursday, June 15, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. the is a Blackstone River Twilight Cruise aboard the Explorer. Join an Audubon naturalist for an evening cruise along the beautiful and historic Blackstone River. Sit back and gaze out over the Valley Falls wilderness area as we watch for birds and other wildlife that live along America’s “hardest working river.” Departs from Central Falls Landing, 20 Madeira Ave, Central Falls. Program Fee $15 per adult; $12 perchild. Ages: 7 and up. Register at www.asri.org.

• Summer Solstice Celebration and Evening Illumination at the Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol, on Saturday, June 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sample local meads, ciders and snacks while meeting an owl and red-tailed Hawk. Then take a guided evening walk through the wildlife refuge to the wetlands, following a path lit with luminaries. Toast the coming summer solstice as the sun sets over the water. Adults only. Registration required and this is a 21 plus event costing $30 for members and $35 for non.

• National Pollinator Week at Audubon in Bristol is June 19 through June 25. Celebrate pollinators and help spread the word about how to protect them.

June 19-25: Pollination Station. Make a pollinator craft, test your knowledge of local pollinators, check out some pollinator specimens, and browse informative brochures. Free with admission.

June 19-25: Spot the Bumble Bee. Spot all 10 bumblebees in our exhibit hall and get a prize. Free with admission.

June 20: from 7 to 8 p.m., Enhancing Pollinator Habitat: Tools for Landowners lecture.

June 21: from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hometown Habitat- Stories of Bringing Nature Home film screening.

June 25: 11 a.m. to noon, Insect Investigation for Families.

• Ice Cream and Lightning Bugs at Audubon Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, Exeter, will be held Friday, June 23, 7:30-9 p.m. Start the evening by making ice cream sundaes and learning about what makes these insects so special. Then head out for a guided hike and look for their flickering lights. Please bring a flashlight. The costs is $12 per member adult and $6 for member child while it is $14 for non-member adults and $7 for non-member children.

• 2017 Rhode Island Butterfly Count with locations across the state is set for Saturday, June 24 to Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.-noon. Join Audubon for this annual citizen science project that documents butterfly species in Rhode Island. Naturalists lead teams into the field to identify and record butterfly sightings. No experience is needed. For more information, email Jon Scoones at jscoones@asri.org or call 401-949-5454, ext. 3044. Program fee, $10 per member, $15 per non-members. Ages are teen to adult.

• Introduction to Tree Identification at Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, will be held on Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m.-noon. Learn to recognize the major families of trees and shrubs as well as a number of common species in the wild and home landscape. Class will be both indoors and out, dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Program Fee, $10 per member and $14 per non-member. Ages: 14 and up. Register at www.asri.org .

• A Sea Glass Jewelry Workshop will take place on Saturday, July 15 and Aug. 19, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in Bristol. It costs $30 for members and $35 for non-members and the program is open to teens to adults. Advance registration is required. Program includes all materials.

• Bird Banding with Audubon, in Bristol, will take place on July 9 and Aug. 13, 9:15-11:15 a.m. Join Audubon and witness bird banding, where experts capture, band, measure and release songbirds in order to record their movements. Bring a camera and binoculars. The program fee is $8 per member adult, $4 for member child, $12 for non-member adult and $6 for non-member child.