National Wildlife Refuge Week

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Date(s) - 10/11/2023 - 10/14/2023
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge


Wednesday, October 11 is dedicated to the Friends of Necedah NWR. Any Friends’ members, their guests, or anyone considering joining is invited to gather at the Visitor Center at 11:30 for a brief social time and lunch, to be provided by the Friends. At 1:00, author, photographer, and educator Joe Riederer will share his love of wildlife through award-winning photography and stories.

The offerings on Thursday, Oct. 12 are geared toward senior citizens. The day is co-sponsored by Necedah NWR and Adams County ADRC. Seniors from any surrounding county are invited to attend the presentation, lunch, and landscape bus tour. Attendees must register by contacting Donna Richards at 608-339-4251.

The event starts at 11:00 with a presentation by refuge biologist Angie Diedrickson. Her topic is Winter is Coming and will cover how Blandings Turtles, Black-capped chickadees, and porcupines survive through a Wisconsin winter. Lunch will be served immediately following the presentation, and the bus tour will begin at 1:00.

On Friday morning, October 13, Joe Riederer will be back to lead a photography workshop from 9:30-11:30. Participants will use their phones or other cameras to photograph small objects from nature using a lightbox – professional shooting tent. Joe will share other photography techniques as well.

Riederer is the Friends of Necedah NWR Artist of the Month during October. Framed images will be on display all month and available for purchase. Smaller works, cards, and books will be available Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of refuge week when guests have a chance to meet him and ask questions.

Saturday, Oct. 14 is Family Day. The refuge blue goose mascot will be on hand from 9-11:00, welcoming guests and directing them to the 11:00 Interactive workshop – Laughing with the Animals by David Stokes. It is geared toward children of all ages and their parents. David brings live animals, objects from nature, and a great sense of humor. Weather permitting this event will take place at the Outdoor Classroom.

Families can also go on self-guided hikes, enjoy the visitor center interactive displays, play wildlife bingo, and check out the gathering of migratory birds from the observation tower and bird feeder areas. Photo contest entries will be on display in the Visitor Center. Guests are invited to vote for their favorites.

A light lunch will be available from Noon – 12:45. Donations are appreciated.

In the afternoon, Brad Strobel, Wildlife Biologist will give a presentation on beavers and their impact at the refuge. There will be time for questions and answers at the end.

Please register for the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday events by calling 608-565-2551.