February 2014 Events
|A bald eagle prepares to land at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Winter eagle tours will take place this month at Sequoyah Refuge and Wichita Mountains Refuge in Oklahoma.|
|Credit: Dave Menke, USFWS|
Winter Waterfowl Walks
February 1, 7, 8, 15, 21 and 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD
Join a one-mile hike along the refuge’s Bay Trail, guided by expert birders. Enjoy the variety of waterfowl that feed and rest here during the winter months. Bring your camera and binoculars.
February 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 9 a.m. to noon — Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, OK
Take a guided bus tour to see nesting bald eagles through scopes.
February 1, 2, 8, 9, 1:30 to 4 p.m. — Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, OK
Take a bus tour to search for bald and golden eagles. Reserve after December 31: 580-429-2151. Children must be 8 or older. $5 per person.
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).
February 1 and 8, 8 to 10 a.m. — Santee National Wildlife Refuge, SC
Join a professional photographer for a casual stroll to look for birds and explore the Wright’s Bluff Nature Trail. No registration is required. All ages and experience levels are invited.
February 1, 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, ND
Enjoy a snowshoe hike across the wintry landscape of Audubon Refuge. See white-tailed deer, ring-necked pheasants, bald eagles and signs of wildlife. Warm up with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa. Pre-register:701-442-5474.
Groundhog Day Winter Festival
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. Enjoy Groundhog Day carols, wildlife crafts for kids, a live animal show by the Philadelphia Zoo and wildlife walks.
Junior Duck Stamp Workshop
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 a guest artist. See how it’s done and design your own duck stamp entry for the annual contest.
February 1, 8, 15 and 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, OK
Take a guided bus tour to see eagle nests through scopes.
Plant ID and Walk
February 2, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA Take a free walk with volunteer plant experts and learn about the refuge’s seasonal flowers, perennials, shrubs, vines and trees. Meet at the visitor center.
Bay Trail Hike
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.
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.
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.
Winter Wings Festival
February 13 - 16 — Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, OR/CA
The Klamath Basin’s six wildlife refuges host the Winter Wings Festival, expanded from the Bald Eagle Conference in 2005. Even if you miss the festival, the basin is a great place to see eagles.
Great Backyard Bird Count
February 14, noon to 4 p.m. — Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Celebrate winter birds with activities and crafts for kids, a variety of programs and guided walks. Bird watchers of all ages and skills are welcome.
Cupid’s Wildlife Viewing Tour
February 15 to 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.
February 15, 1 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 and work with students. Register: 215-365-3118.
February 23, 9 a.m. to noon — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
Join an expert birder on a walk through the wintry landscape as you search for resident bird species and early arrivals. Walks can last up to three hours and are weather dependent. Bring binoculars or borrow them from the refuge. Meet in the visitor center.
Bird Watching for Beginners
February 23, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Millions of birds migrate through the Don Edwards Refuge every year. Learn to spot them using binoculars and identify them using a bird guide in this beginner’s program. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes.