Want to identify those beautiful butterflies visiting your garden this summer? You can learn names and identification tips at Second Saturday at Hagerman NWR on June 9. Butterflies of North Texas will be the topic, featuring Dale Clark, founder of the Dallas County Lepidopterists’Society. The program will begin at 10 a.m., in the Visitor Center at the Refuge, located at 6465 Refuge Road in Sherman. The weather forecast for Saturday is “sunny”, in which case the program will include a short field trip on the Refuge to identify resident butterflies, like the Fritillary, below, photographed by Karen Skogsbergh, May 2012 Photographer of the Month for the Friends of Hagerman.
Clark is the creator of Butterflies Unlimited, a butterfly farm south of Dallas. He provides over 50 species of live butterflies and moths to zoos and other exhibits throughout the country, and is the editor of the News of the Lepidopterists’ Society, the international newsletter devoted to the study of butterflies and moths.
Birding expert Jack Chiles will lead a guided nature walk on one of the Refuge trails at 8 am Saturday morning, weather permitting. To join the walk, meet at the FOH Center at the Refuge and wear sturdy shoes; insect repellent is advised. Participants may bring binoculars, cameras and field guides if desired. The walk will end in time for the Butterfly presentation.
Youngsters ages 4-10 are invited to the Second Saturday for Youth program on butterflies, also on June 9. This will be led by Katie Palmer, and will start at 10 a.m. also, ending at 11:30. Children under age 6 must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult! To assure adequate supplies for each youth, advance registration is required; call the Refuge, 903 786 2826.
All Second Saturday activities are free of charge and open to the public. In addition to programs, the Refuge offers an 11,000 acre habitat for wildlife and wildlife viewing, with five trails and extensive driving possibilities, fishing, boating and more. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma. For more information, call the Refuge or visit friendsofhagerman.com.