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July 2013 Events

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An alligator patrols the bank of a Southeast waterway. On Saturday, July 6, a guided canoe trip at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Refuge in Florida lets you get up close and personal with giant reptiles like this one.
Credit: Stacy Shelton, USFWS

Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit
Monday, July 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Seney National Wildlife Refuge, MI
Admire original nature artwork by kids from across the country. The work of first-place winners from each state and U.S. territory will be on display in the visitor center all month.


First Fridays at the Refuge
Friday, July 5, 5 p.m. — Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, MO
Enjoy a family event with food and music. Activities will include refuge tours, a turtle touch tank and a nature-based magic show.


Birding Festival
Saturday, July 6, 9 to 10:30 a.m. — Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Learn how to enjoy bird watching from a professional birder. Search for nesting birds on the refuge. 


Trim the Trails
Saturday, July 6, all day — Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge, ME
Help the Friends of Aroostook Refuge trim refuge trails. All ages are welcome.


Refuge Tour
Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m. — Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, VA
Enjoy a naturalist-guided bus tour of the refuge.


Guided Canoe Trip
Saturday, July 6, 8 to 10:15 a.m. — Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Paddle through the refuge in the northern Everglades. Rent a canoe ($32) from Loxahatchee Canoeing or bring your own. Reservations: 561-734-8303. Meet at Lee Road Boat Ramp.


Open House
Sunday, July 7, 1 to 4 p.m. — Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, MI
Explore the refuge’s Gibraltar Bay unit. The open house is sponsored by the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy.


Refuge Story Time
Friday, July 12, 10 a.m. — Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, WV
Join a free story hour for preschoolers, hosted by the refuge and Friends.


Refuge Astronomy
Friday, July 12, 8 p.m. — Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Join the Friends of Wallkill River Refuge and the Skylands Astronomy Club in exploring comets, meteors and asteroids.


Puppet Show: A Fox Tale
Saturday, July 13, 10:30 a.m. and noon — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Discover the nighttime world of animals found at the refuge. The puppet show runs approximately 20 minutes. No registration necessary. All ages are welcome.


Eastern Bluebirds
Saturday, July 13, 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, NY
Learn about the life history of the birds and nest box management from John Rogers, who has been involved with the conservation of Eastern bluebirds for more than 35 years.


Mingo Night Life – Bats
Saturday, July 13, 6 pm. — Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, MO
Did you know that one little brown bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in a night? Learn more about bats.


Summer Birding
Saturday, July 13, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Search for meadowlarks, bobolinks and other prairie-dependent species.


Refuge Wildlife Series
Saturday, July 13, 1 to 2 p.m. — Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Learn about the redheaded woodpecker, an amazing cavity nester, and see it on the refuge.


Bugs of the Bay
Sunday, July 14, 1 to 2:30 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Learn about the many different insects that are part of the bay ecosystem and contribute to the health of area wetlands. Reservations: Julie at 408-262-5513 ext. 104.


Meet the Interns
Sunday, July 14, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Hear our enthusiastic summer interns “show and tell” what they’ve been doing on the refuge this summer.


Butterfly Count
Sunday, July 14, 1 to 3 p.m. — Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, IA
Take part in the refuge’s annual butterfly count.


Blue Goose Day
Thursday, July 18, 5 to 8 p.m. — Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, ND
Spend a family-oriented evening learning about hunting, wildlife conservation and outdoor skills. Youth will have the opportunity to fire air rifles, shoot bows and arrows, set up for a camping experience and learn about backyard bird feeding. After the event, a picnic lunch will be served. All kids receive door prizes and educational materials. No pre-registration required.


Summer Hike ‘n Bird
Friday, July 19, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Enjoy a casual guided birding hike through woodland, wetland and prairie. Birders of all levels are welcome. Recommended for adults.


Discovery Hike
Saturday, July 20, 2 to 4 p.m. — Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK
Discover Alaskan wilderness. Hike the Hidden Creek Trail at the Shilak Wildlife Recreation Area. Dogs are not encouraged, but are allowed if they are leashed and under their owners’ control.


Mountain Hike
Saturday, July 20, 8 to 11 a.m. — San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Join refuge staff for a strenuous, three-hour hike on the McGinty Mountain trail.


Nature Story Hour
Saturday, July 20, 9 a.m. — Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Enjoy tales of the refuge at the visitor center, located near the village of Brussels, on Hagen Road about four miles from the Brussels Ferry.


Full Moon Guided Canoe Trips
Saturday, July 20, 7 to 9 p.m. — Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Enjoy a guided moonlight canoe tour through the refuge. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants and bring a flashlight and bug spray. Canoe rental from Loxahatchee Canoeing is $32; you may not bring your own. Reservations: 561-733-0192.


Nature Drawing for Kids
Saturday, July 27, 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Uncover the secrets of nature drawing and story illustration with artist and author Heather Hall. Make your own art journal. After a short lesson, walk around the refuge, drawing what you see. Recommended for ages 7 – 11.


Karner Blue Butterflies
Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. — Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Explore the refuge. Learn about the Karner blue butterfly, a tiny endangered species.


Slimy and Scaly
Tuesday, July 30, 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Are snakes really slimy? Are fish the only animals with scales? Find out in this interactive program for kids ages six and up. Search for slimy and scaly creatures outside. Register: 301-497-5887.

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Last updated: June 24, 2013