Six months ago, a difficult time began for the Friends of Hagerman. With the Nature Nook temporarily closed since the beginning of the pandemic, our merchant services were suddenly cancelled due to low sales. This meant we could no longer process credit cards and renew memberships online. As a non-profit organization, Nature Nook sales, memberships and donations make up the entirety of our revenue: we had lost nearly all of our income!
Adding to our woes, our contract with our website hosting company was requiring an expensive overhaul of our website. Thankfully, we discovered Wild Apricot: an affordable and do-it-yourself cloud software that enabled us to build our website, manage memberships, events, emails, and more. Wild Apricot also came with merchant services, so once again the Friends are able to process credit cards, resuming online membership purchases, renewals, and donations.
Thankfully, many amazing pictures were donated for the website by photographers who frequent Hagerman, including this gorgeous picture of our beloved Visitor Center by Nancy Miller. Other generous photographers include: Jack Chiles, Laurie Sheppard, Jesus Moreno, Randall Patterson, Jon Fischer, Carl Hill, Jeff Gladden, Bill Wilbur, Pam Rendall-Bass, Kim Kai Bellman, Jeffrey Rolinc, Don Champlin, Larry Wecsler, Laurie Blankenship-Lawler, Bill Powell, and all of the winners of the 2020 Photo Contest.
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Notice: Due to the Coronavirus, the Visitor Center remains closed. Refuge lands remain open to the public from sunrise to sunset daily. Restrooms are located at Goode Day Use Area, the Visitor Center, Big Mineral Day Use Area and Sandy Point Day Use Area. See Map
Heads Up: May 7 – 9, 2021, The refuge will host an adult-mentored hunt for feral hogs. Closure limited to Goode Unit Day Use Area and Haller's Haven trail only. All other refuge areas will remain open to the public.
Have you spotted a turtle and wondered what it was named? It was probably one of the fifteen species of turtles that potentially occur at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. In this talk, Dr. Mike Keck will explain how to identify the turtles of Hagerman N.W.R., and he will talk about the natural history of these turtles, including diet, reproduction, and geographic range.
May 15, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Live and Online via ZOOM
Want to know more about using Adobe Lightroom to process your photos? Brian Loflin will present an online overview of Photoshop Lightroom, one of the most user-friendly and powerful photo editing suites. He will outline the requirements to get started, how to manage your library of images, and an in-depth demonstration of Lightroom’s ease of processing. In addition, registered attendees will receive a complete, step-by-step process of one of his own images from import of images fresh from a shoot, through export for use outside the computer.
American Beautyberry by Mary GrantIt’s a beauty of a berry! Brightening the landscape and delighting at least forty bird species, Beautyberry is a native understory shrub in moist woods across the southern U.S. You may also know it as French Mulberry, Bunchberry, Purple Beautyberry, or Sourbush. Calli means “beauty” and carpa means “fruit.”
And Updated, Weekly Census Results
By Jack Chiles
Today was a cool cloudy day and there was lots of bird activity. The last week of April and the first week of May are probably the most exciting times to do the bird census at the refuge. Many migrants are arriving as well as a lot of the local breeding birds.
To Our Contributors:
Jack Chiles, Mary Grant, Cindy Steele, Bryon Clark, Brenda Loveless
Refuge Manager: Kathy Whaley
Deputy Refuge Manager: Paul Balkenbush
Friends of Hagerman NWR Foundation
6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092