February 2014 Events
|Kids and families are entertained while waiting to see Tinicum Tim, resident groundhog, at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, in 2013. The refuge will celebrate this year’s Groundhog Day Winter Festival on February 1.|
Marsh Bird Walk
Sundays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Explore native birds and raptors with a guided walk at Sweetwater Marsh. Meet at the Living Coast Discovery Center (LCDC) entrance. While the refuge is free to enter, this guided tour with LCDC docents requires LCDC admission ($14).
Groundhog Day Winter Festival
Saturday, February 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
Forget Punxsutawney Phil. Find out if the refuge’s resident groundhog, Tinicum Tim, sees his shadow and predicts six more weeks of winter. The event, sponsored by the Friends of Heinz Refuge, includes Groundhog Day carols, wildlife crafts for kids, a live animal show by the Philadelphia Zoo and wildlife walks.
Junior Duck Stamp Workshop
Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m. to noon — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Anyone can draw a duck in five easy steps, especially with the aid of our guest artist. See how it’s done and design your own duck stamp entry for the annual contest.
Late Winter Plant Identification and Walk
Sunday, February 2, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA Join volunteer plant experts in learning about the refuge’s many plant species, including seasonal flowers, perennials, shrubs, vines and trees. Meet at the visitor center. Guided walks are free. Dress for being outdoors.
Bay Trail Hike
Saturday, February 8, 3 to 4 p.m. — Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA
Enjoy a free, one-mile guided birding hike along the refuge’s Bay Trail. See the variety of waterfowl that feed and rest here during winter. Bring your camera and binoculars. Or reserve binoculars in advance. Register: 757-301-7329 ext. 152.
Second Saturday Nature Programs
Saturday, February 8 — Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, TX
This free nature program covers bluebirds and includes an indoor talk portion and a brief field trip on the refuge.
Thursday, February 13, 10 to 11 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Celebrate Valentine’s Day the wild animal way. Discover how wildlife uses song, dance, and games to woo their mates. This interactive program is meant primarily for ages 3 to 5.
Cupid’s Wildlife Viewing Tour
Saturday, February 15 to Sunday, February 16, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Join a family-friendly guided wildlife viewing tour and learn how wildlife woo their mates.
Saturday, February 15, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
Learn how you can devote some of your time and talents to helping the refuge. Volunteers greet visitors, organize paperwork, maintain trails, remove trash, guide nature walks, work with students and much more. Register: 215-365-3118.