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    • Bird Walk

      Bird Walk Participant

      New to birding? Just getting started? Join our beginner (all levels of birders welcome) bird walk, every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 am - Noon, and watch birds with an expert.  

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    • Stevensville Christmas Bird Count

      Stevensville Christmas Bird Count

      Join Refuge staff in an all-day effort canvassing Lee Metcalf property for 50+ species of birds as part of the Stevensville Christmas Bird Count.

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    • Groundhog Day 2015

      Bitterroot Bill the Yellow-bellied Marmot

      The first official Groundhog Day took place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Feb 2, 1886 (though references go back to 1841). German immigrants used animals, namely the groundhog (woodchuck), for a climate barometer and we continue that tradition today. February 2, also called “Candlemas”, is special because it is halfway between the first day of winter and the first day of spring.So what is the groundhog looking for? If he pops out of his hole and sees his shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter and the groundhog will go back to his burrow. If there is no shadow, out he comes and celebrates the early arrival of spring!The Refuge celebrates Groundhog Day with a Yellow-bellied Marmot (Bitterroot Bill) instead of the Woodchuck from the eastern part of the country. They are both marmots, closely related and share much in the way of behavior and habitats. Come and see for yourself :-)  

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Last Updated: Jan 09, 2013
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