About Hagerman NWR
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Refuge Established in 1946

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge lies on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma, on the Red River between Oklahoma and Texas. Established in 1946, the Refuge includes 3,000 acres of marsh and water and 8,000 acres of upland and farmland. During fall, winter, and spring, the marshes and waters are in constant use by migrating and wintering waterfowl. 

Hagerman NWR turns 72 years old in February, 2018.  Congratulations to those who had the foresight to set aside this habitat for wildlife and to all who have worked to preserve and improve programs for the conservation of migratory waterfowl.

HNWR Visitor Center Dedicated September, 2011

On September 8, 2011, the Grand Opening was held for the new Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center.  (Photo by Tami Howard)

In March 2012 the Refuge staff learned that the new building was awarded the Silver LEED Certification.  More than 20 different design aspects helped reach this level of certification.  To learn more click here.

Pollinator Habitat Restoration Project Underway

What are the best land management practices for restoring pollinators in the Cross Timbers region of Texas and Oklahoma? Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Oklahoma State University hope to find answers to this question through a research project currently underway at various locations in the region, including HNWR.  Plats on the refuge were selected to undergo prescribed burns with or without wildflower seeding.  The prescribed burns took place on three plats in January.  Two of the burned plats will not be seeded.  In April, drilled wildflower and milkweed seeding was completed on Bennett Hill, one of the 5-acre burned plats, by Native American Seed. An additional plat will serve as the control during the two year comparison, as researchers evaluate the effect of these habitat management techniques on plant-pollinator communities.

Over 75% of all flowering plants are pollinated by hummingbirds, bats, bees, beetles, butterflies, and flies .  A recent study by the National Academy of Sciences found declines in some wild pollinator populations.  The main threats facing pollinators are habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation (https://www.fws.gov/pollinators/).  (Article by Jean Flick)

 

Federal Duck Stamps
Federal Duck Stamps are a vital tool for wetlands conservation.  Ninety-eight cents of every dollar generated by sales of Federal Duck Stamps goes to purchase or lease habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System.  In addition to serving as a hunting license and conservation tool, a current year's Federal Duck Stamp also serves as an entrance pass for National Wildlife Refuges where admission is normally charged.  Duck stamps and products bearing duck stamp images are popular collector items.
 
A special traveling exhibit  of winning entries in the 2016 Jr. Federal Duck Stamp competition was on display at Hagerman NWR April 30 - May 7, 2017; we hope to host this exhibit annually.
 
Both Federal Duck Stamps ($25) and Junior Duck Stamps ($5) are sold in many post offices across the country. You can also buy both stamps on the internet, and many sporting goods and outdoor stores sell the Federal Duck Stamps. 
 
Buy your new Federal Duck Stamps and Junior Duck Stamps online now! 
 

 

History of the town of Hagerman, Texas

Many visitors to the Refuge are interested in the history of the town of Hagerman, which was displaced when Lake Texoma was built.  Please click History of Hagerman to read an article written by a descendant of one of the town "fathers".

Click Hagerman to read an article by Donna Hunt, that was published in July, 2012, in the Herald Democrat.

Several blog posts relating stories of life at Hagerman, Texas have been written also:

Hagerman Remembered              Leaving Hagerman               Story Behind a Name

Hagerman Cemetery is located on Hagerman Road, north of the Visitor Center.  The cemetery was on high ground and was not relocated when Lake Texoma was built.  Click  for a photo essay showing grave markers of those born before 1900 who are buried in the Hagerman Cemetery. 

Coming in JUNE
Activities
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
The Refuge Office and Visitor Center at Hagerman NWR will be closed on Wed., July 4, 2018. Regular hours resume July 5. Refuge lands are open daily from sunrise to sunset.

July 7, 2018 at 12:00pm
Garden Docents meet monthly to train fro identifying butterflies and native Texas plants, as well as plan for tours and other garden events. the program for July will be the...

July 14, 2018 at 10:00am
According to National Geographic, the prehistoric-looking alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in North America and among the largest in the world. With...

July 21, 2018 at 10:00am
Bugging Out! Free nature activity program - learn bug facts, hear a bug story, make a bug craft! Please register each child separately; parents or other adult are asked to...

July 21, 2018 at 10:00am
Bugging Out! A bug is a certain type of insect. Some examples you might be familiar with are the box elder bug, milkweed bug, assassin bug, and stink bug. Learn some bug...

July 21, 2018 at 1:00pm
Chris Jackson, the owner of the web site Urban Wildlife will be our speaker for the July meeting. The presentation will be about places in the DFW Metroplex 10-county area...

July 28, 2018 at 10:00am
Walt's next workshop will focus on wildflowers, with a morning of sketching and afternoon spent with watercolors. See instructor bio, attached; supply list will be emailed to...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Calling all photographers! Time to enter the 9th annual contest! See the rules and entry form for details and good luck. Note - 4 pm August 31 is the deadline!

August 2, 2018 at 10:00am
Program TBA for this meeting. Docents meet monthly to train to identify butterflies, native Texas plants and the plant-insect connection, and to plan for tours and other...

August 11, 2018 at 10:00am
Dr. Bryon Clark will be back to speak about Bats, our only flying mammal. Despite a reputation for "creepiness", bats are known as the farmers' friend, consuming millions of...

August 18, 2018 at 10:00am
Raccoons Rock!! What animal is an expert thief and wears a mask as a disguise? If you guessed raccoon, you’re right Raccoons are so smart they have been able to have adapt to...

August 18, 2018 at 10:00am
Raccoons Rock! Raccoons are very smart and have adapted to many different habitats, from country side to cities. How do they do that? Learn about these cute but pesky...

Activities
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
The Refuge Office and Visitor Center at Hagerman NWR will be closed on Wed., July 4, 2018. Regular hours resume July 5. Refuge lands are open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Calling all photographers! Time to enter the 9th annual contest! See the rules and entry form for details and good luck. Note - 4 pm August 31 is the deadline!

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