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    • Hike the Dikes

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      Join us for a hike through the refuge as part of a partnership between Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and Black Swamp Bird Observatory.  Attend three hikes and earn a hiking stick!  Meet at the Ottawa NWR Visitor Center at 9 a.m.

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    • Blue Goose Bus Tour(1)

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      July 26, 2015 and August 9, 2015Join a ranger for behind the scenes access to closed areas of the refuge complex. Destinations vary depending on wildlife use and activity. Call 419-898-0014 to reserve a spot on the bus.Dates and Times for Blue Goose Bus ToursJuly 26, 9 am - noonAugust 9, 9 am - noonAugust 9, 1-4 pm

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    • Ottawa Wildlife Drive - August 15

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      Drive through seven miles of the refuge that are normally closed to the public.  Auto Tour entrance is off the Visitor Center Parking Lot. Pick up a printed guide at the entrance for information on refuge management and recent sightings. All auto tours are weather dependent.

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    • Ottawa Wildlife Drive - August 16

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      Drive through seven miles of the refuge that are normally closed to the public. Auto Tour entrance is off the Visitor Center Parking Lot. Pick up a printed guide at the entrance for information on refuge management and recent sightings. All auto tours are weather dependent.

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    • Nurture Nature Days

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      Give back and help improve the refuge while restoring habitat and assisting on other projects.  Dress for the weather.

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    • Nature Tots

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      Children ages 3-5 are invited to bring their favorite adult to the refuge from 10:30 – 11:30 am on the first Saturday of each month for nature crafts, stories, and walks outdoors. Space is limited; call the Visitor Center to register at 419-898-0014.

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    • Swampers

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      Come meet a Park Ranger and participate in hands-on activities and outside programs for children ages 6-10. Swampers will meet from 1-2:30 on the first Saturday of each month for nature crafts, walks, and a Swampin’ good time! Space is limited, call the Visitor Center to Register.

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    • Monthly Bird Count

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      On the first Sunday of each month at 8 a.m. volunteers meet at the trail head parking lot for the bird count. Volunteers divide into teams and hike the east half of the refuge. Everyone, of all skill levels, is welcome. Bring binoculars and dress to be outdoors. This is a great way to see the refuge, meet great people, and practice your bird id skills. After lunch at a local eatery volunteers gather again to drive the west half of the refuge. For more information about this part of the bird count please call the refuge at 419-898-0014.

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    • Ottawa Wildlife Drive

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      Drive through seven miles of the refuge that are normally closed to the public. Open sunrise to sunset, entrance gate closes one hour before sunset. Auto Tour entrance is off the Visitor Center Parking Lot. Pick up a printed guide at the entrance for information on refuge management and recent sightings. All auto tours are weather dependent.

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    • Nurture Nature

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      Learn about the refuge while lending a hand to improve it.  Projects include trail maintenance, citizen science, and habitat restoration.  Dress for the weather and bring gloves if you have them.

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    • Ottawa Tram Tour

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      Enjoy the breeze while searching for wildlife and admiring beautiful landscapes.  This open air tram is great for the entire family.

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    • 2015 Cars for Critters

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      Join us for the 8th Annual Car Show at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. The show is FREE and open to all classic and special interest vehicles. Back to the Wild will have live critters on display. DJ Cruisin Zeake will be spinning tunes. Food and drinks will be available. Free tram tours will be given through the marsh, hiking trails and the wildlife drive will be open.

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    • 2015 Youth Waterfowl Workshop

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      If you’ve wondered….“Is waterfowl hunting for me?”Attend this FREE event and discover-Where to start……What gear you’ll needWhat duck tastes likeWhy wetlands are importantHow to identify waterfowlHow to use a duck callWhere to place decoysHow to build a blindWhere to go hunting

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    • Blue Goose Bus Tours

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      Join a ranger for behind the scenes access to closed areas of the refuge complex. Destinations vary depending on wildlife use and activity. Call 419-898-0014 to reserve a spot on the bus.Dates and Times for Blue Goose Bus Tours are October 11, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm and 1-4 pm, and October 22, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2013
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