August 2017 Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge activities
By Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife
Aug 9, 2017
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Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge 8th Annual Photography Contest

Entries will be accepted from August 1, 2017 through 4:00 p.m., Aug 31, 2017

In order to increase awareness and appreciation of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, the Friends of Hagerman NWR is sponsoring a photography contest. Ribbons will be awarded for First, Second, and Third place in each of four categories in 2 divisions. In addition, a cash prize will be awarded for First Place in each category and the single photo judged as “Best of Show”. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges, who will review the submitted photos without reference to entrant name. Winners’ photographs will be displayed at the Refuge Visitor Center, and published on the Friends of Hagerman web site. For more information, contact


Garden Work Day

Wednesdays throughout the growing season: August 9, 16 at 8:00 – 10:00am

Love to garden?  Enjoy spending time beautifying the butterfly garden at HNWR as part of a team that meets on Wednesday mornings through the growing season, weather permitting, for two hours.  The team is organized on a come-when-you-can basis. Gardeners provide their own tool; snacks and water are provided for them. Gardeners get to take home extra plants!  For more information, contact



Second Saturday – Shorebirds

Saturday, August 12, 2017, 10:00am – 11:30am

Every spring and fall shorebirds - plovers, stilts, avocets, sandpipers, phalaropes and more - swoop through Hagerman NWR on their semiannual migration. Learn more about their life cycle, where they nest, where they winter, plus a look at the many species that can be seen here. Speaker for this topic will be Dr. Wayne Meyer, ornithologist and Associate Professor of Biology at Austin College.


PLARN Demonstration

Saturday, August 12, 2017, 11:30am – 12:30pm

What the heck is PLARN? Come for the shorebirds, and stay to find out!  Kelly Simpson will show you at this free demo, making bags, mats and more with yarn made from plastic grocery store bags.



Free Tram Tours, Saturdays & Sundays

Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm, Recommended for adults and children 6 years old and over.

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 pm, weather permitting.  Seating space is limited; please call to reserve your seat: 903-786-2826 between 9am-4 pm Monday thru Saturday or from 1pm to 5 pm 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 free of charge; however, donations to the tram maintenance fund are appreciated.