|Monarch, by Nancy Miller|
Here's your chance to learn the names and preferred habitat for the butterflies of North Texas, at the Second Saturday nature program at Hagerman NWR this week. Dale Clark will be the speaker on Saturday, May 10; the free presentation will begin at 10 am in the Visitor Center meeting room and will conclude with a short field trip on the Refuge, weather permitting.
|Sulphur on Gaillardia, by Emily Thomas|
Clark is the founder of the Dallas County Lepidopterists’Society and owns Butterflies Unlimited, a butterfly farm, south of Dallas. He provides over 50 species of live native Texas butterflies and moths to zoos and scientific exhibits throughout the U. S.
|Painted Bunting, by Laurie Lawler|
Early-birds are invited to join Dr. Wayne Meyer for a guided bird walk at 8 am that same morning. The walk will conclude in time for Clark’s presentation. Walkers will meet Dr. Meyer at the Visitor Center and are invited to bring binoculars or may use loaners provided by the Friends of Hagerman; participation is free of charge.
Want to share your photos, swap photo tips and hone your skills? The Nature Photography Club will meet at 12:30 pm on May 10, in the A/V Classroom, FOH Center, at the Refuge. Anyone interested in nature photography is welcome. Those attending may bring brown bag lunches; cookies and soft drinks will be available. There is no charge to visitors to the club meetings, and dues for members are nominal.
Open-air tram tours are offered at the Refuge at 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays and 10 am on Wednesdays; reservations are recommended and may be made by calling the Refuge, 903 786 2826. Tours are free; however donations to the tram fund are accepted. This is a great way to view the shorebirds gathered in the marsh area off Wildlife Drive.
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is located at 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman. Tours, walks and other outdoor activities are all offered weather permitting. For more information, see friendsofhagerman.com/Activities or call the Refuge.