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May 2014 Events

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A child enjoys a personal visit from a pondhawk dragonfly. Sana Ana Refuge in Texas will lead Butterfly-Dragonfly Walks on Wednesday mornings in May.
Credit: USFWS

 

‘Children in the Woods’ Summer Camp
May 1, 5 p.m. — Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, VA
Apply by May 1 for a chance at a spot in the Children in the Woods summer camp, designed for children ages 8-11 who have completed 3rd, 4th or 5th grade by summer of 2014. Campers will take part in outdoor activities such as crabbing, clamming, archery, surf fishing, bicycling and kayaking. A lottery will be used to select 14 campers for each of three one-week sessions. For more information on application submission, camp dates and fees, click here.

 

Bird Walk
May 3, 8 to 11 a.m. — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
Enjoy a bird walk led by a volunteer walk leader. Check out new arrivals and see who’s still enjoying the refuge. Binoculars are available to borrow at the front desk. Walks are weather-dependent.

 

Plant Walk
May 4, 1 to 3 p.m. — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA           
Join our volunteer plant expert on a walk around the refuge to look for and identify plants. Meet in the visitor center.

 

Refuge Ramble
May 4, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. — Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Enjoy an informal guided walk around the refuge. Meet at the Helen Fenske Visitor Center.

 

Monthly Concord Conservation Coffees
May 6, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. — Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Attend an informal gathering and information exchange between town natural resources and other interested staff and board members and local environmental leaders, organizations, naturalists, and interested citizens.

 

Butterfly-Dragonfly Walks
May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10 a.m. to noon — Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Look for Santa Ana’s amazing and unique butterfly species on this guided walk. Explore different refuge trails and habitats in search of different species. The refuge has binoculars you can borrow.

 

Birding Festival
May 9 — Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Enjoy guided birding hikes, bus and boat tours, kids’ activities, bird banding demos, live birds of prey, and special exhibits.

 

Wings Over Muscatatuck
May 10, all day — Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, IN
Enjoy this daylong program featuring live hawks, owls and eagles, as well as bird banding, kids’ activities, bird walks and guided bird tours. There will also be a guided tour of nearby Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge.

 

Spring Celebration of Nature
May 10, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Take a 7 a.m. bird tour on Mahnomen Trail. See live birds, reptiles, amphibians and a porcupine. Enjoy a Friends plant sale and kids nature crafts.

 

International Migratory Bird Day
May 10, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
Enjoy a full day of activities to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day! Bird walks leave at 7, 8 , 9 and 10 a.m. A photo walk is at 3 p.m. Bald Eagle Adventures for Families games are in the visitor center throughout the day Programs start in the visitor center. Binoculars are available to borrow at the front desk on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Hooked on Fishing
May 10, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Patriot Lake, Galloway Township, NJ
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and Galloway Township will hold their 11th annual fishing derby for children. Registration is required: 609-652-1665

 

Mothers Day
May 11, 8 a.m. am — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
Join mom on a bird walk to start celebrating. The program will start in the visitor center. Binoculars are available for loan at the front desk.  The program may last up to three hours, but you can leave for that brunch reservation at any time! Walk is weather-dependent.

 

Mothers Day Beginning Bird Watching
May 11, 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Spend time on Mother’s Day birding with mom. After an indoor slideshow teaches you to recognize the regulars, borrow binoculars and take a walk to try out your new skills. All ages are welcome. Reservations: 408-262-5513 ext. 104.

 

75th Anniversary Celebration
May 16, 7 p.m. — Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
In honor of the refuge’s 75th anniversary this year, attend one of a series of spring “Evenings at Forsythe” lectures, focusing on different aspects of the refuge.

 

Hike with a Ranger
May 17, 9 to 11 a.m. — San Diego National Wildlife Refuges, 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 along the Par 4 Drive Trail, and focuses on native bee pollinators. Please bring water, sturdy hiking shoes, binoculars and a sketchbook if you have them. Some binoculars can be borrowed for the hike.

 

Bird Walk
May 17, 9 a.m. to noon — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
Improve your birding skills and learn to identify spring migrants. Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Walk starts at the visitor center.

 

Nature Photo Walk
May 17, 9 to 11 a.m. — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
Join an expert photographer as you walk the trails of the refuge taking photos of birds and butterflies. Learn tips to improve your shots. Bring your camera.  The program meets at the Route 420 end of the visitor center in the gravel lot. The walk is weather dependent.

 

Kids’ Fishing Clinic
May 17, 9 a.m. to noon — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Introduce a child to fishing. Learn the basics free from refuge angler volunteers. Learn how to tie knots and where to fish at the refuge’s lakes. Reservations are required: 303-289-0930. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Twilight Marsh Walk
May 17, 7:30 to 9 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Experience the salt marsh at twilight on an easy stroll along Tidelands Trail (1.3 miles). Discover the sights, sounds and smells of the refuge as night descends. Not suitable for young children. Register: http://donedwardstwilight.eventbrite.com or call 510-792-0222 ext. 362. (Fremont)

 

International Migratory Bird Day
May 17, 7 a.m. — Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, VT
Join in an orientation at the refuge headquarters followed by a bird count. Return to the refuge headquarters by 11:30 AM to tally results and have lunch. Species counts will continue on refuge trails and waterways. After lunch, hear a speaker talk on a bird-related topic.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “Why Birds Matter” (Benefits of Birds to Humans and Nature). Register: 802-868-4781.

 

Elk Fest
May 17-18 — Jackson, WY
The highlight of the annual celebration is the auctioning off of thousands of pounds of antlers shed by wintering elk at National Elk Refuge. Staff and volunteers and Boy Scouts collect the antlers as they start dropping in early to mid-March. Removing antlers also reduces damage to tractors, trailers and other equipment used during the winter by refuge staff. Eighty percent of the auction proceeds are donated toward elk management and habitat enhancement on the refuge.

 

Meet the Swallow Family
May 18, 1 to 2 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Join a two-mile hike to learn about swallows. Discover how young swallows learn to fly and catch their meals before they embark on a 5,000-mile journey to a jungle they have never seen before.

             
Endangered Species Day
May 24, 10 a.m. to noon — Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
The turtles are back! Come learn about endangered species and welcome home the head-start turtles. Helen Fenske Visitor Center

 

Bike the Refuge
May 24, 10 to 11 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Pedal your way along a six-to-eight-mile ride through refuge grasslands, wetlands and woodlands, spotting wildlife with a naturalist. Fact, puncture-proof tires are recommended. A helmet is required. Reservations are required: 303-289-0930. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Guided Hike
May 24, 8:15 to 11:15 a.m. — Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM
Join a two-mile guided hike along a portion of the Canyon Trail. Explore a sculpted canyon in the Chihuahuan Desert and look for signs of life adapted to this unique environment. Meet at the Canyon Trailhead along Hwy.1. Please do not bring pets.

 

Butterfly and Bird Walk
May 31, 9 a.m. to noon — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
Join a free, volunteer-guided butterfly and bird walk. Bring binoculars or borrow them from the visitor center.

 

Historic Plants along the Wilderness Area’s Orange Trail
May 31, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act by learning about the refuge wilderness area. Meet at the Helen Fenske Visitor Center or at the trailhead at the end of White Bridge Road.

 

Spring Butterfly Tour
May 31, 10 a.m. to noon — Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Meet your guide at the Mahnomen Trail.

 

Fossils and Flumes
May 31, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Fossils and flumes are used to teach children about the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. Park Ranger Jose Garcia brings fossils from Triassic wetlands he collected in eastern Montana to show the similarities to today’s wetlands, and to explain their function in nature. Interactive flumes allow for a hands-on experience of how wetlands protect the surrounding area from flooding. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reserve: 510-792-0222 ext. 141.


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