The primary purpose of the refuge's Environmental Education program is to motivate people to learn the role of management in the maintenance of healthy ecosystems and to conserve and enhance our fish and wildlife resources. By using the refuge for structured educational activities in an outdoor classroom atmosphere, students will more fully appreciate and understand the natural world. The education activity should focus on the natural environment and the individual's role in it.
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The American black duck is a priority species and indicator for the fall-winter migration. While their plumage is actually a very dark brown the birds appear black from any distance. Look for a small iridescent purple speculum (wing patch) when the duck is in flight to help identify these winter visitors. The best time to spot black ducks is from November to February out on Back Bay or in the impoundments on a winter tour with the Blue Goose Tram.