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Happy Birthday NWRS 2014 Events

The 111th birthday of the National Wildlife Refuge System on March 14 is good reason to jump for joy. Members of a mountain goat research crew kick up their heels at Kodiak Refuge, AK.
Credit: USFWS


Happy Birthday, National Wildlife Refuge System!
March 14
Scores of national wildlife refuges will host open houses and public celebrations in honor of the Refuge System’s 111th birthday. On March 14, 1903, President Teddy Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge on Florida’s Pelican Island to protect wild birds from bounty hunters. Today, the Refuge System’s 562 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts provide vital habitat for thousands of animal and plant species.

Use the “Find Your Refuge” feature on this page to see if your local refuge has an event scheduled. Or check the special events listings. Refuge celebrations will include:

  • Refuge System Birthday Bash!
  • March 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. —Patuxent Research Refuge, MD
    Enjoy a free festival complete with wildlife tram tours, live animals, children’s crafts, music and entertainment at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, on Powder Mill Road between Route 197 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Laurel.  

  • 111th  Birthday Celebration
  • March 15, 9 to 11:30 a.m. − Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE   
    Learn about the establishment of the National Wildlife Refuge System and Bombay Hook Refuge. Tour the refuge and walk a trail to learn about wildlife and habitats.  Register: 302-653-6872.



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Last updated: February 26, 2014