ARTHUR R. MARSHALL LOXAHATCHEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

SCHEDULED PROGRAMS        March 2020

Guided Bike Tours

Saturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8, 10:00 a.m.

Bring your bicycle and helmet and join your guide for a 6.5-mile wheeled tour. Gain perspective with an introduction to the historic dimensions of the Northern Everglades and then pedal to selected Refuge features, interesting plants and hopefully wildlife! Learn about the unique role of the Refuge and the challenges posed by exotic pest plants. Meet in the Marsh Trail parking lot.

Night Walks

Monday, March 9 & Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.

Experience the unique sights and sounds of the Everglades at night! Meet at the Visitor Center for a guided twilight tour of the Refuge. Try to arrive a little before the tour starts as a courtesy to others. Wear long-sleeved shirt, long pants, good walking shoes with closed toes and heels, and bring a jacket, water, a good flashlight and bug spray. You might also like to bring a hat. Walk is approximately 1 mile.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Family Fishing Day

Saturday, March 21, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Learn about knot-tying, fish identification, fishing ethics and conservation, casting and fishing. Fishing poles and bait are provided, or you can bring your own. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants between the ages 16 and 64 must possess a Florida Fishing License. Meet at the Visitor Center.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

F.U.N Program - Archery 101

Saturday, March 28, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Participants will learn about the history of archery, parts of a bow and arrow, and safe and proper shooting techniques. Participants must be able to lift 15 pounds. The program is geared towards families with youth ages eight and older who want to enhance their outdoor skills together. Children must be accompanied by a participating parent or guardian. Please email david_vela@fws.gov by March 25 to register.

Everglades Tram Tours

Daily, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Grab your camera and binoculars and enjoy the Refuge on an approximately 1.5 to 2-hour tram tour. The open-air tram provides a unique view into the wildlife, marshes, and cypress swamps of the Refuge. Your guide will talk about the Refuge, its birds and other wildlife, the ongoing research in the mini-Everglades impoundments of LILA, and answer all your questions in the comfort of your shaded electric tram. Meet at the Visitor Center front desk 15 minutes prior to the tour.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Twilight Tram Tour

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m.

Experience sunset over the Everglades followed by a moonlit drive on the marsh in an open-air tram. The tour lasts between 1 and 2 hours. Meet at the Visitor Center.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Secrets of the Everglades Tours

Every Thursday, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Join a volunteer naturalist who will reveal secrets about the formation of the Northern Everglades and the Refuge's current habitats, aquatic plants and animal life. Walk through wetland areas and take a look at what lies beneath the surface! Learn about Loxahatchee peat, spider lily, spatterdock and periphyton and why the once threatened American alligator now thrives at the Refuge.

Best suited for ages 8 and up, but all ages welcome. Must be able to traverse up to one mile on flat, unpaved grassy surface. Inclement weather may cause cancelation - call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303 to confirm. Bring water, hat, sunscreen and insect repellent. Meet at the Marsh Trail parking lot.

Sunrise Photography Tours

Photography Walking Tours - Sunday, March 8, 7:36 a.m. & March 22, 7:21 a.m.
Photography Tram Tour - Sunday, March 15, 7:29 a.m.

Explore, learn, enjoy, and record the natural resources and biological treasures of the Refuge with award-winning photographers Dr. Peter Lekos and Lora Lekos on an early morning photography tour. Reservations may be required because space is limited to give personal attention to each photographer. Walking tours may cover a distance of 3 - 5 miles. Meet at the Marsh Trail parking lot near the gazebo. Sunrise times are approximate.

RESERVATIONS MAY BE REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Early Morning Bird Walks

Every Wednesday, 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. except March 18 (See below - Fly Out)

Join our volunteer naturalist from Audubon Everglades for an early morning bird walk on the Marsh Trail. Bring binoculars and wear closed-toed/closed heel shoes. These walks are open to birders of all ages and abilities. Meet in the Marsh Trail parking lot. Please arrive 5 - 10 minutes before the walk starts to meet your guide.

Check out recent sightings from eBird Trail Tracker:
www.fws.gov/nwrs/threecolumn.aspx?id=2147602841
... and view our Bird Checklist:
www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/2011_%20ARM_Loxahatchee_NWR_BirdList(2).pdf

Early Morning Bird Watch and Walk - Fly Out

Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Join volunteer naturalist Rick Schofield of Audubon Everglades to watch the birds fly out from the interior of the Refuge, then follow them for an early morning bird walk along the Refuge impoundments. Meet in the boat launch parking area at the west end of Lee Road. For more information visit www.auduboneverglades.org.

Swamp Strolls

Friday, March 6 & Saturday, March 7, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Join a volunteer naturalist for a guided tour on the 0.4 mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk. Learn about the swamp ecosystem from cypress tree knees to animals that call the swamp home. Your guide will talk about how the plants of the swamp were used in the past and present for medicine, food, fiber, transportation, construction, and ceremonial objects. Meet at the Visitor Center.

F.U.N. Program - From Here to There: Basic Orienteering Skills

Saturday, April 25, 10:00 - 1:00 p.m.

During "From Here to There: Basic Orienteering Skills" families can become familiar with the basics of using a map, compass, and GPS. Participants will learn how to take bearings, pinpoint their location, and navigate in the outdoors. The program is geared towards families with youth ages eight and older who want to enhance their outdoor skills together. Children must be accompanied by a participating parent or guardian. Email steven_s_henry@fws.gov by April 22 to register.

Roving Wildlife Photographer

Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

Take a guided walking tour of some of our most beautiful spots in the Refuge. View and photograph wildlife in its natural settings with our volunteer roving photographer, Ira Rappaport. Ira will show you areas where some of the most recent sightings of wildlife have been reported and other locations that might make for great photo opportunities. Bring water, comfortable closed-toe shoes or sneakers, a hat to block the sun, sun screen, binoculars, and your camera. The tour can be from 3-5 miles. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Roving Naturalist

Every Friday, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Every Sunday, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10 & 24, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

A volunteer naturalist will be strolling around the Visitor Center, Cypress Swamp Boardwalk and Marsh Trail, answering questions and discussing the plants and wildlife of the swamp. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Guided Canoe Tours

Sunday, March 15, 9:00 a.m.

Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp to enjoy a beautiful canoe tour guided by a volunteer naturalist through a portion of the Refuge interior. Explore the northernmost end of the Everglades on this approximately 1.5 to 2-hour tour. You may rent a canoe or kayak for $35 from Loxahatchee Canoeing or bring your own. (One canoe seats 2 to 3 people.)

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call the Visitor Center at 561-734-8303.

Enjoy this 3-minute video made on the canoe trail: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW49VXaOvGU&feature=related

Moonlight Guided Canoe Tours

Saturday, March 7, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Meet at the Lee Road Boat Ramp to enjoy a guided moonlight canoe tour through a portion of the Refuge interior. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants and bring a flashlight and bug spray. Canoe rental from Loxahatchee Canoeing is $35; you may not bring your own. (One canoe seats 2 to 3 people.)

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Call LOXAHATCHEE CANOEING at 561-733-0192.

*** Programs subject to change, for more information on any of the activities and programs, please call the Visitor Center at (561) 734-8303.

Events are listed on the Friends website at www.loxahatcheefriends.com/events/events.shtml

37th Annual Photography Contest

Entries accepted now thru Sunday, March 29
Reception and Award Presentation: Sunday, May 3, 1:00 p.m.

Entries for the Friends' annual Photography Contest are now being accepted at the Visitor Center. All entries must be taken on the Refuge or in areas adjacent to the Refuge, including the Stormwater Treatment Areas STA1E & STA1W.

Six categories will be accepted - Avian, Fauna, Flora, Landscape, Artistic and Youth. All entries must be submitted on a CD, DVD or USB flash drive. Winners will be announced at the Awards Reception at the Visitor Center on May 3.

If you need assistance with digitizing or post-processing or have other questions, please contact loxcontest@gmail.com or visit www.loxahatcheefriends.com/photocontest

For the Contest Entry Form and the complete set of rules, go to: www.loxahatcheefriends.com/upload/LoxPhotoContest2020.pdf

Plein Air Artwork Now on Display

After watching the artists of Plein Air Palm Beach creating their works of art here on Everglades Day, come back and admire their work now on display until April in the Visitor Center theater. Most of the paintings are available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds (20%) will be donated to the Friends.

Congratulations to the contest winners and to all who participated! And thank you to our distinguished judge Debby Coles-Dobay, Public Arts Manager for the City of Boynton Beach. The winners are:

1st Place: Andres Lopez - Serenity in the Morning
2nd Place: Lorrie B. Turner - A Family of Trees
3rd Place: Linda Fleischman - At Boat Ramp
Honorable Mention: Kathryn Barry - Cypress Moss
Honorable Mention: Donna Snowdale - Loxahatchee Palm

Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group: Local Conservation and How African Species Affect Us

Thursday, March 19, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Speaker: Howie Minsky, CEO of Conserve Our Wild www.conserveourwild.com
Location: Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Station #42, 14276 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach

The Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group's monthly meeting will feature author, photographer and conservationist Howie Minsky, discussing overpopulation, anti-poaching, the ivory trade and invasive species, with a focus on the Everglades and Africa. The meeting is free and open to the public.

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