February 28 - Join award winning wildlife photographer Joseph Giitter for a talk on WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY
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Refuge System Birthday Bash!
MARCH 14 – CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY of the National Wildlife Refuge System! See live animals, crafts, live music, and much more.
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Aldo Leopold - A STANDARD
OF CHANGE - A one-act play exploring the writing of The Sand County Almanac... March 14 at the Visitor Center... 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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Frank McGilvrey, former FWS research biologist, has contributed more than 21,000 hours to the Refuge. His activities include waterbird and nestbox surveys, mentoring to staff, interns, and volunteers, and much moreGet 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
There are visitor activities year-round at Patuxent Research Refuge including environmental education, hiking, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and photography. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more.Visitor Activities
There are a variety of ways to get involved at Patuxent Research Refuge. Volunteers, interns and our friends group are an invaluable resource for the refuge. To learn more about how you can help out, visit our Get Involved page.Get Involved
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: Feb 24, 2015