Autumn 2016 Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Calendar of Events

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To connect you and your family with nature, many activities, programs, and special events are planned this year. But remember that anytime is a good time to visit the Refuge, which is open every day from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset in designated areas! The Visitor Center is open daily year round from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visit the refuge’s website at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Prime_Hook/ or call the refuge office at (302) 684-8419 to learn more about other events and programs throughout the year.

Nature Photography Contest – Deadline is October 16!! The Friends of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Inc., is now accepting entries for their 14th Annual Nature Photography Contest, which showcases some of the best and most talented nature photography on Delmarva.  The contest is open to all photographers, including separate categories for students.  There are several categories with many chances to win awards for photographers of all ages and abilities.  Categories include the Beauty of Prime Hook, Native Flowers & Plants, Native Birds, Other Native Wildlife, and Delmarva Scenery.  Photographs will be on display from October 24 to December 11 and the exhibition is kicked off with an opening reception for the artists and the general public on October 23.  Viewers decide the “People’s Choice Award,” which will be presented at the conclusion of the exhibition.  For a full and complete listing of the contest rules, please go to www.friendsofprimehook.com or visit the refuge office.

Sunday, October 9 – Saturday, October 15 – National Wildlife Refuge Week – Come to the refuge this week to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge week.  Please enjoy our fee free refuge and the programs that will be offered during the week. Stop by the visitor center to get more information on trails, fishing, and bird watching opportunities on the refuge.

Wednesday, October 12 – Nature Through a Lens – Photographing the Hook8:00 a.m.  Enhance your photography skills and gain a better appreciation for how nature changes through the seasons in this program!  Participants will select a location on the refuge and photograph plants, wildlife, and landscapes every month.  Take this opportunity to learn new skills and share your enthusiasm for nature photography with others!  Bring your own camera or borrow one of ours! Limited to 10 people max. Meet in the refuge auditorium. Pre-registration is required, so please call the refuge office at 302-684-8419 or email[email protected] to get on the list.

Thursday, October 13 – An Evening at the Hook Lecture Series - Nature’s Temples: Biodiversity and Old-Growth Forests – 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Please join Dr. Joan Maloof, the Founder and Director of the nonprofit organization Old-Growth Forest Network, for tonight’s lecture. Her organization has created a network of forests across the US that will remain forever unlogged and open to the public. In her presentation she will discuss what remains of these never-logged forests and what makes them so special – including the latest scientific findings. She will also discuss the successful expansion of the Old-Growth Forest Network – an organization formed to ensure that each county in the US capable of supporting forest growth will preserve at least one forest open to the public. We welcome you to join in this discussion of special forests and how they might be saved for the next generation. The lecture is free, open to the public, and fun for the entire family. Join us before the lecture at 6:30pm for light refreshments.

Saturday, October 15- Mushroom Walk – 10:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m. Join us on a nature hike along some of the trails through the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.  Led by an experienced naturalist, the group will examine the mushrooms found along the trail. The outing is well suited for the whole family; please do not, however, bring family pets on the walk.  Meet at the refuge office.

Sunday, October 16 – Birding Field Trip – 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. - Led by volunteer birding guides, beginner and experienced bird watchers will enjoy observing and learning about the bird species frequenting the refuge at this time of year.  Visitors should come prepared for the weather and expect to walk up to a mile. Visitors should bring binoculars, a field guide, and/or spotting scope (the leader will have spotting scopes also). Binoculars will be available to borrow. Visitors should meet at the refuge office. In case of light rain, a trip will still go, but will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain. Trips are free, open to the public, and last approximately three hours. Pre-registration is now required, so please call the office at 302-684-8419 to get on the list (max of 15).

Sunday, October 16 – Submission Deadline for the 2016 Nature Photography ContestPhotographs must be mailed or hand-delivered to the Refuge Office on or before October 16, 2016.  Submitted photographs will be judged by professional photographers during the week of October 17, 2016. The entry fee is $5 per photograph or 6 for $25 and must be included with the submitted photographs.  Student entries are free.  Please make all checks payable to the Friends of Prime Hook N.W.R. The Refuge address is 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton, DE 19968 (off Broadkill Road).  The Visitor Center is open daily year round from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 23 – Opening of Nature Photography Exhibition and Reception to Announce Contest Winners – 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Come see some of the best nature photography in the region as the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge’s Nature Photography Contest opens today with a reception and awards ceremony.  Photographs highlight the Beauty of Prime Hook, Delmarva Scenery, Native Birds, Other Native Wildlife, and Native Flowers and Plants.  Visitors to the opening ceremony and exhibition can vote on their favorite photograph as part of the “People’s Choice Award.” The photos will be on display at the refuge auditorium. Photos can now be viewed every day from 9:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. until December 11. There is no admission charge, but prepare to be wowed.  The annual contest is sponsored by the Friends of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Wednesday, November 9 – Nature Through a Lens – Photographing the Hook8:00 a.m.  Enhance your photography skills and gain a better appreciation for how nature changes through the seasons in this program!  Participants will select a location on the refuge and photograph plants, wildlife, and landscapes every month.  Take this opportunity to learn new skills and share your enthusiasm for nature photography with others!  Bring your own camera or borrow one of ours! Limited to 10 people max. Meet in the refuge auditorium. Pre-registration is required, so please call the refuge office at 302-684-8419 or email[email protected] to get on the list.

Thursday, November 10 – Birding Field Trip – 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. - Led by volunteer birding guides, beginner and experienced bird watchers will enjoy observing and learning about the bird species frequenting the refuge at this time of year.  Visitors should come prepared for the weather and expect to walk up to a mile. Visitors should bring binoculars, a field guide, and/or spotting scope (the leader will have spotting scopes also). Binoculars will be available to borrow. Visitors should meet at the refuge office. In case of light rain, a trip will still go, but will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain. Trips are free, open to the public, and last approximately three hours. Pre-registration is now required, so please call the office at 302-684-8419 to get on the list (max of 15).

Saturday, November 12 – Headquarters Lottery Deer Hunt- The public use area of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, which includes the Visitor Contact Station, will be closed all day on Saturday, November 12, 2016, due to deer hunting. Only permitted hunters will have access to the Headquarters Area. Please plan your visit accordingly.

Sunday, December 11 – Last Day to view the Nature Photography Exhibition – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Today is the last day to view some of the best nature photography in the region. Photographs highlight the Beauty of Prime Hook, Delmarva Scenery, Native Birds, Other Native Wildlife, and Native Wildflowers and Plants. Today is also the last day that visitors to the exhibition can vote on their favorite photographs as part of the “People’s Choice Award.” The photos will be on display in the refuge auditorium.  

Wednesday, December 14 – Nature Through a Lens – Photographing the Hook 8:00 a.m.  Enhance your photography skills and gain a better appreciation for how nature changes through the seasons in this program!  Participants will select a location on the refuge and photograph plants, wildlife, and landscapes every month.  Take this opportunity to learn new skills and share your enthusiasm for nature photography with others!  Bring your own camera or borrow one of ours! Limited to 10 people max. Meet in the refuge auditorium. Pre-registration is required, so please call the refuge office at 302-684-8419 or email[email protected] to get on the list.

Saturday, January 21, 2017 – Headquarters Lottery Deer Hunt- The public use area of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, which includes the Visitor Contact Station, will be closed all day on Saturday, January 21, 2017, due to deer hunting. Only permitted hunters will have access to the Headquarters Area. Please plan your visit accordingly.

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