Butterfly Garden Walk

Saturday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Stroll through the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Guests can come by themselves or bring their families. Garden docents will be on hand to help guests identify the Texas native plants and the butterflies in the garden. Close-focus butterfly binoculars will be available to help visitors get a really close look. Special activities for families include scavenger hunts, meet the Metamorphosis Puppet and more. Garden walks are Come and Go or Come and Stay. The garden is free of charge and open to the public during Refuge hours.

Outdoor Crew Work Day

Tuesday, April 4, and Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m.

The Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge will be sprucing up trails, trimming and removing brush, trash and general cleanup. Meet at the Visitor Center the first Tuesday and the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information, contact friendsofhagerman@gmail.com.

Orientation for Butterfly Garden Docents

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Want to volunteer to help lead tours in the Butterfly Garden? This orientation will teach interested individuals how they can participate. Training to identify butterflies and native plants as well as understand the plant-critter connections is ongoing at the monthly meetings, on the first Thursday, March — November. The Refuge will be offering garden walks to the public approximately twice each month, April — October, plus an all-day event Oct. 14. Meet in the Visitor Center. For more information, contact friendsofhagerman@gmail.com

Guided Bird Walk

Saturday April 8, 8:00-9:30 a.m. (Weather Permitting)

Weather permitting; meet Wayne Meyer, at the Visitor Center at the Refuge at 8:00 a.m. for a guided birding walk. Bring binoculars or borrow some from the Refuge, and dress for the weather.

Free Program on Warblers

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Wayne Meyer, associate professor of biology at Austin College, will present a talk on Warblers at this free nature program. Warblers are some of the smallest birds found on the North American continent, but are known for their long migrations, traveling from South America and the West Indies, to the northern regions of Canada and back again. These small jittery birds hardly ever stop moving, almost always hopping from branch to branch, scurrying along the tree trunks and limbs. There are others who live on the ground, hidden in the under growths, where you may only hear their songs and not see the birds singing them. Hear how to ID these elusive little birds, and which ones we might see in North Texas.

Shorebird Migration at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

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 U.S., 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.

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.