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Friends of Hagerman NWR Nature Photography Club

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Upcoming Events

    • September 07, 2024
    • 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, Brockdale Park, 1625 Brockdale Park Road, Lucas TX 75002

    Join the Friends of Hagerman NWR Nature Photography Club for a field trip. Join us for a special photography event at the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center (BPRC) in Lucas, Texas.

    This event is limited to FOHNWR Nature Photography Club members only.


    (Please note that by clicking to register you will be taken to the BPRC's registration application.)


    - Fee is $25 per person for photo club members.

    - Registration is required to attend this event. Each person attending must register separately.

    - Registration closes on 9/6/2024.

    Blackland Prairie Raptor Center (BPRC) is hosting a special event for our photo club. BPRC’s raptor ambassadors will be on display for you to photograph. The raptors will be tethered and perched on a natural setting or platform. This will allow for more natural photos, as typically the educational raptors are tethered and perched on a person’s gloved hand. You may be able to get as close at 6’ from the raptors.

    All fees for this event go directly to BPRC to continue their conservation and rehabilitation of birds of prey. BPRC took in over 700 birds of prey in 2023! BPRC website is https://bpraptorcenter.org.

    6:30 AM Gates open. Gates to Brockdale Park will open at 6:30 AM to allow you time to park and setup your equipment. Sunrise is forecasted to be at 7:05 AM. Brockdale Park is on the edge of Lavon Lake and provides a beautiful background for photos. You are welcome to walk around the park and take photos until the event concludes.

    7:00 – 8:00 AM Raptors on display. Raptors will be on display starting at 7:00 AM for maximum one hour at various locations throughout Brockdale Park. There may be a Black Vulture, hawk, owl, American Kestrel, and/or Mississippi Kite. It is hard to predict what raptors will be available, as BPRC never forces a bird to do an event. Depends what mood the bird is in that morning!

    9:00 AM Gates close. Be sure you are finished by 9:00 AM, as the park gates will be locked.


    - No refunds for cancellations by the registrant or by the venue.

    - If the event is canceled by BPRC because of weather, the event will be rescheduled. No refunds for registrants that cannot make the new date.

    - If you register and then can no longer attend the event, please contact the event leader below.


    - You can use tripods or monopods. Do not use any type of flash for the birds.

    - The park has a large parking lot, BPRC gift shop, restrooms, and drinking fountain.

    - The park is wheelchair accessible. There is a cement sidewalk that goes all around the park.

    - Dogs are not allowed at this event.

    Photo Club Membership

    - If you are interested in becoming a member, click  https://friendsofhagerman.com/Membership.

    For questions about this field trip, contact:

    Lisa Wilkins, Event Leader

    Mobile 972-658-8544

    Email FOHphotoclub@gmail.com


    For questions about the photo club, contact:

    Lisa Wilkins, Photo Club Leader

    Email FOHphotoclub@gmail.com


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Events and activities hosted by the Friends of Hagerman are funded by donations and powered solely by volunteers.  There are no fees for admission to the refuge or parking; the refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year, drive on any road unless gated.

6465 Refuge Road

Sherman, TX 75092


Kroger: Stop by the customer service desk at Kroger and link your Kroger Card to the Friends of Hagerman: the Friends will get rewards for every dollar you spend, at no cost to you.

Please add friendsofhagerman@gmail.com to your contacts to ensure delivery of registration confirmations, account information and the Featherless Flyer

Special thanks to Nancy Miller for the amazing photo of the Visitor Center 

See you at the refuge!

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