Audubon Wildflower Walk on Mother's Day

- For decades now, Jamestown Audubon has been offering a special treat on Mother’s Day: a guided tour of beautiful spring wildflowers.

Naturalist Jack Gulvin will continue this annual tradition at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 11. Participants will begin at Audubon’s Bentley Sanctuary and meander through the woods in search and awe of the spring wildflowers.

The Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk is an opportunity to take a couple hours to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of even the smallest and the most common wildflowers. You can learn which are native and which were brought here by Europeans eager to see a familiar sight from the home country. You will 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 is invited to meet at 2 p.m. at the entrance to the Bentley Sanctuary. Bentley Sanctuary is located at the end of Bentley Road, off Fluvanna Road to the right (if heading north), near the Fluvanna Community Church. You can find a map by clicking through the Program Listing at to Mother’s Day Walk.

Bring sturdy, 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 or $6 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations are not required.

If you can’t make it on May 11, you can visit the Bentley Sanctuary on your own any time between dawn and dusk.

To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit

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