The Refuge Rocks: Free nature program for ages 4 – 12, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge’s free monthly youth program is now on the third Saturday. Join Refuge volunteers from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, to learn about those bushy-tailed, nut-loving acrobats, squirrels. Registration is optional but helps with having enough materials ready for each child who will attend. Individuals may register at friendsofhagerman.com/Youth or by calling the Refuge at 903-786-2826. Each month the Refuge will focus on a different nature topic with nature walks, games, crafts and stories. A parent or responsible adult must accompany youngsters in the 4 - 7 age group, and are welcome to attend with children ages 8 - 12.
Second Saturday: free nature program, Jan. 14, 2017
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 a presentation will be given by Wayne Meyer on a journey to Peru. Guests will enjoy a virtual trip to Peru as Meyer shares his 2016 birding travel experiences, including hummingbirds and more. Meyer is assistant professor of biology at Austin College and a frequent speaker for Refuge events. The second Saturday of every month will feature this nature program series, which is open to the public with no reservations needed.
Friends of Hagerman Nature Photography Club, Jan. 21, 2017
Everyone interested in nature photography, regardless of level of experience or type of photo gear, is invited to attend the Nature Photography Club meeting from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Visitor Center at HNWR. Each meeting offers a technical presentation and an opportunity to share photos taken at the Refuge. Visitors may attend free of charge; there are nominal dues for membership. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting details.
Free Tram Tours, Saturdays and Sundays
Guests are welcome to take a guided tour of the Refuge with an expert birder aboard the open air, all-electric Carlos and Eulalia Cardinal Express. Individuals can enjoy a trip along Wildlife Drive and some of the Pad roads at the Refuge, with frequent stops to view and photograph wildlife, especially birds; visitors will also learn about the history of the town of Hagerman and how the Refuge operates.
These 60-90 minute guided tours are offered at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. Seating space is limited, so reservations are encouraged by calling 903-786-2826 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, or from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Individuals must speak to a volunteer when making or cancelling a reservation, as volunteers are unable to access messages on the Refuge phone system. No dogs except service dogs are permitted on the tram. Tours are free of charge; however, donations to the tram maintenance fund are accepted.
Geese at Hagerman NWR, December to February
Visitors are welcome to come to the lake and see the huge flock of wintering geese at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Individuals can go for a hike, have a picnic and be sure to stop by the Visitor Center for information and visitor services such as maps, free wildlife guides and binoculars-for-loan. It’s a great free way to spend the day with the family. Note: guests must stay in vehicles on the trails when viewing geese. Going into the fields or chasing geese can result in a ticket for harassment of wildlife.
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is located at 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman. The Refuge offers over 11,000 acres of wildlife habitat, with five hiking trails, picnic areas, boating, fishing and more. The phone number is 903 786 2826.
The Visitor Center at Hagerman is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m, on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Sunday; The Refuge Office and Visitor Center are closed most federal holidays, however, Refuge lands are open daily from sunrise to sunset unless otherwise posted. For more information, call the Refuge, 903 786 2826, or see fws.gov/refuge/Hagerman or friendsofhagerman.com