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A Talk on the Wild Side.

'Tis the Season ... to Visit a National Wildlife Refuge

By Susan Morse, USFWS

Heading to a national wildlife refuge soon?

Well, you've certainly picked a terrific time of year!

Some special rewards for visiting a refuge in late fall come compliments of Mother Nature. See and hear such thrilling natural spectacles as great flocks of migratory birds winging south for the winter or elk bucks bugling for a mate.

cranesCranes soar at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo: USFWS)

Other enhancements get a hand from people: As Thanksgiving approaches, you’ll find many wildlife refuges in a holiday-season mood, hosting holiday open houses and special holiday tours.

Some events take you behind the scenes into parts of the refuge normally closed to the public. Others feature looks at iconic species ­– bison, deer, coyotes – in the wild, where you may not often get to see them.

Check out the latest list of upcoming Refuge System events.

Of course, you don’t need a special occasion to visit a national wildlife refuge.

For those curious about the world around them, refuges generate wonder and excitement every day of the year.

Spend some time outdoors in nature. Don’t forget to take along your camera and binoculars.

You’ve got a treat in store.

Susan Morse is a writer/editor for the National Wildlife Refuge System

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