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April 27, 2013

Programs at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge


Participants should have either a digital single lens reflex camera or a “point and shoot” type camera (with an electric view finder and minimum 10X zoom lens). Binoculars and a birding guide are suggested, but optional. Meet in the Refuge’s Hellcat Trail parking area.

Enrollment limited to 10 people. Registration is required.

Hellcat Birding for Kids

Sunday, May 5; Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 26, 8 to 9:30 a.m.

May is a very busy time of year for birds migrating through our area. Join refuge volunteers for a guided bird walk, during which the goal will be hear, see, and learn about some of these fascinating feathery migrants.

This new program is specifically intended for and limited to children ages 9 to 12. No prior birding knowledge or experience is required. Participants are welcome to bring binoculars and/or field guides. Program enrollment is limited to 6 children. Participating children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Plan to arrive at the Hellcat Parking Lot by 7:50 a.m. Program will begin promptly at 8 a.m. Registration is required.

Nature Kids: What is Wild?

Tuesday, May 7, 11 a.m. to noon

A fun new class geared towards 4 to 6 year-olds. This class will be run by one of our dedicated volunteers, who is a retired school teacher.

The theme will be “What is wild and what isn’t?” Children will learn to differentiate between wild and domestic living things. Some activities will take place outdoors, weather permitting. A parent or guardian must be present throughout the entire program. Meet in the refuge visitor center classroom. Registration is required.

Whip-poor-will Walk

Saturdays, May 11 and May 18; 7 p.m.

Have you even heard a strange bird singing in the background of a movie and wondered what it was? You may have been hearing the song of the Whip-poor-will.

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