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November 2013 Events

Bosque Cranes
A sandhill crane touches down at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. The refuge’s celebrated Festival of the Cranes runs Nov. 19-24.
Credit: Marvin De Jong

Refuge Wildlife Series: Whooping Cranes
Saturday, November 9, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Learn how whooping crane nests are monitored, and how the refuge’s first year of parent rearing of chicks went. Hear an update on the sandhill adoption project that could be a potential game changer.


Watershed Investigators
Saturday, November 9, 10:30 a.m. to noon — Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge, MA
Participate in this monthly kid-oriented program that focuses on hands-on discovery of nature. Join refuge staff in exploring different ways to look at the natural world. Methods of discovery may include crafts, games, stories and exploration. This program is geared toward grades 2-5, but all are welcome.


Nature Walk: A Sense of Place
Saturday, November 9, 2 to 4 p.m. — Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Explore the refuge landscape in fall, as colors peak and fade, migratory birds fill the sky, muskrat lodges appear, spiders drape the landscape with gossamer, and sunsets cast a fiery glow. A $5/person voluntary donation is requested.


Birding Tour
Sunday, November 10, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE
Walk a trail to identify songbirds. Stop along the impoundments and salt marsh to identify ducks, geese and raptors. Beginner and experienced bird watchers are welcome.


The Three Bears
Saturday, November 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Learn all about the different kinds of bears that live in North America. Hear about where they live, what they eat and more in this fun, hands-on program. Registration is required: 301-497-5565.


Full Moon Howl
Saturday, November 16, 5 to 6:30 p.m. — Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, NC
Hear endangered red wolves howl in the wild. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent. Dress for the weather; howling will occur except with lightning, heavy rain, wind or impassable roads.


26th Annual Festival of the Cranes
Tuesday, November 19 to Sunday, November 24 — Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM
Experience dramatic fly-ins and fly-outs of sandhill cranes and snow geese at one of the country’s best-known bird festivals. Find more information on the festival’s schedule of events.


Refuge Fledgling Hour
Friday, November 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Come out for a nature-themed program series that will include crafts, stories and games or songs that relate to a different topic each month. The program is geared to ages 2-5, but older siblings are welcome.


Winter Open House
Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Enjoy free kids’ activities including music by performer Len Lonnquist, nature crafts, a wildlife touch table, a nature scavenger hunt and snacks.


Holiday Tours
Saturday, November 23 to Sunday, November 24, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Fall colors paint a beautiful backdrop for these special two-hour refuge holiday tours. The tours end in the Discovery Room where kids can make a fun Thanksgiving craft to take home.


Bird Watching
Sunday, November 24, 8 a.m. — Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD
Take a free guided birding trip through the refuge to see resident and migrant species. All levels of experience welcome. Bring your binoculars and field guides. No preregistration is required.


Tree Identification Field Trip
Tuesday, November 26, 9 a.m. to noon — Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE
Learn to recognize the trees on the refuge and Blackbird Creek Reserve. Participants will learn about the similarities and differences of the two habitats. Register: 302-653-6872 or


Turkey Walk
Saturday, November 30, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Walk off that Thanksgiving turkey on an easy stroll along service roads. Meet at the Bluebird Parking Lot, Pleasant Plains Road.


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Last updated: November 7, 2013