Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

It’s National Wildlife Refuge Week Time to Get Outdoors!

Oct 10, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        

Pam Bierce, External Affairs


It’s National Wildlife Refuge Week
 Time to Get Outdoors!

Fall signals the return of millions of waterfowl and other migratory birds to national wildlife refuges throughout California, Nevada, and the Klamath Basin of southern Oregon. Treat yourself to a visit to a refuge during National Wildlife Refuge Week, celebrated October 13-20.

Kicking off the week on October 13, Sacramento and Delevan National Wildlife Refuges, near Willows, Calif., will celebrate their 75th and 50th anniversaries by hosting a day-long event filled with activities for the whole family. Events will also be held throughout the week at other refuges throughout the region.

“The National Wildlife Refuge System is America’s best kept secret,” says Sacramento NWRC Project Leader Dan Frisk. “It’s where wildlife comes first, but it’s also a place to connect kids and their families with nature. Refuge Week is a great time to visit a refuge.”

There are 50 national wildlife refuges in the Pacific Southwest Region, part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a nationwide network of public lands set aside to conserve wildlife. The nation’s 560 national wildlife refuges offer families wonderful opportunities to fish, hunt, hike or observe fascinating creatures in the wild. There is a national wildlife refuge within an hour’s drive of most major cities.

Refuge locations and additional information about refuges in the Pacific Southwest is available at: . Photographs are available at

Pacific Southwest Region’s National Wildlife Refuge Week Highlights

Check the special events calendar for Refuge Week events or call your local refuge. Among the events planned:

Saturday, October 13:

Sunday, October 14:  

Saturday, October 20:

Saturday, October 20 through Sunday, October 21:

  • Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Calif., 3 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Come and experience a 24-hour BioBlitz. Meet the experts and see what they do first-hand. Become a field scientist and help the refuge document plants and wildlife, both big and small. Participate in one of our guided programs, or take a documentation sheet and head out on your own. Programs include: reptile surveys, bird surveys, plant surveys, song bird banding demonstration, and a mammal night walk. Don’t forget to bring your camera. Open to all ages. For a complete schedule, visit


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