New Website Goes Live! 

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!

Photo by Nancy Miller

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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Refuge Update:

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

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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.

Second Saturday

Turtles of Texoma

With Michael B. Keck 

May 8th at 10:00 am, Live and Online via ZOOM.  

All Second Saturday presentations and videos are free and open to the public; powered by Donations and Volunteers. 

Photo by Brenda Loveless

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.

Mother's Day in the Garden

Mother's Day is May 9th, and, although the visitor center will be closed due to the pandemic, the garden is a beautiful place to take Mom for an outing!

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The Photo Club Presents:

Lightroom with Brian Loflin

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.

Plant of the Month:

American Beautyberry by Mary Grant

It’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.” 

Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry ) | NPIN

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Puddles' Craft Corner

Mother’s Day Flower Pot Craft

Thank You Cindy Steele

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Wild Mammals of Grayson County

Order Soricomorpha

(Shrews and Moles)

By Bryon Clark

The Order Soricomorpha (Shrews and Moles) is comprised of two mammalian families which both occur in Texas. There are about 400 species of shrews (Family Soricidae) worldwide of which 4 occur in Texas. Of the 51 species of moles (Family Talpidae), only one occurs in the state. 

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Birding with Jack

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.

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Thank You

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

Phone: 903-786-2826

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