May activities at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
By Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
May 11, 2019
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Butterfly Garden Walks

Saturday May 18, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Enjoy a stroll through the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.  Come on your own or bring the family.  Every first, third and fifth Saturday, Garden docents will be on hand to help you identify the Texas native plants and the butterflies in the garden.  Use our close-focus butterfly binoculars to get a really CLOSE look.  Special activities for families available: scavenger hunts, meet the Metamorphosis Puppet and more. Garden walks are Come and Go or Come and Stay. The garden is free of charge and open to the public during Refuge hours.


Outdoor Crew

Tuesday, May 7 and Saturday May25

Do you enjoy working outside, mowing, sprucing up hiking trails, trimming and removing brush and general cleanup? Join the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.  The Outdoor Crew meets on the First Tuesday and Fourth Saturday of every month. Please email for details and to join our team. Scouts welcome!


Early Bird Guided Walk

Saturday, May 11 , 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Master Naturalist Jack Chiles will lead our early bird walk, weather permitting. Meet at the Visitor Center. Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Return in time for the Second Saturday program.  Free and open to the public.


Second Saturday: Cultural Diversity and Natural History of Trinidad and Tobago

Saturday, May 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Dr. David Aiello will share with the audience his experiences of doing research and traveling with students to the islands over the last decade. The talk, as evident from the title, will share aspects of both the rich cultural history of the islands, as well as the biological diversity on the islands. As part of the presentation, he’ll also touch on his collaborative research experiences working to understand population declines of the golden tree frog. The talk will largely be a visual experience as he takes the audience from the North Coast of Trinidad to the Central Mountain Range, from Nariva Swamp in the southeast to Caroni swamp and the Gulf of Paria in the west.


Dr. Aiello grew up in Oregon and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Western Oregon University, earned his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, AL, and completed a postdoc in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA where he had a postdoctoral fellowship with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. His primary research focus uses the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae (budding yeast) to explore fundamental processes in cellular and molecular biology. He maintains an active research lab of eight undergraduate students that have, each of the last several years, won multiple awards for presentation of their research off-campus at different professional conferences. He is additionally the President-elect of the Texas Genetics Society and has served on the TGS Board of the Directors for the last two years. He is in his 9th year at Austin College, and his primary teaching responsibilities include freshmen Cell Biology, Genetics, and two upper division Molecular Biology courses that focus on either chromosome structure/function or the mechanisms of gene expression (depending on the class).


Special Mother’s Day Butterfly Garden Walk

Sunday, May 12, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Take Mom on a stroll through the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.  Bring the family: Garden Docents will be on hand to help identify the Texas native plants and the butterflies in the garden, and the kids will enjoy a craft.  Garden walks are Come and Go or Come and Stay. The garden is free of charge and open to the public during Refuge hours.


Refuge Rocks Ages 4-6 and 7-10:  Saving Them All – One Species at a Time

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Has your child ever asked questions about endangered species?  Friday, May 17th is National Endangered Species Day.  Since our Refuge Rocks program falls on the day after this special day, we will be taking this opportunity to learn about endangered species and the actions we can take to help protect them.  We’ll focus on many endangered species and especially those that make Hagerman NWR home.  Come join us on May 18 for a free class to recognize this special day with lots of fun!  Note: we’ll have two classes for the separate age groups to provide age appropriate activities.  To sign up - call the refuge at (903) 786-2826 or visit 


Secrets of Wild Bird Photography with Brian Loflin

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Brian Loflin, a highly regarded Photographer, Biologist and Author will present a seminar and hands-on workshop demonstrating how to make outstanding images of wild birds in their habitat.

During the session, Brian will demonstrate the equipment and techniques of successful wild bird photography, including:

- obtaining accurate exposures of birds
- achieving accurate focus
- creating tack sharp images
- managing light
- modifying bad light
- using a tripod
- techniques for long lenses
- managing the background
- capturing birds in flight

After the hour-long presentation, participants are welcome to set up their own equipment for a hands-on, practical exercise photographing a wild bird model.

We are charging a nominal fee of $20 per person for this workshop to defray the speaker's travel expenses. Please register in advance. Space is limited.  For more information contact: Friends of Hagerman Nature Photo Club


Tram Tours

All aboard the all-electric Carlos and Eulalia Cardinal Express for a 60 - 90 minute tour along Wildlife Drive at the Refuge.  Free (donations accepted). Guided tours offered  at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting.  Seating is limited, please call (903)786-2826 for reservations.  Standbys are accepted if space permits.  Tours are recommended for age 6 - adult.