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November 2011 Events

An endangered Mississippi Sandhill Crane is the focus of popular, twice-weekly November tours at the Mississippi national wildlife refuge that bears the creature’s name.

 

Credit: Steve Hillebrand

Fall Crane Tours
Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout November, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge
Reserve ahead for a free tour to see majestic full-grown cranes and, perhaps, some juvenile colts. Space is limited. Register: 228-497-6322 ext. 101

Wildlife Art Exhibit
Throughout November, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
See the award-winning wildlife photographs of Tim Flanigan, a wildlife conservation officer with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and a field editor for the Pennsylvania Outdoor Times.

Michigan's Junior Duck Stamp Winners
Wednesday, November 2, 7 p.m. — Green Point Environmental Learning Center, Saginaw, MI
See Michigan’s winners of the 2011 National Junior Duck Stamp competition. The art contest was open to students ages 5 to 18. Admission: $2; Free for Friends of Shiawassee Refuge. Learn about Shiawassee Refuge.

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
Friday, November 4, through Sunday, November 6, See schedule for times — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
See two-hour screenings throughout the weekend of short and feature natural history and wildlife documentary films. Each screening will include two to five films. Some directors and producers will be on hand for Q&As. $8 adults; $6 seniors, students and military. Details:  www.wildlifefilmfestivals.com

Make a Splash for Pupfish
Saturday, November 5, 8 a.m. to noon — Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, NV
Jump in the stream and help cut overgrown cattails. Removing cattails helps improve habitat for the endangered Ash Meadows Amargosa pupfish! You will get wet, but the water is warm!  Register online at www.getoutdoorsnevada.org.

Backyard Bird Workshop and Walk
Saturday, November 5, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, MS
Identify common backyard birds, their habitat and food.

 Fall Flight Festival
Sunday, November 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, NM
Sunday, November 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, November 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, November 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Drive the five-mile gravel Wildlife Drive, open only four days a year. Bring a camera and binoculars and enjoy a close up look at geese, ducks, cranes and other migratory birds. Volunteer naturalists will be available at select locations with spotting scopes to identify birds. Enjoy wildlife-themed talks and wildlife crafts for kids.

Loxahatchee Visions
November 8-12 — Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Enter submissions for the refuge’s second annual juried art contest. The subject of the art must be inspired by a sight at Loxahatchee vision. Adults and children (up to age 18) will be judged separately. Prizes will be awarded Sunday, November 20. More information: http://www.loxahatcheefriends.com/.

Fee-Free Days
November 11-13 — National wildlife refuges
The Department of the Interior is waiving admission fees at national wildlife refuges for
Veterans Day weekend.

Night Sky Party
Saturday, November 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Join amateur astronomers in learning about constellations. Make a star chart and then venture outside to view the night sky through a telescope. Reservations required: 408-262-5513 ext. 102. Environmental Education Center, Alviso.

Bird Watching for Beginners
Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Learn how to look for identifying features of birds such as eye rings, wing bars and other distinctive markings. November is a great time to see waterfowl, and you should see many species of ducks, geese, and trumpeter swans.

Nature Walk and Geology Workshop
Saturday, November 12, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, AZ
Take a nature walk into the Brown Canyon in the foothills of the Baboquivari Mountains. Geologist Richard Conway will explain the stories told by the rocks, peaks, pinnacles and ancient volcanoes in this magnificent mountain range. 

Volunteer Workday
Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Help plant native shrubs and restore the oak savanna habitat. Wear waterproof footwear and bring gloves. Sign up: 360-887-3883. 

Explore the Weep
Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Study microbial communities in the Weep — a shallow persistent pond fed by seepage. Wide swings in its salinity result in rich microbial community of cyanobacteria, archeabacteria, diatoms, dinoflagellates, and protozoa. Boots are recommended. Ages 10 and up. Reservations required: 408- 262-5513 ext. 102. Environmental Education Center, Alviso.

Twilight Marsh Walk
Saturday, November 12, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Take an easy stroll along Tidelands Trail ((1.3 miles) and discover the sights, sounds, and smells of the refuge as night descends. Not suitable for young children. Reservations required: 510-792-0222 ext. 363. Visitor center, Fremont.

Nature Walk
Saturday, November 12, 2 to 4 p.m. — Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Join naturalist Cherrie Corey in exploring the autumn refuge landscape. Donation: $5/person. Meet in the parking lot in Concord (Monsen Rd, off Rte. 62, driveway on left where road curves right).

Refuge Self-Guided Auto Tour
Sunday, November 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, OH
Drive through seven miles of the refuge that are normally closed to the public. At the entrance, pick up a guide to refuge habitat, management techniques and critter hangouts.

Camino de Medio Ambiente : Nature Hike (en español)
Sunday, November 13, 10 a.m.  — Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Disfruta de una caminada al aire libre, aprende sobre el medio ambiente y conoce sobre la fauna y la flora de Massachusetts, al tiempo que recorremos 2.5 millas.  Todo esto en el Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre de Assabet, cerca de ti en Sudbury.*Walk is open to people interested in learning some new Spanish vocabulary. Rain date: November 20.

Festival of the Cranes
Tuesday, November 15 thru Sunday, November 20 — Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM
Thrill to skiesful of sandhill cranes and snow geese at a world-famous birding festival. Enjoy tours, talks, fly-ins and fly-outs. See the events schedule.

Volunteer Workday
Wednesday, November 16, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. —Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, WA Help cage young trees and increase their survival rate. Wear waterproof footwear. Bring gloves. Sign up: 360-887-3883. 

Sugar Cane Grinding & Syrup Boil
Saturday, November 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, GA
Take part in a traditional sugar cane boil. Cut your own sugar cane from the garden, grind it using a traditional mule-operated grinder, and sample the sweet cane juice.

Family Bird Walk
Saturday, November 19, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Make family walks a shared time of nature learning. Help kids create their own bird-watching guides. Then head out with them onto the trails to find those birds. Some binoculars are available to borrow. Recommended for children ages 5-10. Reservations required: 510-792-0222 ext. 363. Visitor center, Fremont.

Quest for the Bighorn
Saturday, November 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, NV
Head to the mountains with experts to see how they track bighorn sheep in the wild. Event will include a radio telemetry tracking demo, three-mile mountain hike, spectacular views, prizes and family fun.

Grassland Fair
Saturday, November 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, AZ
Enjoy presentations on natural history, live reptiles and raptors, new exhibits, mariachi band, food booths, arts and crafts.

Bike Tour
Saturday, November 20, 1 p.m.  — Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Join refuge staff for a bike tour around the refuge to learn about the natural and anthropological history of the land. Registration is open to 20 participants; please contact Kizette at 978-562-3527 ext.117 or kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov

Waterfowl Weekend
Thursday, November 24, thru Sunday, November 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, VA
Celebrate the peak of seasonal waterfowl migration. Enjoy bird walks, talks and family activities.  Hop aboard the 7:30 a.m. birding hayride around Wildlife Loop. (Register now by calling Park Ranger Jill Van Scoyoc at 757- 336-6122; space is limited.) Drive the Service Road between noon and 3 p.m. any of the four festival days.

Turkey Days Open House
Saturday, November 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, enjoy a family-friendly open house, with crafts for kids, a walking trail, movies and more. 

Ducks in Fall Colors                         
Saturday, November 26, 9 a.m. to noon — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
Learn about waterfowl visible on the refuge in fall.

HolidayTour
Saturday, November 26, 9:30 a.m. to noon — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Enjoy a family-friendly tour of the refuge. Sign up: 303-289-0930.

Big Buck Photo Tour
Sunday, November 27, 8 to 11 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Learn how to spot white-tail deer and mule deer during rut season and how to photograph them. Sign up: 303-289-0930.

Guided Bird Walk.
Sunday, November 27, 8 a.m. to noon — Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD
Join an expert birder on a guided bird watching expedition. 


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