July 2012 Events
An endangered whooping crane wanders an enclosure at Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland, where the rare birds are hatched and reared. Caretakers dress in crane suits and avoid speaking near chicks to prevent their imprinting on humans. See the refuge’s Adopt a Whooper event on July 28.
|Credit: Ashton Graham, USFWS|
Fridays and Saturdays in July, 9:30 to11:30 a.m. ─ Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Experience the sights and sounds of the refuge on a guided, family‐friendly wildlife viewing
tour. Bring binoculars and cameras. Reservations are required: 303‐289‐0930.
Sunday, July 1 and Friday, July 13, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Explore the morning beauty of prairie, wetland and woodland habitats. Photograph the refuge as it awakens. Open to adults at any photographic skill level.
Mondays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, noon to 1:30 p.m. — Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK
Enjoy a guided two-mile moderate hike, for ages 12 and up, through rolling hills, spruce forest and wetlands on the refuge’s Centennial Trail in Soldotna. Register: 907-260-2839.
Family Explorer Program – Digital Photo Safari #1
Tuesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 1 to 2 p.m. — Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK
Explore the natural world on an easy quarter-mile walk on the Keen Eye Nature Trail. This event is open to all ages. All explorers get a free explorer pin or magnet at their first program. Attend four explorer programs and receive a prize, courtesy of Alaska Geographic.
Tuesday, July 3, 8:30 to 10 p.m. — Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Listen for owls and coyotes. Sign up: 360-887-3883
Guided Moonlight Canoe Trip
Tuesday, July 3, 7 to 10 p.m. — Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Enjoy a moonlight canoe tour through the refuge interior, in the northernmost reaches of the Everglades. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants and bring a flashlight and bug spray. $10 per person fee includes canoe rental. Reservations: 561-733-0192
Summer Full Moon Walk
Tuesday, July 3, 7 to 9 p.m. — Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Join a stroll through the refuge and observe wildlife dusk-time feeding and settling rituals. If skies are clear, welcome the rising moon. Bring insect repellent and dress in layers, in case of a cooling breeze.
Purple Martin Nest Check and Banding
Tuesday, July 3, 10 a.m. to noon — Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, NY
Meet at the refuge headquarters and caravan to the banding sites. Rain date is Thursday, July 5. Space is limited to 15. Register: 585-948-5445
After-Hours Fun Fest
Friday, July 6, 5 to 10 p.m. — Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, MO
Explore the refuge after hours. Enjoy hayrides, free hotdogs, tower tours, archery, and educational displays and activities for all ages. View a whiz-bang chemistry show by Mad Science and see the Disney-Pixar movie “A Bug’s Life.”
Watercolor on the Loose (Ages 14-16)
Fridays, July 6, 13, 20, and 27, 10 a.m. to noon — Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Enjoy a watercolor workshop with individual hands-on instruction. Painting demonstrations will teach students to experience their own unique style of painting. Fee: $175. Register: 978-562-3527 ext. 117.
Nature’s Images Photography Workshop
Saturday, July 7, 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Expand your camera skills. Learn about equipment, f-stop, shutter speed, metering and composition. The workshop will address everything from disposables to top-of-the-line cameras. Register: 301-497-5887. Fee: $60.
Saturdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 7 p.m. — Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Bring a chair and some marshmallows and join a park ranger for an educational program on Southern Illinois wildlife.
Sunday, July 8, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Enjoy a slide slow about bird banding. Then see a demonstration of banding mourning doves at the visitor center.
Nature Drawing Workshop for Kids
Sunday, July 8, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Introduce your child to outdoor sketching and increase their observation skills. Participants will learn how to draw what they see by incorporating common shapes, and learn about shading value. Then they’ll head out onto the trail and practice techniques. Art supplies provided. Bring binoculars if you have them. Register: 510-792-0222 ext. 363.
Teacher Training: Prairie Wildlife and Habitat Education
Wednesday, July 11 to Thursday, July 12, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, ND
Teachers of grades 1-6: Earn one graduate credit for this outdoor course focusing on wildlife, prairie grassland and wetland habitat. Take part in outdoor activities and discover project ideas and resources that can be used in the classroom. Register: 701-442-5474 ext. 117.
Wild Discoveries for Kids
Saturday, July 14, noon to 3 p.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Learn about amphibians. Play a hungry frog game, make a wiggly craft and read bug stories with refuge rangers.
Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. — Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Join a well-known biologist in exploring native wildflowers of Texas.
A Trip Back in Time
Saturday, July 14, 10:30 a.m. to noon — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
See historic remnants of the refuge grounds on a stroll with refuge staff. Use a collection of old photos to look back to the 1850s and gain a glimpse of the salt production, old railroads and homes that preceded construction of the town of Newark in 1876.
White-Tailed Deer F.U.N.
Saturday, July 14, 10:30 a.m. to noon — Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Stop by the visitor center to see a live deer and take part in fun activities while learning about this mammal.
Bike and Hike
Saturday, July 14, 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. ─ Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Accompany a ranger by bike and on foot through some of the best habitat in the Minnesota River Valley. Get a close-up view of a valley that has as much biodiversity as a rainforest. Bring your own bike and gear. Be prepared for riding and hiking on gravel trails with frequent stops for wildlife observation. Meet: Bloomington Visitor Center.
Saturday, July 14, 8 a.m. — Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Pick up tips on photographing flowers in the field.
Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ─ Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh, OH
Help with a butterfuly census. All welcome. Meet at Magee Marsh.
Hummingbird Banding Workshop
Saturday, July 14, 7 to 10:30 a.m. ─ Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM
Help catch and band hummingbirds, recording their size, health, sex and age. Sharpen your hummingbird identification skills through a slide presentation at the close of the day. Reserve: 575-835-1828
Sunday, July 15, 1 to 3 p.m. — Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, IA
Volunteer to help monitor and count butterflies at the refuge. All ages and experience levels are welcome.
Leave No Trace Workshop — Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Wednesday, July 18, 5 to 7:30 p.m. — Learn how to protect outdoor recreational areas. Explore the principles of Leave No Trace through hands-on activities. Register: 978-562-3527 ext. 117.
Go Wild Summer Camp (Ages 8-12)
Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Make like a refuge naturalist and explore the places where refuge wildlife live. Register: 303-289-0391.
Refuge Readers – A Book Discussion Group
Friday, July 20, 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Discuss Finding Higher Ground by Amy Seidi. New members are welcome.
Paddle to Clarksville Island
Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ─ Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Paddle down the Mississippi to explore the island recently added to the refuge. See nesting birds. Look for beaver and otter. The event is part of the Summer of Paddling. Register: 618-883-2524.
Summer Nature Walk
Saturday, July 21, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Explore nature on a walk through the refuge. No pre-registration required. A $5/person voluntary donation will be accepted.
Saturday, July 21, 8 to 10 a.m. ─ Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Tour starts from Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, Thomson. Sign up: 815-273-2732.
Reptiles and Amphibians
Sunday, July 22, 9 to 10:30 a.m. — San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Discover reptiles and amphibians with a herpetologist at the Sweetwater Interpretive Loop’s old steel bridge.
Delaware Deer and Other Mammals
Saturday, July 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE
Hear a presentation on the ecology, life history, distribution and abundance of white-tailed deer and other commonly observed mammals in Delaware.
Saturday, July 28, 8 a.m. to noon — Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, NV
Help improve wildlife habitat onthe refuge by cutting cattails in springs and streams. Register:
www.Getoutdoorsnevada.org or call 775-372-5435.
Adopt a Whooper!
Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ─ Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
See the amazing process of rearing endangered whooping cranes. Talk with a member of the Crane Crew and try on a special crane suit used to prevent whooping crane chicks from imprinting on humans. Children can compare their height to that of a life-size crane. Win prizes.
Volunteer Roundtable Lunch
Saturday, July 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, MD
Learn about volunteering at a refuge. Enjoy a barbecue lunch and meet current volunteers who help conduct biological surveys, run the information desk and gift shop and maintain the Bayscape butterfly garden. Enjoy a driving tour of the refuge from 1 to 2 p.m. Register: 410-708-1956.
Cedar Keys Light Station History
Saturday, July 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Period-dress interpreters will talk of Cedar Keys Light Station history, lightkeepers and times past. Join the ranger on the observation deck where a spotting scope will be available for viewing the nearby rookery. Walk the beach spotted with purple railroad vine. No reservations are needed. You must catch a tour boat or use your own vessel to reach the island three miles out in the Gulf.
Intro to Nature Drawing for Adults
Sunday, July 29, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Learn the basics of sketching nature. Learn how to draw with negative shapes and shadows, and how to use light to add dimension. Practice these techniques on the trail. Paper and pencils will be provided. Program begins in the pavilion. Bring binoculars. Register: 510-192-0222 ext. 363.