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Adventures in Monarch Tagging and Other Offbeat Nature Fun

   bison bonesThere’s nothing to it. Just assemble the bones in the right order, and you get a bison at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado.  Photo by George Ho

Like your nature a bit offbeat? Some upcoming national wildlife refuge events fill the bill. 

It’s not a matter of replacing bird walks and nature tours. Not to worry. Those will never go out of fashion on wildlife refuges.

But sometimes you’re up for something a little different.

Like, say, building a bison. You got that right. There’s nothing to it. Just assemble the bones in the right order, and you get a bison at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado. 

Not your thing? How about digging for selenite crystals at Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma?

   monarch with tagAn expert tags a monarch butterfly at a fall monarch festival at a national wildlife refuge. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas let visitors net butterflies for tagging. Tagged butterflies are released to continue on their route south. Photo by USFWS

Or, say, like netting and tagging monarchs? During their annual monarch festivals, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas let visitors net butterflies for tagging. Tagged butterflies are released to continue on their route south.

And that’s not all. Howl with the wolves, big on elk antlers, shine your light on a seemingly infinite variety of moths.

A photo essay from the National Wildlife Refuge System lists these and other unusual events on refuges in the months ahead.

Look for a online stories about national wildlife refuges every Wednesday on the Refuge System home page.

Susan Morse, National Wildlife Refuge System communications

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