August 2012 Events
An elk returns to the herd after being collared at National Elk Refuge in Wyoming. GPS collars help wildlife managers there map elk movement and habitat use. The refuge, established in 1912 to protect and preserve habitat for the Jackson elk herd, celebrates its 100th birthday August 10-12.
|Credit: Lori Iverson, USFWS|
Full Moon Guided Canoe Trip
Wednesday, August 1, 7 to 10 p.m. — Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Enjoy the full moon and the beauty of the outdoors on a guided canoe trip. $10. Register: 561-733-0192
Thursday, August 2, 8:30 p.m. — Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Come out for a night hike and listen for owls and coyotes. Register: 360-887-3883
Summer Full Moon Walk
Thursday, August 2, 7 to 9 p.m. — Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Take a stroll through the refuge and observe wildlife in dusk-time feeding and settling rituals. If skies are clear, welcome the rising moon. Bring insect repellent and dress in layers, in case of a cooling breeze.
Thursday, August 2, 10 a.m. — Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Experience the peace of the refuge in the morning while engaging in some light exercise and stretching to revitalize your body and mind. Please bring your own mat, water bottle and outdoors-appropriate shoes. Register by 3 p.m. Wednesday, August 1: 978-562-3527
Blue Goose Evening Tram Rides
Fridays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 6 to 7:30 p.m. — Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA
Learn about the history and wildlife of Back Bay Refuge on a tram tour.
75th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, August 3, 5 to 10 p.m. — Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, MO
Enjoy hayrides, free hotdogs, tower tours, live music, and educational displays and activities for all ages. Watch a professional impersonator. Sample a fish fry. Take part in a silent auction held by the Friends of Swan Lake.
Saturdays, August 4, 11, 18 and 25, 7 p.m. — Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Bring a chair and some marshmallows and join a park ranger for an educational program on Southern Illinois wildlife
Nature Drawing for Kids
Sunday, August 5, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Introduce your child to outdoor sketching in this workshop and build his or her observational skills. Children will learn to draw what they see by incorporating common shapes; they’ll also learn about shading value. They will then head out on the trail and practice the various techniques. Ages 7-12. Bring binoculars if you have them. Register: 510-792-0222 ext. 262
Sunday, August 5, 8:30 to11:30 a.m. ─ Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Wednesday, August 8, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Take a popular free refuge tour and aim to photograph bison, deer, hawks and picturesque settings. Reservations required: 303-289-0930
Keep a Wave on the Sand
Sunday, August 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Pick up some basic and professional outdoor photography techniques and tips. Learn to take your camera off the “automatic” settings and onto the “manual” settings in just a couple of hours. Bring your camera (film, DSLR, or point and shoot), extra batteries and a sense of adventure.
Eco-Discovery Day Camp (Ages 9-12)
Monday through Friday, August 6-10, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Participate in activities and games all week long. Registration: 608-565-2551.
100th Birthday, National Elk Refuge
Friday, August 10, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. — National Elk Refuge, WY
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, August 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate National Elk Refuge’s 100th birthday. Enjoy period costumes, historical impersonations, musical entertainment, slide shows, bike rides and a free barbeque. Honorees will include Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Wyoming Governor Matt Mean, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and Regional Director Steve Guertin. Events continue through the weekend. Visit the refuge website for a full list of events.
Family Bird Walk
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Help kids create personal bird-watching field guides. Then head out on trails with them to find those birds. Some binoculars are available to borrow. Recommended for ages 5-10. Register: 510-792-0222 ext. 363.
Summer Nature Walk
Saturday, August 11, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Explore nature on a walk through the refuge. No pre-registration required. A $5/person voluntary donation will be accepted.
Natural and Cultural History of the Twin Cities
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Explore the natural history that created the Twin Cities’ unique urban network of wildlife and human habitat.Learn how to enjoy easily accessible natural areas, and discover the long history of natural resource conservation in this major metropolitan area.
All about Waterfowl
Saturday, August 11, 8 a.m. to noon — McNary National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Learn how to band ducks, identify waterfowl, call geese, and retrieve ducks with a Labrador and much more. Members of Ducks Unlimited and the Richland Rod and Gun Club will be on hand to teach youth of all ages about waterfowl through a variety of outdoor activities.
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. — Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Learn about non-native plants that are crowding out native ones, and what is being done to combat them.
Saturday, August 11, 8:00 a.m. to noon — Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Learn how to band ducks, identify waterfowl, call geese, retrieve ducks with a Labrador, and much more. Join in for the refuge’s most popular annual event.
Bike and Hike
Sunday, August 12, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. ─ Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Accompany a ranger by bike and on foot through some of the best habitat in the Minnesota River Valley. Get a close-up view of a valley that has as much biodiversity as a rainforest. Bring your own bike and gear. Be prepared for riding and hiking on gravel trails with frequent stops for wildlife observation. Meet: Bloomington Visitor Center.
Tuesday, August 14, 10 a.m. to noon — Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Paddle stable 34-foot canoes on a wildlife tour led by Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership educators. Ages 5 and up. Register: 503-226-1565 ext. 229
Friends of a Feather
Tuesday, August 14, 8 to 11 a.m. ─ Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Explore the prairie, lakes and woodlands with a refuge naturalist in search of birds. Bring binoculars and cameras. Reservations required: 303-289-0930
Refuge Readers Book Group
Friday, August 17, 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Discuss The Wild Trees by Richard Preston.
Prairie in Bloom
Saturday, August 18, 9 to 11 a.m. — Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Head out with a naturalist to find and admire some of the many wildflowers that bloom on the prairie at the Black Dog unit. These include prairie phlox, blue-eyed grass, blazing stars, ragwort, black-eyed Susan, butterfly weed and golden Alexanders. Meet at Cliff Fen Trailhead.
Saturday, August 18, 8 p.m. — Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK
Pack a picnic dinner and join others around the fire at the Hidden Lake Campground Amphitheater. Hear a refuge ranger tell how to “Be Bear Aware.”
Reptiles and Amphibians
Sunday, August 19, 9 to 11 a.m. — San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Come out to the Sweetwater Interpretive Loop (old steel bridge) and discover reptiles and amphibians with a herpetologist from the U.S. Geological Survey. See live reptiles.
Going Wild: Rail to Refuge
Monday, August 20, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Ride to the refuge with a ranger on the Hiawatha Light Rail. Find find out how easy it is to access one of the wildest natural areas in the Twin Cities area via mass transit. Cost for adults: $1.75 - $2.25.
Drawbridge Van Excursion: Ghost Town
Saturday, August 25, 2 to 4:30 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
The town of Drawbridge once boomed on an island in the salt marshes of south San Francisco Bay. Learn the history of the ghost town from a slideshow and a short van excursion. The program is meant for adults. Register: 408-262-5513 ext. 102.
Saturday, August 25, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Assabet National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Look for common nighthawks migrating through the refuge. Once a familiar nesting bird in Massachusetts, the species has been declining in numbers for the last century. Learn how to identify nighthawks and distinguish them from other evening flyers, such as swifts, swallows and bats. Watch and listen, as well, for beavers, muskrats and owls. Register by 3 p.m. Friday, August 25: 978-562-3527
Wildlife Conservation and Recreation Day
Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Learn about wildlife conservation and recreation opportunities through habitat exploration, children’s crafts, archery and firearm demonstrations.
Nature Up Close: Introduction to Macro Photography
Sunday, August 26, 10 a.m. to noon — Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Join a refuge photographer for discussion, demonstration and practice of up-close nature photography.