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November 2012 Events

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A wild turkey struts its stuff on a Louisiana wildlife refuge. Some refuges are planning special family-friendly events around the Thanksgiving holiday.

Credit: Susan Rachlin

Nature Photography Seminar
Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m. to noon ─ Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE
Take a lesson from nature photographer Kevin Fleming. Then spend the afternoon on the refuge practicing what you’ve learned. The classroom seminar is meant for experienced photographers who want to improve their skills. Participants should be using a digital DSLR camera (not a point and shoot). Class size will be limited to 20. Fee of $50 includes an autographed copy of Fleming’s book Wild Delmarva. Register: 302-653-6872 by October 10.

Guided Trail Walk
Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m. — Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, MS
Join refuge staff on the Beaver Dam Trail. Meet at the Boat Launch Ramp area.


Big Buck Photo Tour
Saturday, November 3, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Capture striking photographs of mule and white-tailed deer as the rut season begins. Bucks are sporting their remarkable antlers as they search for on the refuge.


Bulls Island Archery Deer Hunt
Monday, November 5 through Saturday, November 10, all day — Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, SC
The hunt for white-tailed deer is part of the refuge’s wildlife management plan and follows South Carolina state regulations. Hunters under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and must present a hunter safety certificate. Registration begins Sunday, November 4. Hunters may camp on Bulls Island during the hunt. For more information, call 843-928-3368


Owl Prowl
Friday, November 9, 7 p.m. ─ Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, MI
Join a guided walk through the trails of Humbug Marsh, looking and listening for owls.


Shotgun Deer Hunt
Friday, November 9, All day — Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, MD
To apply for a hunt permit, please call 410-639-7056 or visit the website. The refuge will be closed to the general public during the deer hunt. Access to the boat ramp at Bogles Wharf will remain open during the hunt.


Great Horned Owl F.U.N. Program
Saturday, November 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon — Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Take part in fun activities at the visitor center including a live owl presentation from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Great horned owls are among the refuge’s most skilled nocturnal predators.


Fall Birding Tours
Saturday, November 10, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. — St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Go birding on the refuge. Experienced and novice birders are welcome.


Twilight Marsh Walk
Saturday, November 10, 4 to 5:30 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: 510-792-0222 ext. 363.


Palmetto Pro Birder Modules
Saturday, November 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, November 11, 7 a.m. to noon — Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, SC
Learn to identify the birds in your backyard and elsewhere in South Carolina. Find out how you can act as a citizen scientist to help save the birds and their habitats. Become a certified Palmetto Pro Birder. Cost is $150. Register: 803-256-0670 or


Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
Tuesday, November 13, 10 to 11 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Can turkeys fly? Do all turkeys gobble? Come meet Jake and Jenny, and discover many fun facts about these North American birds. Recommended for ages 3 to 6 years old.


25th Annual Festival of the Cranes
Tuesday, November 13 through Sunday November 18 — Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM
See the spectacular fly-ins and fly-outs of thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese at one of the country’s premier birding festivals.

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, followed by 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.


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 tradition 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.


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 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.   


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. Head out on the refuge to cover the essentials of 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 critters up close and learn about their role in the ecosystem. Register: 510-792-0222 ext. 104.

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Last updated: September 28, 2012