Audubon Center sets New Year’s Eve blood drive

Submitted Photo Audubon Community Nature Center invites all to welcome the New Year by giving the gift of life: Donate to the American Red Cross blood drive at Audubon on Monday, Dec. 31. While there, enjoy the exhibits and live animals in the Nature Center building and visit Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle in her outdoor enclosure.

JAMESTOWN — The public is invited to welcome the New Year by giving the gift of life.

Twice a year, Audubon Community Nature Center hosts an American Red Cross blood drive.

This year the holiday drive is New Year’s Eve day, Monday, Dec. 31, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

After filling local needs first, the American Red Cross has the ability, through its national inventory system, to move blood around the country wherever and whenever it is most needed.

Remember to bring a photo ID, eat well and drink plenty of water before coming to donate. Wear comfortable, loose clothing.

Prepare to spend between an hour and an hour and a half donating blood. Then take time to view the Nature Center exhibits and the birds at the feeders.

Appointments are preferred, but not required. For questions regarding eligibility or to schedule an appointment, phone 1-800-733-2767 or go online to redcrossblood.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The three-story Nature Center building contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop.

Building hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. The 600-acre wetland preserve with more than five miles of trails and Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily. To learn more, visit auduboncnc.org.Aud building in winter.