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July 2014 Events

bison graze
Bison graze on the National Bison Range, a Montana wildlife refuge. On July 19, visitors to Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge in Colorado can learn about American bison and head out on the prairie to see them.
Credit: USFWS


Red Wolf Howls
Every Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m. — Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, NC
Hear endangered red wolves howl in the wild. Learn what the refuge is doing to aid recovery of the species. Summer howlings cost $10 per person; children age 12 and under are free. No registration is required. Event will occur except with lightning, heavy rain, or wind or impassable roads. No pets. Questions: 252-216-9464


Summer Butterfly Tour
July 5, 10 a.m. to noon — Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Meet your guide at the Oak Savanna Trail, at the start of the Prairie’s Edge Wildlife Drive on CR 5.


Paddle Siletz Bay
July 7 and 18 — Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge, OR
Take a two-hour paddle through the heart of Siletz Bay Refuge while learning about its wildlife and natural history. Space is limited. Reserve your space early: 541-270-0610. Trips are free but you must provide your own canoe or kayak. Start times vary; see schedule. Tours are offered in Spanish as well as English.


Fast Fliers
July 9, 9 to 10 a.m. — Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Zooming low over the wetlands, dragonflies bring the swamps to life in mid-summer. Learn about some of the refuge’s many dragonflies with odd names like Blue-Faced Meadowhawk and Cobra Clubtail. Then see how many you can spot at the Wildlife Haven Trail pond.


Farallon Island Boat Tours
July 11-12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Farallon National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Take a boat tour of the Farallon Wilderness, offered by the refuge, the Oceanic Society and San Francisco Whale Tours in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  See the refuge’s wilderness islands and look for whales. Tours cost $65 per person. The July 11, tour leaves from San Francisco’s Pier 39 at 8 a.m. Visit for tickets and enter discount code Farallon65. The July 12, tour leaves from Sausalito at 8 a.m. For this date, call Oceanic Society at 415-256-9604 or visit Both tours feature live narration by Farallon Refuge staff about island wildlife and the islands’ wilderness designation.


Butterfly Count
July 12, 9:30 a.m. to noon — Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, IN
Help identify different species of butterflies on the refuge.


The Magical Forest
July 12, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Take a family-friendly walk to explore the relationships between plants, animals and other organisms. Meet at the visitor center.


Canoe Trip
July 12, 7:30 a.m. — Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, TN
Enjoy a one-hour float on the West Boat House Trail. Floats take place water-level permitting. Bring your own kayak or canoe and life jacket. Some boats are available for borrowing. Register: 731-538-2481


Full Moon Foray
July 12, 7 p.m.  — Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Join a local naturalist for a summer nature walk. A $5/person donation is requested. No pre-registration required. Meet at the information kiosk by the parking lot. (Monsen Rd in Concord, off Rte. 62.) Questions? See blog or email or call 978-760-1933.


FOCUS on Photography
July 12, 9 to 9:45 a.m. — Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Learn outdoor photography techniques, share tips and discover new photography locations on the refuge. Share your favorite photos and apply what you learned in the program. Bring your camera (film, DSLR, or point and shoot), extra batteries and a sense of adventure! Free and open to the public. All skill levels welcome.


Swampwalk Nature Trail
July 12, 9 to 10 a.m. — Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, MO
Take part in a nature hike to learn about the many tree species on the refuge. A refuge ranger will point out tree species and will give tips on identification. Meet at the Swampwalk Nature Trail.


Lost Mound Birding Tours
July 12 and 20, 1 to 5 p.m. — Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, WI
Journey through portions of the Lost Mound Unit, formerly known as the Savanna Army Depot, which contains the largest remnant of sand prairie/sand savanna in Illinois. Look beyond the military relics and you might glimpse a loggerhead shrike, blue grosbeak or an upland sandpiper.


Kids Discovery: Wetland Wildlife
July 13, 2 p.m. — Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, MI
Join in a hike around the nature area to learn about wildlife that can be found in wetland habitats. A game will follow. The event will take place at the Gibraltar Bay Unit.


Monthly Bird Walks
July 13, 8 to 10 a.m. — Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, WI
Hone your birding skills by joining avid birders in exploring the refuge. Birders of all ages and skill levels are welcome.


Full Moon Evening Hike
July 13, 8 p.m. — Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Enjoy a night hike on the refuge. Meet at the parking lot at the refuge entrance at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard. Wear sturdy footwear. Bring bug spray and a flashlight covered with red cellophane. RSVP: 978-779-2259 or


Desert Detectives Critter Camp
July 14 to 18, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, ID
Through hikes, experiments, crafts and games, discover how animals, plants and people survive in the desert. Children entering second and third grades this fall are invited to join this week-long, interactive day camp. Register: 208-467-9278


Golf Cart Tours
July 17 and 19, 7:45 to 10 a.m. — Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, WI
Travel silently through the refuge and experience its beauty. Look for migratory birds, native plants, dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies. Bring your camera and binoculars.  Binoculars are available to borrow.


Thunder on the Prairie
July 19, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Discover the history and behavior of American bison during a short auditorium presentation. Then head out with a naturalist to get a closer look at these agile giants on the prairie.


Nature Walk
July 19, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
August 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Join a local naturalist in exploring the varied wildlife and habitats of the refuge. $5 per person. No pre-registration required. Meet at the information kiosk by the parking lot. Questions? or 978-760-1933. No pets.


Pollinator Pride Day
July 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  — Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Learn how hummingbirds, bees and other insects provide us with the food we need.  Enjoy storytelling, crafts, games and informative talks.  


Moth Night Out
July 19, 9 p.m. to midnight — Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Discover the beauty and diversity of moths on the refuge at this second annual event. Meet at the refuge headquarters building to see, discuss and photograph some of the more than 425 species of moths documented around the building’s security lights.


Kayaking Adventure
July 23, 9 to 11 a.m. — Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, ND
Paddle on a beautiful bay of Lake Audubon. Kayaks, paddles and life jackets are provided. Kayaking will be cancelled if winds exceed 18 mph. Wear shoes and clothing that can get wet. Pre-registration is required: 701-442-5474 ext. 110 or Meet at the visitor parking area at the end of the auto tour route.


Goodnight, Marsh
July 26, 8 p.m. — Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, MI
Just before sunset is a great time to glimpse the daytime animals before their nightly retreat, and the night time animals as their night begins. Join us on a hike at the Gibraltar Bay Unit to observe and learn about these creatures.


Birding by Ear
July 27, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.  — Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Learn to identify birds through summer foliage by their songs and calls. Explore forest and wetland habitat around Puffer Pond. RSVP by 3 p.m. July 24: or call 978-201-6028.


Eco Explorers Day Camp – Session 1
July 29 -31 — Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Students entering grades 1 – 6 are invited for three days of fun, exploration and outdoor adventure. Campers will be introduced to wildlife and habitats found at the refuge, and will explore nature through hands-on experiences from hiking to wildlife photography. Campers will be divided into two age groups: upper and lower elementary. Registration required: 608-565-4412. 


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Last updated: July 3, 2014