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Second Saturday - Painted Buntings Vocally Agressive?
Saturday, June 8, 2019, 10:00am – 11:30am
The Painted Bunting is a very unusual bird. It is the smallest species that retains female-like plumage into the second year, when males are old enough to breed. Since small birds typically only live a few years, why can Painted Buntings keep female-like plumage, which seems to be less likely to attract a mate than the mature male plumage? What, if any, advantage do subadult Painted Buntings gain from retaining this plumage? Wayne Meyer will report on his research at Hagerman NWR which has been trying to answer these questions. The answers are surprising. Come hear about the research and pose the next great question to be investigated. Perhaps your input will help move this project forward in a new direction.

Wayne Meyer is Associate Professor and Chair of the Biology department at Austin College, where he has been teaching for 26 years. He started birding at 13 in Connecticut. In 1993 he finally achieved his life’s dream of being paid to look at birds when he joined the faculty of Austin College. He has birded both coasts of the U.S. extensively and now has spent a quarter century birding in Texas and Oklahoma. The proximity of Austin College to Hagerman NWR has made research on prairie birds easy and convenient and he has been studying song learning and singing in Painted Buntings for over a decade. Meyer is also a sought after speaker for Master Naturalist groups and a frequent speaker at the Friends of Hagerman NWR second Saturday programs.

Photo Credit: Donna Niemann
Location:
Hagerman NWR
6465 Refuge Rd
Sherman, TX 75092
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Contact:
Friends of Hagerman
(903) 786-2826
Tram Tours

All aboard the all-electric Carlos and Eulalia Cardinal Express for a 60 – 90 minute tour along Wildlife Drive at the Refuge. Enjoy learning about the history of the displaced town of Hagerman while watching for wildlife.  Lots of stops for bird-watching and photography.  Free (donations accepted). Guided tours are offered at 2:00PM on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting.  Seating is limited: please call (903)786-2826 between 9:00AM  and 4:00PM, Mon-Sat, for reservations  Standbys are accepted if space permits.  Tours are recommended for age 6-adult.

 

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