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October 2012 Events

Monarch butterflies on Bush

Monarch butterflies drape a shrub with color. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa hosts its annual Monarch Madness festival on October 8 to herald the butterflies’ fall migration south.

Credit: Gene Nieminen

Annual Photo Contest
Monday, October 1 – Wednesday October 31 — Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Submit your nature photo entries by the end of October. Categories include: scenic, wildlife, plants and youth. See details and entry forms (http://www.friendsofconwr.com/). Awards will be made in November.

Handicapped Deer Hunt
Wednesday, October 3, all day — Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, MD 
Hunt permit information will be available in August. To apply for a hunt permit, call 410-639-7056 or visit http://www.fws.gov/northeast/easternneck/hunting.html.

Youth Deer Hunt
Saturday, October 6, all day — Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, MD 
Hunt permit information will be available in August. To apply for a hunt permit, call 410-639-7056 or visit http://www.fws.gov/northeast/easternneck/hunting.html.

Butterfly Count
Sunday, October 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Take part in the 13th Annual Trinity River Butterfly Count. Areas to be counted include the refuge, Tarkington Prairie and Gaylor Lake area. Meet at the Valero Gas station at the intersection of Hwys 105 and 321, six miles south of Cleveland. Some folks will butterfly the “bottoms” so bring a sack lunch, rubber knee boots and other appropriate outdoor clothing. Butterfly enthusiasts of all levels are welcome. 

Monarch Madness
Monday, October 8, 9 a.m. to noon — Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, IA
Help collect and tag butterflies on their migration south. Learn more here (http://www.tallgrass.org/).

Archery Deer Hunt
Friday, October 12, all day — Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, MD
Hunt permit info will be available in August. To apply for a hunt permit, please call 410-639-7056 or visit http://www.fws.gov/northeast/easternneck/hunting.html. The refuge will be closed to the public while the hunt is held. Access to the boat ramp at Bogles Wharf will remain open during the hunt.

Halloween Adventure: The Wild Night Life of the Refuge
Saturday, October 13, 2:30. to 7 p.m. — Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, ND
Learn about animals that are active at night: bats, owls, coyotes and creepy crawlers. Halloween programs for youth include a nocturnal wildlife presentation and craft and a nighttime nature hike. Pre-registration is required: 701/442-5474 ext. 117.

Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, October 13, 9 a.m. to noon — Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, IA
Join us for a morning of volunteer work on the refuge.

National Wildlife Refuge Week
Sunday, October 14 through Saturday, October 20 ─ Nationwide

See a partial list of events here  to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week. The nation’s 556 national wildlife refuges protect wildlife habitat while cleaning our air, filtering our water and pollinating our crops. They also provide world-class hunting, fishing, hiking and wildlife watching. Check the special events calendar for more Refuge Week events.

The Big Sit!
Sunday, October 14

In conjunction with National Wildlife Refuge Week, some refuges will invite visitors to take part in “The Big Sit!” an annual international bird count. Participants sit in a 17-foot diameter circle and identify all the birds they see or hear during a 24-hour (or less) period. Participating refuges include:  

Tubby Cove Observation Platform, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Endicott Observation deck, sunrise to sunset

Dawn until dusk

Champion Lake Pier, sunrise to sunset

Cape May Autumn Birding Festival
October 26-28, 2012 — Cape May, NJ
The annual birding festival is a Mid-Atlantic favorite that coincides with the migration of shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and warblers. The festival features field trips to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey.

Butterfly Festival
Saturday, October 27 ─ St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Enjoy monarch butterfly tagging demonstrations, guided butterfly walks, butterfly talks, butterfly crafts for children and van tours to where butterflies are feeding. The refuge is the last stop for thousands of migrating monarch butteflies before they fly over the open water of the Gulf of Mexico.

Birding Field Trip
Sunday, October 28, 8 a.m. to noon — Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD
Join an experienced naturalist for a free birding field trip. See songbirds, waterfowl, waders, birds of prey and more. Bring binoculars and field guides. Meet at the visitor center.

Self-Guided Tour, Crab Orchard Refuge
Sunday, October 28, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Parts of the refuge normally closed to the public will be opened up for a self-guided tour.

 


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Last updated: July 31, 2012