New exhibits open at Audubon this summer

Posted 6/15/22

The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium at 1401 Hope St., Bristol, on the Warren town line, has new aquatic exhibits this summer. It is open Mondays to Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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New exhibits open at Audubon this summer

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The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium at 1401 Hope St., Bristol, on the Warren town line, has new aquatic exhibits this summer. It is open Mondays to Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Seahorses  —Watch with delight as lined seahorses seem to dance through the water and propel themselves with rapidly moving dorsal fins. Observe their unique horse-shaped head, delicate movements, and strong ability to camouflage. Lined seahorses are native to the western Atlantic Ocean and can be found from Canada to Venezuela.

Terrapins and turtles — The turtle tank exhibit has a northern diamondback terrapin and an eastern painted turtle. Observe these fascinating reptiles as they swim, climb, eat and shelter.

Curiosity Corner — The new Curiosity Corner features a digital microscope and natural specimens. Discover marine fossils, unique shells, bones and skulls from Audubon’s extensive natural history collections. Use a digital microscope to get an up-close look at natural items and open drawers to reveal unexpected specimens.

Giant bones — Check out enormous bones that washed up on Rhode Island beaches. The skulls from humpback and minke whales not only highlight the size of these marine mammals, but visitors can also learn interesting facts about these amazing creatures.

Becorns — The photography exhibit of becorns by David M. Bird is open through July 2. The photographer and toy designer conjures a whimsical world where acorn creatures grow on trees, feed birds and defend themselves against squirrel attacks. He builds creatures out of acorns and sticks, then photographs them in the wild with real animals. Learn more at www.davidmbird.com.

What’s the buzz? The Palmieri Pollinator Garden is in bloom and a delight for the senses. Combining native flowering plants and trees with a small pond and herb garden, the space provides food, water, shelter and habitat for a diverse array of pollinators and wildlife. Check out the large insect hotel, Buggingham Palace, full of holes, cavities and tunnels that bees and other insects can use for nesting and shelter year-round.

Summer nature programs — Visit www.asri.org and visit the events calendar for a complete list of programs this summer.

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