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August 2012 Events

Collared Bison Return to the Herd

An elk returns to the herd after being collared at National Elk Refuge in Wyoming. GPS collars help wildlife managers there map elk movement and habitat use. The refuge, established in 1912 to protect and preserve habitat for the Jackson elk herd, celebrates its 100th birthday August 10-12.

Credit: Lori Iverson, USFWS

Refuge Readers Book Group
Friday, August 17, 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Discuss The Wild Trees by Richard Preston.

Prairie in Bloom
Saturday, August 18, 9 to 11 a.m. — Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Head out with a naturalist to find and admire some of the many wildflowers that bloom on the prairie at the Black Dog unit. These include prairie phlox, blue-eyed grass, blazing stars, ragwort, black-eyed Susan, butterfly weed and golden Alexanders. Meet at Cliff Fen Trailhead.

Ranger Talk
Saturday, August 18, 8 p.m. — Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK
Pack a picnic dinner and join others around the fire at the Hidden Lake Campground Amphitheater. Hear a refuge ranger tell how to “Be Bear Aware.”

Reptiles and Amphibians
Sunday, August 19, 9 to 11 a.m. — San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Come out to the Sweetwater Interpretive Loop (old steel bridge) and discover reptiles and amphibians with a herpetologist from the U.S. Geological Survey. See live reptiles.

Going Wild: Rail to Refuge
Monday, August 20, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Ride to the refuge with a ranger on the Hiawatha Light Rail. Find find out how easy it is to access one of the wildest natural areas in the Twin Cities area via mass transit. Cost for adults: $1.75 - $2.25.

Drawbridge Van Excursion: Ghost Town
Saturday, August 25, 2 to 4:30 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
The town of Drawbridge once boomed on an island in the salt marshes of south San Francisco Bay. Learn the history of the ghost town from a slideshow and a short van excursion. The program is meant for adults. Register: 408-262-5513 ext. 102.

Nighthawk Migration
Saturday, August 25, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Assabet National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Look for common nighthawks migrating through the refuge. Once a familiar nesting bird in Massachusetts, the species has been declining in numbers for the last century. Learn how to identify nighthawks and distinguish them from other evening flyers, such as swifts, swallows and bats. Watch and listen, as well, for beavers, muskrats and owls. Register by 3 p.m. Friday, August 25: 978-562-3527

Wildlife Conservation and Recreation Day
Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Learn about wildlife conservation and recreation opportunities through habitat exploration, children’s crafts, archery and firearm demonstrations.

Nature Up Close: Introduction to Macro Photography
Sunday, August 26, 10 a.m. to noon — Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Join a refuge photographer for discussion, demonstration and practice of up-close nature photography.

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Last updated: August 15, 2012