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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 11 - 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!

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Monitoring Wildlife through Camera Trapping with Rachel Hughes
Sunday, April 28, 2019, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Have you ever wondered what native wildlife species pass through your backyard, what they are doing, or what time of day they are most active? As backyard biologists, we can find out with our own scientific investigations. Learn how Rachel Hughes answered these questions in a pilot study of mammalian wildlife along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in Gainesville, Texas. Using this study as our guide, we will explore the steps behind conducting our own camera trap wildlife monitoring, including planning and using camera trap equipment, drawing conclusions, and sharing interesting results with our community.

Rachel Hughes is the senior carnivore keeper at the Frank Buck Zoo in Gainesville, Texas, where she works with species ranging from cheetahs to alligators. She received her B.S. in Zoology from Washington State University. She is currently a graduate student with the University of Miami, which has enabled her to visit field sites around the world studying community-based conservation and inquiry-driven learning. This summer she will be conducting fieldwork and supporting citizen conservation reporters in Mongolia.

This program is free.
Location:
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
6465 Refuge Rd
Sherman, TX 75092
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Contact:
Friends of Hagerman
(903) 786-2826
friendsofhagerman.com
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 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, 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