July 2014 Events
|Cormorants line island cliffs in the Farallon Wilderness. Farallon Refuge, CA, is offering special boat tours of its remote islands July 11 and 12 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.|
|Credit: Nyssa Landres/USFWS|
Golf Cart Tours
July 3, 17 and 19, 7:45 to 10 a.m. — Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, WI
Travel silently through the refuge and experience its beauty. Look for migratory birds, native plants, dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies. Bring your camera and binoculars. Binoculars are available to borrow.
Farallon Island Boat Tours
July 11-12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Farallon National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Enjoy a close-up tour of the Farallon Wilderness. In honor of this year’s 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the refuge has teamed up with the Oceanic Society and San Francisco Whale Tours to offer special boat tours of the refuge’s island wilderness. Participants may also see whales. Tours cost $65 per person. The Friday, July 11, tour leaves from San Francisco’s Pier 39 at 8 a.m. Visit http://www.sanfranciscowhaletours.com for tickets and enter discount code Farallon65. The Saturday, July 12, tour leaves from Sausalito at 8 a.m. For this date, call Oceanic Society at 415-256-9604 or visit http://www.oceanicsociety.org. Saturday’s price will increase after June 12. Both tours will feature live narration by Farallon Refuge staff about island wildlife and the islands’ wilderness designation.
July 12, 7:30 a.m. — Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, TN
Enjoy a one-hour float on the West Boat House Trail. Floats take place water-level permitting. Bring your own kayak or canoe and life jacket. Some boats are available for borrowing. Register: 731-538-2481.
Lost Mound Birding Tours
July 12 and 20, 1 to 5p.m. — Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, WI
Journey through portions of the Lost Mound Unit, formerly known as the Savanna Army Depot, which contains the largest remnant of sand prairie/sand savanna in Illinois. Look beyond the military relics and you might glimpse a loggerhead shrike, blue grosbeak or an upland sandpiper.
July 13, 8 to 10 a.m. — Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, WI
Hone your birding skills by joining avid birders in exploring the refuge. Birders of all ages and skill levels are welcome.
Desert Detectives Critter Camp
July 14 to 18, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, ID
Discover through hikes, experiments, crafts, and games how animals, plants and people survive in the desert. Children entering second and third grades in fall 2014 are invited to join this week-long, interactive day camp. Register: 208-467-9278
Moth Night Out
July 19, 9 p.m. to midnight — Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, TX
The refuge will host its second annual Moth Night Out event as part of National Moth Week. Meet at the refuge headquarters building to see, discuss and photograph some of the more than 425 species of moths documented around the building’s security lights.
July 23, 9 to 11 a.m. — Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, ND
Paddle on a beautiful bay of Lake Audubon. Kayaks, paddles and life jackets are provided. Kayaking will be cancelled if winds exceed 18 mph. Wear shoes and clothing that can get wet. Pre-registration is required: 701-442-5474 ext. 110 or Jackie_jacobson@fws.gov. Meet at visitor parking area at end of auto tour route.