Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge May 2022 Events

Friends of Hagerman NWR May 2022 Events

For more information on these events, please email: . All events are sponsored by the Friends of Hagerman and take place at the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center: 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092, unless otherwise noted.

Walk in the Butterfly Garden for Mother’s Day

May 8and2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Take Mom for a walk in the butterfly garden at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Garden guides will be on hand to help you identify native Texas plants and butterflies in the garden. Special activities for families available: arts and crafts, treasure hunt, meeting with the metamorphosis puppet and more. Garden walks are come and go or come and stay. The garden is free and open to the public during the opening hours of the Refuge.

Spring Festival ! May 14and Lots of activities and lots of fun for the family!

Visit for details

8:00 am Guided walk for early risers

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

10 a.m.: Second Saturday: Wildflowers with Carol Clark

This program is a visual tour of North Central Texas wildflowers throughout the blooming season. It features many old favorites and less familiar blooms. See the beautiful flowers that carpeted our region in abundance, and which we still have the chance to preserve for the future.

Carol Clark is an avid amateur botanist, Texas master naturalist, Monarch Watch conservation specialist, and longtime member of the Native Plant Society of Texas. She and her husband own and operate Clark Haven, a wildlife sanctuary and custom wildflower seed business in Cooke County. Carol has spent much of her life exploring the great outdoors. Her favorite activities are teaching about pollinators and native plants, leading discovery walks in local natural areas, and discovering and photographing interesting plants.

12:00 p.m.: Inauguration of the new education pavilion

Come celebrate this wonderful partnership achievement and join us in honoring a very special person who will forever be in our hearts.

The Friends of Hagerman and Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge proudly present the “Education Pavilion”. Join us for the grand opening of this magnificent new facility that will allow groups of children and adults to experience nature outdoors. The pavilion will be dedicated in honor of shelter volunteer Katie Palmer, who was instrumental in establishing hands-on nature programs for children at the Hagerman Hut more than a decade ago.

1 p.m.: SNAKES!

Although very often misunderstood and feared creatures, did you know that snakes play a very important role in our ecosystem? Stop at the lakeside patio at the Visitor Center to meet a local snake expert and view live specimens. Learn about the species of snakes we have in the North Texas area and the key characteristics to look for that can help determine if a snake you see in the wild is non-venomous (most of them ) or venomous. A very tame Corn Snake will be available for anyone who wishes to have a close encounter or “take a picture with a snake”.

2 p.m.: Migratory birds with intern Robert Garza

Migratory birds face many obstacles to their survival, including the impacts of light pollution which attracts and disorients birds migrating at night. Learn about this man-made threat and how YOU can help mitigate it in your home and community. The presentation will also provide information on the Eastern Bluebird, Northern Flicker, and Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

3 p.m.: Hagerman and You with Laurie Sheppard

“Everyone needs beauty as well as bread,

places to play…

where nature can heal and lift spirits

and gives strength to body and soul”

—John Muir

Come discover opportunities to learn and grow, places to find peace and solitude, and activities to strengthen your body and mind.

1:45 p.m. / 3:00 p.m. / 4:15 p.m. / 5:30 p.m.: Arts and crafts at the Education Pavilion

Build your own planetarium! Or learn to draw a bird from charcoal

1:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Tram tours and walks in the butterfly garden, without reservation

7:00 pm Dark Sky Presentation with Bryon Clark – Visitor Center

8:15 p.m. A look at the night sky

Tram tours

Enjoy a 60-90 minute tour along Wildlife Drive to the Refuge. Have fun learning about the history of the relocated town of Hagerman while spotting wildlife. Lots of stops for bird watching and photography. Free (donations accepted). Visit for reservations. Availabilities are accepted if space permits. Tours are recommended for ages 6 – adult.

The Refuge Rocks Children’s Program:

NEST BUILDERS: NATURE’S AMAZING ARCHITECTS, May 21, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Have you ever found a bird’s nest while exploring outdoors? They are absolutely amazing. What makes it even more amazing is that these little creatures do it all hands free! Bird nests can be made of twigs, grass, plants, mud, spider silk, moss, and almost any other material birds can put their beaks on. Some birds, such as eagles, build their nests high in trees to protect them from predators. Other birds build their nests on the ground or in low shrubs. There are as many types of bird nests as there are types of birds! come join us for a fun challenge…can you build a nest using natural materials like real birds do? NO GLUE OR TAPE ALLOWED!!! This “Build a Bird’s Nest” project is a fun way to test our creative building ideas and solve problems! This free program of nature activities is aimed at young people aged 5 to 10. Registration required, go to: or email:

Photo club meeting

Tips for Better Photos: Back to Basics, May 21, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. Hagerman NWR Visitor Center

We will now be able to meet in person at the Welcome Center. Many of us have probably gotten a little rusty over the past couple of years. What better way to start with our guest speaker and professional photographer – THOMAS JUDD who will be presenting “Tips for Better Photos: Back to Basics”. I hope to see everyone there.

Thomas Judd is a professional photographer based in Denton, TX. His photography journey began in the 1970s when, as a high school student, he worked on the school newspaper and yearbook as a staff photographer. He majored in photography at Southern Illinois University and graduated with a BA in 1980. Soon after, he moved to North Texas and began working professionally in the field.

In 1983 Thomas started his own photography business which he still owns and operates. Now focusing on corporate assignments, commercial photography and corporate shots. Its client list is extensive and includes many of the region’s most well-known companies.

An early adopter of digital photography methods, Thomas became interested in bird and wildlife photography in the early 2000s, and it remains a passion to this day. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada photographing rare and common species. His extensive photography archive contains over 50,000 client images and 20,000 personal project images, including several self-published photo books from his travels.

Le Petit Siet: June 4and6:00 a.m., Pad-H on the west side of Hagerman NWR

If you want to learn how to identify North Texas birds, the “Little

Sit” is the perfect way to start. Inspired by Cornell’s “Big Sit”, a group

avid birdwatchers meet once a month at the end of Pad H on the west side of Hagerman NWR.

Bird counters record the number and species of birds seen and the data

is entered into eBird each month. A “bird identifier” expert will be present at each Sit. The public is welcome to join us for the count – no experience necessary.

We meet on the first Monday or the first Saturday morning of each month, alternating days.

We start 30 minutes before sunrise watching the birds wake up and start feeding. We usually

stay outside for 3-4 hours, but you are welcome for all or part of the Little Sit.

Dates for 2022: June 4, July 4, August 6, September 6, October 1, November 7

For more information visit: or email:

Calling all gardeners: volunteers needed to help with the butterfly garden

Do you like working in the garden? Come help us plant, weed and mulch our beautiful butterfly garden. Join our team who are on duty for Wednesday morning gardening. Bring your own tools and gloves. Minimum age of 18 or 16 if accompanied by a parent/volunteer. Garden volunteers get the first dibs on the thinned plants as well as access to seeds and cuttings for propagation. Email for dates, times and details:

Outside crew

Do you enjoy working outdoors, mowing, beautifying hiking trails, trimming and clearing brush, and general cleaning? Join the outdoors team at the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. The Outdoor Crew meets on the first Tuesday and fourth Saturday of each month. Please email for more details and to join our team. Welcome Scouts!

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