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January and February 2012 Events

Children catch the excitement of birdwatching at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Pennsylvania. On January 7, older birders will lead youngsters in a winter bird count at the refuge.

Children catch the excitement of birdwatching at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Pennsylvania. On January 7, older birders will lead youngsters in a winter bird count at the refuge. 

Credit: LaVonda Walton/USFWS

Building Dedication
Wednesday, January 4, 11 a.m. — Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Attend a dedication ceremony for the refuge’s new headquarters and maintenance shop buildings, located across from the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center at 601 FM 1011 in Liberty. Refuge staff will be on hand to answer questions and give tours.

Winter Bird Count for Kids
Saturday, January 7, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, PA
Experienced birders will lead children in spotting bird species that winter in and around the refuge. Possible sightings include hawks, waterfowl, sparrows, finches and bald eagles. After birding, groups will return to the visitor center for lunch. Register: Mariana Bergerson, 215-365-3118.

Salt Plains Eagle Watch  
Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8, 2012, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. —Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, OK
Take a bus or trailer from refuge headquarters to the viewing area to see eagles roosting. Reservations required: 580-626-4794

Wichita Mountains Eagle Watch   
January 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 and
February 5, 6, 12, 13, 2012, 1:30 p.m. — Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, OK
An interpretive program at refuge headquarters is followed by a bus tour of the refuge’s special use area to search for bald and golden eagles. $5 fee. Children must be 8 or older. Wheelchair accommodations by request. Tours last about two and a half hours and include a short walk. Reservations: 580-429-2151.

South Bay Salt Works Guided Nature Tours
Saturday, January 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. .  — San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, South Bay Unit
Sunday, February 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On this Audubon-led tour, see the birds and other wildlife in an area of the salt ponds normally closed to the public. Learn the history of the south bay and plans for restoring the refuge. Meet in the South Bay Salt Works Parking lot at 1470 Bay Blvd. in Chula Vista, CA. No restrooms. Recent rain cancels, so please call the "Salt Pond Tour Hotline" to check at (858) 273-7800 X 107.

The Salt Marshes: Then and Now
Sunday, January 15, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
About 85 percent of San Francisco Bay’s wetlands have been lost to industry and development over the last 200 years. Some plants and animals dependant on that habitat have made a comeback. Learn how. See a salt marsh. Reservations: 510-792-0222 ext. 363. Visitor Center, Fremont

Volunteer Workday
Saturday, January 21, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Help plant trees to improve the habitat in the Carty Unit. Wear waterproof footwear. Bring gloves. Sign up: 360-887-3883.

Eagle Watch
Every Saturday, January 21 through March 3— Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, OK  
Guided field trips begin with an orientation at the refuge office at 9 a.m. Then groups take a bus to viewing sites to see nests through scopes.

Volunteer Workday
Wednesday, January 25, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Help restore habitat for native species by removing invasive ones. Wear waterproof footwear. Bring gloves. Sign up: 360-887-3883.

Get the Jump on Groundhog Day
Saturday, January 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, PA
Punxsutawney Phil has nothing on Tinicum Tim and Tina and their Tinicum Twins, gearing up for their own take on Groundhog Day.  Family activities highlighting the history of Groundhog Day will include groundhog walks, craft activities for children, talks about Lenape culture, and live animals from the Philadelphia Zoo. The event will also include live music.   

Sparrowfest
Saturday, January 28— Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Expect to see more than 15 species of sparrows in one day. This sparrow workshop includes classroom sessions and field trips on the refuge.

Bald Eagle Day
Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT
Enjoy family festivities here — part of celebrations taking place around the state. The refuge will offer eagle-viewing guides, maps to other eagle locations and eagle education.


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