EDUCATION: More guided hikes added to Nisqually refuge schedule

Staff reportMay 25, 2014 

Several new hikes have been added to the June schedule of events at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

“We have made a few changes to the guided walks schedule for June, including adding a few more walks into the mix,” said refuge ranger Michael Schramm.

The walks take place on the refuge’s trails, considered beginner level because they are smooth with no elevation. Participants should plan on wearing comfortable shoes and should dress for the weather. They can bring binoculars or check them out from the visitor center.

The walks are free, but the refuge entrance fee is $3 for four adults.

For more information, call the refuge at 360-753-9467.

Here is the updated June schedule:

June 1

Modern Bird Family: 10-11:30 a.m. Join Nathanael Swecker for a bird walk that will give you a new perspective on birds and their families. Meet at the landing overlooking the pond at the visitor center.

June 7

Birds of a Feather: 8:30 a.m.-noon. You might have the chance to see a peregrine falcon or hear a woodpecker. Experienced birder David Richardson will lead this walk. Meet at the pond overlook.

It’s in Your Nature: 1-2:30 p.m. Take in the bird songs and sightings, and flowering native plants found on the refuge during spring. Learn about the variety of natural wonders during a walk around the Twin Barns Loop Trail with naturalist Juni Greenough. Meet in the visitor center.

June 8

Modern Bird Family: 10-11:30 a.m. Swecker will lead this bird walk. Meet at the landing overlooking the pond at the visitor center.

The Nisqually and Medicine Creek-Where Nature, Culture and History Converge: 1-2:30 p.m. Explore how the Nisqually people came to the Nisqually River Delta, how their lives changed with the settlement by Europeans and also learn about the events surrounding the signing of the Medicine Creek Treaty. Lynn Corliss leads this walk. Meet at the flagpole.

June 14

Birds of a Feather: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Experienced birder Eric Slagle will lead this walk. Meet at the pond overlook.

June 15

The Magical Forest: 1:30-3 p.m. This family-friendly walk explores the relationships between plants, animals and other organisms, and is meant to foster a sense of value for nature and a desire to protect it. Meet at the visitor center.

June 21

It’s in Your Nature: 10 a.m.-noon. Naturalists Art Pavey, Jan Kramer and Cheri Greenwood will lead this nature walk. Meet in the visitor center.

The Magical Forest: 1:30-3 p.m. Meet at the visitor center.

June 28

It’s in Your Nature: 9:30 a.m.-noon. Join this walk led by naturalist Susan Wineke. Meet in the visitor center.

June 29

Modern Bird Family: 10-11:30 a.m. Swecker will lead this bird walk. Meet at the landing overlooking the pond at the visitor center.

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