Patuxent public programs are small-group interpretive activities conducted by staff and volunteers. The programs are designed for individuals and/or families. Some programs are "all ages". Some are intended for specific age ranges including groups as young as 18 months. Typically, registration is required. Programs are free.
REGISTRATION All programs are FREE, however, donations to The Friends of Patuxent are greatly appreciated! Programs DO require advance reservations and may be subject to changes or cancellation due to weather or low participation. Please call 301-497-5887 to make your reservation. Please notify the refuge of any special needs so that you may be accommodated.
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The scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea) is a medium sized song bird native to the northeast upland forest. Tanagers are often hard to spot as they frequent the highest reaches of the tree canopy. The brilliant red and black plumage of the breeding male is a treat to see. Tanagers seek out insects during the summer months and fruits during migration back to their wintering grounds in the tropics.