In addition to being thankful for our families, friends, wildlife and living in America, I also wanted to thank each and every one of you for your dedication to saving injured and oiled wildlife. You make the world a better place!
Now, if you are like me and looking forward to a little more down time over the holiday weekend than usual, perhaps you will be interested in getting outside to enjoy some healthy wildlife!
If so, here are some websites to check out to see if there are any special events or sites near you.
Bird Migration Walk — Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, November 30, 1-2:30 p.m.
See phalaropes and other shorebirds, wading birds and waterfowl. Meet at west end of Dumbarton Bridge. info and directions: 510-792-0222, ext. 141. No entrance fee. All programs are free.
Turkey Trot — Modoc National Wildlife Refuge
Thursday, November 28, 9 a.m.
5K walk/run. Look for mule deer and eagles. Expect to see lots of waterfowl, including Canada geese, pintails, mallards and shovelers. Event info: (530) 233-3111. No refuge entrance fee. Event fee: $20.
Wetlands Walking Trail, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
Length: 2 miles, with optional shortcut. Wildlife: Shorebirds, grebes, ducks, geese, raccoons. This marsh trail has a viewing platform. See even larger concentrations of ducks and geese along the 6-mile auto tour route. Entrance fee: $8 per vehicle. Pick up a map and brochure at the kiosk outside the visitor center.
More info: http://www.fws.gov/sacramentovalleyrefuges/r_sac.html
North McCoy Trail, Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge
Length: 1.1 miles. Wildlife: Terns, vireos, pelican
More info: http://www.fws.gov/sandiegorefuges/Tijuana.htm
Refuge trails are open sunrise to sunset daily, even on Thanksgiving Day when refuge visitor centers will be closed. Free trail maps are available outside the visitor center or at a refuge entrance kiosk. Add a scenic ride along a refuge Wildlife Drive. For more Refuge System trails, visit http://go.usa.gov/w9O.
If none of these featured hikes are convenient, check out some of the following websites for ideas closer to home: