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Second Saturday Programs

 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; programs are geared to the interest level age 12 - adult.  Presenters are experts in the presentation topic and are drawn from area colleges, nature organizations and professionals in the field of wildlife/biology.

Click here for a list of all Second Saturday programs held from the beginning, April, 2007, through December, 2017, and a huge thank you to all these volunteer presenters through the years!

NOTE!!  Second Saturday for Youth, begun in 2009, has morphed into The Refuge Rocks, meeting on the THIRD Saturday of each month, January through November. Please see Hagerman Youth for more info.

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Cell Phone Photography with Mary Karam
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
A cell phone camera can go where other cameras cannot. You can capture, edit, and share with unparalleled ease and speed. The versatility of the cell phone surpasses all others by switching from TIME-LAPSE to SLO MO to VIDEO to PHOTO to SQUARE to PANO with a simple slide of a finger. Many professional photographers prefer cell phones for certain applications.

Mary Karam is the owner/director of The MK Gallery which was born primarily out of her passion for photography. Others passions are rock/fossil hunting as well as explorative hike in nature for anything unusual, large or small. Even though Karam used an Ansco and a Kodak in the 50's, serious photography did not start till the late 80's with commercial photography classes at Brookhaven College complete with B&W film development and printing, shows, weddings, etc. Nowadays, Karam focuses mainly on wildlife, especially the challenge of birds in flight using a Canon 5D, Mark II. Karam has been volunteering at Hagerman since 2005.

This is a free class, no reservations needed. Please download the app SNAPSEED on your phone prior to the class.
Tram Tours

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 10 am on Saturdays, weather permitting.  Call 903 786 2826 for reservations since seating is limited.  Standbys are accepted, if space permits.  Tours are recommended for age 6 - adult.  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 are allowed on board the tram.

 

Hagerman Youth

 Check out nature activities for youth at Hagerman Youth.

Shorebird Migration at Hagerman NWR

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.

Geese At Hagerman NWR

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.

Seasons of Wildlife at Hagerman NWR

 Click for more on the seasons of wildlife at the Refuge, 

Slide Show Photo Credits

Photos are selected entries from the 2017 HNWR Nature Photography Contest

Liftoff, by Alan Daniel

Sunrise Song, by Jeff Gladden

Encounter with Wildlife, by Carl Hill

Showing My Colors, by Mike Sweatt

Friends of Hagerman
6465 Refuge Road
Sherman, TX 75092
(903) 786-2826