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September 2013 Events

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A scorpion glows under UV light at Ash Meadows Refuge, NV. An after-dark scorpion hunt on September 7 at Pahranagat Refuge, NV, and on September 14 at Moapa Valley Refuge, NV, will give participants a chance to see the carnivores in a new light.
Credit: USFWS

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. Learn about bees and other pollinators while enjoying arts and crafts, honey tastings, candle-making demonstrations and refuge habitat tram tours.


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 and live animals.


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 lead 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.


Coastal Cleanup
Saturday, September 21, 8:30 a.m. to noon — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Help wildlife and the environment by removing invasive weeds or picking up trash along the parking lot and trails. The refuge will supply disposable gloves and trash bags. You supply energy, sturdy shoes, sun screen, and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Bring a reusable water bottle.


51st Annual Boy Scout International Camporee
Saturday and Sunday, September 21 – 22, all day — Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, ME
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. Walks begin from the visitor center.


Biking for Birds
Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. — Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, IL
Join a free six-mile bike ride 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.


Birding for Beginners
Saturday, September 28, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO
Discover the tips and tricks to birding. See a presentation on bird identification. Then head into the field with a naturalist to test your new skills. Recommended for beginners and families.


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


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


  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, WI

    9:30 a.m. to noon
    Help refuge staff remove invasive plants on the refuge. Long pants, sturdy shoes, and gloves are recommended. All ages are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Meet at the Egret Trail floating boardwalk parking lot along the auto tour off Hwy 49.

  • Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, TX

    9 to 11 a.m.
    Take part in a trash cleanup at the Hwy 105 Trinity River Bridge.  Aluminum cans and metal will be recycled. Bring gloves; plastic bags will be provided. More information:  Stuart Marcus at 936/336-9786.

  • Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, MO

    8 a.m. to noon
    Join a refuge volunteer project. Then attend a free program, Mushrooms at Mingo, offered by the Missouri Mycological Society. Finally, join a refuge ranger for birdwatching from the Monopoly Overlook.

  • DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, IA

    8:30 a.m.
    Join refuge staff in a cleanup of DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges. Pull invasive plants. Earn conservation community service hours and learn about other refuge volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. Lunch is provided.

  • Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, MA

    9:00 a.m.
    Help maintain refuge trails and prepare them for the winter season. Bring a snack, water, sunscreen, bug repellent, work boots, gloves and tools, if you have them. RSVP: 978-562-3527 x. 117 by 3 p.m. on Friday, September 27.


Youth Waterfowl Hunting Workshop
Saturday, September 28, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, OH
Learn about waterfowl identification, firearm and boating safety and regulations, and wetland conservation. Find out how to create a duck blind, set up decoys, clean and cook waterfowl. Participants, ages 7 to 14, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or adult mentor. Register:  More information: 419-898-0014


Saturday, September 28, 8 a.m. to noon, and 12:30 to 3 p.m. — Desert National Wildlife Refuge, NV
Help remove an unsightly and unneeded fence installed in the ‘60s near Corn Creek Road.


Car show
Puddles checked out the migrating power of a 1969 Chevrolet at the Cars for Critters Show at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Ohio.
Credit: Doug Brewer

Cars for Critters
Sunday, September 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, OH
Attend a car show featuring animal-name models, such as Roadrunners and Thunderbirds. When you tire of the cars, tour the marsh, learn about wetland conservation, see a live raptor exhibit.


Run for the Refuge 5K
Sunday, September 29, 9 a.m. — Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
Support environmental research and education by taking part in a foot race. Register online at Early registration: $25. After Sept. 23: $30.  Race-day registration will be available on site from 8 to 8:45 am.


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Last updated: September 18, 2013