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January 2013 Events

Bald Eagle

A bald eagle keeps post on a winter day at National Elk Refuge in Wyoming. Many national wildlife refuges will host eagle tours for visitors in January. See the tours at Sequoyah Refuge in Oklahoma on January 19 and 26.

Credit: Lori Iverson / USFWS

Bald Eagles In Your Backyard
Saturday, January 5, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
The American bald eagle is one of the most recognizable aerial predators and our nation’s symbol. Look for these magnificent visitors near their winter residence at the refuge. Cameras and binoculars are recommended.


Winter Bird Count for Kids
Saturday, January 5, 8 a.m. to noon — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, PA
Pennsylvania Young Birders at Heinz Refuge invite kids ages 8 to 16 to join in the 2013 Winter Bird Count for Kids. All levels are welcome, from advanced youth birders to kids who just like to get outside and see wildlife. Contact for more details.


Scout Day
Saturday, January 5, 1 to 3 p.m. — Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, ID
Take a hike, make a nature craft, earn a wildlife badge and meet other scouts. Scout Day is held on the first Saturday of each month through May. Register: 208-467-9278.


Winter Solstice Bird Survey
Sunday, January 6, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. — Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Take part in an informal bird survey. Bird identification skills are helpful, but not necessary. Please bring binoculars and a bird ID guide. RSVP by 3 p.m. on Friday, January 4, to John at or 978-201-6028. Beginners welcome.


Bald Eagle/Waterfowl Event
Saturday, January 12, noon to 5 p.m. — Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, TN
Enjoy a tour of Duck River Bottoms, a portion of the refuge’s waterfowl sanctuary normally closed to the public. See and hear tens of thousands of waterfowl, representing as many as 23 species. Snow date: January 26.


Guided Refuge Hikes
Saturday, January 12, and Saturday, January 26, 9 a.m. — Buenos Aires National Wildlife, AZ
Enjoy a 3.8-mile hike. Public hikes are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from November to April. Have lunch under the shade of a natural rock arch. Fee:  $5 per person. Register: Bonnie Swarbrick at 520-823-4251.


Owl Day
Saturday, January 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT
Come out for live owl presentations, owl crafts, owl pellet dissection and much more fun.


The Remarkable Gray Fox
Saturday, January 12, 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
What makes gray foxes unique? Join a walk and talk to find out. Come away with a handful of tools to help you determine if gray foxes are present where you live. Good walking shoes and a hat are recommended.


Wheelchair-bound Lottery Hunt
Saturday, January 12 — Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, LA
Enter a drawing to take part. Fifteen hunters will be selected to participate. All applicants must be wheelchair-bound and must provide a Louisiana Class I – Physically Challenged Hunters Permit. Contact Jean Mikeal at 318-574-2264 or


Living with Dinosaurs Exhibit Opening
Wednesday, January 16, to Friday, January 18 ­­— J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, FL
See a new visitor center exhibit that includes the articulated skeleton of the crocodile that roamed the refuge until her death in January 2010. Learn about crocodilians, true living dinosaurs. The Living Dinosaur exhibit was made possible with a $10,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation and generous support from Society members Bill and Annie Vanderbilt and John and Kathy McCabe.


Disappearing Treasures: National Eagle and Wildlife Property Repository Tour
Friday, January 18, 10 a.m. to noon — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Sign up for this special program to tour this one-of-a-kind facility that houses illegally imported animals and animal products seized at U.S. borders. The facility also manages the Native American Eagle Feather Program. Families are welcome.


Bald Eagle Tours
Saturday, January 19, and Saturday, January 26, 9 a.m. — Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, OK
View the refuge’s bald eagle cam at headquarters and learn about the bald eagle. Then hop aboard the refuge tour bus to view three active nests.


Birding Trip
Wednesday, January 23, 8 a.m. — Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Enjoy a refuge birding trip. Birding trips take place on the fourth Wednesday of every month through April. Meet at the parking lot closest to the ponds.


Spacecoast Birding and Wildlife Festival
Wednesday, January 23, to Monday, January 28 — Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, FL
The 16th annual event is the largest birding and wildlife festival in the United States, say organizers. The festival includes field trips to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.


Groundhog Drawing and Writing Contests
Through Friday, January 25 — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, PA
Enter a drawing and/or writing contest open to students of all ages. All entries must be received at the refuge by Friday, January 25, and will be displayed at the Groundhog Day Family Festival on Saturday, February 2. Learn more here.


Marsh Mud Mania
Sunday, January 27, 1 to 2:30 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
The mud flats of the southern San Francisco Bay provide food for thousands of migratory and resident bird species. One spoonful of South Bay mud can contain thousands of organisms. Come see for yourself during this fun, hands-on opportunity. Participants will use tools to investigate mud, and go on a guided walking tour of the marshlands. Reservations: Contact Julie at 408-262-5513 ext. 104. All ages are welcome.

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Last updated: December 3, 2012