Audubon fisheries event planned for Friday

JAMESTOWN — When you were growing up, did you enjoy wading in the creek catching critters? Do you know what a hellbender is? Would you like to hold one? Then Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) has an Audubon Exclusive experience for you.

On Friday, you can be part of a Hellbender Survey. After meeting at 8:30 a.m., you will spend until 4:30 p.m. assisting fisheries professionals as they work to capture, process, and then return hellbenders — a species of giant aquatic salamander — to streams of the Allegheny National Forest (Rain date is Friday, July 19.).

Center board member Nate Welker, a fisheries biologist with the Allegheny National Forest, will lead this Audubon Exclusive, a distinctive opportunity and unusual experience that helps fund programs at Audubon.

Wear clothes that can get wet and muddy, as you will be in knee-deep to waist-deep water all day. You will need to dress for the weather and wear proper wading shoes with hard soles and ankle support. The intent is to get out on a hot, sunny, summer day, so hip and chest waders will be too warm.

Children aged nine and up are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Bring a water bottle and a lunch that does not need refrigeration.

Each participant is responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the survey site near Kelletteville, Pa. Carpooling from the rendezvous point in the Lowe’s parking lot in North Warren is encouraged.

The donation is $50 per person, and space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made online at AudubonCNC.org/Exclusives.