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Calendar of Events

American Alligator. Credit: Theresa T. Baldwin, USFWS

American Alligator. Credit: Theresa T. Baldwin, USFWS

January

  • Interpretive programs and tours begin Jan. 1 thru March 31.
    Call for details. 239-472-1100
  • An abundance of shorebirds, waterfowl, wading birds, passerines, and raptors can be found

February

  • Wading birds begin to show breeding plumage
  • Shorebirds are plentiful and often seen feeding on mudflats

March

  • Florida Jr. Duck Stamp Art Competition entries are due March 15th
  • Refuge water impoundment draw down to coincide with shorebird migration
  • Peak of osprey nesting
  • Adult spoonbills leave the refuge to head to nesting grounds
  • Waterfowl begin to migrate north
  • Interpretive programs end.
Snowy Egret. Credit: Denny Souers, USFWS

Snowy Egret. Credit: Denny Souers, USFWS

April

  • Earth Day Festival
  • White pelicans begin to migrate north
  • Peak of wading bird nesting
  • Peak of snowy plover nesting
  • Black-necked stilts begin to nest at the Bailey Tract

May

  • International Migratory Bird Day - 2nd weekend in May
  • Mangrove cuckoo sightings become more frequent
  • American crocodile begins to nest
  • Sea turtles begin to nest on Sanibel beaches
  • Male alligators may be heard bellowing to attract a mate
American White Pelicans. Credit: Theresa T. Baldwin, USFWS

American White Pelicans. Credit: Theresa T. Baldwin, USFWS

June

  • National Boating and Fishing Week
  • Peak of sea turtle nesting
  • Female alligators begin to nest
  • Summer Programs Begin
    Call for details. 239-472-1100

July

  • 4th of July Parade - in cooperation with the City of Sanibel
  • Manatees can be found in Tarpon Bay

August

  • Manatees can be found in Tarpon Bay
  • Sea turtle hatchlings are emerging from their nests
  • Summer Programs End
    Call for details. 239-472-1100
West Indian Manatee. Credit: USFWS

West Indian Manatee. Credit: USFWS

September

  • "Ding" Darling Children's Editorial Cartoon Contest in cooperation with the News-Press
  • National Estuaries Day - last Saturday in Sept.
  • Adult Spoonbills returning to refuge
  • Beginning of migratory bird season
  • National Public Lands Day

October

  • Ding Darling Days/National Wildlife Refuge Week- Annually
  • Refuge water impoundment draw down to coincide with shorebird migration
  • Shorebirds are visible in Refuge impoundments

November

  • White pelicans begin to arrive on the refuge
  • Waterfowl begin to arrive on the refuge
  • Peregrine falcons can be seen along the Wildlife Drive
Osprey. Credit: Denny Souers, USFWS

Osprey. Credit: Denny Souers, USFWS

December

Other Yearly Events

  • Homeschool Day - varies by subject and month
  • Jr. Refuge Manager Badge - daily in Education Center
  • EarthCaching at the Refuge - daily in Education Center

 

Last updated: June 21, 2011