The Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge is an integral part of a nationwide network of 553 refuges maintaining approximately 100 million acres of land and water dedicated to the protection of the nation's wildlife resources. These over 1500 acres of river, wetland and forest are home to a wide variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and many other animals plus plants, including several threatened or endangered species. The refuge is an important stopover point for migratory birds. Continued on "About Oxbow Nat'l Refuge".
Saturday, October 24, - Annual Meeting Friends of the Oxbow - 2:00 to 4:00pm at the Hospital Road Pavilion! Guided bird walk at 1:00; A quick business meeting will start promptly at 2 p.m. to be followed by two special programs. First Wilson Andres Acuna will briefly talk about his folded paper insects, several of which are on display. Second, naturalist teacher Stephen DeFlorio, will, after a short presentation, lead us on an ethnobotany walk right outside the pavilion,exploring many of the common plants and their uses with emphasis on wild edibles. The program is open to people age 8 and up. Dress appropriately for the weather. In case of heavy rain, Stephen, after a brief talk on wild edible plants, will guide us in the making of cordage with natural materials. At 4:00pm, there will be a tour of the area surrounding the pavilion. This walk will include the boardwalk to the planned canoe launch. Dress warmly, as there is no heat in the pavilion.
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