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    • Auto Tour - December 20-21, 2014

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       Drive through seven miles of the refuge that are normally closed to the public. Gates open at 8:00 am and entrance gate closes at 4 pm. 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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    • Visitor Center Closes at Noon

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      The Visitor Center will close at noon today.  Trails are open until dusk.

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    • Visitor Center Closed for Christmas Holiday

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      The visitor center will be closed for the Christmas holiday.  All hiking trails are open from dawn to dusk. 

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    • Visitor Center Closed for New Year's Day

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      The Visitor Center will be closed on January 1.  Trails will be open from dawn to dusk.

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    • Nature Tots - January 3

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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 - January 3

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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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    • Christmas Bird Count

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      Come be part of a nationwide bird count. Bring binoculars and dress to be outdoors. The count starts at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m., with a break at noon for a homemade chili lunch. Meet at the trail head parking lot at 7:00 a.m. for group assignments.

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    • Auto Tour - January 17

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      Drive through seven miles of the refuge that are normally closed to the public. Gates open at 8:00 am and entrance gate closes at 4 pm. 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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    • Auto Tour - January 18

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      Drive through seven miles of the refuge that are normally closed to the public. Gates open at 8:00 am and entrance gate closes at 4 pm. 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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    • Visitor Center Closed - January 19

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      The Visitor Center will be closed today in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.  Trails are open today from dawn to dusk.

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    • Eagle Tours - January 21

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      Enjoy our national bird on this bus tour of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. See a few nests and discover why so many eagles call the marsh home. Two tours will run on this day. The first from 9 a.m. – noon and another from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Space is limited so please call 419-898-0014 to register.

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    • Eagle Tours - January 31

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      Enjoy our national bird on this bus tour of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. See a few nests and discover why so many eagles call the marsh home. Two tours will run on this day. The first from 9 a.m. – noon and another from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Space is limited so please call 419-898-0014 to register.

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    • Monthly Bird Count - February

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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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    • Nature Tots - February 7

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

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    • Swampers - February 7

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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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    • Blue Goose Bus Tour(1)

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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. Tour runs from 1-4:00 p.m. February 8th.

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    • Eagle Tours - February 14

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      Enjoy our national bird on this bus tour of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. See a few nests and discover why so many eagles call the marsh home. Two tours will run on this day. The first from 9 a.m. – noon and another from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Space is limited so please call 419-898-0014 to register.

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    • Visitor Center Closed - February 16

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      The visitor center will be closed today for the federal holiday.  Hiking trails are open from dawn to dusk.

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    • Eagle Tours - February 18

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      Enjoy our national bird on this bus tour of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. See a few nests and discover why so many eagles call the marsh home. Space is limited so please call 419-898-0014 to register.

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    • Auto Tour - February 21

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      Drive through seven miles of the refuge that are normally closed to the public. Gates open at 8:00 am and entrance gate closes at 4 pm. 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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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2013
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