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Enjoy Fall Happenings on Refuges

Visit a National Wildlife Refuge this fall to enjoy special events or just to watch nature command her own dazzling seasonal show. The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world's premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife and plants. There is a national wildlife refuge within an hour's drive of most major cities.

Here is a sampling of fall events:

Go to a Butterfly Festival

Saturday, October 24, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. − St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
The 21st Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival will feature exhibits, children's crafts, demonstrations and tours celebrating butterflies, native plants and the monarch butterfly migration through the Gulf Coast.

For more information: or 850-925-6121.

Take a Lighthouse Tour

Sunday, October 25 − Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina
Take a boat trip to Lighthouse Island to view Cape Romain's two historic lighthouses, built in 1827 and 1857. Both lighthouses are on the Register of Historic Places; the 1827 lighthouse is one of the oldest in the country. Tours are given only twice a year; one in the spring and once in the fall.

For more information: or Tricia Lynch 843-928-3368.

Enjoy a Regional Wildlife Festival

November 3-8 − Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Join nature enthusiasts at the 13th Annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The event will feature over 100 field trips, including birding trips to area National Wildlife Refuges (Mackay Island, Pea Island, Ocracoke, Mattamuskeet and Alligator River) as well as kayaking, lighthouse tours and history lessons. Learn to use decoys and calls on a mock duck hunt and attend a wildlife photography class with a pro.

For more information: or call 252-216-9464 to order a program book with the registration form, map and trip descriptions.
For more information on the refuge: or 252-473-1131.

Enjoy an Annual Art Fair

November 21-22, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. − DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Iowa
Take in the Art of the Wild Show & Sale, an annual event featuring artwork, photography, carvings and more from local artists.

For more information: or 712-642-2772.

Make Like a Duck

Friday, November 27 − White River National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas
Compete in a World Championship Duck-Calling Competition, a ritual part of the annual Wings Over the Prairie Festival. For more information: or Matt Conner 870-282-8249.

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