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September 2013 Events

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Two wheels can put you more in tune with nature than four. Biking for Birds, on September 28 at Two Rivers Refuge, gives you a change to test that idea.
Credit: Charles Slate

Astronomy Night
Sunday, September 1, 7 p.m. — Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Discover the night sky with a local astronomy expert. On a clear night, see the Milky Way, several planets, man-made satellites and sometimes meteors. A telescope will be available. Feel free to bring a personal telescope or binoculars, as well.


Community Workshop
Wednesday, September 4, 6 to 8 p.m. — Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, MI
Attend a workshop for new and prospective volunteers interested in habitat management, biology and maintenance positions at the refuge. The event will take place at the Westfield Activities Center in Trenton, MI.


Refuge Golf Cart Tour
Thursday, September 5, 8 to 10 a.m. — Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Take a golf cart tour of the refuge and learn about its wildlife.


Nature on Film
Thursday, September 5, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Enjoy lunch and a movie (TBA) at the Helen Fenske Visitor Center. Bring a bag lunch; drinks and cookies will be provided.


Family Workshop
Saturday, September 7 — Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, MN
Bring the family for an all-ages workshop on watching wildlife in your backyard. More information: 952-361-4502 or


Refuge Bus Tour
Sunday, September 8, 10 a.m. — Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, VA
Enjoy a guided bus tour of the refuge. More information: Deloras Freeman, 858-986-3705.


Amateur Photo Contest
Tuesday, September 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Seney National Wildlife Refuge, MI
See entries in the Amateur Photo Contest, on display at the visitor center. Vote for your favorites.


Refuge Story Time
Friday, September 13, 10 a.m. — Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, WV
Join a free monthly series for preschoolers. Topic to be announced. This event will be cancelled if area schools are not in session. Confirm: 304-866-3858.


Virtual Geocaching
Saturday, September 14, 1 to 2 p.m. — Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Find out what geocaching is all about. Then take part in a geocaching adventure. GPS units are recommended, but low-tech scavenger hunts are also available.


Wetland Tours
Monday and Tuesday, September 16-17, all day — Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, MO
Join classmates in local fifth-through-seventh grades in hands-on refuge activities to learn about wetland ecosystems.


Chickadee Nest Box Workshop
Thursday, September 19, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, ND
Build a nesting box for chickadees with pre-cut lumber. Learn about nest box placement, maintenance and the birds that may use the box. Pre-registration is required: 701-442-5474 ext. 117.


Honey Harvest Festival
Saturday, September 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Join the Maryland State Beekeepers Association in celebrating the annual Maryland Honey Harvest Festival. Discover the busy world of bees and other pollinators while enjoying arts and crafts, honey tastings, candle-making demonstrations, refuge habitat tram tours and more.


Birding and Wildlife Festival
Saturday, September 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, PA
Take part in bird and plant walks and bus tours. Enjoy vendors, food, music, mascots, live animals and more.


Season of Stars
Saturday, September 21, 7 p.m. — Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM
On the eve of the Autumnal Equinox, join amateur astronomers in celebrating New Mexico's dark skies. As the Milky Way arches overhead, discover how Earth and Sky are linked in a cultural tapestry, with examples and stories from across the world. This program is limited to 30 people, ages 8 and up.


Indiana Bat Program Hike
Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m. — Pilot Knob National Wildlife Refuge, MO
Rangers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Missouri Department of Natural Resources will guide a hike and discuss the biology of the Indiana bat and the history of Pilot Knob Mountain. The hike comes on the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Pilot Knob, a key Civil War battle in Missouri.


51st Annual Boy Scout International Camporee
Saturday and Sunday, September 21 – 22, all day — Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, ME
Attend the 51st annual Boy Scout International Camporee. The event is open to all boy scouts in the United States and Canada.  Contact the refuge manager in advance: 207-454-7161.


Bird Watching
Sunday, September 22, 8 a.m. — Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD
Join an expert birder for a free guided birdwatching trip in the refuge. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring your binoculars and field guides. No pre-registration is required. All walks begin from the visitor center.


Biking for Birds
Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. — Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Join in any of a series of free six-mile bike rides through the refuge and Pere Marquette State Park. Learn some techniques for watching birds along the way. Pick up tips on biking skills and safety. Free bike rentals will be available. Pre-register by September 13: 616-883-2524.


Youth in the Outdoors
Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Seney National Wildlife Refuge, MI
Get your kids or grandkids into the refuge to explore and learn. Participants, ages 7 to 17, may choose from a variety of sessions. Registration is $5. Pre-registration is required: Call Sara Giles at 906-586-9851 x10 or Some activities may have an additional charge.


National Public Lands Day
Many refuges will host public events on Saturday, September 28 to mark National Public Lands Day, which encourages people to get out and experience America’s outdoors.

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Last updated: June 24, 2013