Listed below are a few of the programs but check the Events Calendar for more details on the exciting programs, tours, talks and walks hosted every month on the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. • National Wildlife Refuge Week Celebration: Celebrate your National Wildlife Refuge System! A week of fun wildlife-related tours, talks and walks. This event is typically held the second full week of October. Check back to this page or the Events Calendar for details.
•Rio Reforestation- Saturday of National Wildlife Refuge Week. Up to a thousand volunteers are needed to help plant shrubs and trees on refuge lands that were once agricultural areas or cleared for other purposes. Help create habitat for wildlife.
Christmas Bird Count: From mid-December into January thousands of volunteers across the country take part in this popular citizen-science program! Join the effort at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. Call to find out details, dates and volunteer opportunities. International Migratory Bird Day: On the second Saturday of May Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge participates in this international day of celebrating migratory birds. The education program highlights the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
National Public Lands Day (NPLD): The nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in the United States. NPLD is typically held on the last Saturday in September but check back for details. This popular event is a great volunteer opportunity and a fun way you can help Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.
• Family Fun Day- First Saturday in June. Come out for a hike, picnic, scavenger hunt, and nature games and activities.
• Winter Texan Appreciation Day- Third Saturday in February. Special day to give thanks for Winter Texans who support the refuge every year.
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The ocelot is a small, spotted cat with a long tail. Visitors often confuse this wild cat with another commonly seen on the refuge -- the bobcat. The ocelot's range in the United States used to extend from South Texas up into Arkansas and Louisiana. Today, it is only found in the most southern tip of Texas where it is highly endangered due to loss of habitat.