Second Saturdays are free nature programs held at the Refuge and are open to the public. The format is a talk, accompanied by slides, and may include a brief field trip on the Refuge, depending on topic. Presenters are experts in the presentation topic and are drawn from area colleges, nature organizations and professionals in the field of wildlife/biology.
All aboard the all-electric Carlos and Eulalia Cardinal Express for a 60 - 90 minute tour along Wildlife Drive at the Refuge. Free (donations accepted). Guided tours offered at 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. Call 903 786 2826 for reservations, limited seating. Standbys accepted on weekends if space permits. Please note - volunteers cannot access messages on Refuge phone system, to make a reservation or to cancel, please speak to a volunteer 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Saturday or 1 - 5 pm on Sundays, thank you. And sorry, no dogs other than service animals allowed on board the tram.
November - February - Trips to Hagerman NWR to see the huge flock of wintering geese are an annual holiday tradition for many visitors. Please stop by the Visitor Center for information and visitor services such as maps, free wildlife guides and binoculars-for-loan.
Mid-March - mid-May and mid-August - late October are times to view the Central Flyway shorebird migration at the Refuge. Each spring many thousands of shorebirds pass through, on their way to breeding grounds in the northern US, Canada or the high Arctic. They are back again in the fall, on their way to the tropics or even South America, to spend the winter. The Refuge offers wetlands for resting and re-fueling. Shorebirds can be a challenge to identify; literature and field guides are available at the Visitor Center.