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October 2013 Events

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Participants crane their necks in The Big Sit! – an annual birding event − at Patuxent Refuge, MD. Many refuges will host these events in October in honor of National Wildlife Refuge Week.
Credit: USFWS

Disability Deer Hunt
Thursday, October 3 to Sunday, October 6, noon — Rick Lake National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Apply by August 23 to take part in a deer hunt for persons with disabilities. Contact Walt Ford at 218-768-2402 or


River Activities
Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, MO
Enjoy activities on the river, at the refuge and at the University of Missouri. The refuge will partner with the Missouri Master Naturalists on this statewide event.


Gardening Gone Wild
Saturday, October 5, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  – Desert National Wildlife Refuge, NV
Help plant native Great Basin rye and lemonade bushes at the Corn Creek wetland. Native plants help prevent erosion, stabilize soils, reduce dust, thwart invasives and provided habitat for wildlife.


Refuge Week Celebration
Saturday, October 5, 2013 −Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge, WA
To honor National Wildlife Refuge Week later this month, enjoy special events, classes and tours that focus on the wildlife in the Columbia Basin.


Fall Wildlife Festival
Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, MN
At this annual fall celebration in honor of Refuge Week, enjoy a host of activities including: horse-drawn wagon rides, live raptor exhibits, wildlife photography, nature crafts, a bonfire and more. Learn about the refuge prairie and oak savannah.


Refuge Open House
Sunday, October 6, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, MI
Visit and explore Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge’s Gibraltar Bay Unit. The open house is sponsored by the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy.


Refuge Story Time
Friday, October 11, 10 a.m. — Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, WV
Join a free monthly story series for preschoolers. Story time is hosted by the refuge and the Friends of the 500th. Call ahead to confirm: 304-866-3858.


Stewardship Saturday
Saturday, October 12, 8 a.m. to1 p.m. − Desert National Wildlife Refuge, NV
Help build 13.5 meters of trail, salvage salt grass in the trail footprint, and perform other trail maintenance tasks.


Watershed Investigators
Saturday, October 12, 10:30 a.m. to noon — Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, MA
Enjoy a monthly kid-oriented program that focuses on hands-on discovery of local nature. Methods of discovery may include crafts, games, stories and exploration. This program is geared towards grades 2-5, but everyone is welcome.


National Wildlife Refuge Week
Sunday, October 13 to Saturday, October 19
Many refuges will host public celebrations this month for National Wildlife Refuge Week. See events.


1001 Birds: A Celebration of the Fall Migration
Saturday, October 19 − Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, NV
Welcome the return of south-bound birds.


Wings Over Water
Tuesday, October 22 to Sunday, October 27, all day — Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, NC
Enjoy a six-day celebration of the wild side of the Outer Banks area. Festival events involve birding, paddling, wildlife photography and natural history. All proceeds go to the nonprofit Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society. More information:


Waterfowl Photography
Saturday, October 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Capture the wonders of migration. All skill levels are welcome. From 9 to 10 a.m. attend a naturalist led discussion on quick-moving objects, photo sharing, tips and tricks. From 10 a.m. and into the afternoon, explore refuge areas with a special focus on your own photography.


Bird Watching
Sunday, October 27, 8 a.m. — Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD
Join an expert birder for a free guided refuge bird watching trip appropriate for both experienced and novice birders. Bring your binoculars and field guides. Dress appropriately for the weather. No preregistration is required. Walks begin from the visitor center.


Bird Walk
Sunday, October 27, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Join a birding tour led by trained docents at the Living Coast Discovery Center on Sweetwater Marsh. Tour requires paid admission to the Discovery Center: $9 - $14, depending on age. Meet at the Discovery Center entrance.

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Last updated: July 23, 2013