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Photo submitted At the Audubon Community Nature Center’s Little Explorers on Saturday morning, February 12, children ages 3 to 8 and their adults learn how animals like this porcupine protect themselves.

“Animal tusks” is the subject of little explorers at the Audubon Community Nature Center on Saturday, February 12, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

All wild animals have ways of protecting themselves from predators or competing with other animals for resources. Sometimes they use these adaptations for physical defense and sometimes they use them to avoid being caught.

Join Audubon to learn more about how animals protect themselves with their structures, behaviors and senses. After a short lesson, challenge yourself to understand how different local animals defend themselves by looking for animals on the trails and meeting some of Audubon’s Animal Ambassadors. A snack is provided after the hike and a craft is offered if there is time.

Program fees are $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-8 and Center de la nature members. Registration is limited to 15 children, 30 participants in total. Make reservations by Thursday, February 10 by calling 716-569-2345 during business hours or by going to and clicking “Upcoming programs.”

Sponsored by Univera Healthcare, Little Explorers is presented the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. From dawn to dusk, daily hike, snowshoe, and cross-country ski the six miles of trails, see Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable bald eagle, and enjoy the playground outdoors, all for free.

The Nature Center’s three-story building houses interactive exhibits, a collection of live animals including the Hellbender Exhibit, 2021 Nature Photography Contest winners, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop. Visitors are welcome Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nature Center members and SNAP/EBT cardholders enjoy admission free at the building every day. Admission to the building is also free every Sunday for non-members of the Nature Center.

To learn more about Audubon and its programs, call 716-569-2345, find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook, or visit All visitors, volunteers and staff must wear a face covering when inside the building; any updates to these requirements can be found in the COVID-19 notice on this webpage.

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