Activities at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
By Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
Jul 8, 2019
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Outdoor Crew: Saturday, July 27

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!

Butterfly Docent Meeting, Thursday, July 11, at 10:00 a.m.

Do you love butterflies and native plants?  Do you enjoy being outdoors and meeting new people?  If so, then consider joining a group of volunteers who serve as docents in the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.  A meeting for new and returning docents will be held at the refuge Visitor Center.  Contact the for more information.

Second Saturday:  American Paddlefish and Alligator Gar
Saturday, July 13, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Biologists Sarah Spangler and Krissy Sardina from the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery will be presenting on the ecology, history, and status of the American paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) and alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) in the United States, focusing on their roles as fish biologists in the conservation of the two species.

Sarah Spangler is a fish biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service stationed out of Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. She grew up exploring the spring fed streams of Missouri and Northwest Arkansas, which led to a passion of the natural world and the pursuance of a degree in Wildlife Biology. After exploring different careers, which included working as a marine mammal observer in Oregon and an electrofishing crew member in Virginia, she decided to pursue a master’s degree from Missouri State University in 2016. During her graduate studies she partnered with Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery, studying the ecology of hatchling alligator snapping turtles. Since her graduation, she has begun working full-time at Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery as a biologist, where she has the privilege of working with several threatened and endangered species, such as the American paddlefish, alligator snapping turtle, and Arkansas River shiner.

Krissy Sardina is a Fisheries Biologist at Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery where she works with species such as American paddlefish, alligator gar, channel catfish, and alligator snapping turtles. She earned her B.S. in Biology from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2016 and her M.S. in Biology at Missouri State University in 2019 with research conducted on head-starting practices of alligator snapping turtles.  Originally from southwest Florida, Krissy developed her passion for aquatic biology and conservation through her early explorations of coastal ecosystems and cypress swamps.

The Refuge Rocks: Fireflies Light Up the Night, For Ages 4-6 and 7-10
Saturday, July 20, 10:00-11:30am, Free

Have you ever spotted a firefly sparkling on a warm summer night?  You may have seen fireflies glowing in the trees and bushes and maybe even caught one. There’s something magical about fireflies. They twinkle and dance like green stars on warm summer nights, turning our meadows, forest edges, and back yards into fairylands.  Come out to the refuge and learn what makes these enchanting creatures light up the night and how we can continue to protect their precious habitat.  We’ll introduce you to the amazing world of fireflies as we play games, make firefly crafts, and participate in fun activities.  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

Nature Photo Club Meeting:  Saturday, July 20 at 1:00 p.m.
Topic TBA.  All are welcome.

Bluestem Master Naturalist Open Enrollment until July 31

If you enjoy nature and would like to help others learn about our earth and why we need to work toward preserving our planet, consider becoming a Master Naturalist. A program for new trainees begins in August. The cost of $100 includes all training classes, the TMN curriculum book and 2019 dues. For more information, email Cathy Van Bebber at

Tram Tours

All Carlos and Eulalia Cardinal Express tram tours are cancelled until further notice due to flooding.  However, reservations are tentatively being accepted for future months.