News from the National Wildlife Refuge System
Expect the Unexpected at Refuges
Visitors to national wildlife refuges do a lot more than just birdwatch or snap photos though there's nothing wrong with doing that. Visitors also look to refuges for education, recreation, artistic expression and more off-beat activities, as typified by some of the following upcoming special events:
Saturday, May 23, Learn What Makes a Tree Terrific: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. Attend "Terrific Trees," one of a series of Families in Nature programs at the refuge, located 25 miles south of Tallahassee, along the Gulf Coast. Take part in a scavenger hunt. Learn to identify long leaf pines, palm trees, bay trees and oaks. Do leaf and bark rubbings. Win prizes from the refuge gift shop. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 850-925-6121.
For more information about the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/saintmarks/.
Saturday, June 27, Cycle Boyer Chute: Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Calhoun, NE. Bike through scenic Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge and raise community awareness about recreational opportunities there. Event is sponsored by the Friends of Boyer Chute and DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge.
For more information about the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/boyerchute/.
Wednesday, July 1 through Friday, July 31, See winning photos: DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Iowa. Admire the best nature photos taken by national photographers from across the country. The exhibit is sponsored by the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily.
For more information about the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/desoto/.
Saturday, July 11, Count butterflies: Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Iowa. Join staff and volunteers in roaming the refuge to count butterflies. Binoculars and guide books will be provided. Learn about butterflies and the plants they depend upon.
For more information about the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/nealsmith/.
Saturday, Aug. 15,Return to the Prairie: Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, Minnesota. Join the 15th annual Return to the Prairie Day festivities, 12:00 (noon) - 4:00 p.m. Discover your prairie heritage and the diverse life on the prairie. Enjoy historical encampments, music, food, prairie games and more. 218-998-4480 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/pwlc/.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov.
Last Update: November 23, 2009