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It’s Almost Refuge Week!

Next week is National Wildlife Refuge Week! There are events happening all over the country. Do you have any plans for Refuge Week? If so, let us know in the comments!

Kids and adults painted with their hands in “Art with your hands” during Refuge Week at Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge | USFWS
Kids and adults painted with their hands in “Art with your hands” during Refuge Week at Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge | USFWS

The Refuge Association is in full force gearing up for a week of celebrations surrounding our favorite thing – the Refuge System! We know that visitors to refuges love these spaces as well and also love to take photos of these incredible landscapes. That is why we asked you to share some favorite photographs you have taken while visiting your favorite wildlife refuge. So far, we’ve gotten an overwhelming number of beautiful shots and can’t wait to share.

If you want to submit a photo, simply use #seerefuges on instagram, facebook, or twitter, or just email your photos to epaciolla@refugeassociation. We’ll be posting about 2 photos per day, so keep an eye out to see if your picture has been chosen.

Next week our blogs and Flyer will also be Refuge Week themed! Keep an eye out for all things Refuge Week. Be sure to check out our blog, and if you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter, the Flyer.

If you don’t have plans yet, be sure to check out the Refuge System’s list of events here.

 

Here are some highlights:

October 11-19: Various Events

Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, OH

The Refuge will be hosting a variety of events all throughout Refuge Week! On October 11 is the Big Sit Birding Event, and international day of birding. Also on OCtober 11 is a Naturalists Meeting. On October 14 you and your family and friends can enjoy a Night with the Stars. On October 15 bring the kids out to At Home in a Habitat. October 18 is a photography scavenger hunt. Finally, on October 19 is a Hayride and Live Raptors on a Middle Island Adventure. Click here for more details!

 

October 11: Walking Tour (2pm-3pm)

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA

“The nation’s 561 national wildlife refuges protect wildlife habitat while cleaning our air, filtering our water and pollinating our crops. They also provide world- class hunting and fishing and hiking. Come with us on a walking tour as we explore the 1st urban national wildlife refuge and learn about the unique habitats that are in your very own backyard. Questions? Call Julie: 408-262-5513 ext.104.” Reservations required.

 

October 11: Wildlife Festival (starting at 9am)

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, FL

This event is filled with tons of wildlife-centric activities such as a sea turtle obstacle course, live snake displays, shorebird photo presentation, a bioluminescent kayaking trip, and more! Click here for more details.

 

October 12 The Big Sit!

Scores of refuges will host this annual birding event in which teams count and report bird species seen or heard from a 17-foot-diameter circle. Refuges participating include:

 

October 12-18: Sunset Walks every night (5:30pm- dark)

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ

Join us to watch the many species of migrating ducks that descend into the Refuge pools to spend the night. It’s awesome! Easy walk on service roads. Van available Sunday and Thursday nights; space in the van is limited – reservations required. Meet at Bluebird Parking Lot, 197 Pleasant Plains Rd., Harding Township, NJ.

 

October 19: Guided Birding Tour (9am-11am) and Reception (1pm-3pm)

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, NY

For the birding tour, join refuge staff and volunteers for a tour of the refuge with visits to birding hot spots. The reception will feature live music by Jim Clare and Perry Cleaveland with fall favorite snacks and beverages.

Monica Harris and Blue Goose wave to the audience during Refuge Week at Savannah Refuges Complex | Garry Tucker, USFWS
Monica Harris and Blue Goose wave to the audience during Refuge Week at Savannah Refuges Complex | Garry Tucker, USFWS

 

Don’t forget to tell us your plans in the comments below!

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