Featherless Flyer, May, 2019
Friday, May 3, 2019 at 3:15pm

In this edition:

Learn about the history of the Master Naturalist Program, and how you can join them
Not Again:  learn the status of the current flooding
The butterfly census by Laurie Sheppard is back, with a list of the plants blooming now
Coneflower, by Jean Flick, is the Plant of the Month

Your mother will love our Butterfly Walk on Mother's Day, check out the event sheet on page 8 with details of everything going on!
Featherless Flyer, April 2019
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 1:17pm

 In this edition:

The Friends of Hagerman were selected as the 2018 Southwest Region Friends of the Year.  Read all about it!
Hagerman NWR is hosting a volunteer fair--find out how you can get involved.
Enjoy two feature articles: Prairie Spiderwort and and article about Firewood and Foraging--both by Laurie Sheppard.
We say goodbye to Gayle Ellis as she retires after over 33 years of service.
Check out the results of the most recent bird survey and print out the schedule of activities for the month. 
Featherless Flyer, March 2019
Friday, March 1, 2019 at 2:20am

Enjoy our Feature Article about the Hawks at Hagerman and how to identify them.  Read the update about the pair of bald eagles at Hagerman NWR,  and the Bluebird Adopt-A-Nesbox program's kickoff for the season.  Print out the schedule of activities for March--and special activities for Spring Break!

Featherless Flyer, February, 2019
Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 3:18pm

In this issue:

Find out how the government shutdown affected the refuge, and what is being done to recover from recent flooding.  Read about Lowe's Heroes, and how they helped spruce up a hiking trail, and check out the results of the recent bird census.  Print out event details for February.  There is a lot going on!

Featherless Flyer, January, 2019
Monday, December 31, 2018 at 3:22pm
In this edition:
Find out how the government shutdown affects the refuge.
Read about the accomplishments of the most recent Bluestem Master Naturalist class.
Chec out the PRINTABLE EVENT SHEET with details about our Second Saturday presentations, programs for children, volunteer opportunities and more!  
Learn about the birds and wildlife that can be found on the refuge in our Birding with Jack section.
Featherless Flyer, December 2018
Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2:14pm

Read about the many different types of Blackbirds in our area and help us welcome the new work campers!  Also, did you know that our very common Eastern redcedar is really a nickname for our native Juniper Tree?  Enjoy these articles, plenty of wonderful pictures and more--and don't miss the printable event sheet and bird survey on the last page!

Click Here for the December Featherless Flyer

Downloadable Article: Blackbirds Whirling in the Sky by Renny Gehman

Featherless Flyer, November 2018
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 8:49pm

 In this month's edition: read about the geese heading to the refuge in the thousands! Here we go again: Learn how the current flooding of Lake Texoma compares with past floods, and mark your calendar with all of the events from our printable event sheet.

Click Here for the Featherless Flyer November 2018

Featherless Flyer, October 2018
Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 4:16pm

 *Special Edition* with information about the Monarch Butterflies and American White Pelicans migrating through the refuge in October!  Also--find out about the Refuge Roundup on October 13th and High on the Hawg on November 3rd!  Find out what the refuge staff has been up to and read about the plant of the month: Frostweed. 

Click here for the October 2018 Featherless Flyer

Featherless Flyer, September, 2018
Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 1:59pm

Meet one of the refuge's most generous benefactors: Carlos Araoz, and learn about his latest donation.  Also--the Bluebird Adopt-A-Nestbox results are in, and the numbers are up!

Featherless Flyer, August 2018
Monday, July 30, 2018 at 7:04pm

Check out our new look and PRINTABLE Event Sheet and Bird List!  Also this month, meet the newly hired maintenance worker: Caleb Derrick and our volunteer of the month: Bonnie Baker.  

Featherless Flyer, July 2018
Monday, July 2, 2018 at 10:08am

Get the latest news and events for July, click the pdf symbol for this month's edition of the Featherless Flyer

2018 Butterfly Garden Walks
Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 7:41pm

 The Butterfly Garden docents at Hagerman NWR have announced the 2018 Garden Walk schedule.  Walks are set for the first, third and where applicable, the fifth Saturday each month, April through October. For April and May walks will be held from 10 am - Noon.  For June through September, the walks are set for 9:30 - 11:30 am. 

Walks are family friendly and offer an oppornity to learn more about native Texas plants for the North Texas area and to view visiting butterflies.  Docents can explain the plant butterfly connection and have close-focus binoculars to loan for your visit. Children may enjoy watching the Monarch metamorphosis puppet  go through the  stages of the Monarch life cycle or completing a garden journal. Be sure to bring your camera!  You may come and stay during the walk or come and go, and all is free of charge.

Walks are not held in case of rain.

Service Opportunity

Do you love spending time at Hagerman?  Are you interested in "giving back" to the Refuge?  Do you have experience with finance (treasury), program organization or presentation, retail management, volunteer recruitment, fund-raising or communications?    If so, please  contact us about joining a working committee of the Friends of Hagerman.  

Come and join a dynamic group of go-getters and support your Refuge.  You'll get way more out of the experience and the Refuge the more time  and effort you put in.

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