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August 2014 Events

monarch butterfly
A monarch butterfly alights on an aster at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA. On August 2, visitors to Big Oaks Refuge in Indiana can take part in a butterfly survey.
Photo: Rick L. Hansen/USFWS

 

Red Wolf Howls
Every Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m. — Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, NC
Hear endangered red wolves howl in the wild. Learn what the refuge is doing to aid in recovery of the species. Summer howlings cost $10 per person; children age 12 and under are free. No registration is required. Event will occur except with lightning, heavy rain, or wind or impassable roads.  Do not bring pets. Questions: 252-216-9464

 

Butterfly Survey
August 2, 8 a.m. — Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, IN
Take part in a butterfly survey at the refuge.

 

Canoe Trip
August 2, 7:30 a.m. — Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, TN
Enjoy a three-and-one-half-hour float on the Glory Hole Trail at Grassy Island. Floats take place water-level permitting. Bring your own kayak or canoe and life jacket. Some boats are available for borrowing. Register: 731-538-2481


Midnight Mysteries
August 2, 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
For ages 8-10. Learn how night-dwelling creatures adapt by sharpening your own nocturnal skills such as night vision, scent and more. Registration is required: 301-497-5887. National Wildlife Visitor Center

 

Amazing Antlers – The Velvet Tour
August 3, 8:30 a.m. to noon — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Did you know antlers are the fastest-growing tissue in any mammal and that the amount of daylight can determine annual antler growth? Learn more about bucks in velvet with a naturalist. Then spend time in the field spotting and photographing these magnificent mulies.

 

The Magical Forest
August 3 and 9, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, WA
This family-friendly walk explores the relationships between plants, animals and other organisms. Meet at the visitor center.

 

Paddle Siletz Bay
August 4, 5, 6, and 16 — Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge, OR
Take a two-hour paddle through the heart of Siletz Bay Refuge while learning about its wildlife and natural history. Space is limited. Reserve your space early: 541-270-0610. Trips are free but you must provide your own canoe or kayak. Start times vary; see schedule. Tours are offered in Spanish as well as English.

 

Connecting People with Nature
August 4, 8 a.m. — Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Enjoy family-friendly hands-on activities about the refuge and natural resources.


Tiny Tots: Nature and Music
August 10, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
(Ages 18-42 mos.)
August 11, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
(Ages 18-42 mos.)
Learn about the wildlife at the refuge through songs and rhyming. Parental participation is required. Registration is required: 301-497-5887. National Wildlife Visitor Center


Full Moon Foray
August 10, 6:30 p.m.  — Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Join a local naturalist for a summer nature walk. All ages are welcome. A $5/person donation is requested. No pre-registration required. Meet at the information kiosk by the parking lot (Monsen Rd in Concord, off Rte. 62). Questions? See blog or email cherrie.corey@verizon.net or call 978-760-1933.

 

Water Waders
August 13, 9 to 10 a.m. — Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, IL
See shorebirds feed on the insects found in the shallow water along the banks of the Illinois River. Learn how to identify some of the insects these birds are bobbing for. Then take a walk on the Swan Lake levee separating the lake from the river. Register by August 12.


Evening Wildflower Search
August 15, 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
For ages 8+. Join a guided car caravan tour along the refuge wildlife loop, stopping at multiple locations to learn about late-summer wildflower blooms.  Registration is required: 301-497-5887. North Tract


Wildlife Conservation and Recreation Day
August 16 — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Learn about wildlife conservation and recreational opportunities through habitat exploration, children’s crafts, fishing, archery and firearm demonstrations. Patuxent North Tract

 

Bats among Us
August 16, 7 to 9 p.m. — Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Scared of bats? Get over it as you learn more about these diverse and beneficial creatures.
Watch bats as they emerge at dusk. Find out how scientists study bats, and see bats as you've never seen them before.

 

Snakes Alive
August 16, 10 to 11 a.m. — Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, MO
Learn from a refuge ranger about the many kinds of snakes that can be found at the refuge.  Take the opportunity to handle and touch a live snake, if you would like. The program will take place at the Mingo Visitor Center.


Wildlife Conservation and Recreation Day
August 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Learn about wildlife conservation and recreational opportunities through habitat exploration, children’s crafts, fishing, archery and firearm demonstrations.  Free. No registration necessary. North Tract

 

Lotus Walk
August 17, 3 p.m. — Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, MI
Walk to a beautiful bed of American lotuses and learn about the rich natural and cultural history of the lotus, as well as other plant members of this coastal marsh ecosystem. Gibraltar Bay Unit

 

Spying for Spiders
August 21, 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Ages 5-7. Learn why spiders are not insects.  Explore their unique traits with a game, poem, song, craft and a hike.  Registration is required: 301-497-5887. National Wildlife Visitor Center


Evening Moth Tour
August 22, 8 to 11:30 p.m. — Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Join author Jim Sogaard to learn about these fly-by-night creatures. Meet at refuge headquarters.

 

Make Your Yard a Hangout for Birds and Butterflies
August 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Ages 15+. Learn from a master gardener what birds and butterflies need to enjoy your space. Learn how to create landscapes that include native foods, shelter and water to support wild birds.  Registration is required: 301-497-5887. National Wildlife Visitor Center

 

Astronomy Night
August 30, 7:30 p.m. — Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Discover the night sky with a local astronomy expert. On a clear night, see the Milky Way, several planets, man-made satellites and sometimes meteors. A telescope will be available for use, or feel free to bring your own telescope or binoculars.

 

Youth Duck Hunt Workshop
August 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI
A one-day workshop will teach youth, ages 9-15, to hunt waterfowl. Participants will work with experienced hunters to learn waterfowl ID, duck calling, decoy placement. Then they will take part in an afternoon of trapshooting. Youth are encouraged to invite their favorite adult to attend. Registration required: 608-565-2551.

 

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Last updated: July 3, 2014