Wildlife Conservation &
RECREATION DAY... August 15 at North Tract... ALL AGES!... FREE!... Enjoy being in nature through children’s crafts, live animals, and more
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Take a Tour on our Tram
Enjoy a half-hour guided tour through forests, meadows, and wetlands. See wildlife and habitats from our all-electric vehicle - FREE
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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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Around the Refuge
The May 7th hunt proved successful with 4 out of 5 vets harvesting a turkey on the North Tract of Patuxent Research Refuge. Essential help and coordination were provided by Meade Natural Heritage Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation. See the Photos
Patuxent's Federal Wildlife Officer Samantha Fleming was recently recognized as 2014 Northeast Region Refuge Officer of the Year. Get the Whole Story
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.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2015