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The 2015 Calendar of Events for the International Wildlife Refuge is now online. Check the dates for an event...

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The 2013 Annual Report is now available to be viewed and downloaded online.

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IWRA Board Secretary, Roberta Urbani, presents the winner of the Great Lakes Freighter Adventure raffle...

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Upcoming Events

March 18, Wednesday
Volunteer Outreach Event (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Location TBA.
An open house event for those interested in being a part of the growth of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. There will be information on how you can put your time, skills and passion to use for the refuge. A great way to get involved and learn before we open our doors to the public and participate in the first days of the refuge’s openings. Come experience wildlife as a volunteer!

April 25, Saturday
Monroe County Earth Day Expo
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Monroe County Earth Day Expo event with the theme, "Healthy Planet, Healthy You". Come celebrate with us on April 25th from 10:00am-2:00pm.

April 28, Tuesday
Presentation in the Trenton Village Theater TBA

May 2, Saturday
Open House at Humbug Marsh
Includes naturalist led early morning (7:30am) and mid-morning (11:00 am) bird hikes with family friendly bird activities (12:00 – 3:00 pm)
The first open house of the season is an extra special day with guided tours highlighting and celebrating the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds as they return to their nesting habitats in North America after their tropical winter vacation.

May 9 and 10, Saturday and Sunday
International Migratory Bird Day Event at Erie Metro Park-Learn about migratory birds and how they fly thousands of miles each year to their breeding and wintering grounds.

June 6, Saturday
Open House at Humbug Marsh (1:00 – 4:00 pm) in honor of National Trails Day.
Come visit your local Humbug trail system. Connect with nature on our orange and green trails!

June 13, Saturday
Kids FREE Fishing Day 8am-Noon
Rivertown Detroit Kids Fishing Fest at Milliken State Park & Harbor in partnership with the Rivertown Detroit Association and partners. This free event is designed to give families in the greater Detroit area the opportunity to enjoy the fun of fishing along the Detroit riverfront while building community, creating family memories, enjoying the great outdoors, and learning about water stewardship and sustainability. 1900 Atwater Street, Detroit, MI.

June 20 and 21, Saturday and Sunday
Detroit River Days Event
Detroit Riverfront – from the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Terminal & Dock just west of the GM Renaissance Center, to Rivard Plaza and the William G. Milliken State Park. River Days is a celebration of Detroit’s River Walk with land and water based activities.

July 19, Sunday
Sundaes on a Sunday in the Refuge
Open House at Brancheau Unit (1:00 – 4:00 pm)
Join us to learn more scoop on the Brancheau Unit of the DRIWR and how water management techniques are used for invasive species control with Steve Dushane, Assistant Refuge Manager. Followed by a delicious Sunday afternoon treat with Independent Dairy Ice Cream. Meet at the Swan Creek Boat Club, 6332 Brancheau St., Newport, MI.

August 1, Saturday
Open House at Humbug Marsh (1:00 – 4:00 pm)
Come visit Humbug Marsh trails for an afternoon, visit the gem at your backdoor.

September 19 & 20, Saturday and Sunday
Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival
Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, Brownstown, MI.
Enjoy a Michigan tradition of games, raffles, food, and prizes – Goose & Duck Calling, “Jump Dogs”, Midwest Decoy Contest, Wildlife Art & Craft show are just a few features of the two-day event.

September 19 & 20, Saturday and Sunday
Annual Hawkfest Weekend at Lake Erie Metropark
A two-day celebration of the annual fall migration of birds of prey – hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures. Each September, tens of thousands of broad-winged hawks pass over this area designated as one of the premier hawk watching sites in North America. Typically, 200,000 birds of prey migrate over Lake Erie Metropark from September through November on their southward journey. The event will be held at the Marshlands Museum and Nature Center of Lake Erie Metropark in Brownstown Township. (A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter Lake Erie Metropark $5).

September 26, Saturday
Open House at Humbug Marsh (1:00 – 4:00 pm)
Come visit the gem at your backdoor, walk along the waterfront trail or hike out to the old-growth forest on the green trail. A walk in the autumn woods, a great way to spend an afternoon.

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