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    • June 15, 2024
    • 5:30 AM
    • Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092

    UPDATE: 

    The Lotus Flower photo shoot for June 15th is canceled. Water levels are still very high and some roads -- including Wildlife Road -- on the refuge are closed.

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    The Lotus Flowers are blooming now if you want to try and get some photographs on your own. You can access the Meadow Pond trailhead from Bennett Lane from the South. Keep in mind that Meadow Pond Trail may be very wet and muddy to walk on.

    Join us for a photo shoot of Lotus flowers at Meadow Pond at Hagerman NWR. The Lotus flowers are a favorite attraction at the refuge and a great photography opportunity at sunrise.


    This event is limited to FOHNWR Nature Photography Club members only. Registration is not required. Click here to become a member of Friends of Hagerman and select a membership with Photo Club.


    June 15, Saturday:


    5:30-5:45 am. Meet in the Visitor Center parking lot. The Visitor Center will be open during this time for anyone needing to use restrooms. 


    5:45 am. Depart parking lot and drive vehicles in caravan style to Meadow Pond Trail. We will have seats available in a van. Please ride together in vehicles for the caravan so that there are only 10 vehicles. 

    No accommodations will be made for those who arrive late.


    When we arrive at Meadow Pond Trail, we will unlock the trailhead gate to allow vehicles through and it will be locked when last vehicle in the caravan enters. We will drive on the trail to Meadow Pond. Meadow Pond is about 2.5 miles from the start of Meadow Pond Trail.

    Sunrise will be around 6:15 am. We will spend time photographing the Lotus flowers in Meadow Pond for about 1-2 hours. When finished, all vehicles must leave the trail at the same time and no vehicle can stay behind. Vehicles cannot leave early, as the trailhead gate will be locked.

    There are no facilities (restrooms) on Meadow Pond Trail.

    What to wear/bring: Hiking shoes, insect repellent, water, camera and photography equipment.


    For questions about this event, contact:

    Lisa Wilkins, Event Leader

    Mobile 972-658-8544

    Email FOHphotoclub@gmail.com

    _____________________________________________

    For questions about the photo club, contact:

    Lisa Wilkins, Photo Club Leader

    Email FOHphotoclub@gmail.com

    _____________________________________________


    • June 15, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center

    Calling all kids!  Let’s Go Fishin’ on Saturday, June 15th with Hagerman NWR staff and volunteers.  This special Refuge Rocks event is for youth ages up to 16.  We will be fishing from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and is open to children ages 16 and under.  With the help of volunteers, kids will be able to demonstrate their fishin’ skills!  Gear will be available for kids to check out and bait will be provided.  No registration is required for this event, and you can come and go as you please.  We’ll also be providing a fishing-themed craft table.   Location TBD.  Check back on the website or Friends of Hagerman for more information on the location.

    Registration is not necessary for this very special event.

    • June 15, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092


    Enjoy the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman NWR with garden docents on hand to help identify the Texas native plants and visiting butterflies.  Literature on plants and butterflies will be available. Special activities for families: scavenger hunts, the Metamorphosis Puppet and more. Registration is not necessary.

    The garden is free of charge and open to the public from sunrise to sunset every day of the year.

    Photo of American Lady Butterfly by Laurie Sheppard

    • June 22, 2024
    • (CST)
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center

    Join the Work Crew

    Do you enjoy working outside, mowing, sprucing up hiking trails, trimming and removing brush and general cleanup? Show your love for nature by joining the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoor Crew volunteers on the First Tuesday and Fourth Saturday of every month.  Contact Us for exact times, dates and other details about joining the volunteer Work Crew.


    Scouts welcome!


    • June 22, 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center
    • 8
    Register

    Take a Tour on the Wildlife Explorer!


    Come join us for a ride on the Wildlife Explorer! Our new and beautiful tram is available for ninety-minute tours of Hagerman every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM, weather permitting. Our tours are as varied as our drivers. Each tram driver has her/his approach to the tour: you may learn about wildlife, birds, habitat, refuge history, photography, you name it! To paraphrase, “a Wildlife Explorer tour at Hagerman is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” But you know it’s going to be good! Come see us! Lots of stops for bird-watching and photography.

    • Weather permitting, seating is limited. 
    • Bring binoculars or borrow ours.
    • Standbys accepted if space permits. 
    • Ages 6 and above.
    • Meet at the visitor center 15 minutes before departure. 
    • Please limit beverages to water only.

    Free, open to the public, powered by donations.

    Future Tram Tours

    • June 23, 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center
    • 8
    Register

    Take a Tour on the Wildlife Explorer!


    Come join us for a ride on the Wildlife Explorer! Our new and beautiful tram is available for ninety-minute tours of Hagerman every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM, weather permitting. Our tours are as varied as our drivers. Each tram driver has her/his approach to the tour: you may learn about wildlife, birds, habitat, refuge history, photography, you name it! To paraphrase, “a Wildlife Explorer tour at Hagerman is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” But you know it’s going to be good! Come see us! Lots of stops for bird-watching and photography.

    • Weather permitting, seating is limited. 
    • Bring binoculars or borrow ours.
    • Standbys accepted if space permits. 
    • Ages 6 and above.
    • Meet at the visitor center 15 minutes before departure. 
    • Please limit beverages to water only.

    Free, open to the public, powered by donations.

    Future Tram Tours

    • June 29, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092


    Enjoy the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman NWR with garden docents on hand to help identify the Texas native plants and visiting butterflies.  Literature on plants and butterflies will be available. Special activities for families: scavenger hunts, the Metamorphosis Puppet and more. Registration is not necessary.

    The garden is free of charge and open to the public from sunrise to sunset every day of the year.

    Photo of American Lady Butterfly by Laurie Sheppard

    • June 30, 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center
    • 8
    Register

    Take a Tour on the Wildlife Explorer!


    Come join us for a ride on the Wildlife Explorer! Our new and beautiful tram is available for ninety-minute tours of Hagerman every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM, weather permitting. Our tours are as varied as our drivers. Each tram driver has her/his approach to the tour: you may learn about wildlife, birds, habitat, refuge history, photography, you name it! To paraphrase, “a Wildlife Explorer tour at Hagerman is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” But you know it’s going to be good! Come see us! Lots of stops for bird-watching and photography.

    • Weather permitting, seating is limited. 
    • Bring binoculars or borrow ours.
    • Standbys accepted if space permits. 
    • Ages 6 and above.
    • Meet at the visitor center 15 minutes before departure. 
    • Please limit beverages to water only.

    Free, open to the public, powered by donations.

    Future Tram Tours

    • July 02, 2024
    • (CST)
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center

    Join the Work Crew

    Do you enjoy working outside, mowing, sprucing up hiking trails, trimming and removing brush and general cleanup? Show your love for nature by joining the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoor Crew volunteers on the First Tuesday and Fourth Saturday of every month.  Contact Us for exact times, dates and other details about joining the volunteer Work Crew.


    Scouts welcome!


    • July 06, 2024
    • 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM (CST)
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, H Pad, Sadler, Texas 76264
    Register


    The Little Sit Sunrise Bird Count

    Meet Jack and the Bird Census Team while learning how to identify the birds of North Texas, and enjoy the beautiful sunrise over Lake Texoma! Modeled after Cornell's national "Big Sit" event, a group of dedicated birders invite you to join them at sunrise to conduct a bird count as multiple species fly to the water and the surrounding land to feed. Leaders will bring spotting scopes and will provide tips for identification of the many species you will see.

    This event lasts a couple of hours, but all are welcome to come and go as they please. Participants are advised to bring a chair, binoculars and water.

    Location: H Pad, Sadler, Texas 76264 

    GPS Coordinates: 

    33.734961, -96.780582

    JPEG Refuge Map with H Pad

    GPS Google Map 

    GPS Apple Map

    Directions from the Hagerman Visitor Center:

    • Take a right (north) out of the Visitor Center parking lot road.
    • At the bottom of the hill, take a left onto the gravel road (Wildlife Dr).
    • The road will end at the Big Mineral Day Use Area. Take a right onto Bennett Lane.
    • You will cross a bridge over Big Mineral Creek, then go over a low water crossing.
    • There will be several small gravel roads going off to the right.
    • Stay on Bennett until the road forks, then go right.
    • When the road forks again, go right.
    • Take the gravel road to the right marked “H” (you will see oil tanks on the NE corner) and go all the way to the end.
    • July 11, 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • The Pottsboro Library, 104 N. Main Street, Pottsboro, TX 75076


    • July 13, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Visitor Center

    Little Blue Heron by Pam Rendall-Bass

    Hagerman NWR has a great number of water birds. In the winter they are mostly ducks and geese. In the spring and fall they are mostly sandpipers and plovers. In the summer, they are mostly waders, the herons and egrets. This month’s talk will discuss how waders are different from the others and will examine how to identify them.

    Dr. Wayne Meyer is Associate Professor of the Biology department at Austin College, where he has been teaching for 30 years. He started birding at 13 in Connecticut. In 1993 he finally achieved his life’s dream of being paid to look at birds when he joined the faculty of Austin College. He has birded both coasts of the U.S. extensively and now has spent a quarter century birding in Texas and Oklahoma. The proximity of Austin College to Hagerman NWR has made research on prairie birds easy and convenient and he has been studying song learning and singing in Painted Buntings for over a decade. Meyer is also a sought after speaker for Master Naturalist groups and a frequent speaker at the Friends of Hagerman NWR second Saturday programs.

    • July 20, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center
    • 15
    Register

    The national bird of the United States featured on our quarters is the iconic bald eagle, found throughout the rest of North America as well. Learn about the migration and habitats of these majestic birds.  Discover the world of eagles and learn what they look like, where they live on the planet, the habitats they prefer, and other interesting facts.  We'll be learning about the bald eagle while participating in fun activities along with an eagle craft!   

    Come join us on July 20 for a free class for youth ages 5-10.  Registration Required






    Photo by Mary Elford Hulshouser


    • July 20, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM (CST)
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092


    Enjoy the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman NWR with garden docents on hand to help identify the Texas native plants and visiting butterflies.  Literature on plants and butterflies will be available. Special activities for families: scavenger hunts, the Metamorphosis Puppet and more. Registration is not necessary.

    The garden is free of charge and open to the public from sunrise to sunset every day of the year.

    Photo of American Lady Butterfly by Laurie Sheppard

    • July 27, 2024
    • (CST)
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center

    Join the Work Crew

    Do you enjoy working outside, mowing, sprucing up hiking trails, trimming and removing brush and general cleanup? Show your love for nature by joining the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoor Crew volunteers on the First Tuesday and Fourth Saturday of every month.  Contact Us for exact times, dates and other details about joining the volunteer Work Crew.


    Scouts welcome!


    • August 03, 2024
    • 6:15 AM - 9:00 AM (CST)
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, H Pad, Sadler, Texas 76264
    Register


    The Little Sit Sunrise Bird Count

    Meet Jack and the Bird Census Team while learning how to identify the birds of North Texas, and enjoy the beautiful sunrise over Lake Texoma! Modeled after Cornell's national "Big Sit" event, a group of dedicated birders invite you to join them at sunrise to conduct a bird count as multiple species fly to the water and the surrounding land to feed. Leaders will bring spotting scopes and will provide tips for identification of the many species you will see.

    This event lasts a couple of hours, but all are welcome to come and go as they please. Participants are advised to bring a chair, binoculars and water.

    Location: H Pad, Sadler, Texas 76264 

    GPS Coordinates: 

    33.734961, -96.780582

    JPEG Refuge Map with H Pad

    GPS Google Map 

    GPS Apple Map

    Directions from the Hagerman Visitor Center:

    • Take a right (north) out of the Visitor Center parking lot road.
    • At the bottom of the hill, take a left onto the gravel road (Wildlife Dr).
    • The road will end at the Big Mineral Day Use Area. Take a right onto Bennett Lane.
    • You will cross a bridge over Big Mineral Creek, then go over a low water crossing.
    • There will be several small gravel roads going off to the right.
    • Stay on Bennett until the road forks, then go right.
    • When the road forks again, go right.
    • Take the gravel road to the right marked “H” (you will see oil tanks on the NE corner) and go all the way to the end.
    • August 06, 2024
    • (CST)
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center

    Join the Work Crew

    Do you enjoy working outside, mowing, sprucing up hiking trails, trimming and removing brush and general cleanup? Show your love for nature by joining the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoor Crew volunteers on the First Tuesday and Fourth Saturday of every month.  Contact Us for exact times, dates and other details about joining the volunteer Work Crew.


    Scouts welcome!


    • August 10, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Visitor Center


    In late April 0f 2023 Jack Chiles, Nancy Riggs, Terry Good and I (AKA the old buzzards) took an extended trip to Southeastern Arizona. We birded the Mountains, Canyons and Grasslands from Portal all the way around to Tucson. This program is about the unique places and birds that we encountered on the trip.

    A bit about Mike:

    I developed a love of the outdoors early in life. I was born and raised in Burnet and grew up in the outdoors hunting, fishing and camping. These along with photography continued to be my hobbies or the rest of my life.

    I taught in San Angelo for 18 years and in Lewisville for 20 years. The last 8 years of my career I taught outdoor education, which included hunting and boating safety, fishing, camping, Dutch oven cooking, orienteering etc. at Huffines Middle School in Lewisville.

    After retiring I needed something to do and I had heard of the Master Naturalist program. I became a Texas Master Naturalist in the class of 2011. Once I became a Master Naturalist I began going on bird walks and field trips and have become an avid birder and bird photographer

    I have been able to combine my love of the outdoors, birds, photography and teaching in my volunteering. As an old teacher I love to talk and work with young people. The first thing that I volunteered for was trail guiding at the Heard Refuge. I have since become a trail guide at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Area leading school groups on hikes including leading night hikes. I also volunteer at the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge as a tram tour guide and help with the weekly bird census there. Since 2011 I have been able to serve almost 1500 volunteer hours.


    • August 10, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM (CST)
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092


    Enjoy the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman NWR with garden docents on hand to help identify the Texas native plants and visiting butterflies.  Literature on plants and butterflies will be available. Special activities for families: scavenger hunts, the Metamorphosis Puppet and more. Registration is not necessary.

    The garden is free of charge and open to the public from sunrise to sunset every day of the year.

    Photo of American Lady Butterfly by Laurie Sheppard

    • August 17, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center
    • 19
    Register

    Have you ever wondered how we know so much about the Earth many, many years ago? Well, we have fossils and rocks to thank for that! What exactly are fossils and rocks? What information do they give scientists, and how? Fossils and rocks can give scientists clues about animals and plants that lived long ago and what the Earth was like then. During this program, we will be taking the children back millions of years to the time when the refuge area was covered by a vast saltwater ocean and learn about the plants, animals, and geology of our area long ago.  Come join us on August 17 for a free class on this popular topic!  This free program is for youth ages 5-10. Registration Required.

    • August 24, 2024
    • (CST)
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center

    Join the Work Crew

    Do you enjoy working outside, mowing, sprucing up hiking trails, trimming and removing brush and general cleanup? Show your love for nature by joining the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoor Crew volunteers on the First Tuesday and Fourth Saturday of every month.  Contact Us for exact times, dates and other details about joining the volunteer Work Crew.


    Scouts welcome!


    • September 03, 2024
    • (CST)
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center

    Join the Work Crew

    Do you enjoy working outside, mowing, sprucing up hiking trails, trimming and removing brush and general cleanup? Show your love for nature by joining the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoor Crew volunteers on the First Tuesday and Fourth Saturday of every month.  Contact Us for exact times, dates and other details about joining the volunteer Work Crew.


    Scouts welcome!


    • September 07, 2024
    • 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, Brockdale Park, 1625 Brockdale Park Road, Lucas TX 75002

    Join the Friends of Hagerman NWR Nature Photography Club for a field trip. Join us for a special photography event at the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center (BPRC) in Lucas, Texas.

    This event is limited to FOHNWR Nature Photography Club members only.



    Blackland Prairie Raptor Center (BPRC) is hosting a special event for our photo club. BPRC’s raptor ambassadors will be on display for you to photograph. The raptors will be tethered and perched on a natural setting or platform. This will allow for more natural photos, as typically the educational raptors are tethered and perched on a person’s gloved hand. You may be able to get as close at 6’ from the raptors.

    All fees for this event go directly to BPRC to continue their conservation and rehabilitation of birds of prey. BPRC took in over 700 birds of prey in 2023! BPRC website is https://bpraptorcenter.org.

    6:30 AM Gates open. Gates to Brockdale Park will open at 6:30 AM to allow you time to park and setup your equipment. Sunrise is forecasted to be at 7:05 AM. Brockdale Park is on the edge of Lavon Lake and provides a beautiful background for photos. You are welcome to walk around the park and take photos until the event concludes.

    7:00 – 8:00 AM Raptors on display. Raptors will be on display starting at 7:00 AM for maximum one hour at various locations throughout Brockdale Park. There may be a Black Vulture, hawk, owl, American Kestrel, and/or Mississippi Kite. It is hard to predict what raptors will be available, as BPRC never forces a bird to do an event. Depends what mood the bird is in that morning!

    9:00 AM Gates close. Be sure you are finished by 9:00 AM, as the park gates will be locked.

    Registration

    - Fee is $25 per person for photo club members.

    - Registration is required to attend this event. Each person attending must register separately.

    - Registration link will be available as we get closer to event date.

    - Registration closes on 9/6/2024.


    Cancellation

    - No refunds for cancellations by the registrant or by the venue.

    - If the event is canceled by BPRC because of weather, the event will be rescheduled. No refunds for registrants that cannot make the new date.

    - If you register and then can no longer attend the event, please contact the event leader below.


    FYI

    - You can use tripods or monopods. Do not use any type of flash for the birds.

    - The park has a large parking lot, BPRC gift shop, restrooms, and drinking fountain.

    - The park is wheelchair accessible. There is a cement sidewalk that goes all around the park.

    - Dogs are not allowed at this event.


    Photo Club Membership

    - If you are interested in becoming a member, click  https://friendsofhagerman.com/Membership.


    For questions about this field trip, contact:

    Lisa Wilkins, Event Leader

    Mobile 972-658-8544

    Email FOHphotoclub@gmail.com

    _____________________________________________

    For questions about the photo club, contact:

    Lisa Wilkins, Photo Club Leader

    Email FOHphotoclub@gmail.com

    _____________________________________________

    • September 07, 2024
    • 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM (CST)
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, H Pad, Sadler, Texas 76264
    Register


    The Little Sit Sunrise Bird Count

    Meet Jack and the Bird Census Team while learning how to identify the birds of North Texas, and enjoy the beautiful sunrise over Lake Texoma! Modeled after Cornell's national "Big Sit" event, a group of dedicated birders invite you to join them at sunrise to conduct a bird count as multiple species fly to the water and the surrounding land to feed. Leaders will bring spotting scopes and will provide tips for identification of the many species you will see.

    This event lasts a couple of hours, but all are welcome to come and go as they please. Participants are advised to bring a chair, binoculars and water.

    Location: H Pad, Sadler, Texas 76264 

    GPS Coordinates: 

    33.734961, -96.780582

    JPEG Refuge Map with H Pad

    GPS Google Map 

    GPS Apple Map

    Directions from the Hagerman Visitor Center:

    • Take a right (north) out of the Visitor Center parking lot road.
    • At the bottom of the hill, take a left onto the gravel road (Wildlife Dr).
    • The road will end at the Big Mineral Day Use Area. Take a right onto Bennett Lane.
    • You will cross a bridge over Big Mineral Creek, then go over a low water crossing.
    • There will be several small gravel roads going off to the right.
    • Stay on Bennett until the road forks, then go right.
    • When the road forks again, go right.
    • Take the gravel road to the right marked “H” (you will see oil tanks on the NE corner) and go all the way to the end.
    • September 07, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM (CST)
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092


    Enjoy the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman NWR with garden docents on hand to help identify the Texas native plants and visiting butterflies.  Literature on plants and butterflies will be available. Special activities for families: scavenger hunts, the Metamorphosis Puppet and more. Registration is not necessary.

    The garden is free of charge and open to the public from sunrise to sunset every day of the year.

    Photo of American Lady Butterfly by Laurie Sheppard

    • September 14, 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (CST)
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center
    Register


    Master Naturalist Jack Chiles will lead this Early Bird Walk, weather permitting.  Meet at the Visitor Center and return in time for the Second Saturday program.

    Both the walk and the talk are free and open to the public.


    • September 14, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Visitor Center


    This fossil of a shark vertabrae was found by Kathy Whaley, Refuge Manager, at the North Sulphur River.  The river is part of the Western Interior Seaway as was refuge lands.

    • September 21, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center
    • 20
    Register

    We’re diving into the extraordinary lives of beavers; those adorable, yet fiercely independent, builders of the wild. Beavers, nature’s master builders, create entire worlds with their incredible skills. Without tools or machinery, they use their ever-growing front teeth to chop down trees, one bite at a time. Can you imagine having teeth that never stop growing? Beavers do, and that’s their secret to felling trees and creating dams.  Come out and join us for this youth program to learn about these amazing builders!  We’ll be learning about beavers through a short mini lesson, fun activities, and a craft.  Come join us on September 21 for a free class for youth ages 5-10.  Registration required. 









    Photo by Kitta Weinkauf Dory

    • September 21, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092

    Join us for the September meeting of the Friends of Hagerman NWR Nature Photography Club. Photo club members, guests, and visitors are welcome to attend meetings. This meeting will be a Macro Workshop.

    More details will be coming... 

    Event Leaders: Larry Howard, Sherry Howard, Nancy Miller, Pam Rendall-Bass

    _____________________________________________

    For questions about the photo club, contact:

    Lisa Wilkins, Photo Club Leader

    Email FOHphotoclub@gmail.com


    • September 28, 2024
    • (CST)
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center

    Join the Work Crew

    Do you enjoy working outside, mowing, sprucing up hiking trails, trimming and removing brush and general cleanup? Show your love for nature by joining the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoor Crew volunteers on the First Tuesday and Fourth Saturday of every month.  Contact Us for exact times, dates and other details about joining the volunteer Work Crew.


    Scouts welcome!


    • September 28, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092


    Enjoy the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman NWR with garden docents on hand to help identify the Texas native plants and visiting butterflies.  Literature on plants and butterflies will be available. Special activities for families: scavenger hunts, the Metamorphosis Puppet and more. Registration is not necessary.

    The garden is free of charge and open to the public from sunrise to sunset every day of the year.

    Photo of American Lady Butterfly by Laurie Sheppard

    • October 01, 2024
    • (CST)
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center

    Join the Work Crew

    Do you enjoy working outside, mowing, sprucing up hiking trails, trimming and removing brush and general cleanup? Show your love for nature by joining the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoor Crew volunteers on the First Tuesday and Fourth Saturday of every month.  Contact Us for exact times, dates and other details about joining the volunteer Work Crew.


    Scouts welcome!


    • October 05, 2024
    • 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM (CST)
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, H Pad, Sadler, Texas 76264
    Register


    The Little Sit Sunrise Bird Count

    Meet Jack and the Bird Census Team while learning how to identify the birds of North Texas, and enjoy the beautiful sunrise over Lake Texoma! Modeled after Cornell's national "Big Sit" event, a group of dedicated birders invite you to join them at sunrise to conduct a bird count as multiple species fly to the water and the surrounding land to feed. Leaders will bring spotting scopes and will provide tips for identification of the many species you will see.

    This event lasts a couple of hours, but all are welcome to come and go as they please. Participants are advised to bring a chair, binoculars and water.

    Location: H Pad, Sadler, Texas 76264 

    GPS Coordinates: 

    33.734961, -96.780582

    JPEG Refuge Map with H Pad

    GPS Google Map 

    GPS Apple Map

    Directions from the Hagerman Visitor Center:

    • Take a right (north) out of the Visitor Center parking lot road.
    • At the bottom of the hill, take a left onto the gravel road (Wildlife Dr).
    • The road will end at the Big Mineral Day Use Area. Take a right onto Bennett Lane.
    • You will cross a bridge over Big Mineral Creek, then go over a low water crossing.
    • There will be several small gravel roads going off to the right.
    • Stay on Bennett until the road forks, then go right.
    • When the road forks again, go right.
    • Take the gravel road to the right marked “H” (you will see oil tanks on the NE corner) and go all the way to the end.
    • October 12, 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (CST)
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center
    Register


    Master Naturalist Jack Chiles will lead this Early Bird Walk, weather permitting.  Meet at the Visitor Center and return in time for the Second Saturday program.

    Both the walk and the talk are free and open to the public.


    • October 12, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Visitor Center


    Dr. Wayne Meyer is Associate Professor of the Biology department at Austin College, where he has been teaching for 30 years. He started birding at 13 in Connecticut. In 1993 he finally achieved his life’s dream of being paid to look at birds when he joined the faculty of Austin College. He has birded both coasts of the U.S. extensively and now has spent a quarter century birding in Texas and Oklahoma. The proximity of Austin College to Hagerman NWR has made research on prairie birds easy and convenient and he has been studying song learning and singing in Painted Buntings for over a decade. Meyer is also a sought after speaker for Master Naturalist groups and a frequent speaker at the Friends of Hagerman NWR second Saturday programs.

    • October 17, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092

    Join the Friends of Hagerman NWR Nature Photography Club for a night photo shoot at Hagerman NWR. This shoot will include sunset shots across the water and moonrise with the August super moon.

    This event is limited to FOHNWR Nature Photography Club members only. Registration is not required. We have permission to stay in the refuge after dark. Click here to become a member of Friends of Hagerman and select a membership with Photo Club.

    Thursday October 17: Meet at the 1st pad on Plover Drive at 6:30 pm. Plover Drive is gravel and driving too close to the pads will create dust and may interfere with people that have setup their cameras and equipment. Please park accordingly. Click for a Refuge Map.

    Sunset is approximately 6:50 pm.

    Moonrise is approximately 6:55 pm.


    The visitor center will be closed in the evening. There is an outdoor restroom down the path from the visitor center parking lot. 


    For questions about this event, contact:

    Lisa Wilkins, Event Leader

    Mobile 972-658-8544

    Email FOHphotoclub@gmail.com

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    For questions about the photo club, contact:

    Photo Club Leader, Lisa Wilkins

    Email FOHphotoclub@gmail.com

    • October 19, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center
    • 22
    Register

     Bats are often called creepy, scary and spooky, but they often get a bad rap. They’re an important species that impacts our daily lives in ways we might not even realize. From pollinating our favorite fruits to eating pesky insects to inspiring medical marvels, bats are actually heroes of the night. 

    Come join us on October 19 for a free class for ages 5-10 to go a little batty for bats through games, activities, and crafts!  Registration Required. 

    • October 26, 2024
    • (CST)
    • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center

    Join the Work Crew

    Do you enjoy working outside, mowing, sprucing up hiking trails, trimming and removing brush and general cleanup? Show your love for nature by joining the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoor Crew volunteers on the First Tuesday and Fourth Saturday of every month.  Contact Us for exact times, dates and other details about joining the volunteer Work Crew.


    Scouts welcome!


    • October 26, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092


    Enjoy the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman NWR with garden docents on hand to help identify the Texas native plants and visiting butterflies.  Literature on plants and butterflies will be available. Special activities for families: scavenger hunts, the Metamorphosis Puppet and more. Registration is not necessary.

    The garden is free of charge and open to the public from sunrise to sunset every day of the year.

    Photo of American Lady Butterfly by Laurie Sheppard

    • November 01, 2024
    • 8:00 AM (CST)
    • January 11, 2025
    • (CST)
    • 31

    Every year the Friends of Hagerman gives the public an opportunity to support the Eastern Bluebird population and learn all about them via the Adopt-A-Nestbox Program.

    Participants of the Adopt-A-Nestbox program will be invited to name their adopted nestbox, and visit it as often as they like.  All nestboxes included in the program are easily accesible via a stroll along Raasch or Harris Creek Hiking Trails.

    Participants will receive an email every week during nesting season with a picture of the inside of the nestbox and an explanation of its stages of development. An adopted nestbox makes a great Christmas gift!

    The price of $35 per nestbox helps to support the expense of maintaining the impressive Bluebird trail of 45 nestboxes throughout the refuge.  There is a limit of three nestboxes per person.

    Things to Consider While Naming Your Nestbox:

    "Nestbox Name" refers to the label you would like on your nestbox, for example: Porter's Perch 

    Be creative!  Your nestbox may house Eastern Bluebirds, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Wrens or (rarely) Prothonotary Warblers--so try be more inclusive than "Bluebirds" in the label. If left blank, the label will be the gift recipient's name or the purchaser's name if not a gift.  

    NOTE: 15 letters maximum.

    Gift recipient's name: Leave blank if not a gift.

    Email addresses of your gift recipients: Leave blank if not a gift.

    Click "Register" (Left) to Adopt-a-Nestbox

    • November 02, 2024
    • 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM (CST)
    • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, H Pad, Sadler, Texas 76264
    Register


    The Little Sit Sunrise Bird Count

    Meet Jack and the Bird Census Team while learning how to identify the birds of North Texas, and enjoy the beautiful sunrise over Lake Texoma! Modeled after Cornell's national "Big Sit" event, a group of dedicated birders invite you to join them at sunrise to conduct a bird count as multiple species fly to the water and the surrounding land to feed. Leaders will bring spotting scopes and will provide tips for identification of the many species you will see.

    This event lasts a couple of hours, but all are welcome to come and go as they please. Participants are advised to bring a chair, binoculars and water.

    Location: H Pad, Sadler, Texas 76264 

    GPS Coordinates: 

    33.734961, -96.780582

    JPEG Refuge Map with H Pad

    GPS Google Map 

    GPS Apple Map

    Directions from the Hagerman Visitor Center:

    • Take a right (north) out of the Visitor Center parking lot road.
    • At the bottom of the hill, take a left onto the gravel road (Wildlife Dr).
    • The road will end at the Big Mineral Day Use Area. Take a right onto Bennett Lane.
    • You will cross a bridge over Big Mineral Creek, then go over a low water crossing.
    • There will be several small gravel roads going off to the right.
    • Stay on Bennett until the road forks, then go right.
    • When the road forks again, go right.
    • Take the gravel road to the right marked “H” (you will see oil tanks on the NE corner) and go all the way to the end.


      • November 05, 2024
      • (CST)
      • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center

      Join the Work Crew

      Do you enjoy working outside, mowing, sprucing up hiking trails, trimming and removing brush and general cleanup? Show your love for nature by joining the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoor Crew volunteers on the First Tuesday and Fourth Saturday of every month.  Contact Us for exact times, dates and other details about joining the volunteer Work Crew.


      Scouts welcome!


      • November 09, 2024
      • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (CST)
      • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center
      Register


      Master Naturalist Jack Chiles will lead this Early Bird Walk, weather permitting.  Meet at the Visitor Center and return in time for the Second Saturday program.

      Both the walk and the talk are free and open to the public.


      • November 09, 2024
      • 10:00 AM
      • Hagerman National Wildlife Visitor Center



      • November 16, 2024
      • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
      • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center
      • 23
      Register

      Even though animals don't speak like us, they still communicate with each other using their own language. They use many clever and creative ways to communicate with each other, from head-turning howls to jaw-dropping dances!  For many animals, communicating is as important to their life chances as finding food and water.  This program will explore the variety of innovative ways animals “talk” to each other.  We’ll have a howling good time learning about animal communication with a short lesson, some fun games and activities, as well as a fun craft!  Come join us on November 16 for a free class for youth ages 5-10.  Registration Required









      Lisa Hendricks Walsh

      • November 16, 2024
      • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092

      Join us for the November meeting of the Friends of Hagerman NWR Nature Photography Club.

      Photo club members, guests, and visitors are welcome to attend meetings. You do not need to be a photo club member to attend.

      Topic TBD.


      _____________________________________________

      For questions about the photo club, contact:

      Lisa Wilkins, Photo Club Leader

      Email FOHphotoclub@gmail.com


      • November 23, 2024
      • (CST)
      • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center

      Join the Work Crew

      Do you enjoy working outside, mowing, sprucing up hiking trails, trimming and removing brush and general cleanup? Show your love for nature by joining the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoor Crew volunteers on the First Tuesday and Fourth Saturday of every month.  Contact Us for exact times, dates and other details about joining the volunteer Work Crew.


      Scouts welcome!


      • December 03, 2024
      • (CST)
      • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center

      Join the Work Crew

      Do you enjoy working outside, mowing, sprucing up hiking trails, trimming and removing brush and general cleanup? Show your love for nature by joining the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoor Crew volunteers on the First Tuesday and Fourth Saturday of every month.  Contact Us for exact times, dates and other details about joining the volunteer Work Crew.


      Scouts welcome!


      • December 07, 2024
      • 6:45 AM - 9:00 AM (CST)
      • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, H Pad, Sadler, Texas 76264
      Register


      The Little Sit Sunrise Bird Count

      Meet Jack and the Bird Census Team while learning how to identify the birds of North Texas, and enjoy the beautiful sunrise over Lake Texoma! Modeled after Cornell's national "Big Sit" event, a group of dedicated birders invite you to join them at sunrise to conduct a bird count as multiple species fly to the water and the surrounding land to feed. Leaders will bring spotting scopes and will provide tips for identification of the many species you will see.

      This event lasts a couple of hours, but all are welcome to come and go as they please. Participants are advised to bring a chair, binoculars and water.

      Location: H Pad, Sadler, Texas 76264 

      GPS Coordinates: 

      33.734961, -96.780582

      JPEG Refuge Map with H Pad

      GPS Google Map 

      GPS Apple Map

      Directions from the Hagerman Visitor Center:

      • Take a right (north) out of the Visitor Center parking lot road.
      • At the bottom of the hill, take a left onto the gravel road (Wildlife Dr).
      • The road will end at the Big Mineral Day Use Area. Take a right onto Bennett Lane.
      • You will cross a bridge over Big Mineral Creek, then go over a low water crossing.
      • There will be several small gravel roads going off to the right.
      • Stay on Bennett until the road forks, then go right.
      • When the road forks again, go right.
      • Take the gravel road to the right marked “H” (you will see oil tanks on the NE corner) and go all the way to the end.
      • December 14, 2024
      • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (CST)
      • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center
      Register


      Master Naturalist Jack Chiles will lead this Early Bird Walk, weather permitting.  Meet at the Visitor Center and return in time for the Second Saturday program.

      Both the walk and the talk are free and open to the public.


      • December 14, 2024
      • 10:00 AM
      • Hagerman National Wildlife Visitor Center

      Venemous Cottonmouth by Mayve Strong

      • December 28, 2024
      • (CST)
      • Hagerman NWR Visitor Center

      Join the Work Crew

      Do you enjoy working outside, mowing, sprucing up hiking trails, trimming and removing brush and general cleanup? Show your love for nature by joining the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoor Crew volunteers on the First Tuesday and Fourth Saturday of every month.  Contact Us for exact times, dates and other details about joining the volunteer Work Crew.


      Scouts welcome!


      • March 16, 2025
      • 2:00 PM (CST)
      • Friends of Hagerman NWR Visitor Center
      Register

      The public is invited to attend The Friends of Hagerman annual meeting. The Board of Directors will present their activities and accomplishments of the past year, and board members beginning new terms will be elected.

      Date subject to change.

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    Events and activities hosted by the Friends of Hagerman are funded by donations and powered solely by volunteers.  There are no fees for admission to the refuge or parking; the refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year, drive on any road unless gated.

    6465 Refuge Road

    Sherman, TX 75092

                 

    Kroger: Stop by the customer service desk at Kroger and link your Kroger Card to the Friends of Hagerman: the Friends will get rewards for every dollar you spend, at no cost to you.

    Please add friendsofhagerman@gmail.com to your contacts to ensure delivery of registration confirmations, account information and the Featherless Flyer

    Special thanks to Nancy Miller for the amazing photo of the Visitor Center 

    See you at the refuge!

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