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A bald eagle is among the several raptors featured in a program presented March 13 at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge by a group called Save Our American Raptors.
Credit: Don Pfitzer, USFWS

Watch Spring Unfold in the National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world's premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife and plants. There is a National Wildlife Refuge within an hour's drive of most major cities.

Here is list of more events at refuges across the nation:

All about Hummers
Saturday, March 20, 2010, 1:00 p.m. — Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Illinois
Get ready for the spring migration of hummingbirds by preparing your yard or garden for their arrival. These jewels of the sky have specific needs when it comes to food sources and nesting habitat. Come to Henry N. Barkhausen-Cache River Wetlands Center and learn what you can do to enhance your chances of having these fascinating birds as neighbors. Contact the center at 618-657-2064 for more details.

For more information on the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/cypresscreek/ or 618-634-2231.

Curing Cabin Fever
Saturday, March 27 — Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Illinois
What's geocaching, you ask? Come find out and cure your cabin fever with an outdoor adventure and treasure hunt, starting from the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center. All ages and skill levels welcome. Bring your own GPS unit or borrow one from the refuge. Both morning and afternoon sessions are available with a reservation. Learn more about geocaching at http://www.geocaching.com/ and type in the GC Code: GC22FNG.

To make a reservation: Contact Pam Steinhaus at 815-273-2732 ext.16.
For more information on the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/UpperMississippiRiver/ or 507-452-4232.

Enjoy a Wildlife Art Show and Festival
Saturday, March 27-28, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, Maryland
Experience wildlife like never before! The 21st annual Wildlife Art Show and Sale is free and open to the public. During the two days take part in wildlife interpretive tram tours, live animals, films, artisan demonstrations and migratory game bird and black bear design contests. Tickets for an artists' reception on Friday night ($40) can be ordered online at http://www.friendspwrc.org/ or by calling 301-497-5789.

For more information: http://patuxent.fws.gov or 301-497-5763.

Go on a Birding Adventure
Saturday, April 10, 9:00 a.m. — Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama 
Walk the trails and discover some of the many bird and wildlife species on the refuge.

For more information: Contact Teresa Adams at teresa_adams@fws.gov or 256-350-6639.
For more information on the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/wheeler/ or 256-353-7243.

Enjoy a Family Nature Activity 
Saturday, April 10, 12:00 (noon) to 4:30 p.m. — Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska 
From 12:00 (noon) until 1:30 p.m., the children's activity hour will focus on animal migration. A short play and a game will look at why animals migrate. From 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., explore the plant kingdom through breathtaking time-lapse photography in an episode of Sir David Attenborough's six-part series, "The Private Life of Plants."  From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., teens 13 to 18 can learn the basics of outdoor digital photography. Bring your own camera or borrow one from the refuge.

For more information: Contact Christine McCaffery at christine_mccaffery@fws.gov or 907-543-1018.
For more information on the refuge: http://yukondelta.fws.gov/ or 907-543-3151.

Clean and Learn for Earth Day
Saturday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. — Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama
Celebrate Earth Day by helping to clean up the Dancy Bottoms Trail, a bottomland hardwood trail along Flint Creek. Then hike the trail to discover and identify spring wildflowers.

For more information: Contact Teresa Adams at teresa_adams@fws.gov or 256-350-6639.
For more information on the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/wheeler/ or 256-353-7243.

Celebrate Earth Day
Saturday, April 24, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, Texas
In commemoration of Earth Day, the refuge's Champion Lake Public Use Area will offer free canoeing, kayaking and boating tours, bird and butterfly viewing and dip netting and fishing lessons in the lake for the kids. Visitors can also walk the levee trail. Bring a lawn chair.

For more information: Contact Stuart Marcus at stuart_marcus@fws.gov or 936-336-9786.
For more information on the refuge: http://southwest.fws.gov/refuges/texas/trinityriver or 936-336-9786.

Spring into Nature
Saturday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, New York
The Annual "Spring into Nature" celebration offers more than 20 nature-related exhibits, activities, and games for the entire family. Programs will include a bald eagle watch, live kestrel cam, guest speakers, nature walks, musical entertainment and Refuge System mascot – the Blue Goose. Free admission and parking for visitors.

For more information: Contact Dorothy Gerhart, 585-948-5445, dorothy_gerhart@fws.gov.
For more information on the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/iroquois or 585-948-5445.

Head to a Youth Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, May 1, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. — Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama
Children ages 5 to 12 can compete for trophies awarded for the heaviest-weight fish caught in each age group.

For more information: Contact Teresa Adams at teresa_adams@fws.gov or 256-350-6639.
For more information on the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/wheeler/ or 256-353-7243.

Take Part in River Cleanup Day
Saturday, May 1, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 (noon) — Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin
River Cleanup Day, or "May Day for the Mississippi," will take place at two of the refuge's district offices — Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and McGregor, Iowa. A complementary lunch will be provided after the event. For more details, visit http://friendsofpool9.org/cleanup.htm.

For more information: Contact Tim Loose at tim_loose@fws.gov or 563-873-3423 ext 11.
For more information on the refuge: http://midwest.fws.gov/UpperMississippiRiver/ or 507-452-4232.

Enjoy Step Outside Day
Saturday, May 8, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. — Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana
Kids can enjoy a variety of hands-on outdoor activities, including target range shooting, decoy painting, archery, educational wildlife games, boat tours and more. The event is presented through a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge/Sherburne Wildlife Management Area.

For more information: Contact Jody Demeyere at jody_demeyere@fws.gov or 985-882-2024.
For more information on the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/atchafalaya/ or 985-882-2000.

Attend “Barns and Bluegrass”
Saturday, May 8, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon
Step back in time with staff and volunteers while touring some of the refuge's historic lodges and barns. Learn about early settlers to this area and how they shaped the land. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while listening to old-time blue grass music.

For more information: Contact Sallie Gentry sallie_gentry@fws.gov or 541-757-7236.
For more information on the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/willamettevalley/finley or 541-757-7236.

Try Birding for the Blind
Saturday, May 15, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, Maryland
A free program will introduce visually impaired people, ages 8 and up, and their families or friends to nature and birding through hands-on activities and exploration of outdoor habitats. Participants will learn how to identify birds by sound. The program will take place at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. Registration is required.

For more information or to register, call 301-497-5630.
For general refuge information: http://patuxent.fws.gov or 301-497-5510.

Attend Birds and Butterflies
Saturday, May 15, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon
Learn about some of our native pollinators, including the federally endangered Fender's blue butterfly. Discover how the refuge is managing this unique habitat for the rare butterfly and other resident wildlife. Guided walks and activities will emphasize the importance of conserving habitat for wildlife and plants.

For more information: Contact Sallie Gentry, 541-757-7236, sallie_gentry@fws.gov.
For more information on the refuge: http://www.fws.gov/WillametteValley/baskett/ or 503-623-2749.

A complete list of refuge activities and special events is available at: http://www.fws.gov/refuges/SpecialEvents/FWS_SpecialEvents_Search.cfm


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