Second Saturday and Children's Program

Published: Feb. 3, 2020 at 12:51 PM CST
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Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10:00am – 11:30pm

Bluebirds with Kathy Whaley

Insect Collecting

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11:30am

In 2020 HNWR will continue to expand it's natural science education effort through the collection of insects on the refuge.

The insects will be added to an ongoing curation and exhibition program that will highlight the diversity of insect species found on the refuge. For those interested in collecting insects for this project, an introduction to entomology will be offered after the second Saturday presentation on February 8th.

The program will be presented and coordinated by Texas Master Naturalist and Master Entomologist David Parsons.

Tram Tours: Come See the Geese!

Guided tours are offered at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. Enjoy a 60 - 90 minute tour along Wildlife Drive at the Refuge. Learn about the history of the displaced town of Hagerman while watching for wildlife. Lots of stops for bird-watching and photography. Free (donations accepted). Seating is limited: please call (903)786-2826 between 9:00am and 4:00pm, Mon-Sat, for reservations. Standbys are accepted if space permits. Tours are recommended for age 6 - adult.

Early Bird Guided Walk - Second Saturdays

Master Naturalist Jack Chiles will lead our early bird walk, weather permitting. Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Meet at 8:00 AM at the Visitor Center, return in time for the Second Saturday program. Free and open to the public.

Calling All Gardeners:

Volunteers Needed to help with Butterfly Garden

Love to work in the garden? Come and help us add plants, weed and mulch our beautiful butterfly garden. Join our team that is on call for Wednesday morning gardening. Provide own tools and gloves. Minimum age 18, or 16 if accompanied by parent/volunteer. Garden volunteers get first dibs on thinned plants as well as access to seeds and cuttings for propagation. Email for dates, times and details:

Outdoor Crew

Do you enjoy working outside, mowing, sprucing up hiking trails, trimming and removing brush and general cleanup? Join the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. The Outdoor Crew meets on the First Tuesday and Fourth Saturday of every month. Please email for details and to join our team. Scouts welcome!

Shorebird Migration at Hagerman NWR

Mid-March - mid-May and mid-August - late October are times to view the Central Flyway shorebird migration at the Refuge. Each spring many thousands of shorebirds pass through, on their way to breeding grounds in the northern US, Canada or the high Arctic. They are back again in the fall, on their way to the tropics or even South America, to spend the winter. The Refuge offers wetlands for resting and re-fueling. Shorebirds can be a challenge to identify; literature and field guides are available at the Visitor Center.

Geese At Hagerman NWR

November - February - Trips to Hagerman NWR to see the huge flock of wintering geese are an annual holiday tradition for many visitors. Please stop by the Visitor Center for information and visitor services such as maps, free wildlife guides and binoculars-for-loan.