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August 2013 Events

Great Blue Heron
A great blue heron prowls for fish along a Southeast waterway. Look for herons and other wildlife on a full-moon guided canoe trip at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida on August 17.
Credit: Steve Brooks

First Fridays at the Refuge
Friday, August 2, 5 p.m. — Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, MO
Enjoy food, music and activities such as refuge tours, a turtle tank, archery, birding, a reptile and bat booth, and a live eagles and raptors demonstration by Dickerson Park Zoo.


Birds for Beginners
Saturday, August 3, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Discover the tips and tricks to birding. Learn how to use binoculars, guide books and other bird identification aids in an auditorium presentation. Then head into the field with a naturalist to put your new skills to the test. Recommended for beginners and families.


Explore Humbug Marsh and Gibraltar Bay
Sunday, August 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, MI
Visit the Humbug Marsh and Gilbraltar Bay units of Detroit River Refuge to explore and learn more about the nation’s only international wildlife refuge.


Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday, August 7, 7 to 9:30 p.m. — Seney National Wildlife Refuge, MI
Join refuge staff Wednesday evenings in June, July and August for guided auto tours of the refuge backcountry. Look for refuge wildlife while learning about refuge history and management.


Constellation Exploration
Friday, August 9, 8 p.m. — Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Join Friends of Wallkill River and the Skylands Astronomy Club in exploring the constellations. Rainout/cloud date: August 10.


Refuge Storytime
Friday, August 9, 10 a.m. — Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, WV
Bring your preschooler to a free monthly story-telling series, hosted by the refuge and the Friends of the 500th. This event will be cancelled if area schools are not in session. Please call ahead to confirm: 304-866-3858.


Mingo Night Life – Owls
Saturday, August 10, 8 p.m. — Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, MO
Have you ever seen an owl in the wild? Join a refuge ranger in learning about the owls of Mingo Refuge and then join an owl prowl for a chance to see an owl on the refuge.


Fishing Clinic
Saturday, August 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, RI
Try your skills at tying knots, baiting, casting and fish painting. This fun-filled family event will include: loaner poles, two surf fishing clinics, casting and baiting demonstrations, children’s activities and fun handouts. The first 110 youngsters receive a free mini tackle box in honor of the 110th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System.


Watershed Investigators
Saturday, August 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon — Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Join a monthly kid-oriented program that focuses on hands-on discovery of nature. Learn fun new ways to investigate the natural world around us. Methods of discovery may include crafts, games, stories and nature exploration. This program is geared toward grades 2-5, but all are welcome.


Summer Birding
Saturday, August 10, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, MN
See how bird life on the refuge’s western prairie units differs from that on the refuge’s eastern forested units. Search for meadowlarks, bobolinks and other prairie-dependent bird life.


Cutting the Mustard
Sunday, August 11, 11 a.m. to noon — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Hear how the mustard plant was introduced from the Mediterranean region to California more than 200 years ago. Learn how it spread throughout the state and invaded wild areas, displacing native habitat. Collect seeds from the plant to reduce the seed bank and make a mustard condiment. Reservations: 510-792-0222 ext. 363.


Disappearing Treasures
Friday, August 16, 10 a.m. to noon — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Get a behind-the-scenes look at this one-of-a-kind facility that stores illegally imported animal products confiscated from U.S. borders. This facility also manages the Native American Eagle Feather Program.


Bats Among Us
Saturday, August 17, 7 to 9 p.m. — Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Watch bats as they emerge at dusk and learn how humans benefit from their presence. Learn about the study of bats and see bats as you’ve never seen them before.


Full Moon Guided Canoe Trips
Saturday, August 17, 7 to 9 p.m. — Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Enjoy a guided moonlight canoe tour through part of the refuge. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants and bring a flashlight and bug spray. Canoe rental from Loxahatchee Canoeing is $32; you may not bring your own. One canoe seats two to three people. Reservations: 561-733-0192.


Wildlife Conservation and Recreation Day
Saturday, August 24 — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Learn about wildlife conservation and recreational opportunities through habitat exploration, children’s crafts, archery and firearm demonstrations. Check for details closer to the event.


Nature Story Hour
Saturday, August 24, 9 a.m. — Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Attend a nature story hour at the refuge visitor center, located near the village of Brussels, Illinois, on Hagen Road about four miles from the Brussels Ferry. Preregister by Monday, August 19: 618-883-2524.


Greenwing Day
Saturday, August 24, 5 p.m. — Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, MO
Attend this youth event to learn about duck hunting, decoys, trapping, wildlife and more. The event is hosted in cooperation with Yellow Creek Ducks Unlimited


Wetlands Water Café
Sunday, August 25, 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Wetlands contain many nutrients and organisms that build a diverse web of life. Use a refuge lab to observe wetland critters up close and learn about the important role they play in the ecosystem. Reservations: Julie at 408-262-5513 ext. 104.


Youth Waterfowl Workshop: Learn to Hunt
Saturday, August 31, 9 a.m. — Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Youth ages 9-16 will prepare to hunt before the opening of Wisconsin's youth hunting season. Learn about waterfowl identification, duck calling and decoy placement. Attend shooting demos and a gun safety refresher. Adult mentors are welcome to join their child during class. Preregistration is required. Youth participants will need to show their gun safety certificate to participate at the shooting range with workshop mentors. Contact Kara Zwickey, 608-565-4412 or

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Last updated: May 29, 2013