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Nisqually wildlife refuge begins weekend interpretive programs

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on April 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
April 5, 2010 12:30 pm

The staff at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge has begin a series of free interpretive programs on Saturdays and Sundays. The programs look at various aspects of the refuge, including a study of the plants and birds at the refuge, the area’s history and a look at the nation’s wildlife refuge system.

The guided walks will depart from the flag pole in front of the refuge’s visitor center, and talks will be held in the visitor center auditorium. Programs usually last one to two hours. Walking trails are smooth and level. There is no charge for programs, but there is a $3 per family refuge entrance fee.

Here are a description of the programs:

  • “Quiet Beauty: the Plants of Nisqually:” An easy hike exploring the plants of the Refuge.
  • “Take Flight: the Birds of Nisqually:” An easy hike focusing on the sights and sounds of the birds on the Refuge (beginner/intermediate level birding walk).
  • “The Wonder of Nisqually:” An easy hike exploring both flora and fauna around the Refuge.
  • “Historic Nisqually:” These walks are about the influential human history that occurred within the Refuge boundary: the controversial Medicine Creek Treaty and/or the long-standing, landscape altering farm history that started with the Brown Farm days.
  • “America’s National Wildlife Refuge System:” A presentation about the refuges across the country.

Here is the remaining schedule:

Saturday: 10 a.m., Wonder of Nisqually
Sunday: 1 p.m., Quiet Beauty
April 17: 8:30 a.m., Take Flight: the Birds of Nisqually
April 18: 10 a.m., The Wonder of Nisqually
April 24: 1 p.m., The Wonder of Nisqually
April 25: 8:30 a.m. The Wonder of Nisqually
May 8: 8:30 a.m., Take Flight: the Birds of Nisqually
May 9: 1 p.m., Quiet Beauty: the Plants of Nisqually
May 16: 10 a.m., Quiet Beauty: the Plants of Nisqually
May 22: 1 p.m., The Wonder of Nisqually
May 23: 8:30 a.m., The Wonder of Nisqually
May 29: 10 a.m., The Wonder of Nisqually
May 30: 8:30 a.m., The Wonder of Nisqually
June 5: 8:30 a.m., Take Flight: the Birds of Nisqually
June 6: 10 a.m., The Wonder of Nisqually
June 12: 1 p.m., America’s National Wildlife Refuge System
June 13: 1 p.m., Historic Nisqually: Medicine Creek Treaty
June 19: 1 p.m., Historic Nisqually: Medicine Creek Treaty
June 20: 1 p.m., America’s National Wildlife Refuge System
June 26: 10 a.m., Historic Nisqually: Medicine Creek Treaty & the Farming Days
June 27: 8:30 a.m, The Wonder of Nisqually
July 5: 1 p.m., Wonder of Nisqually
July 11: 9 a.m., Take Flight
July 12: 1 p.m., Wonder of Nisqually
July 18: 8 a.m., Take Flight
July 19: 1 p.m., Wonder of Nisqually
July 25: 10 a.m., Wonder of Nisqually
July 26: 1 p.m., Wonder of Nisqually
Aug. 1: 1 p.m. Historic Nisqually: Brown Farm Days & Medicine Creek Treaty
Aug. 2: 10 a.m., Wonder of Nisqually
Aug. 8: 8 a.m., Take Flight
Aug. 9: 10 a.m. Wonder of Nisqually
Aug. 15: 8:30 a.m., Taek flight
Aug. 16: 1 p.m. Historic Nisqually: Medicine Creek Treaty
Aug. 22: 11 a.m., Historic Nisqually: Medicine Creek Treaty
Aug. 23: 10 a.m., Wonder of Nisqually
Aug. 29: 10 a.m., Wonder of Nisqually
Aug. 30: 1 p.m., America’s National Wildlife Refuge System
Sept. 5: 8:30 a.m., Take Flight
Sept. 6: 1 p.m., America’s National Wildlife Refuge System
Sept. 12: 1 p.m., Historic Nisqually: The Farming Days
Sept. 13: 8 a.m., Introduction to Nature and Wildlife Photography
Sept. 19: 11 a.m., Historic Nisqually: Medicine Creek Treaty
Sept. 20: 1 p.m., Quiet Beauty
Sept. 26: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Nisqually Watershed Festival
Sept. 27: 1 p.m., Wonder of Niqually

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