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September 2014 Events

glowing scorpion
A scorpion glows under ultraviolet light at Moapa Valley Refuge in Nevada. On September 19 and 20, visitors to the refuge can search for scorpions using UV black lights on a night hike.
Credit: Timothy Parker/USFWS


Canoe Trip
September 6, 7:30 a.m. — Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, TN
Enjoy a one-and-one-half-hour float on the Goose Pen Trail at Long Point. 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.


Monarch Madness
September 6, 9 to 11 a.m. — Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, IA
Help refuge staff collect, tag and release monarch butterflies on their migration south through the refuge. The tags help scientists learn more about the butterflies’ long migration to Mexico and back. Pre-registration is required, and limited to the first 100 participants. Register by calling 515-994-3400 or emailing Megan at


Kids Discovery: Incredible Insects
September 7, 2 p.m. — Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, MI
Late summer is a perfect time to observe a variety of insects. Join us for a short hike to learn about and identify resident insects and participate in a “catch and release” activity. Gibraltar Bay Unit


Duck Conservation Day
September 13 — McNary National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Learn how to band ducks, identify waterfowl, call geese, and retrieve ducks with a Labrador and much more. Members of Ducks Unlimited and the Richland Rod and Gun Club will be on hand to teach youth of all ages about waterfowl. 


Fur Harvest Education Program
September 16, 18 and 20, 6 to 9:30 p.m. — Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, ND
Join a three-day class to learn about all aspects of fur harvest in North Dakota. The class will include classroom and hands-on activities such as trap handling, hound hunting, predator calling, fur handling, furbearer biology, fur harvest regulations and ethics. Pre-registration is required: 701-442-5474 ext. 110 or


Scorpion Hunt and Night Hike
September 19 and 20, 8 p.m. – Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge, NV
Search for scorpions using provided UV black lights. Learn about coyote, deer and owl adaptations that help them thrive in the dark. RSVP:


Honey Harvest Festival
September 20, 9 a.m. to 3:30 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 tasting and candle-making demonstrations. The festival is free. Refuge habitat tram tours require a purchased ticket.


Monarch Mania
September 20, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, KS
Be a part of science, and have fun, too! Help capture and tag monarch butterflies so scientists can track their journey and population numbers. Learn how to garden for butterflies. Discover the many varieties of butterflies in Kansas. Enjoy arts and crafts for kids. No pre-registration is required for this popular free event.


National Public Lands Day
September 27, 9 to 11 a.m. — Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Join the Friends of Trinity River Refuge in a cleanup at the Hwy 105 Trinity River Bridge. Aluminum cans and metal will be recycled. Bring gloves. The refuge will supply plastic trash bags.


National Public Lands Day
September 27, 9 a.m. to noon — Hanford Reach National Monument, WA
Celebrate and learn about native landscaping by helping to maintain native plants at the refuge visitor center.


National Public Lands Day
September 27, 9 a.m. to noon or longer — Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, IN
Join in a refuge cleanup or volunteer project. A free lunch is provided.



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Last updated: July 2, 2014