SMITHFIELD – The Audubon Society of Rhode Island announces the following programs. Register for events through the events calendar at asri.org.
• Prowl for Owls at Caratunk: Oct. 16, Nov. 19, and 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Ave., Seekonk, Mass.
Take an evening hike through Caratunk in search of owls in their natural habitat. A wonderful program for families with children over the age of 12. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.
• Hawk Watch: Saturday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-noon, at Napatree Point Conservation Area, Westerly.
Napatree Point is one of the best locations to look for accipiters, falcons and eagles. If the winds are right, there can be quite a great show. Swallows, monarch butterflies and any remaining shorebirds may also be spotted. Program is limited to 10 people. Advance registration is required.
Fee: $15/member; $20/non-member. Ages: teen to adult.
• Nest, Dens and Burrows: Saturday, Oct. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, Mass.
Take an early afternoon hike through the fields and woods of Caratunk to search for birds, mammals, and insects preparing for the winter months. Look for what they built or left behind. A great family program for ages 4 and up.
Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Ages: 4 and up.
• Fall Birding Walk: Sunday, Oct. 17, from 8 to 10 a.m., at Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, Mass.
Join naturalist and science teacher Joe Koger to observe migratory birds passing through the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge. Discuss different habitats and ways to identify birds, including appearance, song, and behavior. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Advance registration is required.
Fee: $10/member, $14/non-member. Ages: 12 and up.
• Owl Prowl: Monday, Oct. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Audubon Fort Wildlife Refuge, 1443 Providence Pike, North Smithfield.
Bundle up and visit Fort Wildlife Refuge on an autumn night to search for owls. An Audubon naturalist will call for different species as you walk through mixed and pine woods. Hike will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.
Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 12 and up.
• Herbal Plant Walk: Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, Mass.
Join Maggie Hatzpanian, nurse, herbalist and medicinal plant educator, for a walk through the woods, meadows and wetlands of Caratunk to search for native New England medicinal plants. Advance registration is required.
Fee: $15/member, $18/non-Member. Ages: 12 and up.
• Nature Tales — “Mousekin’s Golden House,” by Edna Miller: Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 10 to 11 a.m., at Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield.
Enjoy story time with your preschooler with a focus on nature. Program includes story time followed by a nature craft, short walk or live animal visit. Adults must accompany children.
Fee: $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Ages: 3-6.
• The Power of One – Conscious Choices to Save Birds: Sunday, Oct. 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope St., Bristol.
Join Audubon Director of Avian Research Dr. Charles Clarkson and discover ways to help protect vulnerable and declining bird populations with purchasing power. Learn which labels to look for when shopping and how your choices at the market have far-reaching impacts.
Fee: $10/member; $12 non-member. Ages: adult.
• Hiking Prudence Island: Thursday, Oct. 28, from 1:30 to 6 p.m.
Prudence Island has several miles of hiking trails that cover a range of habitats from forested wetlands to coastal meadow and pine barrens. Pace will be moderate and approximately 4 to 5 miles will be covered through a mix of terrain. Note that face masks will be required regardless of vaccination status while riding in the van. Due to limited space, reservations are required.
Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $12/non-member adult, $8/non-member child. Ages: 12 and up. To learn more about Prudence Island trips and to register, visit the events calendar at www.asri.org.
• The Perfect Pumpkin Party: Saturday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, Bristol.
Join us for a different kind of autumn celebration and find out just how much fun a pumpkin can be. Search for hidden nature-themed pumpkins throughout the wildlife refuge — find them all and pick out a prize. Try fun pumpkin games, pumpkin decorating, and collect stickers for your pumpkin “patch.” Visit the silly photo booth and try disguises for a festive family photo. Come in costume and receive a prize. No need to register.
Free with admission. Pumpkins for decorating must be purchased.