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August 2014 Events

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Mule deer bucks display antlers “in velvet” at Seedskadee Refuge, WY. Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge in Colorado will host a “velvet tour” on August 3.
Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS

 

Red Wolf Howls
Every Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m. — Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, NC
Hear endangered red wolves howl in the wild. Learn what the refuge is doing to help recover the species. Summer howlings cost $10 per person; children age 12 and under are free. No registration is required. Event will occur except with lightning, heavy rain, or wind or impassable roads.  Do not bring pets. Questions: 252-216-9464

 

Butterfly Survey
August 2, 8 a.m. — Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, IN
Take part in a butterfly survey at the refuge.

 

Canoe Trip
August 2, 7:30 a.m. — Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, TN
Enjoy a three-and-one-half-hour float on the Glory Hole Trail at Grassy Island. Floats take place water-level permitting. Bring your own kayak or canoe and life jacket. Some boats are available for borrowing. Register: 731-538-2481


Midnight Mysteries
August 2, 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
For ages 8-10. Learn how night-dwelling creatures adapt by sharpening your own nocturnal skills such as night vision, scent and more. Registration is required: 301-497-5887. National Wildlife Visitor Center

 

Amazing Antlers – The Velvet Tour
August 3, 8:30 a.m. to noon — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Did you know antlers are the fastest-growing tissue in any mammal and that the amount of daylight can determine annual antler growth? Learn more about bucks in velvet with a naturalist. Then spend time in the field spotting and photographing these magnificent mulies.

 

The Magical Forest
August 3 and 9, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, WA
This family-friendly walk explores the relationships between plants, animals and other organisms. Meet at the visitor center.

 

Nature Hike
August 3, 9:30 a.m. — Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA (Concord)
Join a family-friendly two-mile guided interpretative hike of the Concord Unit trails. This sunny hike includes an optional scavenger hunt for kids. Learn about different habitats and wildlife.

 

American Eel Survey
August 4-8 – Sudbury River, MA
Volunteer to work on a boat with staff from the Eastern Massachusetts Refuge Complex gathering data on eels in the Merrimack River watershed. The American eel is under consideration for inclusion on the endangered species list. Boat crews will measure, tag and release eels caught in eel pots. Contact Libby Herland at 978-443-4661 x11 or libby_herland@fws.gov 

 

Paddle Siletz Bay
August 4, 5, 6, and 16 — Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge, OR
Take a two-hour paddle through the heart of Siletz Bay Refuge while learning about its wildlife and natural history. Space is limited. Reserve your space early: 541-270-0610. Trips are free but you must provide your own canoe or kayak. Start times vary; see schedule. Tours are offered in Spanish as well as English.

 

Connecting People with Nature
August 4, 8 a.m. — Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Enjoy family-friendly hands-on activities about the refuge and natural resources.

 

Fitness Hike       
August 4, 2 p.m. — Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK
Join a ranger on a hike on a refuge trail.

 

History Talk  
August 7, 2 p.m. — Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK
Travel back in time and explore life on the Kenai 100 years ago. Hands-on activities at Andrew Berg’s historic cabin will bring back the era when the massive Kenai moose was alive. All ages are welcome.

 

 Discover Oxbow Hike
August 9, 9:30 a.m. — Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Join a two-mile guided interpretative hike of refuge trails. Learn about the Nashua River, travel through a riparian forest, and see evidence of beavers. Bring bug spray, sunscreen and water. Register by 3 p.m. August 7: 978-562-3527.

 

Paddle the Detroit River
August 9, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. — Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, MI
Kayak through the refuge. Begin at Lake Erie Metropark. $20 per person fee includes park entry and kayak rental. Registration required: 734-692-7671. Space is limited.

 

Volunteer Workday
August 6 and 9, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Help pull ricefield bulrush, an invasive plant that threatens the health of refuge wetlands by crowding out native plants that wildlife need for food and cover. Meet by the visitor kiosk on the River S Unit. Wear waterproof shoes. Gloves and snacks will be provided. Register: 360-887-3883.

 

Wildlife Photo Walk
August 9, 8 to 11 a.m. — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA  
Learn tips and tools to improve your nature photography. Practice taking photos of insects and birds. Bring your camera equipment. Meet in the gravel lot at the Route 420 end of the refuge. Walk is weather-dependent.

 

Bay Bike Ride
August 9, 10:30 a.m. Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA- Fremont
Take an 11-mile bike ride with docent Gregg Aronson along Marshlands Road and on the Shoreline Trail to observe birds and the occasional leopard shark. Pass through salt marsh, salt pond and bay habitats. Hybrid bicycles are recommended. Helmets are required. Program cancels if it rains the day before or the day of the ride. Reserve your spot at http://donedwardsbike.eventbrite.com or call 510-792-0222 ext. 362.

 

Sizzling Summer Birding
August 9, 8 to 11 a.m. — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA  
Try this early morning bird walk and see what everyone finds to love about birding. Learn to identify the summer birds of the refuge. Learn about field marks that can help ID a bird.  Meet at the visitor center. Binoculars are available to borrow at the front desk.

 

Shorebirds and Birding by Impression
August 9, 8:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. — Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE
Take a workshop with Kevin Karlson and Dale Rosselet, co-authors of the upcoming book “Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds.” The outdoor morning session will focus on shorebird ID. The afternoon session will feature comparative ID photos that show similar species in a side-by-side digitized view. Practice your ID skills. Register: 302-653-9345.

 

Can You Capture It? FOCUS on Photography
August 9, 9 to 9:45 a.m. — Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Discover outdoor photography techniques, share tips and tricks, discover new photography locations on the refuge, and share your favorite photos. Apply what you learn. Bring your camera (film, DSLR, or point and shoot), extra batteries, and a sense of adventure. Free and open to the public. All skill levels welcome.

 

Pollinator Walk
August 9, 10 to 11 a.m. — Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Search for native pollinators including the endangered Karner Blue butterfly in habitats across the refuge. Learn to “read” flowers and decipher the colors that attract birds, the scents that attract moths, the shapes that attract flies, and even the nectar guides that attract bees and butterflies. Bring your binoculars and camera. Some binoculars are available to borrow.

 

Late Summer Flowers
August 10, 1 to 3 p.m. — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA  
Join a plant expert in finding and identifying plants at the refuge. Meet the walk in the gravel lot at the Route 420 end of the refuge.

 

Photo Scavenger Hunt
August 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon — Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Join a nature walk and scavenger hunt, using your camera to capture and document your finds.  Meet at the Still River Depot Rd parking lot. Register by 3 p.m. August 8: 978-562-3527.

 

Moonlight Hike
August 10, 9 p.m. — Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Take a guided night hike on the Kiwa Trail. Hear owls, coyotes. See bats. Space is limited. Registration required: 360-887-3883

 

Full Moon Foray
August 10, 6:30 p.m. — Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA (Concord)
Join a local naturalist for a summer nature walk exploring the wild plants, wildlife and habitats of the refuge. All ages are welcome. A $5 per person donation is requested. No pre-registration required. Meet at the information kiosk by the parking lot.

 

Guided Bat Walk
August 10 and August 11, 7:30 to 10 p.m. – Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Discover the beauty of the refuge after hours. Use your ears – and a bat detector – to locate bats and other nighttime residents. Space is limited; reserve your spot early: 360-887-4106.

 

Tiny Tots: Nature and Music
August 10, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
(Ages 18-42 mos.)
August 11, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
(Ages 18-42 mos.)
Learn about the wildlife at the refuge through songs and rhyming. Parental participation is required. Registration is required: 301-497-5887. National Wildlife Visitor Center

 

Traditional Technologies Day
August 10, noon to 4 p.m. — Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, WA

Try your hand at ancient skills such as atlatl throwing, flint knapping, fie by friction, animal tracking and archery. See a demonstration about various types of Chinookan art.


Full Moon Foray
August 10, 6:30 p.m.  — Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Join a local naturalist for a summer nature walk. All ages are welcome. A $5 per person donation is requested. No pre-registration required. Meet at the information kiosk by the parking lot (Monsen Rd in Concord, off Rte. 62). Questions? Call 978-760-1933.

 

Water Waders
August 13, 9 to 10 a.m. — Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Shorebirds feed on the insects found in shallow water along the banks of the Illinois River. Learn what insects these birds are bobbing for and how to identify them. Then take a walk on the Swan Lake levee separating the lake from the river. Register by August 12.

 

Birds and Plants: They Need Each Other
August 13, 7 p.m. — Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Enjoy a talk by author Dennis Paulson, director emeritus of the Slater Museum of Natural History


Evening Wildflower Search
August 15, 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
For ages 8+. Join a guided car caravan tour along the refuge wildlife loop, stopping at multiple locations to learn about late-summer wildflower blooms.  Registration is required: 301-497-5887. North Tract

 

Family Bird Walk
August 16, 2 to 4 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA- Fremont
Let family walks become a shared time of nature learning. Help kids create their personal bird watching field guides. Then head out on the trails to find those birds. Some binoculars are available to borrow. Recommended for children ages 5-10. Reservations are required. Register at http://donedwardsfamilybird.eventbrite.com or call 510-792-0222 ext. 362.

 

Nighthawk Migration Survey
August 16 and 23, 5:30 p.m. —  Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, MA
September 6, 5:30pm Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Look for common nighthawks migrating through the Nashua River valley. Enjoy sunset on the refuge and listen for the sound of coyotes. Rain date is Sunday.

 

Live Reptile Event
August 16, 8 to 11 a.m. – San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, CA
See, touch and learn about the native snakes, lizards and skinks that thrive in and around San Diego. Then take a short nature hike with refuge staff. RSVP: 619- 476-9150 X 106


Wildlife Conservation and Recreation Day
August 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Learn about wildlife conservation and recreational opportunities through habitat exploration, children’s crafts, fishing, archery and firearm demonstrations. Free. No registration necessary. North Tract

 

Bats among Us
August 16, 7 to 9 p.m. — Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Scared of bats? Get over it as you learn more about these diverse and beneficial creatures.
Watch bats as they emerge at dusk. Find out how scientists study bats, and see bats as you've never seen them before.

 

Snakes Alive
August 16, 10 to 11 a.m. — Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, MO
Learn from a refuge ranger about the many kinds of snakes that can be found at the refuge. Handle a live snake, if you would like. The program will take place at the visitor center.


Lotus Walk
August 17, 3 p.m. — Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, MI
Walk to a beautiful bed of American lotuses and learn about the rich natural and cultural history of the lotus, as well as other plant members of this coastal marsh ecosystem. Gibraltar Bay Unit

 

Spying for Spiders
August 21, 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Ages 5-7. Learn why spiders are not insects.  Explore their unique traits with a game, poem, song, craft and a hike.  Registration is required: 301-497-5887. National Wildlife Visitor Center


Evening Moth Tour
August 22, 8 to 11:30 p.m. — Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Join author Jim Sogaard to learn about these fly-by-night creatures. Meet at refuge headquarters.

 

Nighthawk Migration
August 23, 6 to 8 p.m. Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Look for common nighthawks migrating overhead at dusk or feeding. Learn how to identify this nesting bird and distinguish it from other night flyers, especially swifts, swallows and bats.  You may also hear and see beavers, muskrats or owls.   RSVP by August 21: 978-201-6028. Space is limited to 20 participants.

 

Avian Anglers
August 23, 9 to 10 a.m. — Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Pelicans sometimes work together to capture a fish dinner. Learn about these large white birds and then venture out to look for some. Register by August 21.

 

Make Your Yard a Hangout for Birds and Butterflies
August 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Ages 15+. Learn from a master gardener how to create landscapes that include native foods, shelter and water to support wild birds and butterflies. Registration is required: 301-497-5887. National Wildlife Visitor Center

 

Astronomy Night
August 30, 7:30 p.m. — Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Discover the night sky with a local astronomy expert. On a clear night, see the Milky Way, several planets, man-made satellites and sometimes meteors. A telescope will be available for use. Feel free to bring your own telescope or binoculars.

 

Youth Duck Hunt Workshop
August 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI
A one-day workshop will teach youth, ages 9-15, to hunt waterfowl. Participants will work with experienced hunters to learn waterfowl ID, duck calling, decoy placement. Then they will take part in an afternoon of trapshooting. Youth are encouraged to invite their favorite adult to attend. Registration required: 608-565-2551.

 

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Last updated: July 25, 2014