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November 2012 Events

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A white-tailed deer buck stands on alert in the autumn brush. On Saturday, November 3, participants in a Big Buck Photo Tour at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado will have a chance to capture striking photographs of mule and white-tailed deer as the rut season begins.

Credit: USFWS

Outdoors for the Holidays Celebration
Saturday, November 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Join St. Marks Photo Club, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Nature’s Classroom. Then enjoy an annual holiday fest. Free, with small donation: cookies, cider, tea, chili plus one holiday photo. Also free: tram rides, kids’ crafts and meetings with the Refuge System mascot, the Blue Goose.

Cactus Wren Monitoring
Saturday, November 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Volunteer to visit cactus restoration sites with refuge biologist John Martin, and observe and record the condition of the cactus, the wrens and any invasive plants or animals. Wear long pants, a hat and sturdy shoes. Bring sunscreen or rain protection and a water bottle. Tools, water and snacks will be provided. Eligible for community service or extra credit hours. RSVP: Cathy Chadwick, or 619-447-4715.

Guided Trail Walk
Saturday, November 17, 9 a.m. — Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, MS
Join refuge staff on the Watson Trail. Meet at the visitor center parking area.

Grassland Fair
Saturday, November 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, AZ
Enjoy nature displays, live hawk and reptile demonstrations, a children’s art contest and arts and crafts. There will be live mariachi music and Aztec dancers. All ages are welcome.

Sugar Cane Grinding and Syrup Boil
Saturday, November 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, GA
Take part in a traditional sugar cane boil. Cut your own sugar cane from the garden, grind it using a traditional mule-operated grinder, and sample the sweet cane juice. Watch as staff and volunteers boil down a vat of sugar cane juice and produce authentic pure cane syrup.

Nature Hike
Sunday, November 18, 1 to 2 p.m. — Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Join the Nashua River Watershed Association for this free and easy two-mile hike — part of its Outdoor Wellness Walking program. Look for signs of wildlife and talk about the river and the refuge’s wetland ecosystems. Dogs are not allowed. Register: Al Futterman, (978) 448-0299, or

Bird Identification
Sunday, November 18, 1 to 5:30 p.m. — Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE
Get a close look at the different bird species in the impoundments. Refuge staff will be on Wildlife Drive with scopes, binoculars, and field guides to help you identify shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and whatever else flies by. Learn how to best use binoculars and scopes.

Turkey Days Open House
Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT
On the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, enjoy a family-friendly open house, with free activities including turkey crafts, turkey exhibits and showings of the PBS nature film “My Life as a Turkey.”

Holiday Wildlife Viewing Tour
Saturday, November 24, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Take your family and out-of-town guests on a Thanksgiving wildlife-viewing tour aboard the refuge bus. See bison, deer, coyotes, waterfowl and more. Stay after the tour for a special holiday craft. Sign up: 303-289-0930.   

Birds Fly South for the Winter…Or Do They?
Saturday, November 24, 7:30 a.m.  — Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, MA
"Everyone" knows that birds fly south for the winter. Except for the ones that don't! Find out which birds flee the cold, and which ones stick it out, and why. (Where do those robins go, anyway?) Bring binoculars, a bird identification book and hiking or trail shoes. RSVP by 3 p.m. Friday, November 23: or 978-201-6028; limited to 15 participants.

Wonderful Waterfowl Workshop
Saturday, November 24, 9 a.m. to noon — Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE
Join birder Paul Baicich for a presentation and field study on North American waterfowl. Practice waterfowl identification at Bombay Hook. Register: 302-653-6872.  

Birding Field Trip
Sunday, November 25, 8 a.m. to noon — Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD
Join a naturalist for a free birding field trip. See songbirds, waterfowl, waders, birds of prey and more. Bring binoculars and field guides. Meet at visitor center.

Wetlands Water Café
Saturday, November 25, 1 to 2:30 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Learn about wetland nutrients and organisms that build a diverse web of life. Participants will use the lab to observe wetland creatures up close and learn about their role in the ecosystem. Register: 510-792-0222 ext. 104.

Wild Wonderful Wolves
Wednesday, November 28, 10 to 11 a.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
In this interactive program children will learn not only how to howl like a wolf, but why they howl, why they live in a pack, and much more. For ages 5-7.

Monthly Birding Trips
Wednesday, November 28, 8 a.m. — Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Take part in refuge birding trips on the fourth Wednesday of each month from November through April (except December due to the holidays). Meet at the parking lot closest to the impoundment ponds.

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Last updated: November 13, 2012