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National Wildlife Refuge Week

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National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 13-19, is a good reason to jump for joy. Here, mountain goat researchers kick up their heels at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
Credit: USFWS

 

October 13-19
Many refuges will host public celebrations of National Wildlife Refuge Week, which falls this year on October 13-19. The nation’s 561 national wildlife refuges protect wildlife habitat while cleaning our air, filtering our water and pollinating our crops. They also provide world-class hunting and fishing and hiking. Check the special events calendar for updates on Refuge Week events. Among events planned:

Saturday, October 12:

  • Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, ND

    5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Halloween Adventure. Enjoy supper and a Halloween craft, followed by a hayride along the scenic shoreline of Lake Audubon. Pre-register by October 9: 701-442-5754 ext. 117.

  • Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT

    10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Open house. Free games, crafts and animal track displays. Prizes for the 2013 Amateur Photo Contest will awarded at 1 p.m. in the auditorium.

  • Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, MO

    10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The refuge will partner with Friends of Arrow Rock to demonstrate the unique mitigation project on the Jameson Island Unit adjacent to the town of Arrow Rock.

  • Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, IL

    9 to 11 a.m.
    Guided interpretative bike ride. Take a 10-mile cycle tour through restricted portions of the refuge. Learn about refuge history and management while looking for wildlife. Easy to moderate ride is over gravel roads. The ride, sponsored by the Friends of Crab Orchard, is free for members, $10 for non-members.

  • Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, ID

    1 to 3:30 p.m.
    Celebrate with lots of free, family-friendly activities and crafts. Bring your camera on a photo walk, or your binoculars to join in The Big Sit! bird count.

  • Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, IN

    11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Log Cabin Day Festival, sponsored by the Muscatatuck Wildlife Society, at Myers Cabin. The festival features a free ham and bean dinner, old-time crafts, music, wildlife exhibits and children’s activities.

  • Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, IA

    9 a.m. to noon
    In honor of pioneer Iowa conservationist J.N. “Ding” Darling, the refuge will host volunteer opportunities from collecting seeds to removing invasive plants and restoring prairie habitat. All ages are welcome. Volunteers will receive a free lunch.  Pre-registration is encouraged: 515-994-3400.

  • Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI

    9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    Learn to identify and sketch waterfowl on the “Jr. Duck Waterfowl Hike.” Youth K-12 can also enter the Federal Jr. Duck Stamp Contest.

  • Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, GA

    Noon to 5 p.m.
    Visit the Chesser Island Homestead to learn how settlers made soap, smoked meat and survived in and around the swamp. Sample boiled peanuts and biscuits cooked on a wood-burning stove. Enjoy bluegrass music, stories and four-note singing. Join a ranger for interpretative programs. Play games your grandparents played - musical chairs, wheelbarrow races and more.

  • Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO

    10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Explore the wild side of the refuge during this free family fun day. Enjoy tours, wildlife arts and crafts, face painting and the chance to see live birds of prey.

  • Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, TX

    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    14th annual Trinity River Butterfly Count in northern Liberty County. Areas to be counted include the refuge, Tarkington Prairie and the Gaylor Lake area.

Sunday, October 13:

  • Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, MO

    10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The refuge will partner with Friends of Arrow Rock to demonstrate the unique mitigation project on the Jameson Island Unit adjacent to the town of Arrow Rock.

  • John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA

    9 a.m. to noon
    Nature Walk. Join a free, guided nature walk of the country’s largest urban wildlife refuge. Look for herons, egrets, swallows, woodpeckers, raptors, turtles, butterflies and lovely landscapes. Bring binoculars or borrow from the visitor center. 

  • Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, IN

    All day
    Log Cabin Day Festival, sponsored by the Muscatatuck Wildlife Society, at Myers Cabin. The festival features a free ham and bean dinner, old-time crafts, music, wildlife exhibits and children’s activities.

  • Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, VA

    1 to 5 p.m.
    Enjoy “Go Wild,” a free public event for all ages featuring activities including bluebird house building, a guided kayak tour, nature walks, arts and crafts activities, storytelling and interactive exhibits. Lunch is provided to all attendees.

  • Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, TX

    7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    14th annual Trinity River Butterfly count in northern Liberty County. Areas to be counted include the refuge, Tarkington Prairie and the Gaylor Lake area.

  • Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, IL

    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Open House. Meet refuge staff. Learn about the National Wildlife Refuge System and local conservation partners. Take an auto tour of the refuge. See live birds.

The Big Sit!
On October 12 and 13, scores of refuges will host The Big Sit!, an annual event in which teams count and report bird species seen or heard from a 17-foot-diameter circle. Join a team. Newcomers are welcome. Participating refuges include:  


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Last updated: September 25, 2013