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January 2012 Events

Two students peer through birding scopes for the Christmas Bird Count at Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota. Some refuges are hosting special bird counts for children in January.

Two students peer through birding scopes for the Christmas Bird Count at Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota. Some refuges are hosting special bird counts for children in January.

Credit: USFWS

Wichita Mountains Eagle Watch   
January 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, 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. Dress warmly and bring binoculars if possible.

Muzzleloader Deer Hunt
Wednesday, January 11- Wednesday, January 18 — DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, IA
The weeklong hunt, normally held in the fall, was delayed this year because of Missouri River flooding. Archery hunting season began in late October and also runs through January 18. Hunters must also have a DeSoto Refuge access permit, which lists federal hunting regulations, as well as applicable state licenses.
Information: 712-388-4802.

South Bay Salt Works Guided Nature Tour
Saturday, January 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  — San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, South Bay Unit, CA
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. If the ground is wet from recent rain, event may be cancelled. 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

Eagle Day
Wednesday, January 18, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge, KS
A wildlife rehabilitator presents a program for school children featuring rehabilitated birds of prey, including a bald eagle.

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.

Winter Nature Walk
Saturday, January 21, 10 a.m. — St. Croix Wetland Management District, WI
Take a walk in one of the state’s two wetland districts managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Sign up: 715-246-7784 ext 111.

Eagle Watch
Every Saturday, January 21 through March 3, 9 a.m. to noon — Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, OK  
Guided field trips begin with an orientation at the refuge headquarters where they can view live camera images from an eagle’s nest. Then groups take a bus to viewing sites to see nests through scopes.

Owl Day
Saturday, January 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT
Celebrate owls with the refuge and Ogden Nature Center. Free owl crafts for kids, owl pellet dissection, owl movies and games.  See a live owl.

Digging Through Our Past
Saturday, January 21, 11 a.m. to noon — Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, GA
Uncover Okefenokee’s human history and learn its impacts on the swamp. Meet at the visitor
center for a one mile walk along the Canal Diggers Trail.

Owl Prowl
Sunday, January 22, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Explore the refuge at dusk while looking and listening for owls. North Tract. Ages 10 and up.  

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 will highlight the history of Groundhog Day and 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.

Spacecoast Birding and Wildlife Festival
Wednesday, January 25 – Monday, January 30 — Titusville, FL
The 15th annual event is the largest birding and wildlife festival in the United States, say organizers. Festival includes field trips to Merritt Island and St. Johns National Wildlife Refuges.

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.


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