Early Bird Guided Walk Saturday, May 12, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Master Naturalist Jack Chiles will lead the Early Bird walk for May, weather permitting. Meet at the Visitor Center. Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Return in time for the Second Saturday program. Second Saturday – Trees Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Our speaker, Dr. George Diggs’s areas of work are with plants and trees of Texas, the relationship between human and plant evolution, and evolution in extreme environments. Dr. Diggs is Research Associate of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) in Fort Worth. In 1999 he was named Texas “Professor of the Year” by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. In 2000, Diggs was awarded the Donovan Stewart Correll Memorial Award for Scientific Writing by the Native Plant Society of Texas for his book Shinners & Mahlers Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas. In 2006, Diggs and coauthors were awarded the Donovan Stewart Correll Memorial Award for Scientific Writing by the Native Plant Society of Texas for their book “Illustrated Flora of East Texas, Volume One” Dr. Diggs will focus on trees of Texas in the free nature presentation, open to the public, no reservations necessary. Second Saturday programs are suitable for age 12 adult.
Mother’s Day in the Garden, Sunday, May 13, 2017, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Families are invited to bring Mom out to HNWR for a stroll through the Butterfly Garden. Garden docents will be on hand to help you learn about the native Texas plants and visiting butterflies, or you can just enjoy the beauty: perfect for making memories and taking photos! Light refreshments will be served. Free, no reservations needed. Come and go or come and stay. The Refuge Rocks For Ages 4 16, Saturday, May 19, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Let’s Go Fishing! For Youth Ages 4-16. Free and we provide poles and bait or you may bring your own. Come and fish our pond first pond on the right on Refuge Road…look for the sign. We will also have some fishy craft fun! Event will be cancelled in case of rain. Parent or other responsible adult must accompany children. Bring a container to carry your catch home. Sturdy shoes, hats, sunscreen and insect repellent recommended, as well as lawn chairs or blankets. You may bring a picnic lunch and non-alcoholic beverages, no glass containers please! No advance registration needed for this event. FOH Nature Photography Club, Saturday, May 19, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Ron and Sharlott Hasty will present “Adding Motion + Emotion to Photos” for the May program. Wildflower Tour Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Brenda Loveless will lead a wildflower tour at Hagerman NWR on Saturday, May 26.
Meet at the Visitor Center by 9:45 am. Register online to ride in the refuge van (limited to the first 10 to register), or you may caravan along. Brenda knows the best spots to see and photograph the various spring bloomers! Free. Families are welcome but no children under age 8 in the van. Event will be postponed in case of rain. Free Tram Tours, Saturdays & Sundays Take a guided tour of the refuge with an expert birder aboard the open air, all-electric Carlos and Eulalia Cardinal Express! Enjoy a trip along Wildlife Drive and some of the Pad roads at the Refuge, with frequent stops to view and photograph wildlife, especially birds. Learn about the history of the town of Hagerman and the operation of the refuge. This 60-90 minute guided tour is offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m., weather permitting. Seating space is limited; please call to reserve your seat: 903-7862826 between 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday or from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Please speak to a volunteer when making or cancelling a reservation as volunteers are unable to access messages on the Refuge phone system. Tours are recommended for ages six – adult and are free of charge; however, donations to the tram maintenance fund are appreciated. For more information about Hagerman National Wildlife, visit their website at: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hagerman/. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is located at 6465 Refuge Road in Sherman, Texas.