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National Wildlife Refuge Week

Bison graze under a brilliant blue sky on the National Bison Range in Montana.
Bison graze under a brilliant blue sky on the National Bison Range in Montana.
Credit: Ryan Hagerty

Plan ahead. National Wildlife Refuge Week, observed the second week in October, celebrates the important conservation work of America’s 553 national wildlife refuges. Many refuges plan public events to mark the occasion. It is a great opportunity to learn about refuges’ mission and discover the natural riches in your family’s backyard.

  • Refuge Open House

Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Explore Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge at the base of Mt. Adams. See the refuge, the new buildings and the wildlife through activities from bird walks to refuge tours. Enjoy the song of sandhill cranes as you walk the Willard Springs Trail. Learn more about Conboy Lake Refuge.

  • Patuxent Refuge Wildlife Festival

Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Refuge. See where endangered whooping cranes and sea ducks are raised and studied. Enjoy live animals, kids’ crafts, tram tours and behind-the-scenes research tours of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Learn more about Patuxent Refuge.

  • Refuge Open House

Week of October 10 — Seney National Wildlife Refuge, MI

See what your wildlife refuge has to offer. The visitor center and Marshland Wildlife Drive will be open through October 17. Visitor center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more about Seney Refuge.

 

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