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Audubon Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk

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Continuing a long-standing tradition, on Sunday afternoon, May 14, naturalist Jack Gulvin will lead the Audubon Community Nature Center’s annual Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk at the Bentley Preserve of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy.

 Starting at 2 p.m. at the entrance to Bentley Preserve just north of Jamestown, walkers meander through the woods in search of spring wildflowers. The hike features all the spring flowers, from the white Black Cohosh to Stinking Benjamin, another name for Red Trillium.

 The two-hour Mother’s Day event is an opportunity to take time to enjoy the beauty of even the smallest and most common of our wildflowers. Learn which are native and which were brought here by Europeans, eager to see a familiar sight from the home country. Also learn about some that tagged along, uninvited.

 Jack Gulvin is a naturalist at Chautauqua Institution, where he leads nature walks Friday mornings at 9 a.m. during the Chautauqua season. He also oversees the Purple Martin colonies, leading walks the first four Fridays of the season at 4:15 p.m.

 Anyone interested in the Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk is invited to meet at 2 p.m. at the entrance to the Bentley Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is located at the end of Bentley Road, off Fluvanna Road (State Route 430) near the Fluvanna Community Church in Greenhurst.

 Wear mud-proof footwear and dress for the weather. With the wonderful background information Gulvin provides, a pencil and paper are often welcome accessories. Since it is also a great time for birds, consider bringing binoculars.

 The fee is $8, $6 for Nature Center members and children ages 9-15. Reservations are not required.

If you want to pay online, click through Attend a Program/Programs and Workshops under Plan Your Visit or through the Programs link in the top bar at www.auduboncnc.org, and bring your ticket to the event. If you prefer to pay the day of, exact change is appreciated.

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