February 2014 Events
|A bald eagle gives a fierce stare from its perch at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, IL and MO. Eagle tours are popular offerings this month at many refuges, including Sequoyah and Wichita Mountains Refuges.|
|Credit: Jody Fenton, 2012 photo contest entry, Two Rivers Refuge.|
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: 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 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. Look for white-tailed deer, ring-necked pheasants, bald eagles and signs of other 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.
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.
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.
San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival
February 7 to 9 — San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Come out and enjoy guided birding walks, art shows, open-mic music and the Wildlife Expo and Art Show in Vallejo, CA.
February 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, FL
The northern Everglades is the site of this 15th annual event – a free family festival with tours, nature walks, bird walks, wildlife demonstrations, kids' fishing and archery, canoeing, music and dance. This year’s theme: “The Everglades Then and Now.” Park just south of the refuge in Monty’s parking lot and ride the bus to the visitor center. On the refuge, buses will run continuously between activities. A free handicapped-accessible van will also be available.
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.
5th Annual Florida Scrub-Jay Festival
February 8 — Jonathan Dickinson State Park, FL
The festival celebrates the only bird species unique to the Sunshine State. Scrub-jays are found at Hobe Sound, Lake Wales Ridge and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuges. Enjoy live music, guided nature walks, live animal displays, children’s crafts and environmental exhibits.
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.
Full Moon Snowshoe Walk
February 13, 6 to 7:30 to 9 p.m. — Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK
Enjoy a guided ¾ mile walk for ages 12 and up. Pre-registration required: 907-260-2839.
Winter Wings Festival
February 13 - 16 — Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, OR
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.
Full Moon Hike
February 15, 7 to 9 p.m. — Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, AZ
Experience the Sonoran Desert at night on a free, guided one-and-one-half-mile hike along the road to Horse Tanks. Because the terrain is rocky and uneven, this hike is for intermediate to expert hikers only. Sign up at refuge headquarters. Wear closed-toed shoes and bring a jacket and flashlight. To reach the start of the hike: Take Highway 95 north of Yuma. Near mile marker 76, turn right at the small brown King Valley entrance sign. Drive about 2.2 miles to marker 42. Park along King Valley Road.
Cupid’s Wildlife Viewing Tour
February 15-16, 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 15-17 —National Wildlife Refuge System
In celebration of Presidents Weekend, entrance fees will be waived at national wildlife refuges. Of the 460 refuges open to the public, 35 normally charge a small entrance fee.
Whooping Crane Festival
February 20-23 — Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, TX
“America’s Birdiest Small Coastal City,” Port Aransas, TX, hosts a festival that includes a trip to Aransas Refuge to see cranes in their winter habitat.
Hike with a Ranger
February 22, 9 to 11:30 a.m. — San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Learn about San Diego’s biologically diverse native habitats and what the refuge is doing to protect them on a guided interpretive hike. This hike is on the Par 4 Drive Trail, and focuses on native plants and wildflowers in bloom. Please bring water, wear sturdy hiking shoes, binoculars and a sketchbook if you have them. Some binoculars can be borrowed for the hike.
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 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.
San Diego Bird Festival
February 27 to March 2 — San Diego National Wildlife Refuges, CA
The annual festival features trips to three coastal refuges in San Diego. Birds to see includes: Brandt’s cormorant, pied-billed grebe, and black-vented shearwater.
Nature Tots: Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed
February 28, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Squirrels are the focus of this fun interactive program for preschoolers. Registration required: 301-497-5580.
Night Ranger Star Party
February 28, 7 to 9 p.m. — Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK
Discover the winter night sky. Take a peek at stars through a telescope and enjoy hands-on activities with refuge staff in the visitor center.
Christmas Tree Drop
End of February or beginning of March — Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, LA
The Army National Guard will airdrop thousands of old Christmas trees at designated refuge sites to help restore refuge wetlands. Some 175 acres of productive marsh wildlife habitat have been restored to date through the annual Christmas tree recycling effort, aided by the city of New Orleans.