A Snowy Owl is one of the live birds of prey that Fehringer brought to a previous festival. (Photo by Dave Cooney)
A Snowy Owl is one of the live birds of prey that Fehringer brought to a previous festival. (Photo by Dave Cooney)

Jamestown, NY – With winter fully upon us, it’s time to look forward to the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s annual Snowflake Festival, always a highlight of the winter season.

Planners at Audubon are excited to announce that Paul Fehringer, the licensed wildlife rehabilitator who founded Wild Spirit Education, will be returning this year to the Saturday, Feb. 1 event.

“Paul’s presentations of his rehabilitated birds, including owls and other raptors, have been a highlight of previous Snowflake Festivals,” said Audubon Senior Naturalist and Festival Coordinator, Sarah Hatfield. “We are thrilled that he will be able to be with us again this year!”

The day-long event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., also features horse-drawn sleigh rides, kicksled demonstrations by Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue, crafts, a Chinese auction, naturalist-led winter nature walks, alpacas and other live animals, door prizes, kids crafts, behind-the-scenes tours of Audubon’s resident bald eagle, and more.

A variety of vendors will have hand-made items like winter wear, pottery, jewelry and greeting cards. Demonstrations of outdoor cooking, spinning, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing will add to the fun.

Chili and hot dogs will be among the food options, and brownies, kettle corn and cotton candy will be among the treats.

Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts of any age group can earn a Winter Fun patch by completing certain activities at the Festival. For more information and to sign up their groups, Scout Leaders can call Audubon at (716) 569-2345 or go on-line http://snowflakefestival.wordpress.com/scouts/.

Snowflake Festival sponsors are United Refining Company, Herbs R 4 U, James M. Smith, Courier Capital Corporation, Gary’s CARSTAR, Kniti Griti Works, Shults of Warren, and Tractor Supply of Warren.

Admission to the Snowflake Festival is $6, children 3-12 are $2, and free for those two and under. Extra fees apply for horse-drawn wagon rides, bluebird house building, Chinese auction, raffles, and food.

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

To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.