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March 2013 Events

Hike Wapack Trail

Endangered whooping cranes tend chicks at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin. On March 10, visitors to Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland can see the elaborate steps staff follow to breed whoopers and rear young chicks before returning them to the wild.

Credit: Richard Urbanek

Florida Scrub-Jay Festival
Saturday, March 2 — Oscar Scherer State Park, Osprey, FL
Celebrates the only bird species unique to the Sunshine State at this festival at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in southeast Florida. 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.


Photography Workshop
Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge, NV
Take a free photography workshop with nature photographer Sharon K. Schafer.  Create spectacular images whether you use a high-end DSLR or a “point and shoot” camera. Register:


Eagle Tours
Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. — Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, OK
View the bald eagle cam at refuge headquarters. Then hop aboard a refuge tour bus to view three active nests.


Teaching Cranes to Fly
Sunday, March 3, 2 to 3 p.m. — St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Meet Operation Migration pilot Brooke Pennypacker and hear about his experiences teaching chicks to fly and follow the ultra-light aircrafts on the migration route from Wisconsin to Florida.


Nature on Film
Thursday, March 7, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Is water a commercial good or a human right? See Water on the Table. Bring a bag lunch. Beverages and dessert provided.


Swan Day Festival
Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT
Celebrate Tundra Swan Day with a day of free activities. Take an auto loop tour to view the return of these magnificent migratory birds. Enjoy swan-themed crafts, games and movies inside the Wildlife Education Center.


Eagle Festival  
Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD
Enjoy free live raptor programs, kids’ activities, a photography workshop, a guided bird walk, exhibits and the popular eagle prowls. 

Snowshoes and Snowy Owls
Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Sullys Hill National Game Preserve, ND
Join a guided snowshoe hike or explore trails on your own. Warm up inside with a nature movie: The Magic of Snowy Owls. Make a snowy owl craft.


Whooping Crane Tour
Sunday, March 10, 2 to 3:30 p.m. − Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Patuxent Wildlife Research Center to see the graceful endangered whooping cranes. Register: 301-497-5763. Ages 14+


Bird Identification Tour with Joel Citron   
Sunday, March 10, 9:30 a.m. to noon − Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE   
Walk a trail looking for songbirds, identifying wading birds and ducks in the impoundments, watching for eagles and looking for shorebirds.  Meet at the visitor center. All levels of experience welcome.


Scenic Refuge Tour
Sunday, March 10, 1 to 4 p.m. — Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA
Join staff for a scenic ride through the refuge and False Cape State Park while observing winter waterfowl and other native wildlife. Tours include a one mile, round-trip hike to the Wash Woods cemetery. Don’t forget your binoculars. Reservations: 757-301-7329 ext. 152.


Happy Birthday, National Wildlife Refuge System!
Thursday, March 14 — Many locations
Many national wildlife refuges will host special events in honor of the Refuge System’s 110th birthday. More info here.


Salt Pond Nature Tours
Saturday March 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Tour the refuge with the San Diego Audubon Society. Learn to identify migratory birds stopping over on the refuge along their Pacific Flyway migration path.


Owl Prowl
Saturday, March 16, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.− Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Discover the nighttime world of the refuge as you look and listen for nocturnal animals
on this guided walk. Ages 10+. North Tract. Register: 301-497-5887


Medicinal and Edible Plants of the Mojave Desert
Saturday, March 16, 9 to 11 a.m. − Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, NV
Could you survive if you were lost in the desert? Lean to identify wild plants with nutritional and medicinal value. NOTE: The same program will be offered Saturday, March 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Saturday, April 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge.


Going Green – South Bay Salt Pond Restoration
Saturday, March 16, 10 to 11 a.m. – Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Join an interpretive walk to photograph the wildlife and wetlands in the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. Learn about the wetlands habitat and restoration.


Waterfowl ID
Saturday, March 16, 9 to 11 a.m. – Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Tour the refuge lakes with a birding naturalist. Learn some helpful hints to spot and identify your favorite ducks and geese.


Garden Keepers – The Layered Garden
Wednesday, March 20, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. − Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE   
Choose the right plants for your garden by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons. Learn how to design a layered garden, and how to maintain it. Help prune the area around the visitor center. Meet in the visitor center auditorium.  Register: 302-653-6449.   


2013 Liberty Jubilee
Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Liberty, TX
Visit the booth of Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge at this street festival. The booth will have information about the refuge, education material for kids and live animal displays.


Wildlife Art Show
Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 – Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
See photography, sculpture and painting by nationally recognized artists who specialize in portraying wildlife and the natural world. Free. More information here.


Coyote Creek Lagoon
Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m. – Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Join a four-mile walk with the Refuge Rambler Club. The trail is a compacted gravel levee that is flat and level. The walk is self-paced and you may turn back at any time. You do not need to be a Refuge Rambler to take part.


Oxbow Winter Nature Photo Contest
March 30 — Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Enter your photos taken at the refuge this winter in the refuge’s photo contest. See contest rules at Friends of the Oxbow. E-mail your entries by March 30 to


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Last updated: March 8, 2013