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May 2014 Events

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Dragonflies can be as fascinating to watch as butterflies and birds. See why on dragonfly/butterfly walks at Santa Ana Refuge in Texas on May 7, 14, 21 and 28.
Credit: USFWS


‘Children in the Woods’ Summer Camp
May 1, 5 p.m. — Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, VA
Apply by May 1 for a chance at a spot in the Children in the Woods summer camp, designed for children ages 8-11 who have completed 3rd, 4th or 5th grade by summer of 2014. Campers will take part in outdoor activities such as crabbing, clamming, archery, surf fishing, bicycling and kayaking. A lottery will be used to select 14 campers for each of three one-week sessions. For more information on application submission, camp dates and fees, click here.


Celebrate May
May 3, 8 to 11 a.m. — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
Enjoy a bird walk led by a volunteer walk leader. Check out new arrivals and see who’s still enjoying the refuge. Binoculars are available to borrow at the front desk. Walks are weather-dependent.


Monthly Concord Conservation Coffees
M ay 6, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. — Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Attend an informal gathering and information exchange between town natural resources and other interested staff and board members and local environmental leaders, organizations, naturalists, and interested citizens.


Butterfly-Dragonfly Walks
May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10 a.m. to noon — Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Look for Santa Ana’s amazing and unique butterfly species on this guided walk. Explore different refuge trails and habitats in search of different species. Please wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes and bring protection from the heat and insects. The refuge has binoculars you can borrow.


Wings Over Muscatatuck
May 10, all day — Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, IN
Enjoy this daylong program featuring live hawks, owls and eagles, as well as bird banding, kids’ activities, bird walks and guided bird tours. There will also be a guided tour of nearby Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge.


Mother’s Day Beginning Bird Watching
May 11, 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Spend time on Mother’s Day birding with mom. After an indoor slideshow teaches you to recognize the regulars, borrow binoculars and take a walk to try out your new skills. All ages are welcome. Reservations: 408-262-5513 ext. 104.


75th Anniversary Celebration
May 16, 7 p.m. — Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
In honor of the refuge’s 75th anniversary this year, attend one of a series of spring “Evenings at Forsythe” lectures, focusing on different aspects of the refuge.


Hike with a Ranger
May 17, 9 to 11 a.m. — San Diego National Wildlife Refuges, CA
Learn about San Diego’s biologically diverse native habitats and what the refuge is doing to protect them on a guided interpretive hike. This hike is along the Par 4 Drive Trail, and focuses on native bee pollinators. Please bring water, sturdy hiking shoes, binoculars and a sketchbook if you have them. Some binoculars can be borrowed for the hike.


Meet the Swallow Family
May 18, 1 to 2 p.m. — Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Join a two-mile hike to learn about swallows. Discover how young swallows learn to fly and catch their meals before they embark on a 5,000-mile journey to a jungle they have never seen before.


Butterfly and Bird Walk
May 31, 9 a.m. to noon — John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, PA
Join a free, volunteer-guided butterfly and bird walk. Bring binoculars or borrow them from the visitor center.

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Last updated: February 26, 2014