NOTICE: Weather permitting, the entire refuge will be CLOSED on Thursday, March 30, 2023, for an aerial feral hog control operation.
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The Featherless Flyer is distributed during the first week of every month, and contains all kinds of information relevant to the refuge, including: details about our monthly 2nd Saturday presentation, information about bird and animal sightings on the refuge, photo club events and all the happenings going on at the refuge for the upcoming month.
The link to the Upcoming Hunt Information, Closures and Applications in older flyers has changed, please refer to the link on the home page for a working link.
Please send me the flyer! We promise not to bombard you with email: just the monthly flyer, plus attended event follow-ups and important refuge updates such as closures for flooding, or re-openings.
Join us for our special event: The Refuge Roundup!
The Friends of Hagerman Online Auction is Here!
...and it isn't on Facebook anymore!
This is the time of the year that we invite you to support our local Refuge and its programs. Projects resulting in our beautiful Butterfly Garden, our popular Wildlife Explorer electric tram, renovations to the Big Mineral Creek Recreation Area, and the Education Pavilion are available, thanks in large part to your donations and financial support. All monies raised from the auction will be reinvested in educational opportunities and programs for both children and adults.
Save the Date! Saturday October 8th is the Refuge Roundup!
Read an interesting history of Hagerman, including some of the names on the refuge map. In person events are in full swing, including: this Saturday (6/4) at the Refuge, Let's Go Fishin' 10am to Noon, Free for Ages 4 to 18, It is the biggest Refuge Rocks event of the year! The Little Sit starts at sunrise: visit with expert birders while watching the birds come in to the water. The free day camp: Nature O'logy is back this summer on June 20th! Register by June 13th.
You are invited to join us for Spring Fest on May 14th!The day will start at 8 am with Early Birding with Jack, then our first in-person Second Saturday: Wildflowers of North Texas. We'll have crafts for the kids, Butterfly Garden walks and tram tours. Enjoy presentations about snakes, wildflowers, migratory birds and the refuge itself! The event will end late with a Dark Sky Presentation and a look at the night sky. Details and exact times within.
Don't miss the Spring Fest on May 14th! We'll have activities for the family from 8:00 AM until well after dark! Details within. Also, Mother's Day in the Butterfly Garden is back! And we have a new monthly event: The Little Sit! Find out about all the smoke just North of the refuge on Saturday.
The visitor center is open! Come and see the indoor exhibits, sign up for a tram tour and do some shopping in our Nature Nook. Join us for our Annual Meeting on March 20, 2022, and enjoy a craft with Puddles.
Learn all about an uncommon but interesting visitor to the refuge: the Common Loon. Also, the February Second Saturday presentation is about True Bugs, and have fun making a Cardinal Craft with Puddles!
This month's feature article is about the Monarchs For Humanity project: Bluestem Master Naturalists teamed up with Habitat to Humanity to provide Monarch Way Station butterfly gardens for willing Habitat for Humanity participants. Also, don't miss our Second Saturday presentation about Eastern Bluebirds.
This month, learn all about the ducks that visit the refuge during the winter, including some amazing photos. Also, the results are it! See which photographers placed in the photo contest. Nestboxes go up for adoption on December 1st--they make excellent stocking stuffers! Don't forget to check out Puddles' Corner for a Snow Goose craft, and the Second Saturday for December is a program about Obstacles to Environmental Progress with Peter Schulze.
Meet the new Ranger at the refuge: Spencer Beard. Find out about the bats in our area, and make a Thanksgiving Turkey craft in Puddles' Corner. Read about our next Second Saturday presentation about Chickasaw history and culture, and a photo club event.
The Friends of Hagerman Online Auction is here! Help support the Friends while picking up something nice for yourself. Enjoy our feature piece from Laurie Sheppard entitled Fall Flowers Are Fabulous! And learn all about bats while making a craft with Puddles.
Two interesting presentations in September: the Second Saturday is about the Ecology of Fish in Texoma, and the Photo Club presents Storm Chasing with Anita Oakley. Learn how to make an Owl in Puddle's Craft Corner, and see pictures of the unusual bird sightings at Hagerman NWR in recent days.
Construction has begun! See the progress on the new Education Pavilion. Find out which part of the refuge is getting new restrooms, make a craft cicada with Puddles, and learn about Lemon Bee Balm. As always, enjoy Birding with Jack.
Check out the newest project of the Friends of Hagerman: an education pavilion. It will be a wonderful place for students on field trips to gather for lessons and activities. Register for our July Second Saturday Zoom about dragonflies, learn about Wild Indigo plants and how to make a lightning bug as a craft for the kids.
Enjoy our feature article about how to identify fledglings and juvenile birds. Second Saturday continues online via ZOOM with a presentation entitled, "The Tale of Two Titmice." the Master Naturalists are seeking new members, and don't miss Puddle's Craft Corner for the kids!
Our new website goes live! It came together quickly, with lots of amazing photos from local photographers. Second Saturday continues with a presentation about Turtles, the photo club is presenting a session on Adobe Lightroom software, and the Master Naturalists are seeking new members, and don't miss Puddle's Craft Corner!
Don't miss this yearly opportunity to join the Texas Master Naturalists! They are accepting applications for their fall class. Register for the April Second Saturday: Butterflies with Laurie Sheppard, and the kids will enjoy our new feature: Puddle's Craft Corner.
Don't miss Puddle's Craft Corner: our first in a series of articles featuring easy, nature-themed crafts for the kids. The Plant of the Month is back for the season with Horseherb, and as always, Birding with Jack features his amazing photos. Also, look over the Deputy Refuge Manager's To-Do List as he seeks volunteers to help spruce up the refuge for spring--there are some great ways to get some fresh air on his list!
Read a hiker's account of an outing to the Hagerman NWR Nocona Unit. Learn all about Armadillos and enjoy "Birding with Jack".
The Friends of Hagerman Present: the winners of the Beginner Division of the 2020 Photo Contest sponsored by the Friends of Hagerman NWR Photo Club. Also in this edition, follow the interesting story of an attentive mother spider in the Butterfly Garden, complete with exquisite pictures. Learn how the refuge manages water from the lake to support the ducks, herons, egrets and other shorebirds, and, as always enjoy our Birding with Jack segment to find out which birds are currently visiting the refuge.
The results are in! See the amazing winning photos of the Intermediate/Advanced categories of the Photo Club's Fall Photo Contest. Also, Refuge Manager Kathy Whaley explains how the decision will be made to open the beloved visitor center, and find out what the Texas Water Specialists have been up to at the refuge and how you could join them.
Find out about the "Habitat for Monarchs" program: an effort of the joined forces of Habitat for Humanity, Grayson County Master Gardeners and Bluestem Master Naturalists--and how you can join them! Learn about the Mammals of Grayson County, and go Birding with Jack as he conducts the weekly census. Join us for our ZOOM Second Saturday: Waterfowl with Dr. Wayne Meyer
Details of our Second Saturday presentation about Bees, and how to join us from the comfort of your own home. Find out how the Bluebird monitoring team pulled off a successful season despite the pandemic and read our new series about the Mammals of Grayson County.
Learn how to join the national grassroots, non-profit, community-based, high density precipitation network called CoCoRaHS! Find out how to attend our ZOOM Second Saturday presentation: Borneo – All the “B” Birds and More; follow the birding adventures of Jack Chiles in Birding with Jack and our 11th annual Photo Contest begins!
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Special thanks to Nancy Miller for the amazing photo of the Visitor Center
See you at the refuge!