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Snow v. Ross's Goose

Here is the answer to the MOST FAQ at HNWR this season! How you tell the difference between a Snow Goose and a Ross's Goose. The bird in the front is a Snow Goose and the one behind is a Ross's Goose. The Snow is considerably larger, and has a sloping head that blends into the beak. The beak has a black grin patch or lipstick on it's beak. Notice that the margin between the beak and the face is a curved line. The Ross's on the other hand is smaller wth a rounded head and the beak doesn't blend in to the slope of the head. It's beak is much smaller, lacks the grin patch and the margin between the beak and the face is a straight line. Hagerman NWR, by Mike Petrick

Calling All Birders

Birders and bird spotters are needed  for the Christmas Bird Count at Hagerman NWR on Saturday, December, 16.  Teams led by experienced birders will fan out for the count; some will count for one half day and some for the full day.  People who can just help spot birds are also needed!  Start at 7 am. There will be a light meal served at 5 pm by the Friends of Hagerman. Dress for the weather, there will be some walking involved as well as car/van travel, bring binoculars or borrow ours. To sign up or for more information, please use CONTACT.

Tram Tours at Refuge

Observe wildlife at Hagerman NWR aboard our open air, all-electric Carlos and Eulalia Cardinal Express Tram!  Tours are set for 2 pm each Saturday and Sunday, weather and lake level permitting. Your driver/guide points out and identifies wildlife along the Wildlife Drive during the 90-minute tour, making frequent stops for photo taking.

NOTE!! December Schedule - 2 pm tours each Saturday, Sunday, except, Dec. 24, Dec. 31. Added tour, Wed., Dec. 27, 2pm.

Tram tours are recommended for age 6 - adult. For information and to make reservations, please call the Refuge, 903 786 2826 during Nature Nook hours, 9 am - 4 pm, Tuesday - Saturday and 1 - 5 pm on Sundays. Please do not leave voicemail messages as volunteers cannot retrieve them.

Tram tours are free of charge; however,  donations are accepted for the maintenance fund.

Service dogs are allowed on the tram; no other animals are allowed.

Special tours may be arranged for groups of up to 12 individuals.  Call the Refuge and leave a contact message for the Friends, for details.


Friends Projects

Want to get involved?

Friends maintain and monitor the three Bluebird trails at the Refuge.

Friends operate the Nature Nook book and gift shop in the Visitor Center.  The Friends of Hagerman Nature Nook, offering books and gifts, is located in the Visitor Center at the Refuge; "summer" hours for the Nature Nook are 9 am -  4 pm, Tuesday - Saturday, and 1 - 5 pm Sunday. Closed on Mondays & federal holidays, April - September.   Field guides, nature-themed T's,  hats and caps, jewelry, bird houses, collectibles, activities and gifts for children, coffee mugs and more! Shown below, children's books - wonderful way to continue learning about nature after you get back home!

Friends maintain the Butterfly Garden.  Please visit the garden, across the parking lot from the Visitor Center.  See Butterfly Garden for details and how you can help! 

Friends organize Second Saturdays, The Refuge Rocks, Nature Photography Club, Spring Break Rocks at HNWR as well as volunteers for talks, activities and programs for all ages.

Volunteers are always welcome!  Just let us know your interests.


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Events » December 2017
10:00am – 11:30am
Among frog species, tremendous variation exists in reproduction and development. Dr. Michael Keck, Professor of Biology at Grayson College, will discuss the typical reproductive patterns of frogs... View Details
All Day
No program this month; watch for January, 2018 details! View Details
7:00am – 5:00pm
Annual Christmas Bird Count for the Hagerman Circle. Meet at the Visitor Center at 7 am; you will be assigned to a team. You may volunteer for half day or all day. Bring binoculars, water snacks;... View Details
8:00am – 10:00pm
the Friends of Hagerman Nature photography Club is sponsoring a group photo shoot: Shooting Geese (Cameras Only, Please!) - December 16 at 8 a.m. - Meet at the Visitor Center and dress for the... View Details
Friends of Hagerman
6465 Refuge Road
Sherman, TX 75092
(903) 786-2826