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November 2013 Events

Bosque Cranes
Sandhill cranes take flight at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. The refuge’s Festival of the Cranes, November 19-24, is a much-anticipated birding event.
Credit: Marvin De Jong

ature Walk for Health
Saturday, November 2, 9 to 10 a.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Take a guided nature walk on the Tidelands Trail and hear what makes this refuge unique. The
one-and-one-third-mile walk traverses endangered species habitat and offers great views of south San Francisco Bay. Meet in front of the Visitor Center.


Youth Deer Hunt
Saturday, November 2 to Sunday, November 3, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, MO
Fifty youth hunters with their mentors will get the opportunity to hunt within the Managed Deer Hunt Area at the refuge. Youth hunters apply through the Missouri Department of Conservation.


Owl Prowl
Saturday, November 2, 6:30 p.m. — Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, NY
Learn about owls. Then explore the refuge for them. Pre-register: 585-948-5445 ext. 2205 or


Refuge Story Time
Saturday, November 2, 10 a.m. — Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, WV
Join refuge staff for this free monthly series for preschoolers, hosted by the refuge and the Friends of the 500th. This event will be cancelled if area schools are not in session. Please call ahead to confirm at 304-866-3858.


Magnificent Mulies
Saturday, November 2, 9 to 11:30 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Mule deer bucks are a sight to see with their full antlers on display during the rutting season. Learn about their behavior through a short presentation. Then explore their habitat with a naturalist while getting some magnificent photos.


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.


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 cranes and snow geese at one of the country’s best-known bird festivals. Find more information on the festival’s schedule of events.


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, snacks, and discounts at the bookstore.


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. Remember to bring your binoculars and field guides. No preregistration is required.


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: September 25, 2013