Six years of volunteer effort – researching, securing permissions, building a proper enclosure – were required before Liberty, a non-releasable Bald Eagle, could come to live at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC).
You can learn about Bald Eagles and the countless volunteer hours that it still takes to care for Liberty at the Behind-the-Scenes Libery Tour on Friday, December 29, from 10-11:30 a.m.
You will hear how Liberty was found in Washington State with an infected cut on her left wing and spent a year in re-hab before it was determined that she could not return to the wild. This now much-loved bird then became a resident at ACNC on June 1, 2002, where she is on display in her own enclosure behind the Nature Center building.
The program will begin indoors, then proceed to Liberty’s outdoor home, so remember to dress for the weather.
The cost is $8 for adults, $6 for Nature Center members and children ages 3 to15, and free for children two and under. The fee includes a self-guided tour of the building. You are also welcome to hike the trails.
Reservations are appreciated but not required, and walk-ins are welcome. To register, auduboncnc.orgthe Programs page at
Audubon Community Nature Center is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.
Year-round hours for the Nature Center and its Blue Heron Gift Shop are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The building will be closed December 24 and 25 and January 1. Bald Eagle viewing and trails to walk, snowshoe or cross country ski are open dawn to dusk daily.
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.