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Red River National Wildlife Refuge International Migratory Bird Day Celebration on Saturday, May 12

May 10, 2012 5:35 PM

Join Friends of Red River NWR on Saturday, May 12, as the Red River National Wildlife Refuge celebrates the 20th anniversary of International Migratory Bird Day. This year's theme is "Connecting People to Bird Conservation."

The event is free and the public is invited. A free breakfast bar will be available from 8:00-10:00 a.m. Hot dogs and beverages will be available for purchase from 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Our celebration this year will include canoeing and kayaking on Lake   Caroline, sponsored by the Bayou Chapter of the Ozark Society. Canoes   and kayaks and life jackets will be provided as well as basic instructions. All ages are   welcome.

Birding   by boat is fun and a great way to see birds.  Birds will often allow  an  observer in a stationary or slow-moving boat to get much closer to  them  than a birder on foot or in a car.

Other  activities include a bird walk, refuge tours by cart, bird-related  games and activities, face painting, and a slideshow presentation in the  Environmental Education Center on 20 ways you can help birds. 


8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - Nature Store open. Recent additions to our popular finger puppets include firefly, bat, and Monarch butterfly.

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. - Bird walk. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome. Come early to check out loaner binoculars in the Nature Store.

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. - Refuge tours by cart

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. - Canoeing & kayaking on Lake Caroline

Refuge trails and outdoor areas are open during daylight hours.

Volunteers requested:  We need a volunteer for one two-hour shift to drive a 10-passenger cart to shuttle people between the Visitor Center and the canoeing site. We can also use additional volunteers to help with activities throughout the day.

If you can help, please contact Nancy Menasco at or 868-3255.

Directions to the Headquarters Unit & Visitor Center:

From the intersection of US 71 (Barksdale Boulevard) and Jimmie Davis  Highway (LA 511) in Bossier City, go south about one-half mile on US 71  and turn right (west) on Sunflower Road. Proceed to the end of the road  through the gate. Follow the main gravel road not quite one-half mile, bearing left at the fork in the road to the new Visitor Center.

The  Refuge Headquarters has a new address: 150 Eagle Bend Point, Bossier   City, LA 71112. Until the Teague Parkway extension is completed, access   to the Refuge and the Visitor Center will continue to be from the Sunflower   Road entrance. To find us using GPS or online maps, use the old address of 555 Sunflower Road. When the parkway is completed, the Refuge will have a  dedicated exit from the parkway.

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