Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The festivities will showcase the new facilities and visitor services at Conboy Lake Refuge. A variety of activities will be offered, including guided nature walks, hayrides, Whitcomb-Cole Hewn Log House historian talks and displays from the Glenwood School students and partners of the refuge.
Cake and refreshments will be provided.
Guided nature walks will depart at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The 10 a.m. walk will be an easy 2.5 mile, 2-hour walk to the Willard Springs. The 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. walks will be an easy half-mile walk around the Cold Springs Dike and will last 45 minutes.
Hayrides will depart at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The rides will take 45 minutes and tour closed areas of the refuge. All participants for the guided nature walks and hayrides should meet at the headquarters parking lot 10 minutes prior to departure.
Many refuges will host special Refuge Week events in and around the week of Oct. 9 through 15 to celebrate America's wildlife heritage.
Since Theodore Roosevelt established the first National Wildlife Refuge in 1903, the Refuge System has become the world's premier habitat conservation system, encompassing 553 refuges.
Conboy Lake Refuge was established in 1964 to provide habitat for migratory birds. The refuge consists of 6,500 acres of the Camas Prairie and forests in the heart of the Glenwood Valley near Mount Adams. Over 200 species of wildlife can be found on the refuge.