Magnificent Whooping Crane
MONTH -- May 2015, Celebrate the Whooping Crane, one of North America’s most endangered birds. Enjoy FUN FREE FAMILY activities.
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There are free public events for the whole family throughout the year at Patuxent Research Refuge. Check out our Events Calendar to see what's going on at the refuge!Events Calendar
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Celebrate the Whooping Crane, one of North America’s most endangered birds. Enjoy FUN FREE FAMILY activities.See Our Flyer
Expert fire teams plan to carry out controlled burns on the Patuxent Research Refuge during April. Visible smoke and road closures are possible. Learn more about this habitat management program
Public programs are small-group interpretive activities for individuals or familiies. Registration is usually required. Programs are free. Get All The Details
Read about and see photos of current doings at the Refuge.See current Friends Newsletter
The scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea) is a medium sized song bird native to the northeast upland forest. Tanagers are often hard to spot as they frequent the highest reaches of the tree canopy. The brilliant red and black plumage of the breeding male is a treat to see. Tanagers seek out insects during the summer months and fruits during migration back to their wintering grounds in the tropics.
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Last Updated: Apr 21, 2015