Featherless Flyer, August, 2020
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 4:41pm

In This Edition:

Learn how Hagerman is preparing for the winter geese, see the master naturalist fall class schedule--how could you  limit yourself to 40 hours?  Also: hear about Jack's progress as he recovers from his devastating injury, get the details of our next Second Saturday!

Featherless Flyer, July 2020
Friday, July 3, 2020 at 5:51pm

In This Edition:

Help us say good-bye to Courtney Anderson, the beloved refuge Biologist, and welcome in the new Workampers.  Find out about the extensive barbed wire fence removal project on the refuge, and its impact on the wildlife.  Learn how to join the Bluestem Master Naturalists, and how to register for the first ever Online Second Saturday!

Featherless Flyer, June 2020
Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 11:25pm

In this edition:

See how the refuge staff has responded to the record number of visitors.  Read about the Blackfoot Daisy: The Friendliest Flower, our Plant of the Month.  Enjoy stunning photos in Birding with Jack, and find out about the new Master Naturalist classes starting this fall.

Featherless Flyer, May, 2020
Friday, May 1, 2020 at 4:21pm

In This Edition

Take a tour of one of the beautiful hiking trails at Hagerman NWR, read about the latest Eagle Scout project at the refuge--this one's in the Butterfly Garden!  Also: a piece in memoriam of a beloved volunteer.

Featherless Flyer, April 2020
Friday, April 3, 2020 at 11:28am

In This Edition:

Find out how the refuge has been affected by the flooding and the pandemic, the plant of the month is the Texas Redbud and, as always, enjoy some amazing photos in our Birding With Jack segment.
Featherless Flyer, March 2020
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:07am

In This Edition:

Check out our feature article about Eastern Bluebirds and the work the refuge has done to increase their numbers on the refuge.  Meet the refuge's new intern, Colton Baker and learn about Hagerman NWR's new intern program.  Don't miss the annual meeting March 29th at 3:00 PM!

Featherless Flyer, February 2020
Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 9:58pm

In this edition:

Enjoy our feature article about Woodpeckers at the refuge, with accompanying stunning pictures.  Read a remarkable story of motherly love between a very special vulture and his mother in "Birding with Jack", and find out what the volunteer Outdoor Crew has been up to.


Featherless Flyer, January 2020
Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 2:54pm

 In This Edition:

SPECIAL INSERT: See the beautiful photo contest winning photos!  Also learn about an insect that is thriving at the refuge--are they in your backyard, too?  Checkout the bird count and event sheet for January: Jack reported 4,000 geese!

Featherless Flyer, December 2019
Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 3:11pm

 In This Edition:

Learn about the recently opened Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Nocona Unit, and help us welcome the new work campers.  Read our Weekly On The Wing summary of the season with beautiful pictures.  Enjoy our monthly Birding with Jack section and find out what's going on in December.

Featherless Flyer, November 2019
Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 2:14pm

In This Edition:

Find out about the exciting discovery in the Butterfly Garden, an inspiring tram ride and the fun that was had as we celebrated National Refuge Week. Don't miss our Exploration of Haller’s Haven Trail and view a stunning picture of our resident eagle pair--will they build a new nest?
Featherless Flyer, October 2019
Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 8:43pm

 In This Edition:

The HIGH ON THE HAWG!! is back on October 26th!  Learn all the details and what's new this year!  October 13-19 is National Wildlife Refuge Week, and we are celebrating on October 19th with a day full of family activities, including the Blackland Prairie Raptors!!  Other activities include a Bird Walk with Jack Chiles, Butterfly Garden Walks with Garden Docents, tram rides and a Volunteer Fair!  See artist Dale Adkins at work! Check out the schedule for the whole family on Page 7

Featherless Flyer, September 2019
Monday, September 2, 2019 at 1:19pm

 In This Edition:

Enjoy our feature article about bird migration by Renny Gehman
A Refuge Update by the Refuge Manager
Up to Date Results for  Weekly On The Wing and the Bird Census
Results are in for the Adopt-A-Nestbox program, another successful year
Don't miss the Event Sheet for September
Featherless Flyer, August 2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 9:07pm

 In this edition:

The flood is over!  Find out about flood recovery efforts, and the steps being taken to prepare for the thousands of migrating geese expected to visit the refuge this fall.
The Plant of the Month is the Rockrose--Pavonia Mallow--Pavonia Lasiopetalia  
Don't miss Birding With Jack and Weekly On the Wing
The annual photography contest is taking submissions until August 31st!
Featherless Flyer, July 2019
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 3:41pm

In this edition:

Enjoy our feature article about the beautiful, abundant birds this summer: The Painted Bunting.  The butterfly garden is full of butterflies--don't miss the garden walk on July 6th!  Also: an update on the tram fundraiser efforts, and learn about our plant of the month: Red Yucca, Red Hesperaloe.   

Featherless Flyer, June 2019
Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 12:30pm

In this edition:

The Friends of Hagerman are hosting a Volunteer Fair on June 8th, 9am to 2pm
How to make the most of the refuge while the water is high
The Plant of the Month is the Blackfoot Daisy
Don't miss Birding With Jack and Weekly On the Wing
Turn your Father's Day shopping into a force for good. Shop at  and Amazon donates to Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Foundation. 


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. 
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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Nestbox Monitoring Season, 2017
Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 7:54pm

 NESTBOX Team Helping Cavity Nesters at HNWR

By Wes Crawford

The Nestbox program is a well-established volunteer activity of the FOH.  This year volunteers monitored 52 nestboxes on Harris Creek, Raasch and Meadow Pond Trails. As of this writing, 209 birds were able to fledge from our safe and monitored nestboxes.  Of the total, 139 were Eastern Bluebirds.

We usually do box repair, relocations and cleaning during the off season from September through February. Towards the end of February, nestbox monitors pair up and select the trails they prefer to monitor for the season.  The monitoring season begins in late February and ends in August. Based on scheduling, each team monitors about one time each month. Monitoring normally occurs on Wednesday or Thursday in the late morning or early afternoon.  We sometimes have to flex our day due to weather or trail conditions.  Monitors carefully open each box and note observations on the Cornell NestWatch data sheet. Some nestboxes have sponsors and a photo is taken.  Monitors will remove nests and clean the box once the chicks have fledged.  We have a volunteer who enters the data into the Cornell database for scientific monitoring and research.  Another volunteer takes the photos and prepares reports to the box sponsors.

There is nothing like the joy in seeing the royal blue male Bluebird on top of the nestbox or the female bravely huddled over her eggs or the site of the fully feathered young waiting for the que to fledge.   We had one monitor this year that was blessed by actually seeing a chick peck out of the egg.  Although our target species is Eastern Bluebirds, other species benefit from use of the nestboxes including: Carolina Wren, Bewicks Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse and Prothonotary Warbler.

This year we had 8 monitoring teams, one box sponsor reporter and one NestWatch data entry specialist. We wish to thank our team members for their help:  Dick Malnory, Ken Neuhard, Doug Skjolsvik, Steve Keller, John Brennan, Susan Knowles, Ginger Mynatt, Bert Garcia, Sue Raasch, Don Lawrence, Lydia Brandt, Cathy Van Bebber, Jim Russell, Teresa Crawford, Patricia Crain, Gene and Nancy Cushion.   We also thank our craftsman, Dick Malnory who fabricates any box panels or new boxes as needed.

If you enjoy being outdoors, care about helping wildlife and want to get to see some of the beauty at HNWR, the NESTBOX TEAM is for you. We will kick off our season in Late February with a training session and team pair up.  Join us by contacting us via the FOH website,

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