Audubon Sponsoring Trip to Patuxent Wildlife Refuge

Audubon Sponsoring Trip to Patuxent Wildlife Refuge

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a field trip to the Patuxent Research Refuge near Laurel, MD, on April 5.
Anyone with an interest is invited to participate.
Established in 1936, the Refuge is the nation's first and only National Wildlife Refuge devoted to wildlife research. It is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Refuge's 12,841 acres support a wide diversity of wildlife in forest, meadow, and wetland habitats.
Over 200 species of birds can be found there, and during the fall and spring migrations many waterfowl species stop to rest and feed.
The field trip, which will last from approximately 10:00am to 2:30pm, will be an ideal trip for families with children.
It will include a private, guided 45-minute tram tour of selected areas of the Refuge; a one-hour bird walk; and an hour-and-a-half Herpetology walk led by a Refuge naturalist.
There is no food service at the Refuge so participants should bring their own box lunch or mid-day snack.
Trip participants should plan to meet at the Refuge's Visitor's Center at 9:45am.
The entrance to the Center is on Powder Mill Road, two miles east of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, near Laurel, MD.
The drive time to the Refuge from the Eastern Panhandle is about one-and-a-half hours.
Those who would prefer to carpool to the Refuge should plan to meet in the parking lot of the Charles Town Martin's supermarket off Route 340 at 7:30am.
All participants are asked to sign up beforehand by contacting Clark Dixon at 304-725-9634 or dixonconsultants@aol.com.
Please be sure to indicate how many people will be coming with you and whether you wish to carpool or intend to drive on your own to the Refuge.
For more information about the Refuge, see its website at www.fws.gov/northeast/patuxent/index.htm.
This trip will be cancelled in the event of severe and/or threatening weather.
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a member of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and the Combined Federal Campaign.